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  1. Doris #

    i love your work. i have never had the courage to paint any of the wooden furniture i have. i think it would really update or liven it up. thank you for your inspiration!

    October 23, 2010
  2. Rebecca P #

    I have been studying your blog for most of the ideas for inspiration, and I definitely found it! I can’t wait to find my next piece to paint. I love your work!

    January 7, 2011
  3. Susan J #

    Dear M&M: Thanks to all your inspiration I’ve decided to paint a fairly beat up (some might say hideous) wooden desk in our basement. I want to paint it black and I’ve noticed that you use spray rustoleum paint on a lot of your projects. Can you let me know why you use that particular type of paint – why you use rustoleum on wood and also why spray instead of brush paint? Thanks a bunch! Susan J

    January 10, 2011
    • Hi Susan, Actually I don’t use spray paint on most of the furniture I paint. I mostly use Para oil-based Melamine paint (and a roller) because of the durability, no priming, and the wonderful application and coverage. However, I do use Rustoleum Painter’s touch 2x on furniture occasionally. I highly recommend that brand above all others. I’ve tried them all and Rustoleum is head and shoulders above the rest. When do I use spray paint? Almost always on chairs (rolling chairs is a pain) because you get better coverage. Anything that’s leggy (like my writing desk). I hope this helps. Feel free to email with any other questions! Susan

      January 11, 2011
      • Susan J #

        Thanks for all the info!!

        January 11, 2011
  4. Susan J #

    Hi again Susan! I checked around and it doesn’t look as though Para paints (or Melamine paint in general) are available in the U.S. I would be very happy to take a trip to Toronto to get some because it’s one of my favorite cities, but I don’t think my husband would agree just for some paint (or maybe he would!) In any case, if you have other suggestions for paint, I’d love to hear them. Thanks for your help. Susan J.

    January 12, 2011
  5. Jamie #

    Have you ever painted with metallic paint and if so…did you roll it or use a brush? I recently painted a piece with metallic and as I added a second coat…it seemed the more I did the worse it got…need your input please…thank you!

    January 19, 2011
    • Hi Jamie, I have painted one piece that had metallic highlights. I rolled the whole thing in gray first, then mixed the metallic with some glaze and dry brushed it on. Here’s a photo. I know that Jami @ freckled laundry and the gals at twice lovely do great work with metallic. Also, Cassie @ Primitive and Proper is a pro….she might be able to help better than me!

      January 19, 2011
  6. Ann #

    OMG these are all amazing!! Your choice of color and finish is just spot on.

    April 11, 2011
  7. Saloemie #

    Very cool, you’re very creative!
    Greetings from Amsterdam.

    May 15, 2011
  8. Hannah #

    Love the british flag. So talented. 🙂

    July 1, 2011
  9. Amanda #

    This is exactly what I’m doing now and I love it! I absolutely love finding hidden gems and refinishing them. Nice work!

    July 21, 2011
  10. hi,wow inspiration galore! ive been stalking your blog all night and at this rate I’m never going to bed. We have dogs in common! I was so shocked when I first saw your blog,I also have a golden ‘Riley” And a Shihtzu but his name is Bentley. Too funny. Your home is beautiful warm and welcoming you should be very proud. ❤

    September 16, 2011
  11. Beautiful work. I’m a new follower!

    September 25, 2011
  12. Tiffany #

    Hello! You are SO creative…I can’t take my eyes off of your work! It is so inspiring…Do you happen to have a “How to” section on your blog on how to paint and antique furniture? I would love to use some of your images to re-do some of my furniture, however don’t know how to start the project. I’ve never painted before…..

    October 23, 2011
    • Hi Tiffany, thanks so much. I don’t really have a how-to section. I’m working on an ebook that gives step by step instructions. In the meantime, if you have questions just email me!

      October 23, 2011

    Fantastic work!!!

    November 11, 2011
  14. Jan Shore #

    I am excited to see some of the items you have painted. Sometimes I see old say 80’s furniture that is bulky and sort of yuck… have inspired me to go on and buy it…..then hit it with some paint!! Thanks!

    February 21, 2012

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