Sunday, April 23, 2017

Breaking Through Barriers

I have been wanting to get back to blogging for months, but I have been paralyzed by my need for perfection. I keep looking for the perfect time to resume and kept back on track with fitness and diet. At the New Year I was so sidetracked by our foster care situation. Our little sidekick went home in January - I was dreading it then trying to recover from it. I thought February would be a good restart...then March...then April. So many excuses so many bargains with myself - I will start Monday because... I know you know what I am talking about. I think anyone with weight issues has been through this cycle. So here it is - I am trying again. I am not making any grand plan. I am simply planning to track my food and get moving. I feel like I am walking a fine line between not setting myself up for failure by making an elaborate plan that I abandon the second some part of it is not executed perfectly and not planning enough which will lead to no accountability and failure. I know what it takes to lose weight. For me the biggest factor is controlling my diet. However, I like to cook and I like to eat. I need to look for other outlets for my cooking and change mindsets about how/why I eat. If you are still willing to join me on the winding path I am back to sharing. 

There are so many things that I have wanted to share in the last couple months, but was too overwhelmed to get it all out there in the best possible way. So in the next few weeks I will be doing a few flashbacks. For the momentm I am simply concentrating on getting back on the blog wagon. I will start with a no pressure flashback. For years I have had these two dressers intending to refinish them. As with many thingsm I had trouble deciding on a plan - nothing seemed quite right. 
Suddenly, ideas started to gel when I realized I wanted the two dressers to coordinate with each other to be used in my craft room I wanted something creative and unique. I wanted it to be fun yet have some sophistication. Spoiler alert: I think I achieved those goals for the most part. 

I did plenty of Pinteresting, but didn't see exactly what I wanted. First, I decided on stained tops and white painted drawers. If only I could decide on a fun design element. Somehow a sun motif got in my mind for one of them, but then I was stuck for the other one. When I found this picture, the second design fell into place. 
I drew up a rough plan. Projects can be a struggle for me because I end up with a definite picture in my mind and get frustrated that I can't execute it the way I see it in my mind. Let's see how I did. 
We got to work with sanding. The tops had to be taken down to bare wood. The drawers and bases just needed to be lightly sanded.
I wanted to stain the tops a dark color. They didn't come out as dark as I had envisioned, but I am still happy with them.
Three coats of white paint was applied. I thought the painting and repainting of drawers would NEVER end. I swear the drawers were multiplying. We actually added a third tiny dresser to the project for a total of 16 drawers/
I taped the measurements of each dresser on my craft table (which is coincidentally white like the dressers) to design tissue paper templates for the motifs.
I played with size and color.
 The templates were then taped to the dressers to get a final adjustment.
I tested a few different knobs. I was sure I would love the clear glass-like knobs, but they just got lost in the design.
I had the best partner in this project I would not have finished without him. Here he is gathering strength to begin the painting for his anxious wife.
He taped the sun design and the painting began. He painted the edges and I filled in the "easy" parts.
I was slightly panicked when the tulip paint began going on - I thought it looked hideous.
 It took a couple of coats to get over my panic.
Waiting for the base to dry enough to put the drawers in and get a sneak peek at the finished product.
I chose oil rubbed bronze knobs. I liked how they dark color picked up the darkness of the dresser tops.

Finally after a month of weekends we moved the dressers into place. 
The final phase of the project is organizing my craft and sewing supplies into my beautiful "new" dressers. I used wrapping paper to line the drawers.  
The little dresser was outfitted with its original pulls and Stormtrooper paper lining. My husband tried to talk me into painting the whole dresser like Stormtrooper...this was my compromise.   
 The "quilt squares in progress"drawer.
Summing up: Before....
 The plan...
The finished product.
I am super happy with how they turned out and how to true to my "plan' they are. They make my smile every time I walk into my craft room.  

Thanks for letting my jump back into the blogging game with a post intended mostly to break through the mental blogging barrier I had created in my own head.. In coming weeks and months, I hope you see even more barriers fall away as I take steps into the life I really want for myself.  


  1. Welcome back!! I love your dressers.. they came out awesome. I completely relate to the anxiety you have felt over "starting again" (all of it... blogging, weight loss, making life what you envision it to be, etc) Please know that there are those of us out "here" that read because we like your style and enjoy sharing your journey (wherever that journey may lead). Looking forward to catching up :)

    1. Awww thanks! I missed the writing even if the losing wasn't going anywhere. Feels good to be getting back to it.

  2. Yay! I'm so so glad you are back! I'm still trying to figure it all out myself as well. The dressers are just stunning! I love how they came out! Hard work, does indeed, pay off! Now to translate that into other areas!

    1. One day we will have life figured out :) I can't believe the dressers came out like they looked in my head...maybe a I need a vision board for my health/fitness.

  3. Welcome back to the blogging world!!!! The dressers look fabulous!!!!

    1. Thank you! It is good to be back :)

    I love these dressers.

    And yes, I know exactly what you mean about starting over and over again. Always here for you!

    1. Thanks, Meg! After I chose the sun, I kept thinking I should keep the set gender neutral (just in case), but I couldn't help myself I just wanted a big pink flower :)