When did YOU first start painting old furniture?
Well, I can tell you, I first remember making over a $7.00 “mod” thrift store side table (with red spray paint!) back in 2002 when I started scouring thrift stores to looking for a few unique pieces for my first
REAL HOUSE condo I bought at 24. Later, when I was pregnant with my now-six-year old, I even made over this $20 thrift store baby rocking chair . It’s been a wonderful journey!
So I’m super stoked to have had five awesome women attend my Introduction to Painting Furniture class this past weekend here in Silver Spring, MD, because I’ve just set into motion five women’s (hopefully) life-long passion for painting furniture. And it feels nice that they’ll be able to look back and clearly remember having started this journay during such an enjoyable Saturday afternoon with like-minded women, creating art 🙂
For as many years as I can remember, it’s been my dream to own an art center for (mostly) women to come and discover their artistic passion. Although I’m not there YET (!!!), this is the closest I have come to realizing my dreams, and it feels really good 🙂
So without further ado, let me show you what these ladies created!
This beautiful table was a combo that I I’ve seen but never really considered for myself before: blue and black. But the combo of the blue and black, with the original gold hardware, turned out divine! Patti used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Aubusson blue, and some dark wax, to create an aged look to the blue. It turned out so lovely!
Michelle had found this wooden high chair at a yard sale over the summer, and her awesome dad actually sanded it down for her in prep for the class (what a great dad, huh?). I was in love with her vibrant orange! This color was so beautiful that it made me realize I’ve been so freakin’ boring in some of my color choices when painting furniture. I love all those light, pastel-y, soft colors, but this orange?? Oh–I’ve been inspired, and I can’t wait to try the most yummiest of colors going forward!
Allison blew me away with this Benjamin Moor Caliente red table that she’d had in her family for probably 100 years! It was pretty beat up when she had brought it in, but by the time she was done with it, she had a cute, vintage, distressed table with a layer of black underneath that actually distressed it in such a beautiful way! The front of the piece isn’t attached, thus the white you see on the inside.
We threw the furniture up on the tables, and got to work! And let me tell you, the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, where class was held, is such an amazing place. The ambiance is incredibly artistic and you can’t help but feel inspired when you walk into that place. They usually hold paper-making classes, which is very cool. Feels like the kind of place where I could work every day 🙂
Anyhow, Alex found this amazingly cute $10 thrift store chair and wanted a fresh coat of white over it, and a pretty floral print. I absolutely love it! My favorite combo: turquoise and yellow 🙂
We did have a couple near-misses, such as some oil-based paint and stain that came to class by mistake. Getting it out of my hands–TOUGH! I don’t think the poor paint brush recovered….. LOL
I want to get this color! Caliente red, by Benjamin Moore. Here’s the recipe for anyone that wants to get it.
Isn’t Allison’s piece so cute??
I’m sorry for not getting pics of my other students, Yan and Patti! Next time, ladies…. 🙂 It was quite odd that I “only” got about 15 pics! I normally am like the paparazzi!
When’s the NEXT class, hmm??
Don’t you love getting feedback to see how well (or how crappy!) you’ve done on something? I admit, I was nervous to send out the Survey Monkey to my students, because I didn’t know if they’d answered it, and if they did, would it be positive? Or would they feel that it wasn’t a valuable piece of their time or money?
Thankfully, the general feedback was positive!
One student even commented:
“Serena’s attitude makes it impossible not to have fun in the class.”
Another student added:
“Instructor had a great attitude and was willing to help everyone.”
And last but not least, another student commented:
“I loved just having Serena there to ask questions! I also loved that she had literally every tool we’d ever need!”
I can tell you that I’m a happy woman, smiling from ear to ear 🙂 I’m getting closer to my dream……
And seriously, if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to paint furniture, but feel more comfortable having someone like me to hold your hand while you jump into something you’ve always wanted to try, by all means–TAKE A FURNITURE PAINTING CLASS! 🙂 You will enjoy it and feel so proud when you look at what you’ve created!
At least, that’s how I feel every time I paint a piece of furniture 🙂
So tell me, when do you start painting furniture? What inspired you to start?
If you’ve never tried it, what’s holding you back?
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