Saturday, April 28, 2012
Paint Makes It New Again!
As I think back to my childhood, I remember visiting my Granny and Grandaddy at their cabin down by Cumberland Lake in Kentucky. It was a wonderful place, and when we all went at once, there were 13 of us crammed into that tiny place with no bathroom - just an outhouse! My grandparents, Mother and Daddy, me and my brother, my two Uncles and Aunts and their three children (my cousins). There was one bedroom and the rest of us slept all lined up on the back enclosed porch. When we had to go to the bathroom, we had to check for Grandaddy long-legs spiders at the Outhouse or there was no way I would go in there. We would all go to the lake and feed the ducks and fish for crappie! Then Granny would cook them all up with cornbread and we would have a feast. Somehow we all got ready and went to church on Sunday, too!
Some of the pictures I see of distressed furniture tell me that there is no way you could "make" something look like that although there are many people trying. "Real" distressed furniture is a treasure that cannot be duplicated - it is distressed through years of painting it to make it new and then using it a while, then painting it another color to match the new decor and then using it for a while, and on and on. Any good old solid wood furniture is suitable for using paint to make it look new again - although there are some that would disagree as it destroys a piece of furniture's value. But, who cares? - if it creates a way you can use it without buying new, it is a good thing. You are truly making a treasure for years to come by reusing what you have or buying something old and making it new again.
As I think back about my Granny, I smile - it was a special time for me as a child - eating fish off of that black painted table, sleeping on the porch, and trips to the Outhouse! Create some memories for your children and grandchildren!