Wowzer… whatta morning.
We got up at 6. I washed sippy cups and got their milks ready while Nick emptied the dishwasher. Babes woke up at 6:30, and drank their milk while Nick and I sipped our coffee and gazed lovingly into each other’s bloodshot eyes. Nick gives all of us girls kisses and is out the door at 7. Babes read books and play catch with the ball, and then go down for naps at 7:30 (I’ve been trying to get rid of this strange early-morning nap, but today I had to manipulate their naps cause we had morning plans). Then I showered, blogged, woke the girls up, got them dressed/diapered, and headed out the door for our Mommy-Group-Playdate-type thing at 8:45. That lasted till 11:30, at which point I packed the girls up, stopped at Sherwin Williams to pick up a couple quarts of paint and a jug of mineral spirits, stopped into Aldi for some milk and fruit, and headed home. Just in time for the girls to have lunch, me to eat an oatmeal cream pie, put them down for their second nap, and then… naturally… write another blog post.
Hmm, totally wasn’t planning on giving you a play-by-play of my morning, but there you have it. You’re welcome!
Most days are the complete opposite of this, so I kinda welcome the chaos every once in awhile. Not more than once a week though. Every other day, I prefer to be in my pajamas with a paintbrush in my hand.
So this morning, I promised to reveal what’s hiding inside my AMAZING WHITEWASHED/GLAZED SECRETARY DESK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can I be honest for a moment? WAIT! This is my blog! And I’m always honest! (even when it’s not appropriate)… Yeah, so the inside of this secretary is what really makes my skirt fly up. And I’m a pretty modest girl, so it takes a lot for me to let my skirt be anywhere but covering my girl-parts.
I started by having Nick un-adhere the inner compartment-thingy (technical term!), spread it all out in the garage, primed and painted WHITE.
At this point, it looked like this:
I decided to pull the cubbies back out and paint the back wall bright orange so that it would subtly pop through and add some depth. I was pretty sloppy with the edges, because I knew with the little cubbies in there, none of it will ever show. Captain lazy, right here.
And here’s the fun part… remember this print by Rachel Cave?
Sooo… I love it, right? And I decided to make it into a stencil.
The thing about stencils is, the design or pattern has to be such that none of the parts touch each other, because otherwise the stencil would just fall apart. Plus, it’s very difficult to have multiple colors within a stencil. This can make for some very limited stencil selection. BUT, being a lover of patterns, I found a way around this little snafu.
I made THREE DIFFERENT STENCILS for this one pattern (using the techniques from my stencil-making tutorial) so that I could have this exact design!!!!!
This is a groundbreaking day in my life.
Once I finished with my first stencil and let it dry, I went at it with the next stencil (the leaves).
And finally, the last stencil has the center circle, and the smaller teardrop that goes inside the larger orange teardrop petal.
It’s hard to see it all coming together with all these different stencils and colors going on. But when I was done? SOOO worth it.
I can’t tell you how much I love this. Isn’t it so ME?
I just hand-painted on those little dotted flower stems… super easy. And there were definitely touch-ups (as with ANY stencil job). But for the most part, this job was PURE JOY. I enjoyed every second of it.
Do you think you’ll give this “Multi-Stenciling” a try? It’s so easy! All you need is a steady hand and a little patience… a few shots of whisky wouldn’t hurt either. But make sure your kids are in bed.
Here it is with all my junk on it.
This crisp white inside and funky bright pattern is the perfect complement to the whitewash-glazed exterior.
It’s my absolute favorite piece of furniture we’ve ever done. And it’s MINE! Do you approve?
Thank you Mrs. Evenhouse! I love this piece of furniture you gave me!!!!
Now, the girls are still sleeping… so I’m going to kick back and read through my new IKEA magazine on the front porch! PERFECT WEATHER TODAY!! Can I get an amen?