Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Words of Advice

My son needs a chair for the desk I'll be painting.
I found this one.
I like it because it's very sturdy and
will hold up to the things that boys do to chairs.
(My boys like to do a balancing act
on only the back legs.)

I spray painted it black, of course,
but I couldn't stop there.
One of the great things about blogging
is that it challenges me to add
one more step to my projects.
I pulled out my silver paint pen
and outlined the chairs details.
I sanded it to give it a head start on the distressing
that it will naturally occur in my son's room.
It still didn't look finished.
That little flat bracing challenged me to do a little more.
Keeping in mind that my son is now twelve
and whatever I do, it will have to last from "tween" years
through, possibly, young adulthood.
I chose to write some words of advice.
Then I softened the writing by sanding it
with a fine grit paper.
I'm pretty pleased with the final look.
I hope my son will like it too!

40 comments:

Krista said...

Very nice! I love it...I made a sign up the other day for our teenage daughters room with a few of those reminders :) It never hurts!

Great job!
Krista

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I adore it.
Great ideas about the words on the back-they'll just have to sink in while he's sitting there!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Joy,
That looks fabulous. I thought it was great black, but when you added the silver...wow!

Candy Graber said...

This is a great chair! Did you sand it before you painted it??

Aubrey said...

What an incredibly good idea to put Pres. Hinckley's "Be's" on there, along with motherly advice. So different from the typical embroideries or cheap-looking, homemade painted things with the 'be's'. I like it.

Since I'm guessing we live in the same general area of the same state, when does it get too cold for you to spray paint? My mom still has a project she needs to finish, and I'm trying to talk her into doing it in the garage with a space heater, but I don't think she's going for it.

tam said...

I Love it-Great Idea! The final touch was perfect! I am sure he will enjoy that for years to come-especially since his mom did it for him.
~Tam :D

Valarie Lea said...

That final tough is just awesome! Very good idea!

Jen said...

What a fabulous chair. I love what you wrote on the back...great reminders for a young man.

ceekay said...

I don't know whether to squeal in excitement that it is too cute, or cry at the preciousness of it. So sweet.

The Fritz Family Blog said...

Holy Cow! I love this chair! This is spectacular idea and I think I will copy it asap =)

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

What a great reminder. Again, what a transformation black paint makes!!

Erin said...

Great chair! How creative

Sue said...

LOVE this idea....no matter who it is for!!!

Montay said...

I love Love Love that can I copy it please please..

Michelle said...

That looks great! I love idea of writing on the chair. ~Michelle

AJ said...

Love how you added the extra touch:) Have a great Thanksgiving!

Our Complete Family said...

Joy~
That is the best desk chair I've ever seen for a boys room! Your son will love it and I'm sure will enjoy reading the life lessons on the back from time to time...even if he is all boy and won't let on he does!!! ;)
Neat idea~ Les

beth at aunties said...

I Love the Be's! What a wonderful idea to paint them on the back of his new chair to help him remember.
Pres Hinckley was so inspired when he gave that talk to the youth. I now love the book and all the Be's to help me:-)!! The chair looks great.
have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Beth~♥

Michelle said...

Turned out great...I'm sure he will love it!

Happy Thanksgiving♥

Tracey said...

What a great idea! It turned out cute!!

leaca said...

Love this. The Gordon B's have made an appearance, my favorite part.

bec4 said...

This is great, really good way to "lecture" without lecturing! Glad we push you to that extra step!

Rolyndia said...

You are amazing. I was showing my hubby all the cute things you have done and we are both amazed. I will, hopefully soon, go and find some treasures and ix them up.

Shannon said...

Love it!

Sandy Toes said...

Okay..I just love this..I think this is my favorite thing you have ever done! I love the chalkboard on the back..so darling!
Happy Thanksgiving, Joys Of Home!
-sandy toes

Amber said...

Great idea and great advice!

Kacey R. said...

So beautiful and inspiring!

I found some great finds at the flea market! You'll have to pop over when you have time and give me your words of wisdom! :o)

Mavis D. said...

I love it...as usual! I love the words of encouragement. You never know what will sink in their heads.

Boys doing balancing acts...oh never! ROFLOL! I have 5 sons!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

What a neat idea, and constant reminder. You give us so many creative ideas. Thanks! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Jackie

Wendy said...

Never hurts to add a little advice! Very creative!

Carrie's Minnesota-nICE said...
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Carrie's Minnesota-nICE said...

I really like that chair. The words of advice that you added to it are wonderful. Great Idea!

Angie said...

What a great idea to put the words on the chair! I may have to look around my house and see what I can write on!

Maggie May said...

how totally sweet! great job Momma:)

Ali-Pants said...

You're always changing it up, that's why I love your blog!

Laura of Harvest Lane said...

Excellent!

Katie said...

I love that, it is awesome!

new every morning said...

What a great way to encourage your son!
It will be a treasure for a long time.

Jen said...

This is sooooo great!
♥Jen

Kimberly said...

That is awesome super cool. I love the positive message you painted on.

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