Hidden Wounds- When Painted Furniture Bleeds Through

If you’ve followed me for long or read my ebook, you know that for me, furniture painting is so much more than furniture painting! My satisfaction comes in the story that each piece holds. It comes from being able to tell that story!

He came to me like this:Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom CreationsNot so bad from a distance but the closer you get…

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations…the more obvious the damage. I see it time and time again. People give up on pieces with flaws of this magnitude. The work seems too arduous and most just aren’t willing to invest the time. Despite the deep wounds and plentiful scars, he was strong. He still had purpose, and was still worthy of love. I could see his value!

So, I sanded out the deep wounds on top then gave him a good cleaning with T.S.P.. The drawers were worn but the wood grain was still so beautiful. I knew they could be salvaged so I just cleaned them with vinegar and water. (T.S.P. should only be used if you plan to paint the piece.)

To prevent bleed through {of tannins held deep in the wood} from surfacing, I coated the body (which was to receive paint) in clear shellac.Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

I then layered on three different colors, beginning with Benjamin Moore’s Weimaranar {mixed with Websters Chalk Paint Powder}. Note how shiny the dresser is after two coats of shellac…

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom CreationsWebsters Chalk Paint Powder makes adhesion superb! The second coat was Slate by Moxie Paints…so in love with this color.

moxie paints- Dresser makeover by A to Z Custom CreationsI finished the “Layers of Love” with Benjamin Mooore’s Antique white. All was good at this point and I was ready to apply “The Finishing Touch”. I used my wet and dry method to strategically reveal his layers and highlight all his perfect imperfections. We were in tune with one another, singing the same song. I had a clear vision of how he was going to look…Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

…then this happened!Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom CreationsAs soon as the moisture from the clear coat got to him, the old wounds resurfaced. Now, bleed through is never a good thing but the lesson it taught me was! More on that in a sec…

I spot treated all the bleed through with clear shellac and repainted with Antique White. I gently wet distressed those areas to reveal the layers in those areas. Using sandpaper would have removed the shellac, making way for the bleeding to come back. I sealed the piece again with my custom clear for lasting protection.

Would you look at him now?

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Two Toned dresser by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Two Toned dresser by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Two Toned dresser by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom Creations

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds. Layered Paint Finish by A to Z Custom CreationsHis dark body {restored with Daddy Van’s all natural wax in Antique Brown} contrasts so beautifully next to his white suit…

Hidden Wounds-When Furniture Bleeds

Handsome, right?

Now for the life application…It’s crazy to me but, sometimes the story in a piece can parallel my own life. Last week was one of those “lesson” weeks for me. Over and over, the same idea presented itself to me. In song, on social media:

11377277_857787880982156_7494596514405249796_n…and finally in this piece of furniture. You see, we are really no different from this piece, friends. We all carry around hidden scars or “ghosts” as Rupi Kaur so beautifully illustrated. Often times we bury them or cover them up with things that satisfy temporarily. We move on believing the wound has healed then, out of nowhere, when things appear to be going great, the bleeding finds its way back to the surface. Ohhhh, how this piece was meant to come to me at this very point in my life! It served as a great reminder…no matter how much you prepare, no matter how much love you pour in, some wounds run deep and need extra attention. The ones you can’t see are the hardest to heal and they always seem to resurface. Merely “painting” over them will never work.

Sure, it takes some extra work to adequately treat the wounds but if you don’t put in the work, the bleeding will continue and spill over into other areas. It made me realize the importance in recognizing each wound AS it surfaces and give it a proper place. Assign it a purpose and don’t allow it to cloud your future. Even the painful things in our life serve a purpose.

That was me preaching to myself, friends but it sure felt like someone else needed to hear it! I pray it was meant for you!

To conclude, I’m not sure who I feel the most sorry for…the one who let him go because of his flaws or myself because I can’t keep him. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t make him fit into my space. My satisfaction comes in knowing I had a hand in his healing though. I hope his perfect imperfections make him all the more alluring to his next lover. He’ll take a piece of my heart with him, no doubt!

Smooches to all my perfectly imperfect readers!

 

 

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  1. Oh, how I relate to this entire post…we do ‘everything right’, we staunch the bleeding with shellac, lovingly tend to the visible scars, get on with the next phase filled with hope and anticipation…then it happens. The signs begin to appear…there’s no hiding the seepage and it mars our lovely topcoat. It’s so easy to fall prey to the belief that this indicates the damage runs too deep, why bother even trying to apply a fresh coat of anything. Everyone can see that it’s (we’re) permanently scarred.

    That voice of shame is a liar. It feeds on every slight imperfection, gaining strength like a bloated tick every time we believe it.

    Here’s to tending the wounds, lovingly applying great love and care where needed, and carrying on with the job at hand.

    He’s a beautiful creature (we all are), and his new-found dignity and poise is the true expression of his inner strength. Thank you for seeing him, when all other eyes dismissed the potential. Thank you for tending him and allowing him to shine once again.

    • I always appreciate your feedback, Heather! The voice of shame IS a liar! Thank you for adding to the conversation with your insightful thoughts! XOXO

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