Did you catch the recent post about DIY and art projects speaking to you, as if to help you along with the creative process?
It’s the wildest thing. I can be moving right along, happy as a creative flea on parade when I get this inkling I ought to try… something. Like today, working on my bookshelves it happened again. These bookshelves were each purchased for $5 from a sale at a now defunct preschool, so I have much more time invested in them than money.
I have to admit, the paint color wasn’t precisely Julie-esque. I do get most of my paint from the “ooops” jars at nearby Lowe’s or from the free paint at the recycling center here at Kern County Waste Management, so to start with my colors may be a bit – well, not all that attractive.
This morning my shorter bookshelf wanted a change. She had given me the idea for a finish yesterday when I was sanding her, so I was a bit surprised she still had advice for her main undercoating color. “Mix a light purple,” I got from her, “by mixing the off whitish sorta pinkish recycled color with the deep purple from the ladder shelves.”
She – my furniture projects tend toward the girly so a feminine pronoun is absolutely necessary – told me to use the ladder purple. My ladders are a deep, rich sort-of-like-eggplant-but-not color.
I don’t make color using any
standard measurement, its more “put more paint than you need in this color and
mix with just enough color in that, stir and pray!”
My aim now is to get them installed by Tuesday.
Monday would be great but I will be gone for most of Saturday and Sunday so it doesn’t look like that will be happening… I trust my furniture-girls will be telling me exactly what to do next!
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