Thursday, November 1, 2007

Don't Let This Woman Loose With a Paintbrush




I think I already told you that I'm a frustrated artist. I don't think I've picked up a paintbrush in years. Which is why I don't quite understand how I managed to spend last Monday painting a mural on my pantry doors.







It had been planned, sort of. I'd seen a beautiful mural in a house tour a few years back, so the idea was percolating somewhere below the surface. You know how you see something, and you say "I could do that." Dangerous thought.








My pantry used to be a bedroom closet with sliding doors. When we took down a wall to expand the kitchen, we turned the closet into a pantry, fully expecting to replace the doors with something a bit more decorative -- maybe some beautiful architectural salvage.







But then a woman with a paintbrush happened along. Moi. My husband, bless his heart, came home from a meeting in Chicago late Monday night, took one look at it, and said "Wow, that looks great!" Then he saw my hesitation, and asked, "Do you like it?"










Honestly, I'm not sure yet. I think it will grow on me. I think.

35 comments:

  1. I think it looks fantastic Mary! Much better than plain white doors:>) Believe in yourself, youhave talent!

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  2. It looks great Mary. I agree to give it time to grow on you as you did a wonderful job on it. Guess you have become that aspiring artist you dreamed about. Are there shelves in the pantry? I am just sitting here wondering what kind of treasures are inside there too. :)

    ~~ Heidi ~~

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  3. Thanks, guys -- you're so sweet! Heidi, there are shelves in there, but it is a food pantry, so unless you think cereal is a treasure, there's not much to see! :)
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  4. Mary you did a wonderful job! You are talented!! Gorgeous!

    Annie

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  5. OMGOSH! You did a fabulous job! Oh how I envy people who can draw and paint. I think that is a fabulous addition to your room :-)

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  6. I think it's fabulous!!!!

    You are so talented Mary. Give yourself a little pat on the back from me and a big old high five!

    Love,
    Julie

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  7. That's the trouble with artist types, you're far too critical:) It looks amazing!!!

    Rhonda

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  8. I think it looks really good, Mary.
    Oh, and I remember the time we all posted the inside of our pantries and you'd be surprised at how great some of them were. I have a feeling the inside of yours is all organized and pretty.
    Your art work is very nice!
    bj

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  9. oh! it's LOVELY! I think you did a fantastic job! Isn't it nice when hubbies love our work?
    :) abbie

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  10. It looks great mary, good job!

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  11. Mary,
    What fun. Sometimes we just have to takes the big leap ( kind of like me trying to get my blog off the ground). For what it is worth, I think it looks great!
    Janet

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  12. I think you should pick up a paintbrush more often because your pantry doors look AWESOME!!!! You are truly talented!!!!!! Thanks for sharing :o)
    ~Des

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  13. Oh, you did a lovely job. I have painted murals and this is really nicely done. We are always our own worst critics. It is perfectly created in proportion to the scale of the room and the colors are soft and lovely. Karen

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  14. I LOVE it. Wonderful colors and I think you did a great job. I wouldn't have had the guts to try it.

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  15. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your doors!!! Believe me, it is splendid!!!!!!!! You are amazing with a paint brush! Excellent!!
    xo,
    Becky

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  16. I love it! Your husband is right, it looks great. You have a wonderful talent. Linda

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  17. I love it, Mary! You did a fantastic job & I think you should try that painting talent out more often. I have NO creativity with painting stuff like that, so I'm always envious of those who do...and you do.

    Rhoda

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  18. Wow Mary, I think it looks fantastic! You did a beautiful job.

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  19. Oh I really like it!
    I also like your pitcher holding brushes. I do the same with my brushes. A pretty vintage thing is so good as a holder, don't you agree?!
    Amy

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  20. Your mural looks fantastic! When my children were little, we painted their bathroom with a zoo mural - complete with hot dog stand and balloon seller :-} It's a bit addictive- so I can see you viewing walls as bare canvases and painting many more murals :-}

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  21. Mary, your pantry doors look beautiful! You are very talented.. you should be proud of yourself.

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  22. Wow, I think it's beautiful! It's amazing how it transformed those white doors!

    I'm the same way with my art so I completly understand how you feel. I'm working on a project combining a drawing I did with some sewing so hopefully I will like it enough to put it on my blog.

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  23. Mary,
    I love it!! Very nicely done! See, that is why I gave you the award!! :-)))))
    Penny

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  24. Looks fantastic...
    You paint beautifully!
    Priscilla

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  25. Whoa! That was pretty brave - and it turned out great.

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  26. Mary, it is truly FABULOUS! You're very talented! I love it. Do you make house calls??? lol
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

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  27. Oh, I love your mural. Very gracefully done. It draws me right in. Good job. Your husband is a sweetheart for acknowledging your handy work.

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  28. Mary, it is WONDERFUL!!! I really love it - AND envy your talent! You should be very proud!!!

    xo,
    Kim

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  29. Are you kidding? It is gorgeous! You are quite a talent! I love it.

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  30. I love it! :) I love murals better than wallpaper anyday.

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  31. Mary you did a beautiful job on the doors, I agree completely with your husband.

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  32. It's beautiful! Great job!

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  33. Ohhh, that's wicked cool! Did you wind up keeping it? What a wonderful idea...truly!

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  34. hi there..that looks very pretty!

    i was quite taken with your comment about not having been able to pick up a paintbrush in years--i could so relate to that! kudos for finally doing so. and you're really lucky to have a husband whose really understanding as well.

    we artists tend to have "those days.." don't be disheartened. take it one day at a time. you're very talented. hope to see more of your paintings here!

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  35. Oh. My. God!!

    This is gorgeous, Mary.

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