I have a list of work-related tasks that I need to get done this week. It’s a long list. But I haven’t been able to focus on it. Does that happen to you? You KNOW you should be doing one thing but your mind just won’t let you “go there” until you finish the-thing-that-you-really-want-to-be-doing? That happens to me a lot. And I confess that it happened to me this week.
The thing is this. I bought a jewelry box at a yard sale about a year ago. It’s been on my project list since then, and this weekend it called to me. I have no idea why it chose this weekend since it was very inconvenient for me. But nevertheless, it did.
The golden oak was dated, the interior rose color was not my favorite, and whoever owned this before me must have sprayed perfume in every drawer. A really awful smelling perfume. Several times this past year I thought…. “Nah… it’s just not worth the trouble to refinish it,” or “That perfume smell is NEVER going to go away.” But then I got that nudge and decided to tackle the project.
After giving it a very light sanding, I used Chocolate Fusion Mineral Paint to paint the body, White to paint the inset at the top, and Algonquin to paint the lid and trim. I gave the edges a light sanding, and then applied a wax coating for protection. I added a little white wax here and there on the body to add interest and black wax on the white trim to add depth. The fabric of the doors and drawers was in great condition, but the fabric in the top part of the jewelry box was dirty and stained. I placed a pretty fabric around the edges on the top area and then lined it all with soft flannel. (Definitely not perfect, but it’s better than it was.) I decided to leave the interior fabric alone. I applied Silver Paint on the gold handles, then rubbed some of it off to get a worn look.
I am pretty happy with the result. But almost as important, is that NOW I can get back to work without my mind dragging me into the family room – where, you can see from the pictures, is still not painted or put together in any way. That’s okay. It makes it a GREAT place for me to work on a project.
So my question is this: Are you more disciplined than I am? Can you ignore those “callings” when they come to you? What’s your secret to staying on task?
P.S. As for the awful perfume smell….. I tried several methods to remove odors (baking soda, newspapers, etc), but what finally worked was just removing all of the drawers, opening the top doors, and leaving everything outside for about a week!