To the internet, my office looks like this. And mostly this. But it hasn’t looked that way in a long time. I sold the rug at the Big Sale in October and moved the mirror up to the boy’s room. The antelope head is part of the gallery wall.
For the past few months my office has looked like this. I found a mirror on clearance for $30 at Home Goods and I’ve been meaning to paint it. So finally I cleaned up my office and found an inspiration color in my Come Thou Fount canvas.
I do what I always do when I’m painting something small, I mix up all my colors until I get something I like. But once I put the mirror in my office it was too light. So I painted over it and then it was too mauve. So I painted over it and then it was too light pink, so I painted over it and then it was too strawberry.
Currently, it’s still strawberryish. The sun’s been behind clouds for what seems like months, so I’m not going to make a decision until it comes out again. So here it is today. The color is what it is not because it’s my perfect choice but just because I got tired of painting. It doesn’t have to be perfect for me to give up for a while.
Instead of getting mad and crying to my husband and asking him to paint it for me and feeling dumb, and throwing the mirror away and whining that nothing ever goes my way, I just know that this is part of the process. I’m not ruining it, and I still like it better. And when the mood hits, I’ll find that perfect coral.