I wasn’t prepared for the photography.
You see beautiful pictures in magazines or on blogs (I’m lookin’ at you Miss Mustard Seed) and they seem so natural and easy. Just snuggle your piece of furniture up against a wall, add some stuff and viola – awesome picture.
Not so much.
I spent my morning trying to figure out where I could photograph this blue table I finished this weekend.
So I wandered from room to room wondering, among other things, why there is never an electrical outlet where I need one but there is ALWAYS one where I want to take a picture?! There is always either an electrical outlet or a vent. And to add insult to injury the vents don’t even work anymore – a vestige of an old system.
I also speculated on why I am driven to paint things colors that don’t go with any of my walls or props. Or the flowers that grow in the yard.
That was my morning.
Long story short. I failed. No blue props. No wall that looked right. But I haven’t given up! So we can all look forward SOMEDAY to a charming picture of a blue table and its best friends the electrical outlet and the vent. If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em.
In the meantime I’m going to show off a desk and a couple of chairs I worked on that are black and, therefore, go with the green wall in my sunroom. I need to remember this lesson.
This desk arrived in pieces (well, actually I bought it in pieces so I really can’t pretend to be shocked. But, bottom line. Pieces). It wasn’t the most elegant of things – one of those functional, Ikea-ish numbers but it was solid pine and the price was right ($25!).
I’d also, fairly recently bought a family of chairs that were down on their luck.
So I got to work.
I have this thing about taking the backs off of desks and making some pattern back there. It’s not the most practical of decorations – I mean, if you use the desk how often do you see the back of it? Seldom. But, I don’t know – perhaps it’s a nice little surprise when you clean it and say “oh, I’d forgotten there was that pretty pattern back there.” Kind of your cleaning reward.
So, a little sanding, a little patterning, some minor upholstery work and……..
Shall we link?