I never met a design challenge I didn’t like.
When I was first married we lived in student housing with brick walls that we weren’t allowed to nail anything into. Walls and walls and walls of brick without a single place to hang a picture. Some people might have shrugged at those walls. Some people might have thrown up their hands and rolled their eyes and resigned themselves to being pictureless.
I stood up and took brick wall names and reach for a pencil. The space between the brick was the perfect size to hold a pencil. I’d cram in pencils and then nail nails into the pencil and hang up pictures.
Necessity is the mother of design invention.
Just like this table. It sits out on the porch at the beach house. We got it at a yard sale and it’s cute. And white. Super extra plain boring white.
Literally five minutes per coat and a roll of FrogTape?
Such an easy solution to a boring white table.
Whitney and I taped and painted the first coat in eleven minutes.
I stood on one side of the table and she stood on the other side and we taped off the outer edges first and then the center.
(quick taping tip: to get even stripes–you can actually tape three pieces of tape on each side and then remove the center one–where you’ll paint–to make sure your center stripe is even and the exact width of a piece of tape).
Four pieces of tape.
One coat of SW Naval.
Then leave and get ice cream.
Pick up these cute crab pillows to distract yourself from eating too much ice cream.
Add one more coat of SW Naval.
Now that white table looks like this.
So thankful for those brick walls from long ago. They taught me so much about design challenges.
They taught me to think outside the box.
They taught me to recognize that you don’t have to spend tons of money to make it look beautiful.
They taught me to shop the side of the road and to brake for yard sales and to always make time for ice cream.
Okay—maybe the ice cream part was all me.
But they “schooled” me in the rest. 🙂