…bistro set

I love working outside in spring! Of course March is that whole lion and lamb thing so I started this set in my house. No one seemed to mind.

Just a reminder about painting colored furniture, when you go to sand you will get that original color and then the raw wood. Some people hate that original color and others think it enhances the piece. If you do not want the original color showing through then don’t sand instead you can use your dark wax to create a rubbed look. Here’s what I mean:

Also, you will notice that the chairs are straw on the seat. I taped around this. Paint color is Country Grey.

Here’s the end result.

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…foyer table in old white

I recently refinished a beautiful, old piece for a sweet couple. They inherited it and just couldn’t see working the dark wood into their home – a familiar story, yes?

Here is the before:

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And here is the after in Old White.

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…broken wood brushes

Oh, you guys. I heart a beautiful, wood paintbrush but I have found out from years of painting that I sadly cannot rely on them. I so wish I could tell you that they pretty ones are the best, but won’t lie to you.

Have you all experience what I have?

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This is a regular wood brush that you can find at the shops where you buy you Milk Paint and Chalk Paint and such. Mine lost its head after about 2 months worth of painting. It also did a bit of shedding and eventually, literally the inside bristles came out in one big chunk. So not good.

I hate to continue to be a bit critical sounding, but I also find that that more that I use these brushes the stiffer they get. Without flexibility in the bristles, painting becomes more labored and inconsistent.

I realize that if you are starting out and you want to buy the paint with the brush together in one shop it can be less daunting. Go ahead and do it (of course the brushes are not cheap, however). But, if you plan to do many projects, jump on Amazon or go to your hardware store and pick on one of these. My fav brush ever.

The Wooster shortcut with nylon bristles. They are about 5 bucks and it will give you years of happy painting. Eventually all brushes will ware, but this is the best I’ve found.

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I want to help eliminate your frustration if painting does not come naturally so get what works. xo.