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I love the silky smooth feel of this piece.  Seriously can't keep my hands off it.  Sounds weird right?  But it's true.  It's hard for me to walk through a store and NOT touch the furniture.  What can I say? This painted furniture makeover is basic chalk painting in it's simplest...

I have a THING for brushes! 
my favorite paint brushes 2 Purdy 2 inch angled brush, Frenchic oval, round wax
Paint brushes, wax brushes, buffing brushes, foam brushes, artist brushes ~ you name it, I have a thing for them and have become a wee bit finicky over the years in what I choose to paint furniture.  I've learned through my own experiences that using the right brush makes all the difference in a quality finish.  Below I've listed my absolute favorite brushes that I couldn't do without.

How to Create a Venetian Bronze Finish on a Brass Chandelier When I first started creating this type of finish,  I was using toxic products from a very well known brand of chalk paint.  It makes me sick to think about the horrific odors my sister and I inhaled back then...

I found this antique bow front dresser two years ago during a trip to one of my favorite places ~ Traverse City, Michigan.

I usually  bi-pass pieces that need a lot of work and this one was definitely in need of some TLC, but I knew there was a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

I hauled it home then stashed it in our workshop for years.  Each time I thought about working on it, I dreaded removing the damaged veneer so I'd push it aside and move on to another piece.  I had it so long that I actually tried listing it for $45.  Apparently nobody else wanted to make the repairs either so I decided to dig in and salvage it.  I had just returned to work after my surgery to remove Chondrosarcoma and I was on a mission for new beginnings!

Don't fight the Character, Embrace it!

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Today I'm revisiting one of our most popular posts written a couple years ago.  I love painting this whimsical patchwork style and on this cold, dreary, SNOWY April day, I needed a little whimsy to brighten my spirits.  Hoping for warmer days ahead this summer.  Enjoy!! Do you ever have one of  THOSE days?  THOSE...

Want the scoop on the hottest paints?   Confused about which paints are good, which are junk, what's safe, what's not, what works, what doesn't?  Then look no further because Cathy have already done the homework for you.  We've spent the past six months experimenting with all then paints on the market and are...

We seldom have time for custom work anymore but I made an exception recently for a client who originally had purchased one of the other buffets I had painted.   After she sent me the picture of what she was looking for, I realized what would work better was a piece...