I kept you guys waiting on this one, because I kept myself waiting on it.
There were too many choices. There were too many amazing suggestions
I second-guessed myself into paralysis.
I’ve always had this idea of myself as a visionary – an intuitive decision-maker who always knows exactly what she wants and who clearly sees the outcome before even taking any steps to accomplish it. Well that’s hilarious.
I bit my nails for a week over this. I went and bought paint and supplies and they waited in their plastic bags in my entryway for days. I primed the credenza. It sat for days.
You see the problem was this:
In my heart of hearts I did know exactly what I wanted. But my heart of hearts was also worried that what I wanted was boring. Not like all those fabulous inspiration pieces on my Credenza Love pin board….
Oh look, she painted it white. Big deal.
Part of me wanted it to be flashy. A statement piece. What can I say? I wanted you guys to be impressed. I wanted to be “that girl with the really awesome DIY credenza.”
But then, I remembered that I am *not* in first grade carefully picking out the perfect Lisa Frank folders that will compose my identity as a person.
Funny how you could just lose twenty years like that, right? Twenty years of becoming comfortable in your own skin, with your own frizzy hair, and your own funny sense of style… Learning to be you. Discovering that you have an inner minimalist.
So in a fit of devil-may-care, I painted it white.
And to appease my inner-art-deco-crazed personality, I added some gold leaf. Naturally.
And you know what? I am really pleased with how it turned out. I like that it doesn’t overwhelm that wall and it keeps the room feeling light and airy.
Also, I love my little Target foxes…
As if this little journey of self-discovery wasn’t convoluted enough, there was more to learn about myself.
Like the fact that I do not have the patience for gold leaf.
I may or may not have been toying with the idea of creating a design on the top of the credenza with gold leaf… And then, when those straight sides on the front of the piece took up my entire Sunday afternoon, I promptly discarded it.
There were horrible flashbacks to crafts in kindergarten. Where you raise your hands, covered in paste, squares of tissue paper stuck to every finger, colors bleeding from the paper… When all you ever wanted was to make a stained-glass window.
If you’re considering gold leafing something at some point in your future (and why not, it’s simply gorgeous?) I’ve created a simple quiz to help you make the decision…
My quiz is title “Is Gold Leafing For You?”
Question 1: Are you a perfectionist?
If yes —> Gold leaf is probably not for you. Step away from the glue. Slowly.
There, wasn’t that fun? We’ve just come full circle from first grade insecurities to kindergarten crafting-trauma, which I consider a good day’s work, my friends.
So tell me – Is gold leafing for you? Do you have fond memories of Lisa Frank school supplies as well? Anyone else with childhood crafting scars? What do you think of the way the credenza turned out?