My parents celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary this year.
Their anniversary date is December 25th.
I don’t know if you recognized it right away but they have to celebrate their anniversary on Christmas.
So….there would be a lot going on this day of the year and many times their anniversary would go by without much fanfare.
I wanted this year to be different.
I told my mother to pick out a piece of furniture and I would paint it for them.
It was harder than I thought it would be because I wanted it to be special.
First I did this…….
Which was pretty but I wasn’t wanting to leave the top the original color. It was actually prettier in the photos than in real life.
I wanted to accent the legs and spindles of this piece with white and felt like too many things would be going on with the top left stained.
So, I painted the top and accented areas white and distressed the whole piece.
It was sweet but it wasn’t “special”. I wanted sentimental…and I just wasn’t feeling it.
So, this table sat in my garage for a couple of days while I tried to figure out what I wanted.
I have really wanted to try to “paint” vines, flowers or something on a piece and I kept wondering if this is the piece I should try it on.
My parents would be the perfect guinea pigs. My mom had acted like every art project in my life was a Mona Lisa and my dad would proudly wear his “Worlds Greatest Dad” hand painted t-shirts in front of anyone……so why not test out my “artistry” skills on them.
I wanted something different…something romantic.
I started envisioning this look after seeing it on Pinterest.
OK…….let’s get this straight…….
I am NOT an artist like Luiza who painted the beautiful birds that were my inspiration….and I’m embarrassed to show you my finished product.
So….lift your right hand…face it towards the screen with your fingers spread open….now place it on the screen so that you are peeping through your fingers and will just get a “sifted version” of what I’m going to show you…..Kk?
Ok…here it is a little closer……
I wanted “Love birds” for my mom and dad.
The piece was “worn” and “loved” but I wanted it to tell a story.
A love story……..
They loved it.
I’m not sure that I will be attempting this again anytime soon but it was fun to attempt for my parents.
I wanted the two branches to meet in the middle. I painted both branches to wrap up each side of the end table and come together on the top where the two love birds sit.
I was so nervous when I gave it to them. A few of my sisters and brothers and their families happened to be there, which made me even more embarrassed and I kept saying over and over that they were love birds. I must have belted that out like ten times when anyone said something about “the birds”. Then I went on and on about how it really didn’t match their living room. Then I rambled about the macaroni frames and greatest dad tee’s. I also must have said over twenty times that I was two months late with their anniversary gift. Then I kept showing them where I messed up…….and I just kept talking….and talking…and rambling and rambling…….
Yeah…it was a precious ceremony.
I’m a dork.
But for some reason, I think that “me” being “me”………
Made it even clearer to them that it was a gift from my heart.
Or made it clear that I definitely talk.too.much.
Either way. I did it. It is finished. It is done. It is sitting in their living room taunting me every time I go over there now.
Did you get the whole love bird look? Do I dare ask?
Have you ever dared to paint art?
Some of my readers are the most talented artists.
I envy them.
I would love to hear your thoughts.