Blogland Tour (Get to know me and meet a few of my friends!)


If you read other blogs, you may have heard about the Blogland Tour that’s been going on.  Basically it’s a good way to get to know your favorite bloggers better and find some new blogs to follow!

Kathy from Petticoat Junktion invited me and honestly I was pretty excited to read through her answers last week and learn more about her.  Even though I’ve known her for a year now and we’ve been to two Haven Conferences together, there’s still a lot I don’t know about her personality and work style.  Click HERE to read her Blogland Tour post from last week.

She loves to paint and distress pieces and has a gift for making them look perfectly aged.  Here are a few of my favorite projects of hers:

1.  Turquoise Radio Cabinet

2. Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Radio Cabinet

3.  Beach-Inspired Dresser

You can also find Petticoat Junktion on Facebook HERE.

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Now it’s my turn to answer some questions – here we go!

1.  What are you working on?

I’ve been working on a desk that I can’t wait to see finished!  My client wanted it to have a Paris-style makeover so I was really excited to work on this.  Here’s an in-progress shot, you’ll have to wait to see how it turns out…

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I’m also painting this corner shelf in a bright fun color…

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And next I’ll probably start this bench that I picked up at a yard sale this weekend.  It has a lot of potential!

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2.  How does your work differ from others of its genre?

This is a really big question.  I tend to fall in love with furniture easily;  I’ll buy several pieces in a span of a week because they all “have potential.”  (Plus I hate to see good furniture abandoned or put out for the garbage truck!)  Since I’m home with my boys every day, I only get a few hours each day to paint (usually at night) and then it takes me almost a week to finish a piece.  So I can’t always paint them as quickly as my stash is growing in the garage…  (You can read my confessions of a messy garage HERE.)

But once inspiration hits me, I put 100% effort into my work.  Painting is kind of therapeutic for me, it relaxes me and gives me time to think.  I’m an introvert, so I tend to think a lot – sometimes too much.   😉

I also try to stay within the original style for the era of the furniture.  You won’t see me do a really modern makeover on an antique piece.  Here are a couple pieces I’m proud of:

Furniture Makeovers by Girl in the Garage

1.  Retro Fabulous Table

2.  Midcentury Makeover with a Surprise

I’m also constantly trying to think of new ways to add color or pattern to a piece.  I’m a fan of stencils, decoupage, and anything French. I also love to repurpose – whether it’s furniture or something for my wardrobe.

Here are a few more of my favorite DIY projects:

Favorite DIY Projects by Girl in the Garage (and get to know me better!)

1.  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Vanity (and Chalk Paint Review)

2.  Necktie Cuff Bracelet

3.  DIY: T-Shirt into Infinity Scarf

4.  Nailhead Vanity

3.  Why do you write/create what you do?

I’ve always loved creating.  I could never draw very well but I loved making art in other ways (even writing poetry) – and now I like to think of painting furniture as a form of art.  I always did really well in school (English, math, science, French – I never liked history though) so I was usually busy doing homework and writing papers.  When I was almost done with high school I taught myself how to sew and started making dresses for myself for church.  Then I dove into college (psychology and business) and then a Master’s degree, and ended up spending 10 years in banking.

Somewhere along the way I almost lost my creativity- my desire to make things and express myself through art.  I got really burned out and finally quit my job to stay home with the boys, and that’s when I started creating again.  I started to “find myself” again and that’s when I started this blog, and now I have a booth and I’m turning this into a business.  I hope to be an inspiration to my kids that they can be passionate about their interests and still make a career out of it.

4.  How does your writing/creating process work?

I find the perfect piece, and sometimes I start on it right away.  Sometimes it sits until I have a plan I’m happy with.  I don’t usually start a piece unless I’m really excited about the direction I want to go with it.  I’ve only changed direction mid-project a couple times, because I hate starting over and wasting paint and time.  I have limited time to work on projects so I always try to get it how I want it the first time!  When it’s all done I stage it, take photos, edit the photos, and write the post.  I can be very wordy and I usually go back and delete or condense a lot of my thoughts.  If you go look at my first couple blog posts you can see how much more I used to explain every little detail.  I’m trying to do better (except for this post today, ha).

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That’s it for me!   Here are a couple of my good blogging friends- both of whom I met at Haven last year.

Here is Angela from Unexpected Elegance (my Haven roomie!):

My name is Angela, I’m a Texas girl living in the good ol’ Midwest. I love DIYing (ANYTHING), spending time with my kiddos and hubby, planning GIRL’S night out for my friends, and eating pizza for breakfast. My blog is all about my passion for “sensible style” and how to create a home you love on a budget.

Angela does all kinds of DIY projects around her home – you have to see what she did to her grill HERE and her gorgeous bathroom makeover HERE (photo below):

You can find Unexpected Elegance on Facebook HERE.

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This is Amy from Eat. Sleep. Decorate. (getting cozy with some pillows at Haven):

After teaching 2nd grade for seven years, I resigned and started working with my husband in our investment business. By day I am part property manager, part interior designer and part house flipper. Over the past three years Eat.Sleep.Decorate. has been a place where I share my passion for decorating with my readers and fellow bloggers. 

Amy has fantastic decorating and DIY skills – she shares photos of their house flips (see one of them HERE) and also view her house tour HERE (photo below):

Find Eat. Sleep. Decorate. on Facebook HERE.

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I’m so happy to have introduced my friends to you today!

Please visit their blogs and tell them I sent you.

Also check back with them next week when they’ll answer the same 4 questions above.

Jen

 


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4 Comments on Blogland Tour (Get to know me and meet a few of my friends!)

  1. Breanna
    August 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Loved reading your tour and learning more about you, Jen! It’s always fun to see how other furniture painters’ processes work. Can’t wait to see how that gray desk turns out!
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    • Jen
      August 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Breanna! I’m excited to share the desk- but I’m going to save it for Themed Makeover Day. 😉

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  2. Susan
    August 5, 2014 at 6:56 am (3 years ago)

    I’m so excited about your upcoming projects. Can’t wait to see the makeover. You do beautiful work. Luv it

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