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Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Desk That Speaks to My Soul -Video Tutorial

Every now & then I'll do a project that speaks straight to my soul.
We've all had them. 
That piece that spoke to us.
Maybe the story behind it or the person who owned it was special.
Maybe we just felt an instant pull towards it...a connection of sorts.
Maybe it was one of those pieces that we went to great lengths to get.
Whatever the circumstances, story or situation, anyone who has painted furniture for some time knows exactly what I'm talking about. 
This was that piece for me. 
A simple waterfall desk with no great back story & no interesting tale to be told.

This desk came to me at a time in my life when painting was the very thing 
& one of the only things helping to keep me centered. 
It sat patiently for weeks while I meandered through long days & completed lesser projects. 
I walked past it several times a day, but drew a blank every time I looked at it. 
Nothing. No inspiration to be found. 
One of the things I did during the last few months that helped me tremendously was to write. 
I've always written. 
I think since I could hold a pencil, I've been putting words to paper. 
It's easier sometimes....than talking I think.
After writing one evening, I was doing my nightly cleaning up & walked past this desk one more time. 
This time a feeling pulled me towards it.
Not an idea...but a feeling. 
Before I could even process that feeling, I had pulled her into the dining room & was scrubbing her down.

This poor little lady has seen better days
Once I started cleaning the webs & dust off of her the ideas were coming in full force. 
I was taking notes on scrap paper, sketching with colored pencils & even pulled open my CS5.
The inspiration was coming almost faster than I could keep up with it. 
Like the idea that I would use this desk as my 1st ever video tutorial.
I have always wanted to make some video tutorials.
After all, I'm very visual person myself 
so the idea of being able to show what I was explaining appealed to me.
But honestly, considering I was having as little contact with the outside world as possible during this time I was more than a little perplexed the idea came to me to begin with.
But the idea did come & I rolled with it, no questions asked.
It turned out, this would be, in part, how I found my way back to a life that made sense to me.
I had heard this quote by Sylvia Plath some time ago & it stuck with me.
Struck a chord in me I guess.
It felt......right.
From the very minute I laid brush to wood..... 
a connection was formed. 
A bond.
There was a lot of trial & error during the filming of this video. 
So much to learn.
There were times I almost forgot to hit the record button, I was so lost in my work.
Times I'm surprised I'm not slurring my words from exhaustion.
And let's not even mention the fact that I'm a massive dork when I get nervous & there must have been 50 retakes alone from horrible grammer.
There were hundreds (ok, maybe an exaggeration, but only slightly) of do-overs & interruptions. 
Dogs running into frame, phones ringing, dinner even burning one night, the slamming of fingers in drawers & even a rock star moment of knocking over a full bowl of paint. 
Oh, I never mentioned I was as delicate as a bull in a china shop? huh.
I think I took a total of 5 hours of video just to get the 40 minutes I ended up with.
And of course the fact that it feels weird at first...talking to no one really.
What can I say; Spileberg definitely won't be calling me anytime soon, but I'm okay with that.
 After a while though, I began to feel more comfortable.
I began to really enjoy the process. 
It would be hard not to enjoy it I suppose, when you're able to do the very work that speaks to your heart, you want to spread that joy.....that fire....that passion with others.
Hoping maybe you can inspire just one person to pick up a paintbrush. 
And even if it is just one person you inspire to create....
That's STILL one. 
Either way, this was my piece. 
The piece I was drawn to....connected to.
The piece that didn't have a rich, long or impressive back story.
The one that was never owned by a famous person.
The piece I didn't have to move mountains to get.
But just the same, this was the piece that spoke to my soul & 
all the while I was giving it new life.....
it was rejuvenating me.

We helped put each other back together in a way. 
You might think it would be hard to let this one go, but quite the opposite is true. 
It has served its purpose here & is ready to move on to its forever home. 
I hope whomever ends up with this will get as much joy & happiness out of it as I did in creating it. 
The video.....well, I wouldn't call it A+ work, but it was so much fun to create & it taught me a lot about taping tutorials in general. 
It is longer than some of the others I've seen, but I consistently come across so many people who have questions that have honestly never painted a thing in their lives. 
I wanted to make sure this video was thorough enough that the most novice among us would hopefully feel comfortable recreating this look themselves. 

 The 'Sylvia'

I've included the link below to both parts of the video.

So ends my video debut & I'm off once again to finish up an adorable stand.
I'm starting to get itchy for spring colors & have been doing some mixology 'round these parts. 
Anyone else feeling the spring bug yet?

This project has been linked up to these great parties!

I Heart Nap Time

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Three Mango SeedsDIY Show Off

It's Overflowing

Pieced Pastimes


  1. Congrats on your first video Stacey! You did an awesome job! Sylvia is just beautiful and I totally understand the connection you made - it shines through! ... Both video links above took me to part 2.

  2. Hi Stacey, thanks for your kind comments. This is a beautiful piece. I love the contrast and the wood showing through! Leslie

  3. I am so glad you stopped by my blog! I love your blog! You add such character to all of your pieces!

  4. Hey...I found you! Thanks again so much for stopping by and visiting with me on my blog. Your Sylvia is absolutely gorgeous...I don't know how you could possibly part with it! I see you've figured out how to add party buttons to the end of your post. I'm still trying to figure all that out... :/


  5. So So Pretty...Love your style. Dee from My Painted Stuff

  6. beautiful! love the two toned look and love the hardware!

  7. Hi Stacey, Your desk is simply beautiful. I can understand your connection with the desk and it shines through with it's finish. Would love to have you link this up to 'Saturday Sparks' if you have a chance.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Pieced Pastimes

  8. What a beautiful desk and story!

  9. Great videos Stacey! Lots of tips and tricks, thanks for taking the time to make them. I'm new to this, have done a few pieces, but need more confidence to tackle the big pieces I want to do. This helps.
    Debbie :)

  10. this is an absolutely beautiful desk! I love everything about it. The wood. The white. The quote. I'm in awe! :)

  11. This came out gorgeous!! Great job-- I shared it on facebook-- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=444737162261831&set=a.232530000149216.51425.118325881569629&type=1

  12. Oh my goodness Stacey, your desk is absolutely fabulous. I loved your video. I would love it if you would share this amazing post at our WIW Linky Party. It's still open. Hope you can join us!

    Paula, your newest follower

  13. I'm blown away! You totally rocked this transformation and I'm so excited that you linked up at ITS PARTY TIME. I'm not brave enough to do the video thing but you did great! Getting ready to share this on Facebook! {HUGS!} Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds

  14. The top makes it oh so wonderful. This is gorgeous, well done!

  15. You're a brave soul! :) Love this desk and featuring it tonight on Kammy's Korner! :)

  16. Stacey- I stumbled upon your blog and tutorial while looking for inspiration for my own waterfall desk. I was in awe at the amazing transformation and dropped my phone several times in my haste to watch the videos. It takes a very special person to be willing to share that much knowledge. Your tips and tricks are priceless! I left the videos feeling confident AND inspired. I was able to create a masterpiece that I could not be prouder of (or more humbled by). Thank you!!


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