What do you dream of?
Ever since I finished painting the nursery (and, um, then went a bit crazy and painted the half-bathroom too...), I've been dreaming of painting all the rooms in the house: bedrooms, living room, bathroom (okay, in my defense, the main level's full bathroom NEEDS a serious do-over, like really), kitchen... I just want to have some idea of "This would be perfect for Xroom" and be able to put it all together. As it is, with the aforementioned half-bath, I'm trying to figure out what to do now that I've painted it. Get a cabinet? Rehang the old fixtures? Take the time to find some nice ones that match? Fashionista and designer, I am not. I'm convinced the nursery colors look so nice because Maya picked them out! I'm the child of artists, but I didn't inherit any ability to design. (A close look at the chair rail, baseboards, and ceiling of the nursery can prove my painting skills or lack thereof...)
And I have absolutely no skill whatsoever when it comes to crafting things... I actually wrote an article for a magazine entitled, "I'm Not Crafty" years ago, which addressed just how un-crafty a girl can be. Holidays that use craftiness tend to fall on deaf ears (well, useless fingers, I guess). I can dye eggs for our Equinox egg hunt (canceled this year, due my getting over a cold), but could I make Silk Tie Dyed Eggs? No...(and honestly, I dont like crafting so I wouldnt really want to... I know... awful). But, knowing how crafty you guys are, I bet you could!
That being said, with my new desire to put my mark on the house (and only 2+ years since we bought it!), I am finding the ideas for dressing up and recreating old furniture (like this table or this cabinet) interesting. I prefer my furniture au natural, but I like the idea of distressing and creating something new. Years ago, I stripped a cedar chest and returned it to its natural glory. Took freaking forever and I both loved and hated every second of it. (And the smell- UGH!) But I still look at it and think "Wow... I did that!" Sort of like looking at the nursery walls. (And the half-bath...)
Deneen, the woman who writes Dreaming-n-Color, is one of my mom's best and oldest friends (they met in high school) and I'm amazed by the things she does with old, saved-from-the-trash finds. Since my mom is quite handy with gardening and working with her hands, it's no wonder they have things in common! While I might just stick to cooking and baking as my "crafts" of choice, I do love a good rags-to-riches tale... which I suppose is what happens to these shabby chic items!