“Two coats of paint and that pink mess is still showing through!”
I was talking to myself in a VERY disgusted tone of voice. I was working on a “refinishing” project that I had GREAT plans for.
Does that ever happen to you?
We usually stoop to this behavior when we are frustrated that:
- our work is not progressing as we planned
- we are forced to repeat a task we already thought was finished
- we have to repeat instructions ONE MORE TIME! (moms? teachers?)
- things are not turning out as we planned
Pretty much everyday occurrences, yet we allow frustration to take over.
It started like this….
I bought an old buffet at a yard sale. It was in rough condition – which made it affordable for me. It had a veneer surface, which I knew would be a challenge to repair, but the claw feet were so impressive. So, I got out the trusty stripper.
ok… VARNISH STRIPPER, old rags, and set to work. I realized very soon that this piece, because of its age, had old varnish that was not responding to my efforts.
I was undeterred. I kept at it. I had to justify this purchase as a hidden treasure – NO MATTER WHAT!
I finally removed all the old varnish that I could and it looked…well….terrible. Parts of the veneer were gone or loose, so I pulled them off. Now I REALLY had a mess.
So I did the next best thing. If refinishing fails, paint the wood.
I painted the wood, except for the top piece, because that wood was a solid piece of beautiful oak.
But the parts I painted antique white looked pink!
I painted on another coat – it still looked pink!
I let it dry…still pink.
Phil noticed my frustration and asked, “Why did you paint it?”
NOT what I needed to hear at this point….
But he did offer some good advice. He said I should get some KILZ paint which is made to cover mistakes. This project was turning out to be a BIG mistake, so I did as he suggested.
After painting, I sanded some of the edges to give the piece an aged, distressed look. (It was aged after all and had caused me distress!)
Then I added some tiles I had purchased at a yard sale 3 years earlier, just because I liked the way they looked. They fit perfectly where I had pulled off some of the veneer.
I spray painted the handles to look like hammered pewter and I was done.
I actually liked the finished results. The white paint ended up fitting in with the white cupboards in our kitchen so much better than a totally wood piece would have done.
We are studying the book of Colossians and the following verses made me recall my “refinishing” project.
Colossians 3:8-10 (NLT)
8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Just as I had to strip off the old varnish, God wants me to strip away my old sinful nature.
But that is not all – “put on the NEW nature.” I had to put on three coats of white paint to avoid having the old varnish show through as a pink tint.
As a Christian, I must get rid of the old nature and allow God’s Holy Spirit to renew me from the inside out. Then my new nature will be what shines through so others see Jesus as I am renewed to become more like Him.
May Jesus renew each of us from the inside out!