Have you ever worked a good idea to death? Committed creative overkill?
Two months ago, I had the great idea of painting and decoupaging the drawer fronts of a dresser I had painted to death a year earlier.
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 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 committed creative overkill?
Today I am linking up with Pancakes and French Fries‘ fabulous William Morris project. Thank you, Jules, for creating this avenue of inspiration!