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How long have you been refinishing furniture?
Just about 5 years.
Tell us how you got started?
We bought our house just 3 days after our son was born. I bought a lot of second hand furniture and started painted much of it during the baby's nap time.
Do you refinish for personal use or do you sell?
I have a small studio and I sell my furniture there.
Do you have a favorite furniture style that you like to refinish?
I love Empire style furniture. It's generally so solid and well made and there is nothing like gliding a brush over those curvy legs!
What paint medium is your favorite?
I honestly don't think I can pick! I use so many different paints and all for different reasons. I'd have to say the pieces I end up liking most I usually milk painted pieces because I love the authetically old finish it can create.
Do you have a favorite piece you've refinished and why?
I have so many favorites, but I would have to pick my first milk painted piece. It was a huge challenge for me, but somehow ended up chipping in all the right places. What makes it really special for me. McKenna from Neat & Navy Blue (who was my furniture painting idol) fell in love with it and ended up coming from Iowa to Wisconsin to buy it. Since then, she has become one of my very best friends and I can not see that piece without thinking of her.
Overall, not exclusive to furniture refinishing, what is your favorite color?
Green...I love most shades of green!
When you aren't refinishing furniture what do you enjoy doing?
I love thrifting and antiquing! There is nothing like the thrill of the hunt.
Do you have any tips you would like to share?
Do what you love! If everybody is doing MCM but you don't like it, don't do it. If everyone is using transfer and you don't like transfers, don't use them. Hate doing custom pieces? Don't do them! Pour yourself into pieces you love and the customers will follow.
Do you have a favorite Zibra Paintbrush and why?
I never met a Zibra brush I didn't like! My favorites are probably the Palm Pro and the Round. The Palm Pro is good for drawers and larger surfaces, but I also used it to paint my whole bathroom! The Round brush is perfect for furniture legs and spindles. I find myself using it all the time.
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