Friday, September 28, 2012
That ugly $5 thrift shop painting I was talking about . . .
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I bought an ugly painting at a thrift store for $5 and had an idea in mind. Since then I've received numerous emails inquiring just what in the heck I was going to do with it. Some of you thought I was going to just use the frame. While others of you figured I was going to paint the whole shebang white and then create my own art.
Instead I opted to follow the inspiration from Young House Love and paint a favorite quote over the top. This went through many revisions . . . the first time the letters were too small. The next, too big. The first time I painted it I used a mustard yellow that just made the whole thing too 1970s drab and quite sad. Then I painted over it with a creamy white. Finally I outlined the words with a wide tip brown permanent marker.
Here's how I felt during the process:
::Loved the idea:: ::Thought I was pretty much brilliant for finding such an ugly piece and knowing that I was going to transform it miraculously:: ::Choosing a font made me question my sanity:: ::Tracing the letters made me feel like a trash-to-treasure queen:: ::The mustard yellow made me want to pitch the whole thing:: ::A few days passed and I reluctantly decided to try a new paint color in hopes of reviving it:: ::Sat with the creamy white for over a week trying to decide if it was an A+ project or a project gone really, really bad:: ::Just finished outlining the letters and feel the best I've felt about it throughout the process::
So, now it's leaning against my cutting table next to my sewing machine. We'll see if I end up hanging it or taking it straight back to the thrift shop.
The jury's still out.