On Tuesday, I had one last thing to do to finish my new treasure. I simply needed to brush on a coat of polyurethane and let it dry. I have gone down this road many, many times, so it should have been a breeze.
I set to work on the poly as soon as Emma went down for her nap. Unfortunately, the fast-dry poly dried so quickly on the top of the piece that I had trouble keeping a wet edge. When my brush drug across a spot that had just been painted 15 seconds earlier, it was already a gummy mess.
I thought that perhaps I was applying the coats too thinly. So, I let it dry and added another coat with a loaded high density foam roller. This time, I had a different problem in that the poly was super bubbly (and I’m not talking about it’s personality, y’all).
Instead of freaking out, which is quite often my reaction to something like this, I grabbed a sheet of 220-grit sandpaper and lightly sanded off the poly coats on the top. I then went back to my paint can and repainted the top of the piece. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly good enough that only I will notice the flaws. Today, I’ll reapply the poly in a thicker coat and hope that it will solve my problem. Keep your fingers crossed!
I mention all of this because there is something I want you (and I) to remember: It’s Just Paint. Instead of worrying about messing up a finish or not liking a color, just remember that it can always be undone. You may have to sand it. You may have to strip it. But there is nothing that you have painted that can’t be repainted. And then repainted again and again.
The holds true for walls as well. A few weeks ago, my Question of the Day on Facebook asked if any of you have patterns on your walls. One sweet and loyal reader replied that she didn’t because she doesn’t want anything permanent. I totally understand that line of thinking. I change my mind with the seasons, too.
But the thing is, paint is one of the least permanent things you can do to your walls (or your furniture). If you paint a stripe or try out a new stencil on a wall and you absolutely hate it, just paint over it! You’ll only be out the time it took you to put it together and the cost of the paint. That’s a pretty low risk for a giant payoff in my book.
Paint has amazing transformative qualities. So much of what I do in my own home is driven by color, and that would be hard to do if I was paralyzed by paint. The number of projects I’ve sanded down and repainted are too numerous to even remember. I just keep washing my brushes, waiting on the coats to dry, and stocking up on fine grit sandpaper.
Do you feel nervous to tackle a painting project? What is it that worries you?