I have actually completed a project. And for my first step into restoration, I’m pretty pleased with it. Pictures of finished and in progress table will be interspersed throughout this post. So to start – the six hats. Following is a conversation approximated from memory on why a section of painting peeled off after it dried.
Me: So why did this section of the paint come off?
Karla: Well there are a few reasons this could have happened, depending on what sort of things were on the wood before you painted it. In this case, you had stain which was already applied to the wood. We used the stripper on it and scraped it away but this patch still had a bit on it, which was enough to stop the chalk paint from sticking to it when it dried.
Me: That sucks! What are we going to have to do?
Karla: Your options are basically to either scrape just that patch of paint off and repaint that place, or we can scrape the whole patch of paint off and repaint the entire top. Which is going to be pretty disheartening I’m sure. The only problem with the first method is that there’s a good chance that there will be a big noticeable edge to the paint which I can guarantee will really annoy you every time you see that. But obviously it’s up to you, what do you want to do?
Me: Audibly sighs Well I guess I’d rather just go for the patch of it. That way I’m doing a lot less work again. I guess if it doesn’t look great we can scrape the whole top.
Karla: That’s probably what I’d do too. Let’s do it!
As for the six hats, the conversation can probably be sorted like this.
White Hat (Information) – In the white hat section I would put in the part where Karla was telling me about why the paint came out, as well as the two ways to go about fixing about it.
Red Hat (Feelings) – The red hat section would hold my exasperation towards the fact that a part of my paint job didn’t work. When I said it sucked, or when I sighed.
Black Hat (Critical Thinking, Decisions) – This part would hold my justification for choosing which course of action I thought was best to use. I used my decision making skills to be efficient with time and previously allotted efforts in painting the table.
Yellow Hat (Insights) – A yellow hat moment would have been when Karla agreed with my choice to only repaint a part of the table. It reaffirmed my opinion that it was a good idea.
Green Hat (Openness to Other Ideas) – My green hat moment was when I asked Karla what the best thing to do was after she told me why my paint didn’t stick.
Blue Hat (Defining the Conversation) – This is the one hat I could use more work in. This particular conversation was not super thought out in advance. I was frustrated with my paint job failing a little bit, and Karla wanted to get me back on track with my project so it would be complete by that evening.
And now for part two, alternatives.
As far as alternatives, Karla’s mentoring method has been very open. She is eager to hear my opinions and gives me lots of options in what I want to do. She agrees that restoration can’t really be judged, and has much more to do with personal taste than to do with any generally agreed upon ‘style’. Specific alternatives have been offered, like the direction on which I wanted to take my in-depth project in the first place. We were both glad to find out we liked less traditional furniture pieces, moving away from the typical dark wood stains and enjoyed more modern paint styles. I also have been offered alternatives in the projects I do. Karla already had the table which you see in these pictures, but made it clear that I was more than welcome to find another item off of Craigslist or any other sources to find something. This is what I will be doing for my next piece of furniture. Another mentor might give me smaller and less important alternatives, like the colour of my paint or the ways to remedy minor problems, although I have not had any lack of these alternatives offered to me with Karla. Overall, I think she is a really helpful mentor and I couldn’t think of any ways the options and alternatives she gives me to be any better or more useful.
Until next time!