She said find an image that inspires you. She said to paint a piece of furniture that represents your inspiration image. Of course I went straight to Pinterest. That is where I gather a ton of my inspiration. I have boards for decor, food, holiday ideas, etc. As a matter of fact, Pinterest in the new search engine. BTW, I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest.
I had found my inspiration but now I needed a piece of furniture to paint. When you are a furniture painter, you tend to collect pieces to paint and sell. I have a small collection of pieces. For this challenge, I wanted something big and grand. I had some idea of what I wanted to do and I knew just the piece to do it on.
I had an armoire that needed a facelift.
It had just the right surface area to create what I had imagined in my mind. Its always helpful to create a mental picture of what you want the finished product to be. Envision your own ideas. Then go from there.
For this challenge, I used Debi's Design Diary DIY paint. It is a clay based paint with no VOC's and 9 eco-friendly ingredients. I first learned about this paint earlier this spring and was dying to try it. I attended my first class, in-person, in April with The Turquoise Iris. Dionne is amazing. She was so down to earth and truly just as beautiful inside as she is out. She was giving away the exact piece of furniture that she painted for the class to all of the participants that day. Guess what, I won! I won that piece of furniture! I was so happy!
I purchased DIY Paint from this workshop. I have been a huge fan every since.
Once I had chosen the piece I wanted to paint, I gathered up more than 12 colors of paint, supplies, and a water bottle and went to work. I would start my day with this piece, after Jesus and coffee. It took two mornings for me to get the look I wanted. Music, paint, and inspiration! It felt so good. It felt good to paint something that wasn't grey or white, that wasn't "inside the box." It was therapy. And even though I had two weeks for my challenge, I finished it promptly simply because I wanted to see the finished product.
But mostly because I am not a patient person.
So here she is...my challenge piece. In all her crazy, colorful glory.
Here is a side view of a little finger paintin' I added. #dothedionne
I was so nervous to enter her in the challenge. There are so many talented artists in the group. She ended up being more therapy for me than I even knew I needed. Freedom to paint, freedom from rules or expectations, freedom from a Farmhouse dominant world (including my own home).
And yes. Her hardware is painted. I don't always paint over the hardware. But for this piece, I did. I wanted to make sure you could see the inspiration seeping from every ounce of the armoire. I felt as though painting the hardware might cause a distraction in your view. Kinda like having a dandelion grow in the middle of you well manicured yard. Just ain't happenin'.
So to remind you of what inspired me... Fiume (pronounced fume-ay).
If you get the chance to paint something with no boundaries. Do it. It is one of the most relaxing, therapeutic things you can do. You don't have to be a professional painter. You don't have to even have a predetermined vision. Just paint. If you don't like the end result, paint it again.
Turn on some tunes, get you a brush, some paint, and some inspiration.
You deserve it