A Diamond in the Rough that Will Have to Wait

August 30, 2015

One of my blogging besties (Jamie from So Must Better with Age) and I have been talking for months about doing a collaboration together.  Since we have similar styles we thought it would be fun to each do a furniture project.  The idea eventually grew to include other bloggers and the date kept getting pushed back.  It was one of those far off in the future projects that you don't have to start working on right away because you've totally got time.

In the meantime, I found the perfect diamond in the rough piece of furniture to fix up.  This dresser was in my grandma's basement.  But it isn't just any dresser....it was my mom's BABY dresser.  It hasn't fared too well after being in a damp basement, though.  The veneer was peeling off the bottom and the paint had done a weird cracking thing in places.  Plus, as you can see from the picture, two of the feet are broken off.  And the drawers are all a little wonky with one of them broken totally apart. To put it mildly, it needs a lot of work.

But if you've been reading this blog for long, you know that this is my type of piece.  Things that should go into the garbage call my name.  (And the dresser almost did end up being trashed.  When he saw it sitting on the porch, my grandma's thoughtful neighbor offered to get rid of it for us.  It isn't THAT bad!  Okay...maybe it is.)  I just knew that this piece would look amazing when I was done with it.

The sad part of this story is that the dresser is still far from finished.  Since it was at my grandma's house, I had to make a special trip there to go work on it and that means taking all my own supplies, waiting for the weather to be decent since I'm working on the porch, etc.  Removing the cracking paint has turned out to be a problem.  And I've got a lot of projects and posts coming up soon that also need my attention.  So spending countless hours trying to get this completed in time wasn't going to happen.  I didn't give myself enough time under the circumstances.

So my big plans of an over the top transformation are going to have to wait.  I still see that this can once again be beautiful...just not yet.  I'm bad about underestimating the time that just about anything will take!  I can normally see the finish line when I start a race.....I just never see the detour that I'm going to have to take to get there.

We all have goals and dreams and plans.  And sometimes we've just got to admit that the circumstances aren't right and move on.  Acknowledging this dresser was not going to happen like I thought was actually the biggest load off of my mind.  In all likelihood, it probably could have been completed.  But not as I had planned and I would have ended up not being happy with it.  Some things will just happen best in their own time.  Is there anything on your to-do list right now that would be better left undone for the time being?

I will be back will a piece of furniture that wasn't quite as destroyed tomorrow along with links to all the other fabulous bloggers that are participating in this group.  You will definitely be inspired to pick up your own piece of furniture to transform.

And, for those of you who have been telling me that you're interested in trying Fusion paint, we'll be having a $150 giveaway that you won't want to miss.  It is a fantastic paint and someone will be lucky enough to give it a try!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I'll see you back here tomorrow!

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