I wish I could say to you that everything I do goes perfectly to plan, that somehow miraculously everything works out, but it doesn’t. When I fail at something I can do it quite spectacularly, I really make a show of it, who wants to be the person who does something without fully committing? Today’s furniture project is a failure….a project that did not go to plan…..at all. Not at one point did anything I planned for this project work out! I wanted to throw it out at one stage and just call it a day. There are projects like that, and days like that also!
When I bought this I was so excited to get it as it had beautiful curves to the drawers and the amazing timber veneer and I just knew it would look beautiful. That is where the excitement stopped. The “original” plan was to strip the top and leave some of that gorgeous wood exposed, which I painstakingly started to do and when I get tired of it my Hubby tried to finish. I do not know what was on this dresser but it was not any substance known to man….it was super-human and refused to come off! I was really disappointed! I wanted to have a beautiful wood top and paint the rest in MMSMP in Grain Sack and attach new antique glass knobs…..it was going to be elegant and understated.
So I left the top and started on removing the handles from the drawers so I could fill the holes and make new holes for those Antique Glass knobs I bought. Well, the handles wouldn’t come off! I was sensing a theme here, nothing wanted to come off! At some point someone had GLUED the handles in place and no amount of force on my part would budge them. I was getting to that point you get when you are angry and sad at the same time when you get really angry and you just cry instead. So I just sat on the concrete in the shed and cried and stared bitterly at these drawers. I hated them at this point, absolutely despised them and regretted the day I bought them.
So I had to come up with plan number two which was to paint the drawers and handles with MMSMP in Linen and the rest of the dresser in MMSMP in Eullalies Sky. I mixed up the Milk Paint with bonding agent as I always do and started applying the paint….then it happened. The paint wouldn’t stick, it kept coming off, as in the wet paint would pull back off the dresser. I had never encountered this before. So I walked away. I left it for a week. I ignored it, I wanted to give it the silent treatment so it knew just how much I hated it.
After a week I had cooled down enough to come up with plan number three. Chalk Paint! Easy plan, simple, chalk paint sticks to anything and if any project warranted the use of chalk paint it was this one. So FINALLY I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue & Old White then distressed and waxed. It was DONE!!! And to be honest I still hated it, on so many levels, it was boring and not what I had planned at all. Sometimes this type of thing happens, you just cannot control when projects go wrong and nothing I did would have changed the outcome, it is what it is!
I know it is not hideous or anything, it is just not how I pictured it at all and that disappointment mixed with all the frustration it caused makes me dislike it, I am not sure I could have done anything to it in the end that would have made up for what it put me through. You would think though that experience like this would put me off using Milk Paint, but it really hasn’t, Milk Paint is known for its unpredictability and while it didn’t work for this project it works for others and I continue to love it (maybe if I wasn’t emotionally exhausted by that stage and completely over the project I would have made the Milk Paint work but I was really looking for an easy solution). This isn’t the first time a project has failed and I doubt it will be the last, sometimes you just need to forget it and move on. Have you had a project fail and couldn’t wait to get rid of it?
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