In the Beginning...There was an Armoire

My in-laws were coming for their first visit in our new home and the only thing in our guest bedroom was a bounce house.  Yes, you read that right!  That's what happens when you have an only child who happens to be an extremely active boy.  :)

Since we don't have overnight guests very often, we didn't want to spend lots of money decorating and furnishing a rarely used room .  {And then there was the matter of where to put the bounce house.  LOL}

I started searching Craigslist for furniture and came across a beautiful armoire-style chest painted with chalk-type paint.  At that point. I had never heard of chalk-type paint {gasp}.  After a quick search, I realized this product was perfect for my first attempt at painting furniture.  Since I've painted my entire house including faux-finishing my kitchen and master bedroom, I figured I could probably paint a few pieces of furniture.

I researched chalk paint and how to paint furniture like crazy.  Once I decided I was going for it, I found the perfect armoire at my local thrift store for $50. Score!  The only thing I was certain of was wanting it black so I bought the paint and it was time to get started.  

{BEFORE}.  Needs a little lovin'.

{BEFORE}.  Needs a little lovin'.

Once I started painting, there definitely was some trial and error.  Researching and doing are completely different!  I wasn't pleased with my first attempt, so I tried and tried again until I was happy.  After finishing, I was confident enough to try a few more pieces. 

{AFTER}

{AFTER}

I went on to paint a headboard and nightstand to complete the set.  My guest bedroom was complete and I was so proud I did it all myself.  I loved having a beautifully furnished room for my in-laws.  And it meant so much to them I had done it myself.  

Isn't the clover design fabulous?  The 70's style furniture is my favorite to ReStyle!

Isn't the clover design fabulous?  The 70's style furniture is my favorite to ReStyle!

This rescue nightstand was FREE but in rough shape.  It needed to be completely sanded down (thanks Triple Threat) before the ReStyle could begin.

This rescue nightstand was FREE but in rough shape.  It needed to be completely sanded down (thanks Triple Threat) before the ReStyle could begin.

I didn't set out to start a business, but a dear friend saw the bedroom furniture and encouraged me to share my talent by painting for others.  I never in a million years thought I'd be ReStyling furniture and loving every minute of it.  It's not all glamorous, a lot of hard work goes into each piece.  When I painted the bedroom set, it was August in Texas.  You know you're doing something you love to be painting in the garage in 100+ degree weather!

Since I finished my guest bedroom furniture, I've painted tons of client pieces and continue to hone my craft.  For every person, painting is unique.  I've been in workshops where everyone had the exact same paint, brushes and item. Yet, each piece was different in some way.  The most important thing is loving the end result however you got there.  

It's been almost 2 years since I first picked up my paint brush.  Since then, I've been blessed so many ways through High Style ReStyle.  I've turned many pieces from drab to fab while preserving cherished family memories, which is my favorite thing to do!  I became a paintologist for van Gogh Furniture Paintology and now carry their fabulous fossil paints, finishes and teach Painting 101 workshops.  One of my next blogs will be to write why I chose van Gogh. In the meantime, if you want to try it yourself, you can purchase it here

Keep Calm & Paint On,

Amy