Waxes 101

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Painting & Refinishing, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials132 Comments

So sorry! I planned to have this video to you last week and I even filmed one, but I was tired and it was half-heartedly done.  You deserve better than that, so I made a new one yesterday morning in my very best painting outfit.  Believe it or not, I actually go out in that ratty, paint splattered sweatshirt.  Someone call “What Not … Read More

Mystery Paint Revealed!

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Tips and Tricks117 Comments

Jane, Lee Gamble and a few others guessed it right!  Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint is the mystery paint.  I received an e-mail from a reader a few weeks ago, telling me I should try chalk paint.  My first thought was, “Duh.  I know what chalk board paint is.”  I was being a little high and mighty at that moment and … Read More

Perfectly Imperfect Painting Tips

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Tips and Tricks26 Comments

Today the lovely Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect and I are taking the floor on each other’s blogs.  We’re not talking about just anything, though.  We’re sharing some of our best painting tips with you, so you can see how we do things the same or different.  You’re going to get a lot of information in both of these posts, so … Read More

Top Coats

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Painting & Refinishing, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials76 Comments

I have had a boat load of questions lately about top coats, so I thought I would dedicate a post to them. First of all, let me say that there are dozens, maybe thousands of techniques and products out there, so I’m just sharing the ones I use and like.  It’s also pure coincidence that all of the products I … Read More

French Chair Reveal, Glaze Mix, & Simple Upholstery

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Decorating, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Painting & Refinishing, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, upholstery makeovers77 Comments

There’s a lot of good information and inspiration in this post, so get ready!  First of all, the beauty shot.  Now, the before shot.  I’m so happy with how these turned out.  I’m taking the pair of arm chairs (only one is pictured in the before shot) to the Ground Hog Day Sale at Lucketts (Feb 4-6).  If you’d like to read about the paint … Read More

French Chairs – Painting Technique

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Painting & Refinishing, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials69 Comments

I’m picking up where we left off yesterday with my newly acquired French arm chairs.  So, the upholstery was removed and the frames were painted Georgian Revivial Blue by Sherwin Williams.  This color is a little shocking at the moment, but just wait.  Before moving on to the next step, I want to point out the texture I left on … Read More

Love it. Buy it?

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Decorating, Shopping Tips, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials29 Comments

Those of us who have the collecting/thrifting/junking gene know that it’s hard not to buy something we love, especially when it has a great price tag.  Then, we all end up at the same place…too much stuff, not enough space, but we still want to buy more.  Right?  So, what is one with this dilemma to do?  Here are some … Read More