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hand painting again


For those who don’t know, my business started as a decorative painting/mural business. About a year into it, I realized I didn’t want to paint stuff on everything. Sometimes I just wanted to paint something and leave it at that. More and more, that’s what I wanted to do, so I adapted my business to better reflect my personal taste.  I have held onto my artist brushes, though, and every once in a while I pull that old trick out of the bag.  Here’s the latest example…


I am normally not into this furniture style at all, but I could see beyond the deco hardware and patterned veneer.  It didn’t have the “waterfall” lines of some of its contemporaries, so I bought it.  (It was also super cheap at a yard sale!)


I had the big diamond in the center to deal with and the hardware had carved pretty deep circles around each handle.  (I’m sending the hardware off to my friend Barb, who can stylishly handle this era.)  Instead of covering up the gouges, I decided to camouflage them and decorative painting was the perfect way to do that.



I know this may look complicated, but it’s really simple and pretty loose.  At one point, I was getting so sloppy with it, I thought it would look terrible and I would end up painting over it, but I stepped back and it looked great.  Sometimes painting is like that.




I replaced the bow tie hardware with cream bone knobs.




I have at least ten other pieces waiting to be painted, so I have to get back to work!

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  1. Love this-it looks so beautiful. I envy your talent and ability to see the possibility.

  2. Hey would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m planning to start my own bloog in thhe near future
    but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m loojing
    for something unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • Kelly Miller says:

      I’m not into blogging at this time but I am curious as well.

    • Kelly Miller says:

      I was reading on her site and on the right is a list of sponsors. The site is created by Bliss and Tell Branding Company. There is a link you can click on.

  3. What kind of brush did you use for the flowers and leaves?

  4. So pretty Marian! Very feminine and sweet!

  5. This is really gorgeous! Hopefully you will do some tutorials on decorative painting in the future. I am constantly inspired by your work, and think God has truly blessed you with talent!

  6. Stunning! Simply beautiful. I am always inspired when I see what you do with pieces. Side note…so glad you updated your picture. It looks fantastic!

  7. Patti Cohoon says:

    Hello Marion:

    I haven’t “seen” you in a while and I love your haircut. I want to use Ironstone and Blue Flow over Chalk paint that has been clear waxed. I have never used milk paint but I have an image in my head. Do you see any problems? I don’t want to use the bonding agent as I want it pretty chippy but you do you think it will even stick?

    Thanks for all you do and the inspiration your offer.

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  9. I love this. I have a tallboy waiting to be treated at present. Hmmm….

  10. Miranda says:

    What color of blue is used on this dresser? it is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. So all that design was done by you free hand? It looks beautiful, I would like to do something like that but I don’t know that I could. I’m not even great with trying to do stencils.


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