…Q’s from tutorials answered

You all are the best! The feedback has been so postive and lovely. Thank you for taking the time to let me know that you are rooting for me. Love to you all.

I wanted to answer some of the questions that I received from readers on the tutorials. Here goes:

“Annie Sloan waxes before she sands. Have you reversed it for a reason?”

Why, yes! It’s due to my lovely children & time management! I personally like to let my wax cue on the piece overnight so it’s not as gooy. You cannot sand over gooy wax because all those little sand particles will just get swooped up on the piece and look muddy and gross. I sand beforehand because it’s one step that I can check off and then I can immediately clear wax the piece without having to wait. I’ve learned alot about efficiency as a mom of 3 and this just works for me!

“Did you ever do a second coat?”

No, I decided not to do a second coat on that dresser because she didn’t want me to. I thought the piece was looking interesting with the dark wood coming through. I thought she wanted to be more on the shabby side. Some pieces don’t, however. If you have a light wood piece of furniture I would suggest doing multiple coats. If it is a lighter piece of wood, when you sand that will come through and may look less antique.

“What if I want to paint the hardware?”

Go for it! A piece can look really cohesive and lovely with the hardware painted. If it’s brassy & ugly paint it!

Do I need Annie Sloan brushes?

Well, yes, kind of. The process will be much easier and your work smoother if you use the right tools. Yes, it is an investment as the brushes run about $40 each for the paint brushes as well as the clear wax and dark wax brush. The materials are not cheap per say, but you will get the best results with the right tools.

Got questions? Post and I’ll answer.




…Favorite Things Friday – Miss Mustard Seed’s Book

I have been following Miss Mustard Seed for a while and she’s such an inspiration in her craft & her faith. As you know she recently came out with her Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line, which I am very excited about trying soon!

Just as exciting is her new book, Inspired You, that I just got in the mail last week. I pre-ordered it months ago and it showed up on my doorstep in the Amazon box.

I have to admit that I have not had a chance to sit down and read it, but I have flipped through the beautiful pages and looked at all the images. I think my favorite quote goes something like, when you see a gorgeous, glossy design book don’t get jealous get inspired. (I’m obviously paraphrasing)

Marian will be signing books November 2nd & 3rd at the Luckett’s Holiday Open House 10-5. See you there!



…Tuesday Building Series – Building a House

I guess this chapter is more Renovating a House. Our first home. We will get the the Building a House soon.

I’ve been showing you all the downstairs and this was a big part of it, at least for my DH. He needed a flatscreen in the wall and to appease me he gave me custom bookshelves.

He hand-built the shelves and cabinet doors hiding all those God-awful black boxes and wires. He also trimmed it all out. Yes, he’s a keeper 🙂

More painting. Ha – look at the Herndon Hornets t-shirt!

A crazy, complex remote that DH bought who knows where. I never learned to use it.

Lights & carpet!

Then I got it in my head that doing horizontal stripes would be a good idea. This was at the height of all those DIY shows and was the thing to do. I had to try it out. I think it was 4 months later I painted over the whole thing. The best thing about being an adult is that we can change our mind.

Meanwhile – while the paint downstairs was drying on the wall, DH got it in his head to build a shed for his tools.

Did I mention he wanted to attach the shed to his parent’s former jacuzzi? Oh my. I go on record saying this was a bad idea.

Question for Brent-the-Builder?

Post a question on your renovation and he will answer!