Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! I want to tell you about something really cool that happened at our house a couple of weeks ago.
It started with Mom draping our sofa, loveseat and rocking chair in sheets. How interesting! I had never seen her do that before. Next thing I know, she turns the coffee table upside down. Now this was even more interesting. What on earth was she going to do?
Then she brought out all sorts of things: brushes, a can full of white stuff, gloves, a rolly thing in a plastic tray – this was getting better and better.
Ah, she was going to paint the coffee table! I told her I’d help, and I didn’t understand why she didn’t want me to. She mumbled something about “let’s not get any paint on you, Allegra” and gently shoved me away from the table.
After a while, it looked like she was done, but she didn’t put the coffee table right side up. She said it had to dry first. So I made sure to thoroughly inspect it once she let me get near it again.
A couple of hours later, she turned it right side up, and painted the other side. By then, I was getting bored with the whole thing and went off to the bedroom to take a long nap. When I came back in the living room, Mom was done! She said I couldn’t go near the table yet, so I just took a nap next to it until it was dry.
A note from Ingrid: One of the skills, and I use that term very loosely, I gained during the pandemic is painting furniture. I never thought of myself as a DIY person, but I had been wanting to paint my old, beat up coffee table for a long time. I worked up to it slowly: I started with painting a small shelf, and a couple of chairs, to get some practice, and to figure out the best kind of paint to use. I’m a lazy painter, I wanted something that didn’t require any prep – and after experimenting with chalk paint, which I wasn’t crazy about, I landed on Fusion Mineral Paint, which is a dream to work with and results in a gorgeous, durable finish.
I was still nervous about this project. I painted the shelf and chairs in a room behind closed doors so I didn’t have to worry about Allegra getting into things, but the coffee table is too heavy to move very far.
We did pretty good. I’m a messy painter, so at one point, a couple of paint splatters landed on her side, and her tail made contact with a wet paint splotch on the sheet I had underneath the coffee table. Thankfully, I managed to wipe her off quickly before she could take care of it herself.
I won’t be quitting my day job just yet, but I had a lot of fun and it felt good to do something so completely outside of my normal range of activities.