One of the first things I learned as a blogger, way back over 5 years ago was “alliteration”. Or maybe I should say “the Love of Alliteration”.
Which isn’t really alliteration. But it sounds close enough.
the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
What this has to do with bloggers, I have absolutely no idea, other than the fact that we have to come up with cute, catchy titles that explain the project over and over and over again.
Say you have an old thrift store brass stool that’s been hanging around for years and you finally take it apart, spray it silver beyond an inch of its life and quickly stencil the cushion for good measure, you come up with this ‘catchy’ title:
A Super Simple Spraypainted Stenciled Stool
Because truth be told, the tutorial isn’t fun or interesting or remotely ‘catchy’.
When all you do is take all of the pieces apart (that were nearly there all on their own, believe me, but what do you expect for $4?)
Showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots of spray painted screws is *yawn* not exactly riveting.
(Well there ya go – an unexpected pun. So there’s that.)
Maybe if I show you the entire stenciling process, that will bring some interest.
But just in case: 1) spray one side of stencil with adhesive, allow to dry to tacky, 2) position on seat cushion, 3) load foam spouncer with paint* then off-load majority of paint on paper towel to prevent bleedthrough.
Then wipe stencil with damp paper towel – both sides of stencil – and place on wax paper to save for future projects.
*I used Martha Stewart Multi Surface Silver paint since the cushion is some kind of vinyl. I’m not positive the paint will adhere – has so far – but if not, then I’ll find some pretty fabric which was my original intent until laziness took over.
And that is that.
That, you’d think, would be the most ‘difficult’ part of the entire project.
Until you realize you have to put the stupid Super Simple Spraypainted Stenciled Stool back together.
Perhaps I should take out “Super Simple”.
But then I’d just have Spraypainted Stenciled Stool.
Still alliterative but not nearly the impact as Super Simple Spraypainted Stenciled Stool. Dontcha think?
And honestly, if my brain wasn’t in it’s mental mourning mush state (yep, if a little’s good . . . ) I’d most likely be able to throw this baby together in a few minutes.
Without the decorative bolt caps but I won’t tell if you won’t.
So there you have it my friends. My Super Simple Spraypainted Stenciled Stool that goes with my Painted Vanity Desk, neither of which have a designated place in my 2300 sq. foot home.
Which is why this blog is called Just Paint It rather than “How To Decorate Any Room In Your House”.
Oh that’s not fair. I do know how to decorate, I do! It’s just that right now all of my color theories and space plans are mired in the mental mourning mush.
So the question is, have you ever bought anything – or painted anything – that you have absolutely no idea where to put it? C’mon, you know those trips to Target and Homegoods, when you come home with that GREAT deal that you’ll do . . . . something with . . . . eventually. So spill. What’s sitting around your house that needs a designated spot?