About me and my work

Here is a list of the things I love: my family, my pets, my friends, coffee, my JOB. After so many years working in the corporate world doing things I didn’t really care about, I am now lucky enough to include my job in this short and special list of the things I love.

I’ve been painting furniture for over 3 years now and I REALLY enjoy what I do.  When I’m not painting or taking care of my home and family, I am browsing beautiful pieces by other artists, researching new techniques, writing on this blog, facebooking, Instagraming (I’m sure this is a verb already) or pinning about furniture. It’s an addiction and an obsession. I feel that certain days my two boys and husband seriously consider running away if they hear me say the “f” word one more time. (In my house, the “f” word means furniture).

One of my favorite things is to find an ugly, beat-up piece and give it a huge makeover, but lately I’ve been too busy working on custom orders. It is OK too. My customers have a great taste and some of them trust me enough to let me try different colors and techniques sometimes. It is very rewarding.

If your are in the Fairfield area of Connecticut or in Westchester NY, I will be happy to talk to you about your project.

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I do! I love to hear your impressions, opinions, and questions.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Patricia.

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “About me and my work

  1. Hey I just bought the same paint sprayer u have. One HUGE QUESTION…what is your advice re: cleaning it out? I too want to use some bold colors, and don’t want one color left over in the sprayer when i’m ready for my next home project. THANKS IN ADVANCE!! MK

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    1. Hi MK, the instructions that come in the box explain how to clean it. You have to wash all parts before using a different color. Also, don’t let it stay with paint if you will not use it after a couple of hours or the paint will dry inside the parts and damage the sprayer. I only use it with water based paint, so cleaning only requires soapy water. It takes about 10 minutes to clean it. Worth it. Good luck!

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  2. May I ask what brand and model sprayer you have? I’m interested in purchasing one. Just saw your grey buffet linked on Friday furniture fix. Nice job!

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  3. Do you use the same approach to all your furniture refinishing projects? I see that some show how you did them, while others don’t? I’m really interested on how you did the French provincial set from jan. 29, 2015 I have a old dresser like that in my grandmother’s basement that I’m dying to make my project for my new home. Any advice for a newbie?

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    1. Hi Jasmine, I’m always trying new ways to paint, so I now would probably have spray painted that set you mentioned 🙂 I do remember how I did it then. This was how:
      1. Cleaned the piece and repair imperfections with would filler
      2. Light sanded (220 grit)
      3. Primed (water based primer applied with a sponge roller and Purdy brush for edges)
      4. Rolled two coats of white latex paint
      5. After it was dry, sanded the edges with a 80-grit sand paper
      6. Antiqued with dark brown glaze (4 parts of Valspar clear glaze and 1 part of dark brown paint)
      TOP. Because the top was laminate, I couldn’t restain it so I just sanded, primed and painted with dark brown latex paint. (Valspar dark chocolate)
      7. Sealed the entire pieces with American Paint Company clear wax.
      I hope this helps. Feel free to ask more questions.
      Patricia.

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