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What is your passion?

Some people have a passion for creating, law, art, designing, decorating, medicine, teaching etc.  How do you know when you have passion?  Passion is when you you start something and suddenly the day is gone and you’ve forgotten to eat, forgotten to sleep, or didn’t realize that you’ve done ‘something’.  Have you ever gotten lost like that?

When I am lost in my passion, I feel at home. (that’s my quote, never been written and I’m going to make a sign for it. :) ). My mind is relaxed and I’m at peace.

When I’m refinishing furniture, painting picture frames, sanding, nailing, ripping, writing, editing pictures, painting, etc., I have no concept of time – I’m lost, I’m focused and I’m happy. So when it came to redoing my daughters room, while I was under a tight timeframe, when I was actually doing the work I was happy.  All of my other worries were cast aside and I was lost in the task.  When I finish something like this, I have a fleeting moment of accomplishment of a job well done and then I’m sad because it’s over. I’m sad, only because I’m thinking ‘what else can I make better?’  {which is why I’m always going to have projects}. 

I crave that passion, it’s my version of adrenaline rush: I have literally picked up furniture off the side of the road and yelled back to my son who is sitting in the car “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” and was thrilled for the rest of the day at my find.  I have no actual use for the piece in my house, but I see the potential in it and I have to fix it.  My husband and son see this as work, for me it is play – I can’t explain it, it just makes me happy. {shrug}

While everyone was playing Uno, I was in the cold garage giving this almost 100 year old furniture a face lift. This furniture was given to my grandparents as a wedding gift, then was handed to my mom, then handed to me and now I’m giving it to my daughter.  It has history, it has memories and now it is hers.

Bedroom Makeover by GrinningLikeAnIdiot-0171

Here is what her furniture looked like before.

Redecorating Em's Room by Grinning Like An Idiot-0016

And this is the furniture while in progress.  Painting furniture is super easy.  Sand, if needed, then get Kilz tinted with the paint color you want and then polyurethane it several times, let it dry and then lightly sand with steel wool.  It just takes a bit of patience, and a lot of bending and stooping.

What is your passion? What do you get lost in? 

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  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    You make it sound so easy, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have quite the smooth time of it that you do. I love what you’ve done so far.

  • http://kidthings.net/ C @ Kid Things

    Those pieces are going to be beautiful! I tried to paint a dresser many years ago. It didn’t take as well as I would have liked. I’m pretty sure I didn’t sand it like I should have, though.

  • Megan @ That Neat Blog

    You are very talented. My passion would have to be dancing. I love to dance and could do it all day. Would love to choreograph an event or play one day.

  • http://thetravelingpraters.com/ Tonya @ The Traveling Praters

    I love to brighten up my house by painting my furniture. But my passion is travel. I love to travel and create memories with my family.

  • Tammy_3DifferentDirections

    Oh that’s gonna be so nice! I desperately want to paint our bathroom cabinets, but so far my hubby is not on board with the idea.

  • mumseword

    wow… you are amazing and so creative too! That’s a great passion you have!

  • http://katietalksabout.com/ Katie

    that turned out great! I have a few, animal rights, car seat safety, and of course my love of baseball!

  • Jennifer H

    One of my passions is writing, that’s why I have a blog! :)

  • Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

    I guess my passion is writing or photography. I’m by no means an expert at either but I enjoy doing both.

  • Kait

    My passion is teaching however the State is totally ripping that away from me. :(

  • Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity

    Travel would be my passion if I could afford to do it more than I am able to now. Someday though when the kids are grown my passion is going to have free range.