Meet Natalie!
Natalie’s extensive talents extend beyond the creative to the business side of refinishing. Her work, clean and stunning, is desired far and wide.
Natalie’s extensive talents extend beyond the creative to the business side of refinishing. Her work, clean and stunning, is desired far and wide.
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My first experience with painting furniture was when I was 17 years old. My parents had an old MCM style sewing desk in their wood shop and it caught my attention. I asked if I could fix it up for myself. My dad helped me rebuild the sewing area to fit my sewing machine and my mom gave me some supplies and instructions. I then did a faux stained wood finish on it with black paint and some gel stain.

After working outside of the home, I knew I needed to find something that would let me be at home and provide some income for my family. I fell in love with refinishing furniture from my own home. Since then, I have been painting furniture to sell, but every once in a while I keep one for myself.

I’m really all about the eclectic modern farmhouse style. I love to mismatch styles…anything card catalog, old antique dressers with either straight lines or ornate details. Basically, my list would be shorter if I listed the styles I don’t care for as much. Haha!

In 2014. I was working at a pizza place and I was tired of working for someone else. I really wanted to work at home (I’m a total homebody!) and do something that would help pay the bills after we started to have kids. I looked at some creative options and eventually decided to try my hand at selling painted furniture.

We started “A Ray of Sunlight” in the kitchen of an upstairs 2-bedroom apartment. I poured over hundreds of blogs, scoured all the thrift stores and painted my heart out onto these old pieces of furniture. Thankfully they sold! At that point, I was hooked into breathing new life into old pieces of furniture.

I started using homemade chalk style paint when I first started out. Every time I try to move away from it, I am never quite as happy with the finish (other than with milk paint). I love the way the chalk paint distresses and I love the farmhouse feel that it creates. There are so many possibilities when it comes to chalk paint! You can layer, blend, glaze, wax, seal with polyurethane, etc.

One thing I’ve learned, is that I’m ALWAYS learning new things. There are multiple ways to do everything, and there are always new products coming out to try. I’ve been painting consistently for almost five years and I still make mistakes each week. There are always ways to fix those mistakes and lessons to learn from each mistake. But don’t let fear of mistakes stop you from trying.

I’ve never met a Zibra paint brush that I didn’t like! I have been lucky enough to get my hands on the Fan brush and Triangle brush and I love how they make it easier to get into details on furniture!

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I really have a love for the pieces that I have stripped down to raw wood the most. There is so much love and attention that goes into them and I think that makes them extra special. Plus, you don’t always know what’s going to be underneath the old finish, so it’s a surprise! This particular dresser was brought to us by a local client. It was painted with three different colors of paint and we originally planned to strip off the old paint and then paint it with a deep gray paint. Once we saw the wood that was under all of that paint, we decided to show off the natural wood!

I’m a total homebody, a creative and an introvert, all rolled up into one. So nine times out of ten you can find me relaxing at home or baking in the kitchen.

This is probably the hardest question to answer! I would probably have to say that blue is my overall favorite color. The actual shade and tone of blue changes, but it’s been a pretty constant favorite for most of my life. Different shades of pink are definitely right up as well!

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We are giving away TWO of Natalie’s favorite Zibra Paintbrushes!

You must comment below to be entered! You must comment below to be entered! For an additional entry, note in the comments that you shared on social media and/or you listened to the podcast! All those that comment will be entered into the random drawing to win one of two of Zibra Brushes; Fan and Triangle. Contest closes Thursday, March 28, 2019 at noon EST. The winners will be announced below once they have responded to the email notification we send out to winners so make sure you check your emails March 29 and 30th!
The two random winners must be at least 18 years of age.

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First of all Meet Jenn. Furthermore, she is the Owner & Artist behind Jenn Cann Designs. Consequently Jenn’s work is elegant, beautiful and artful. She sees beyond an old piece to a treasured work of art…it is her gift. Meet Jenn. She chooses the right hardware, the right color and the right staging as a result this make’s Jenn’s work an inspiration to buyer and refinisher alike! Finally and most noteworthy and above all, click on the boxes below to reveal her answers to our questions. First of all Meet Jenn.  She is the Owner & Artist behind Jenn Cann Designs. Meet Jenn Cann. Consequently Jenn’s work is elegant, beautiful and artful. furthermore, she sees beyond an old piece to a treasured work of art…it is her gift. Furthermore, finally and most noteworthy and above all, click on the boxes below to reveal her answers to our questions.

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41 Comments
  • Sherry Riggs
    Posted at 22:21h, 03 July Reply

    I would love to have any piece of her furniture in my home. Beautiful work!

  • Patricia Mann
    Posted at 12:18h, 03 April Reply

    Great interview, so much valuable info!

  • Megan Braatz
    Posted at 19:53h, 29 March Reply

    Great feature!! Love Natalie’s work and all of her great tips/tutorials! Also, I really enjoyed listening to her podcast episode. (Great job Natalie!) Love hearing her story and how she started shipping to take her business to the next level/make her business work for her and her family’s needs.

  • Kathy Emerick
    Posted at 21:37h, 28 March Reply

    I have a few old pieces I would love to do and good brushes would help!

  • Jonathan Roberts
    Posted at 21:22h, 28 March Reply

    Very creative.. Love revitalizing old well made furniture.

  • Celia
    Posted at 07:09h, 28 March Reply

    Shared in Facebook. Thank you

  • Shelly McDaniels
    Posted at 23:48h, 27 March Reply

    Beautiful inspriational work!

  • Cathy Geistel
    Posted at 22:01h, 27 March Reply

    Your pieces of furniture are stunning! I am a newbie to painting furniture, so having some inspiration to get inspired to do some of my own pieces is encouraging. New brushes certainly would be helpful 🙂

  • Colleen s frazee
    Posted at 20:32h, 27 March Reply

    Love your work!!!
    Have a zibrabrush. Absolutely the best for furniture!!

    • Sherry Riggs
      Posted at 22:28h, 03 July Reply

      I shared on Facebook.

  • Ashleigh Partridge
    Posted at 18:24h, 27 March Reply

    Such fantastic work!! Just gorgeous. 😍😍 I’m now inspired to paint something green!!

  • Nellie ann S.
    Posted at 16:22h, 27 March Reply

    Love the tall dresser. Shared on Facebook

  • Marcia J Horn
    Posted at 16:14h, 27 March Reply

    Beautiful furniture. Natalie does fantastic work. I have a friend who has used and loves your Zibra paintbrushes ! I have shared on Facebook.

  • Tammy Shelton
    Posted at 16:11h, 27 March Reply
  • Tammy Shelton
    Posted at 16:09h, 27 March Reply

    I just bought a new Zibra Brush yesterday at Home Depot. Can’t wait to use it!

  • Sandra Scott
    Posted at 15:30h, 27 March Reply

    So many beautiful pieces!

  • Stacey armstrong
    Posted at 15:18h, 27 March Reply

    Love zibra brushes for making things that are ugly beautiful again

  • Jana Bendawald
    Posted at 15:13h, 27 March Reply

    Beautiful and having the right tools is key!

  • Rachel Clarke
    Posted at 15:13h, 27 March Reply

    I absolutely love refinishing furniture. I can’t wait for the warm weather so that I can get back to painting. I really love the aqua dresser. Really enjoyed the podcast, thanks for sharing. Shared on twitter, Pinterest and facebook.

    • Sherry Riggs
      Posted at 22:26h, 03 July Reply

      I shared on Facebook.

  • Anh Nguyen
    Posted at 15:08h, 27 March Reply

    I listened to the Podcast and I learned about shipping furniture. I also got a chance to hear Lane Ball’s voice who I have communicated via email but now I have a voice to go with the name.

  • Brenda Jamieson
    Posted at 15:08h, 27 March Reply

    Your pieces are amazing. I am in love with blues lately and you gave me more to think about. Thank you for sharing!

  • Monica Santos
    Posted at 13:29h, 27 March Reply

    It was great listening to Natalie. I follow her online and love her clean and beautiful styles!

  • Judith burkholder
    Posted at 19:31h, 24 March Reply

    I absolutely love Natalie’s work!!! Haven’t tried zibra brushes but would love to.

  • Fonda Rush
    Posted at 12:26h, 23 March Reply

    Love your work! It makes the pieces look so rich!

  • Jeff Davis
    Posted at 12:05h, 23 March Reply

    Your work is timeless and solid. I am a fan! Listening to podcast.

  • Lynn avery
    Posted at 22:21h, 22 March Reply

    I have a couple Zibra brushes and the awesome. They don’t leave brush strokes. Easy to clean also.

  • Donna Gonzalez
    Posted at 18:22h, 22 March Reply

    I have some Zibra paint brushes and love them. They cut in so well!

  • Mary Gonrowski
    Posted at 17:48h, 22 March Reply

    I love your style and color choices!! Your work is always beautiful!!

  • Marisa Hood
    Posted at 14:00h, 22 March Reply

    Beautiful pieces Natalie – I really enjoyed listening to the podcast!

  • Shelly McDaniels
    Posted at 12:38h, 22 March Reply

    You do out of the box designs!

  • Terri Tervort
    Posted at 12:27h, 22 March Reply

    Beautiful work! I love the black 12 drawer dresser w/mirror, I love the curves.

  • Bette Hiltz
    Posted at 10:09h, 22 March Reply

    I haven’t used Zibra brushes but would love to try one. Shared on Facebook!

  • Jane Clelland
    Posted at 09:58h, 22 March Reply

    I love all your work! My favorites are the deep teal buffet and the aqua dressers, the ones with natural colored legs and top. Stunning! I have two dressers that are just waiting for some love, I hope to win those brushes to get me inspired.

  • Melanie A Brooks
    Posted at 09:11h, 22 March Reply

    I love your dark teal buffet! Great color, and very unique drawer!
    I’m curious, though… The black piece that looks like a music cabinet, or sewing machine… Did you add blue wax? I get some definite blue hints which are fabulous, and would love to know more!
    Shared on fb!

  • Sheila Marie Wall
    Posted at 08:35h, 22 March Reply

    Love that dark teal, wow! Shared on FB

  • Sherry Riggs
    Posted at 07:55h, 22 March Reply

    I listened to the podcast this morning. Also shared on Facebook.

  • Sherry Riggs
    Posted at 07:53h, 22 March Reply

    Love the black dresser with mirror. Natalie does amazing work.

  • Jean Sisk
    Posted at 06:56h, 22 March Reply

    All of Natalie’s painted pieces are beautiful but, I love that not all of the pieces are painted. Sometimes the wood just needs a starring role. shared to Pinterest.

  • ColleenB.~Tx.
    Posted at 06:55h, 22 March Reply

    All your furniture pieces are stunning.
    I don’t own any Zibra brushes thus far but sure would like to give them a try.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity.

  • Martha E Felgar
    Posted at 06:39h, 22 March Reply

    I love the tall dresser with just the top left natural, such a unique look. I hope I can find a piece to finish in a similar way. All your pieces are lovely. Thank you for the inspiration.

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