Houzz Guest Post

Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Maryann for having me! I am crazy about The Power of Paint because I am HOPELESS at DIY projects, but one thing I can handle is giving an old piece new life with paint. While I won’t win any awards for craft and careful prepping, I’m always pleased with the results. I so appreciate Maryann for providing so much inspiration to me and others like me.

Right now my motto is “the glossier, the better” as I went through a big Shabby Chic phase about a decade ago and I’m tired of vacuuming up chips from my former peely paint jobs! Clean and simple paint jobs are fresh and fun, and the worse that can happen is if you hate it, you sand it down and coat it in a different color. Here are three paint makeovers that are currently inspiring me.

Inverness Circle traditional

The black and white paint job on this traditional bowfront dresser gave it an updated and glamorous look. I love the way the contrast accentuates those curved horizontal lines across the front of the dresser. The black and white makes it modern, the classic colonial style keyholes and drawer pulls keep just enough of its traditional style.

Clarendon Street eclectic hall

Moving to a completely different era, this midcentury console’s tired wood finish was taking a toll on its grooviness quotient. A fresh coat of bold blue paint spruced it right back up to its former glory. It’s also a versatile piece that can be used as a dresser in the bedroom, a media cabinet in the family room or as a buffet in the dining room.

Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn, a.k.a. Decor Demon, united this seemingly disparate set of chairs with coordinating paint and upholstery fabric. He completed all of the paint work using an orbital sander, a sanding block for those trickier curves and details, spray primer, highgloss spray paint and a spray handle.

The result is a funky set of previously overlooked chairs that brighten up a breakfast nook. I love the idea of using paint to create a set of chairs for the dining room, kitchen and even outdoors on a patio or porch.

I hope these projects will help inspire you to get out the dropcloth and the brushes and give a tired piece a whole new look!

Find more color inspiration from Atlanta artists and artisans and more design professionals at Houzz.

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Have a great day with a splash of paint!

Guest Post with Miss Mustard Seed

Happy Friday Paint Lovers!  Today I’m so excited to have a guest post by Marian @ Miss Mustard Seed.  I don’t know about you… but I’ve learned tons about painting from her.

Today she’s sharing with us on how she white washes furniture.  Take is away Marian…

I don’t normally do white pieces, but this one was perfect for a white wash treatment.


If you want to try this technique, the first thing you need is the right piece of furniture. Pine and oak (medium to light colored woods) tend to looks best with this technique, although darker woods can look really dramatic with this treatment, too. It’s also best if the piece of furniture has a lot of texture to it. A deep grain, worm holes, dings, and dents all work in your favor. This will not look as good on a super smooth piece. I used milk paint for this project, but you can use latex, acrylic or ASCP. Just water it down, so it’s thin.

Brush the paint on in the direction of the wood grain. Then, go back over the painted area and smush the brush into the wood to work the paint into the grain.


Go back over the area and smooth the paint out in the direction of the grain. Work in small sections, so the paint stays “workable.”


Keep a paper towel handy and wipe away excess paint if it looks too thick.

(I know my mom is looking at my green nails.) Repeat the process with a second coat. One of the keys to this finish is applying the paint in layers.


Smushing the brush into the wood on the second coat creates variation in the finish.


Finish by dragging the brush over in the direction of the wood grain. Once the paint is completely dry, apply a clear wax or matte poly. This finish would also look great in a soft gray color (a la Restoration Hardware.)


I left the inside in the natural finish for contrast when the desk is open.

Gorgeous, right!!!  Thank you so much Marian!

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