build your own removable plank wall

By |August 13th, 2012|

Happy Monday to you, friends!

You guys have been so kind in your comments and emails about our little writing room redo…thank you!

Today’s the day we start answering your questions, so let me know if I leave anything out.

To create more space for the […]

August 18th Intro to Chalk Paint Workshop

By |August 10th, 2012|

Happy Friday, friends!

Don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway from The House of Belonging!

In other news, you sweet folks have asked us when our next workshop will be.

We’re going to host one next weekend, Saturday, August 18th at 10:00 a.m.!

This will […]

our first workshop & the mission statement

By |August 2nd, 2012|

Well, it seems cramming for our workshop worked out just fine.

 At 9:35 a.m. on Saturday morning, the first guest arrived, and I answered the door with egg mcmuffin in hand.

Since we had 14 ladies coming for this workshop, we decided to host it in our home to […]

workshop prep & gratitude

By |July 27th, 2012|

I want to thank you all for your kind words, comments, emails, and messages regarding my grandmother.  She was a special and gentle lady–and she will be missed greatly.  Your support and prayers mean the world to our family.

Now that things are settling somewhat, it’s time for me to cram prepare for my workshop this […]

a telephone table & a writing room sneak peek

By |July 13th, 2012|

You know how you just have those weeks?  Those months?

You’re just plugging along, and wham!  It’s time for surgery.  Wham! Time to make the hour trek back to the ER 5 days after surgery.  Oh, you thought you’d be better by now?  Well, sorry, but we (the sickies) don’t work for […]

Milk Paint Armoire

By |July 6th, 2012|

We have a treat for you today on the blog–Alison of the Modern Cottage Company (and one of PI’s contributing writers) is here to share a gorgeous makeover with you today!  Take it away, Alison…
Part of the fun of being a furniture painter is trying different paints. All of the girls in my shop were […]

Thank you’s, a shop discount code, & my first workshop!

By |July 5th, 2012|

Well, good morning, friends.

If you’ve been looking for me, I’d be the one doped up on pain meds with greasy hair and a belly full of ginger ale.

Matt was sweet enough to let y’all know what was going on with me–I appreciate your prayers, comments, emails, and tweets so very much!  The surgery went well, […]

coastal furniture & dining room inspiration | east coast creative

By |July 2nd, 2012|

Good Monday morning, guys and gals!

I’m SO excited about today’s post, probably because I am so happy to have met these two cutie-pies…

They’re the gals behind East Coast Creative (formerly Real Housewives of Bucks County), and they could not be any cuter.  We were on the Nate […]

Online Chalk Paint (TM) Shop

By |June 28th, 2012|

Well, after a couple of months of stacking paint cans and brushes a mile-high in our garage (gotta take a pic of that one), we are celebrating the Grand Opening of our Chalk Paint™ shop!!

After opening our retail space in Troy, we’ve been blown away by the response–I mean […]

surrounded by Chalk Paint (TM)

By |June 27th, 2012|

Just a hello from me today.


I’m up to my eyeballs in retail/online shop stuff.  It’s been a blast setting up shop, and it’s finally almost complete for all things Chalk Paint & furniture paint shoppers.  Updates on that very soon-stay tuned!

I met a girl named Natalie yesterday at the store–and little does she […]

i love duck egg

By |June 15th, 2012|

The color, that is.

It’s time for another furniture redo…the rockstar buffet sold pretty quickly at Troy Antiques, and so did some other large pieces, so it was time to go shopping!

When I stumbled on to this piece in Dothan (Alabama) at Old South Antiques, I knew I […]

see you at Haven!

By |June 14th, 2012|

GOOD morning guys & gals!

I’ve been meaning to blog about Haven for ages, and now that it’s a week away, I find it’s time.

I’m speaking at a couple of sessions this year (thanks, Haven girls for thinking of me!), and couldn’t be more excited.  Marian, a.k.a. Miss […]

setting up shop (& giveaway winners)

By |June 12th, 2012|

I’ve been a little MIA lately.

I know.  I’ve missed writing to y’all like crazy.


First, it was the trip.  I sooo needed a break, and LOVED the time with my man.

We’ve been anxiously preparing for other things since we got back home, too.  For one, I’m helping speak at two sessions for Haven.  More […]

Chalk Paint (TM) training in New Orleans

By |May 14th, 2012|

I’m sure the mister and I are enjoying our trip ’round the Mediterranean.  I’m probably eating way too much cheese & writing like a madwoman.

Europe = major inspiration for a writer/designer.


I’ll still be popping in a few times a week while we’re gone, and I […]

Vintage Bread Box, before & after

By |May 9th, 2012|

Hi all!

I wanted to pop in to show a quick little makeover I did last week.

While part of me loved the warmth of this wooden bread box, I felt like it was a little dated and tired.  A small, simple piece like this is perfect for a bold pop of color, so I […]

primitive corner cabinet- a quick spruce-up

By |May 7th, 2012|

Hello, lovely folks!

Congrats to our giveaway winner, Kim (#320), who said…

My newest accent color!! Love these!!! Thanks so much for the fun chance to win! 

Email me, Kim, at to claim your prize!

I actually struck the perfect balance between productivity & laziness over the weekend, and […]

big announcement: Annie Sloan CHALK PAINT™, & other troyfest pics

By |May 4th, 2012|

Whoa, guys and girls.

I’m beat.

Most of you know Troy Fest was last weekend, and I was painting furiously–big and small items–to take to my space at Troy Antiques.

What you may not know, if you don’t follow on Facebook, is that I recently became an Annie Sloan […]

Dry-Brushed Chalk Paint Buffet

By |April 26th, 2012|

I’m telling you I’ve been a painting machine the last few days!

I can barely see the skin on my hands from all the chalk paint colors covering them.  It’s been. a. blast.

I truly hate I can’t find the before of this one–

I found this 1960’s […]

dry brushing furniture | video tutorial

By |April 13th, 2012|

Waaay back when I revealed the Wisteria-inspired chest of drawers (the one that graces the cover of my ebook), it became the focus of lots of furniture painting questions for me.

A couple of weeks ago, I revealed this french chair, and same thing.  Time to create a video tutorial, […]

meeting Annie Sloan & counting sheep antiques

By |April 12th, 2012|

Going to Boston last week to meet Annie Sloan was definitely one of the highlights of my year.

I remember the first time I opened up a can of chalk paint last March.  My good friend, Miss Mustard Seed, had told me about it the week she first blogged about […]