Do What You Love

For years I have followed a design website. This design website was smaller at first, with its start on blogger when I discovered it in 2004. I would email the site creator how I adored the posts. She would respond with thank-yous. This site lead me to Savannah, where I attended summer school at SCAD. It lead me to discover Charleston, SC. It caused a spiral of DIY creativity in me that was Out. Of. Control. This site was better than anything I had ever found as a creative person. Between the house tours, business savvy tips, buyers guides, the design appreciation… It is everything I could hope and love to find in one location. It is Design*Sponge. Grace Bonney changed so much for me when I discovered her site.
So this summer, when I submitted my before and after project I had been working on for three months to submissions at Design*Sponge and received a response from Grace saying they wanted to feature it, I freaked. Like squealed and jumped up and down and ran out of my office and proceeded to have a private and rather loud celebration for myself outside of my building with no care for passerby’s. I also might have called my sister just to scream and giggle uncontrollably into the phone while she asked repeatedly if I was okay.
Getting on Design*Sponge is a dream come true. But so was completing this refinishing project. I acquired a library card catalogue at a yard sale three years ago and this summer I was finally inspired to work on it. I had big expectations for this piece of furniture and as I took photos of the completed project, I felt incredibly accomplished. After I found a home for it in my apartment (which required completely rearranging everythinggggg) I thought, “What project next?!” Must refinish something else awesome… And so the spiral of creativity continues.
For a full before/after how-to: Read the post on Design*Sponge here!
Thank you Grace Bonney and Design*Sponge for inspiring so many to pursue what they love. I’m not sure I would have ever thought I could accomplish a project like this without you showing me it was possible and constantly giving the inspiration and resources away freely every day.

6 Responses to Do What You Love

  1. NW Studio
    - September 18, 2013 Reply

    *aw* l loved this post: a dream come true in a lot of ways for you.
    go taylor!!

    • taylor
      - September 20, 2013 Reply

      Thank you, Nicole!! :)

  2. Moo
    - October 23, 2013 Reply

    It’s true! You’re so cute. Love you sissy!

  3. Pamela Fogg
    - October 23, 2013 Reply

    I love how you made this into a low and long piece!! Great job Taylor!!

  4. Roxanna
    - November 22, 2013 Reply

    I love this transformation! Do you mind sharing what type of paint you used? I think the matte texture works so well. Thanks!

    • taylor
      - November 22, 2013 Reply

      Thank you, Roxanna! :) I used matte charcoal grey paint: Behr PPU18-19 matte. It includes primer. I’m in love with matte textures so it was really fun to experiment with such a big piece!

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