When I was little and my mom would ask me to do a chore, I remember protesting. My brother and sisters did it, too. I guess that is nature of kids, more fun, less cleaning. If my old Uncle Dominic was around to witness this, he would always say, "It takes longer to talk about it, than it does to do it."
As I got older, I realized that he was not wrong and today, his words came flooding back into mind when I looked at my tattered and painted old milk can. It was in need of an update, one that I had talked about doing for years, but obviously never accomplished.
I picked it up for about $5 at a garage sale. It was already painted red, a bonus, weathered and scuffed up. In other words, it was perfect. However, as time has passed, I have felt the need to add something to it, to call attention to its prettiness.
I wanted it to really stand out. I knew that stenciling it was the way to go, even had one picked out that I picked up at Michael's (with a coupon, of course). I talked about doing it all the time, but ugh, I would have to get out the paints, blah, blah, blah.
It just never got done.
Then today, I decided to just do it. It took me all of about five minutes. It's still nicked and scuffed, but that's part of its vintage charm.
I wiped the can down to remove the dust and taped the stencil to it.
I am a lazy painter and not a perfectionist, so I put some white paint on a piece of paper and quickly patted the paint over the stencil with a foam brush.
I removed the stencil and I was done. Or was I?
You see, now that the can had been adorned, the grey planter sticking out of the top looked even more terrible than before. I wasn't going to remove it, because it fit the space and the plants were thriving. Filling that whole can with dirt is unnecessary and finding a better fitting option at 8am was not happening.
So, I improvised.
I grabbed some red paint and using that same foam brush, I covered the plastic awfulness.
Next season I'll buy a more appropriate pot.
Or maybe I'll just talk about it for the next few years.
Are you more of a talker or a doer?
What do you think of my old milk can now?