About the Girl

Jen, Girl in the Garage
Hi, I’m Jen.  A while ago I left a career in banking management where my creativity was rarely used.  So these days I spend most of my spare time in the garage – fixing and painting furniture (usually from a thrift store, yard sale, or curbside!) or creating budget-friendly home decor.  I’ve also been known to sew a pillow cover or shower curtain from time to time.  I sell many of my furniture pieces in an antique mall and at vintage markets, and I share advice and experiences to help you grow your own furniture refinishing business.  I’m certainly not an expert but I hope to be a resource for others who share my enthusiasm, and I’d also like to hear about your successes.  Here I’ll post my current projects, tips I’ve learned along the way, and even some mistakes I’ve made- because this is real life, and no one’s perfect!  When I’m not in the garage I’m usually chasing around two adorable but mischievous boys (and a newly mobile baby!) or bugging my hard-working husband – aka Mr. GITG – for a second opinion on my projects.

If you’re new here, take a look around my Project Gallery and I invite you to join a growing community of DIY enthusiasts on my email list.

Welcome to my garage and my life.


If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can reach me by email at:


I will do my best to respond as quickly as possible.

Note:  I am not accepting guest posts at this time.


10 Comments on About the Girl

  1. Sandy
    March 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Where do you find all your decorative hooks?

    • Jen
      March 9, 2015 at 11:08 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Sandy, I buy most of my hooks from Hobby Lobby – and anywhere else that I can find cute ones on sale (Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Anthropologie). Hope that helps! Jen

  2. Carol Paulus-Kalis
    March 8, 2015 at 12:14 am (1 year ago)

    Saw your latest chair that you painted white with ASCP. I am currently painting two dressers for myself with the same paint and I am having just a devil of a time. I don’t want any distressing on these two pieces but I am telling you it just won’t cover. I have given it 3 coats and tomorrow I will touch up certain areas. I have used up a half of a quart. I hope I have enough to do the other dresser. This is my first project with ASCP and so far I am not too thrilled. I was beginning to think it was me so needless to say, I was somewhat happy to hear you too, were having a hard time with the white paint. I think when I start the other dresser, I will give it a quick coat of primer. Maybe I won’t use so much paint (ASCP) and it will cover better and not streak as much.

    • Jenny
      March 9, 2015 at 7:39 pm (1 year ago)

      I have also had the same problems. Although ascp claims to not need primer, I find it works best with primer first especially if you aren’t going to distress it. I use zinnser primer. Plus, its less expensive! ; )
      Good luck!
      Jenny from Renovar Design
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    • Jen
      March 10, 2015 at 6:46 pm (1 year ago)

      Carol, I usually have to use more white than I do with the other colors. It also depends on the type of wood though. It does help to have some Zinsser primer on hand if you’re planning to paint something white. You could also thin out your 2nd or 3rd coat by adding a bit of water and that may go on smoother (and you’re using less paint that way). Hope that helps!

    • Donna
      March 2, 2016 at 6:01 am (6 months ago)

      What is ascp?

      • Jen
        March 2, 2016 at 10:57 pm (6 months ago)

        ASCP = Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

  3. jane
    May 25, 2015 at 12:31 am (1 year ago)

    What do you mean by protected with wax? How do you do that? What do you use

  4. katherines corner
    April 26, 2016 at 9:22 pm (4 months ago)

    I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I invite you to share your blog at my link party on Thursday, Hugs!


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