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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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