I've heard there is a **NEW AND TERRIBLE SUPER VIRUS THAT WILL KILL US ALL** floating around out there right now, and I just want to reassure you that it is not the bug I am referring to in the title. I am instead referring to the projecting bug, which it seems that my oldest daughter Brynn has caught. Several years ago she was infected with the germ when a friend of mine gave me a cute white dresser (thanks Becky). The germ lay dormant for several years until I voiced a thought: "Brynn, don't you think it might be fun if we painted those lines in the dresser a different color?" The little germ began to grow and spread and every so often would manifest a symptom - "Mom, remember when you said we could paint my dresser.....? Remember? When can we do it?" I applied remedies and fever suppressors: "Oh, we will....sometime.....soon." Still the disease took hold and started to become serious, so I decided it just needed to run its course. We would do the project.
Initially my plan was to paint the carved lines pink and leave the rest of the dresser white, but then my little pink princess decided to become a little blue tomboy and the plan changed a bit. We decided to paint inside the lines blue, starting with dark blue at the bottom and ending with a light blue at the top.
We used plain old acrylic craft paint, 100% blue for the bottom drawer, 3 squirts of blue plus 1 squirt of white for the second drawer, 2 squirts of each for the third drawer, and 1 squirt of blue plus 3 squirts of white for the top drawer (a very precise and scientific method of paint measurement, I assure you).
We worked on the dresser through the whole week, doing one drawer at a time. I did the lines, Brynn filled in the spaces, and when she wasn't looking I went back and smoothed out the glops. It was a perfect system.
We put the finishing touches on yesterday afternoon, and this morning she is thrilled to have a whole new dresser. CURED! (Or maybe the virus has just gone dormant again, waiting to be reactivated by some project inspiring remark.)
Happy painting, everyone, and remember to wash your hands if you don't want to catch germs!