I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


i be paintin’

Sooooo … I’ve been gettin’ my creative groove on again! And I gotta say … it feels SO good!! More on that soon, but first! let me share a project!!

Well … actually … first, first … let me tell you about my inspiration!

At the very last minute and a kind of 1-800-will-you-watch-my-kids moment, I was blessed to attend this year’s Becoming Conference. I walked away SO fully inspired! Spiritually, as well as creatively.

One of the speakers, Annie Omar — founder of Masion Blanche Paint Company, got my creative juices all kinds o’ fired up and I couldn’t wait to get started on a project.

And then I got home. Life happened. Time slipped away. And I didn’t do a darned thing I’d been so inspired to do.

But ever so slowly, I’ve been doing a little creative here and a little creative there. Just enough to feed my soul, and in pieces that are manageable and not overwhelming.

And then the time came …

I finally had the chance to order some of this amazing paint and get my paintin’ groove on!

Such an amateur I am. I don’t know what I was thinking. A friend stopped by as I was finishing my project and asked why in the world I was painting with good clothes on! I also don’t own one of those paint-can stir-stick-thingys, so I had to use Piper’s ruler.

For my first project, I decided to paint this $10.00 stool I found at a second hand store. {And why did Prince’s, Raspberry Beret song just pop into my head?!?}

It took me forever to decide what color to use. I only bought a few and I just couldn’t decide. When all the hemin’ and hawin’ was over, I finally went with Silver Mink.

Friends … I.was.clueless!!

Do I start at the top? Do I start at the bottom? Do I flip it over and do the underside first?

Rookie over here, and I’ve got paint in my hair to prove it!

I’ve never used a chalk paint before so I really had no idea what was “right” and what was “wrong.” So I just went for it!

I kept trying to stand back and look at it and ask myself if I saw it at a store, would I buy it. For the record, the jury’s still out on that answer!

I do like how it turned out, but I still kinda wonder … 2 coats? Wax? Wiping off? How much is too much?

I realize the great thing about this kind of painting is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. But I do think I’d like to do a little more research on some techniques.

When the girls came out into the garage to see my creation, they were a little puzzled. But super sweet listening to me wonder aloud whether I needed more paint, etc. etc. Then they ever so sweetly offered me some advice, “Why don’t you just ask Miss Angela? She paints really good!” Thanks girls. Thanks girls.

Anyway. I found a little spot for my new stool, put a few fall decorations around it, snapped a few iPhone pics, and called it done!

I’m curious, have any of you ever tried something you knew nothing about? Was it a success? Failure? Did you try again?

And even more importantly … can any of you give me painting lessons?!?

Have a great weekend y’all! I’m hosting a backyard concert tonight for my friend Reeve Coobs, who just released her first album!! {I’ll share photos next week on the blog … AND … I just may have a little giveaway news too!}.

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6 Responses to “i be paintin’”

  1. Tiffany says:

    I think it turned out darling! Love it with the fall pumpkins. My first thought was to try a second coat but when I saw it in it’s place I think I like it as is. Yay you for trying something new. I’ve been eyeing up that chalk paint too. Only I’m the overly ambitious girl who’d start on something insane like a dresser and then end up crying half-way through. At least you were smart enough to try a stool!! So now the real question is, will you paint again??
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    • haha!! that made me laugh!! i have BIG projects in the wings, so thought best to start small … but i could totally see myself doing that too!

      i’m thinking i may layer it with another color. and then i’m going to try … wait for it … wax!! :)

  2. katherine marie says:

    ohhhh I’m so happy you are gettin your creative mojo back!!!! your table looks FANTASTIC! We have this adorable local design shop that gives “chalk paint” lessons… I’ve heard it’s addictive!!! I haven’t tried yet, but now I want too. I wish you were close enough for us to PAINT TOGETHER!!xoxoxo!!!!

    • i can see how it’d be addicting! and that’s a great idea!! i think i might look and see if there are any local classes! and i TOTALLY wish we were close enough to paint together, chat together, inspire together! :)

  3. SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!! It is so so so awesome!!! Yeahhhhhhh, so proud of you! I love you and your beautiful painted table. Now I’m mad i didn’t buy that thing! At least I got some knives and swords.

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  4. cyndi says:

    Just another reason I wish I lived near you! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be a DIY’er and painting seems like a good place to start…however, I have zero clue how to actually go about it so I’ve yet to try. So proud of you for trying something out of your normal skill set!
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