UPDATE: We raised $535 with this silent auction. We were featured on the front page of the local newspaper, The Huron Expositor. Thanks to all who bid on items or donated to the cause. We are blessed to be a part of such a caring community!
I have been privileged to get to know other furniture artisans online. One of them, Julie McDowell, has inspired me with her creativity and talent. Recently she started a brand new Facebook group called “Paint it Forward.”
Julie described the group:
Paint it Forward is a collective of artists who wish to give back to their local communities. Inspiring members of this group to select a matter or matters that they care deeply about in their locale, whether it be supporting a struggling neighbour or the homeless shelter down the road. They then use this platform to promote their cause and their work which can be sold for partial or full profit, whatever you can manage! A small act of kindness.
This is about raising awareness, making art matter even more, and paying it forward: one drop at a time.
Art matters! I am a furniture artist, and I care deeply when I hear that people are suffering. One of those who is suffering is a neighbour of mine, a little girl named Rebecca who is battling cancer. When Julie formed the group, Paint it Forward, I thought “I could paint a piece and donate it to raise money for this little warrior in my neighbourhood.”
I really don’t have a way to advertise, except for online, but I knew that Betty Small from Sally’s Closet in Seaforth would jump at the chance to help someone. I asked her if she’d mind organizing a silent auction, and she agreed!
This is the piece I decided to transform from an ordinary (and ugly) sideboard:
It needed a LOT of work. The back of it was warped and moldy, so it had to be removed. The shelves weren’t worth keeping, so off I traipsed to our local Rona, where Al kindly cut the boards to form the back, the shelves, and the bottom of the large drawer.
I sanded and prepped the piece by cleaning it thoroughly, then gave it a full coat of grey, a combination of Fusion’s Soapstone and Little Lamb. I then applied Brushed Steel, a gorgeous metallic from Fusion Mineral Paint. Inside was grey, and the outside of the piece was the beautiful, shiny Brushed Steel.
Two of the doors were missing the glass, so I added some chicken wire for interest. I distressed the doors to reveal a bit of the underlying pink, which is Rebecca’s favourite colour. I lined the drawers with the perfect wallpaper, covered in pink hearts.
I then added some embellishments with Fusion’s Pearl Tinting kit. It looks fabulous against the Brushed Steel!
Here is the side view:
And here is the front view of the completed sideboard:
This beautiful, unique piece of furniture has been delivered to Sally’s Closet in Seaforth. It will be on display until the end of February. Stop in and have a look at it and at the other items for sale in the silent auction. We are Rallying for Rebecca, and we hope you’ll join in!