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The rebel made me do it

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I just scrolled down my list of blogs and was surprised by how many there were. I definitely don't consider myself a 'blogger' by any stretch of the imagination. I mainly started blogging on here to record my weekly weight gains/loses so I could better keep track of my journey. I also like to throw in random blogs for fun too.

I tried blogging once before but gave up before writing the first word. It was going to be a DIY-furniture-rehab kind of blog. Out of the blue, I decided I would start revamping old furniture and that a blog would make a nice companion for all my amazing future projects.

For some reason I thought I was craftier than I really was. I blame a weekend spent watching too much HGTV.

Seeing as this would be my first furniture rehab for my fancy new blog, I wanted to start out with something easy - a side table.

I found the perfect little table at a local thrift store and decided a fun coat of paint would really spice it up. I thought I'd be super creative and paint the Union Jack on it (you know... the British flag). Granted it's been done a million times over by now, but back then it was a new and fresh trend.

Well I sanded the table down - not my favorite thing to do but I knew it was a step I couldn't afford to skip. I then painted it white and started taping off the design of the flag. The smarty-pants in me Googled the exact dimensions of the flag and had the main cross looking pretty good outlined in painters tape, but in the end I realized I taped it off too big and it didn't leave much room for the rest of the flag's intersecting lines.

No problem. Any good crafter worth their weight in popsicle sticks always has a plan B up their sleeve.

I kept the taped off cross that I worked so meticulously at centering and decided to only paint the main cross and not the other intersecting lines.

I had already purchased the red and blue paint for the flag so I figured I'd still use those colors but maybe I could plan B that arrangement as well. Why not? What's the harm in doing that?

So plan B (part 2) involved flipping the colors on the table. I would paint it blue on the inside (instead of the outside) and red on the outside (instead of the inside).

Awesome idea Kristina - you're a natural at this! Pretty soon Miss Mustard Seed will be contacting YOU for tips on painting furniture.

After I was done painting, I took a step back to admire my fine craftsmanship.

Oh. My. God.

Looking down at my innocent little side table, I slowly but surely came to the realization that I had accidentally painted the confederate rebel flag on my table.

Yep. All I was missing was a couple of white stars and this table was now offensive to many, many people.

I could not believe I did that. I remember writing a paper in college attacking the rebel flag and all that it stood for and here I was hand-painting one with tender loving care. Ugh! (insert face-palm)

So then I had to go back and re-paint the offending table the reverse colors. Below is a photo of the nice attempt gone wrong.

After this one project, the confidence I had in my furniture re-purposing abilities was shaken to the core. I got rid of the table during a yard sale and I never started the blog about furniture up-cycling.

I actually have several projects that are still on hold for fear of accidentally painting a Nazi symbol on something.

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    If ever you find yourself doing a swastika, just remind yourself it was a Hindu religious symbol millennia before that punk Hitler stole it.

    As for the table, that finished product looks pretty spiffy.

    I second the motion for you to keep blogging whenever and on whatever crosses your mind :)
    1884 days ago
    Hahahahahaha, I haven't laughed that hard reading a blog in some time! I think you should definitely keep blogging cause you always make me laugh. This one takes the celery (didn't want to say cake lol) so far :)
    1884 days ago
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