Have you ever worked a good idea to death?
Two months ago, I had the great idea of painting and decoupaging the drawer fronts of an otherwise plain dresser which we keep in our den.
My inspiration for the idea was this lovely example I discovered on Pinterest:
Brimming with inspiration, I grabbed my scissors, measuring tape, Modge Podge, and piles of pretty paper and eagerly began planning out the perfect design.
Usually I just wing it on creative projects, but since I wanted to transform this chest of drawers into sumpin’ special, I took very careful measurements of the drawers’ dimensions.
Next, I selected a funky mixture of patterns in a color scheme I thought would compliment the future decor of the den.
(And by “future decor” I mean, “still undecided”.)
Finally, I mapped out my design, cut out my shapes and glued everything into place.
Darling decoupaged drawers!
Pleased with my work, I put away all my art supplies and happily fell asleep.
And then I woke up.
Have you ever awoken in the morning, immediately recalled the events of the previous day and thought, “What the heck was I thinking??”
Somehow, eight hours of sleep allowed me to see that my creation looked more like something fit for a child’s nursery instead of a classy-yet-countrified den!
I hated to destroy my work, but it simply would not fit the room. A week later I had a new plan! This time, I would use my new Van Gogh poster (which I plan to hang in the den) as inspiration.
Simplifying my design and color scheme, I selected turquoise, black and white damask paper and got to work. After a brief attempt to pull up the old paper (Modge Podge don’t budge!), I decided to just glue my new design over the former.
Sleek and stylish decoupaged drawers!!
Super pleased with my work, I put away all of my supplies and went to bed again.
And then I woke up again.
This time, my eight hours sleep revealed to me that I should not have been so matchy-matchy with the Van Gogh poster.
Ugh! What was I thinking??
On a side note, my Ms. Practical side made sure to tell me, “I told you so!”:
“I TOLD you not to address the accessories before the basics!”
I know, I knowwww! I need to establish the basic pieces of our den such as curtains and slipcovers, etc. before I go experimenting with patterns and colors for one piece of furniture.
In the meantime, I am locking up my art supplies and turning a blind eye to my flashy drawers.
Have you ever had a creative idea turn sour?
Today I am linking up with Pancakes and French Fries‘ fabulous William Morris project. Thank you, Jules, for creating this avenue of inspiration!