Many of you know that besides being a part-time blogger and internet tornado, I’m also a decorative painter. Or, as my friend Jim once introduced me as, a faux paux painter. Since my paint buddy Tamara went back to work full time, I’ve pretty much stopped accepting jobs, but I will do small projects for friends occasionally. A friend called last week and asked if I would be willing to do a faux finish in her powder room.
The above picture is how her bathroom currently looks. Rather, I should say it’s how it used to look before I began the prep work for the faux finish. It’s a perfectly nice looking little powder room, she just wanted something a little fancier for the guest bathroom.
This is how the powder room currently looks:
Stripped of the mirror over the sink, pictures and accessories removed, crown molding, fixtures and baseboards covered with blue tape, the room’s not nearly as attractive as it was just a short while before. Add some temporary task lighting (so I can see what I’m painting), and imperfections which were once unseen begin to appear.
The most obvious flaw is the huge gouge in the wall which is normally covered up by a mirror:
Once the ceiling vents were removed, I discovered the previous painter hadn’t bothered to remove them but instead painted around them:
Plus a multitude of small imperfections which go unseen in the dim light of the bathroom:
All which must be addressed before any actual painting begins.
I enjoy painting immensely, whether it be a simply repainting a room or doing a faux finish or mural. There’s something incredibly satisfying for me about the ability to completely change the mood and character of a space with nothing more than a can of paint, a paintbrush and a few hours.
Do you know what I don’t like about painting?
The prep work: taking down pictures, filling nail holes, taping, removing switchplate covers, wiping down baseboards and crown moulding and walls, etc. It’s tedious, boring and annoying. It’s also necessary if you want to do the job right.
All the aforementioned things make a room look considerably worse before it begins to look better. Now’s not the time for inviting your friends to see the room. It’s best just to keep the door closed until the painter can come back and finish what she started.
We all go through minor and major renovations in this life. There are times when what has worked well for years just doesn’t seem to fit anymore. Sadly, life isn’t a 30 minute makeover show with instant results.
Change is a process, and oftentimes things get a whole lot uglier before the get better.
If you’re in the prep stage feeling ugly and useless, ask yourself this:
Who’s in charge of the renovation?
Do you trust Him?
Are you willing to stick it out through the ugly mess and have faith the He knows what He’s doing?
I sure hope you are.
Because even masterpieces don’t start out as masterpieces.