Welcome, friend.


You’re hesitant but hopeful.
You yearn for a creative outlet where you can find peace after a hectic day.
You see other people transforming furniture, but you don’t think you’re artistic enough.
Perhaps you’ve even dreamt of being a “girl in the garage.”

I believe that you don’t have to be artistic or talented to create beautiful furniture.

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“I just wanted to say that ever since I joined your page, you have been my inspiration, and thank you.”  – Annette

“You make it look not so scary to tackle an upholstery project.”  – Marcie

“You have no idea how many times I referenced your page for help.”  – Sheila

Imagine having the confidence to pick up a paintbrush and transform a plain piece of furniture into a work of art.  Imagine having a creative outlet which will bring you peace, a sense of purpose, and the possibility of extra income for your family.

I believe that you can find yourself when you get lost in a creative project.

White and Gold Stenciled Table - Girl in the Garage

When you join the Girl in the Garage community, you’ll be inspired to discover your hidden artistic talents, learn skills to boldly face DIY projects with confidence, and stretch yourself to be more and do more than you ever thought possible.

You’re invited to become a member of this growing community of DIY enthusiasts HERE.

This is my story:
Jen, the Girl in the Garage

Five years ago, I was stuck in a stressful job that I thought defined me as a person.  When I quit to stay home with my young kids, I had no idea who I really was anymore besides being a mother.  As an introvert yearning for a creative outlet, I began painting old furniture and doing simple DIY projects – starting with a large, beat-up armoire that even my mom tried to talk me out of attempting.

Wallpapered Armoire Makeover - Girl in the Garage

There have been times when voices or situations have tried to discourage me.
That’s too big of a project.
You don’t have time for that.
This project is turning out horrible.
Maybe you should just quit.
I’ve learned to trust myself and ignore the negativity.  Since that first project, I’ve made many mistakes but I’ve also painted dozens of pieces that I’m really proud of.  I enjoy experimenting with new techniques and stretching my creativity.  I’ve discovered what had been missing in my life.

Now I sell my creations to people who value my artistry.  My family doesn’t see this as “just a hobby” anymore.  I’m still a busy mom, but I’m most at peace when I can be creative and inspire others.  Painting keeps me sane.  And I need my sanity to be a better mom, wife, and human being.  I found my passion, I’m confident in my abilities, and I am doing exactly what I was meant to do.

Vintage Market Vendor - Girl in the Garage

I believe that you can work hard and build a creative business without sacrificing quality family time and home responsibilities.

Does your heart beat faster thinking about your next creative project?  Are you dreaming of the day when you can boldly follow your passion?  Dive right in, ignore the doubt and negativity, and join me on this powerful journey.  We’re not just painting furniture, we’re empowering ourselves one brushstroke at a time.

If you’re new here, you’re welcome to browse through some of my favorite Furniture Makeovers, my Project Gallery, and tips for painting and selling furniture as a business.

Girl in the Garage Magazine Features

 

My projects have been featured in print in Better Homes and GardensWoman’s Day magazine and Romantic Homes magazine.  I’ve also been featured online by This Old House, Country Living, All You, Buzzfeed, and more.


If you’d like to ask me a question or just say Hi, you can reach me by email at:

girlinthegarage @ outlook . com

Thanks for stopping by to visit my garage.  Since you’re here, let’s get to work…

Jen

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  1. Carol Paulus-Kalis
    March 8, 2015 at 12:14 am (4 years 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.
    Carol

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    • Jenny
      March 9, 2015 at 7:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Carol,
      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 (4 years 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!

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    • Donna
      March 2, 2016 at 6:01 am (3 years ago)

      What is ascp?

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      • Jen
        March 2, 2016 at 10:57 pm (3 years ago)

        Donna,
        ASCP = Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

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  2. jane
    May 25, 2015 at 12:31 am (3 years ago)

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

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  3. Anita Judson
    April 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Where can I buy your things, I would love some of your picture hangers.

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    • Jen
      April 10, 2017 at 9:24 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Anita, I don’t currently sell online. I’m not sure where you’re located, but I have a booth in northwest Indiana and I also sell at a few markets in the area each year. Thank you for your interest!

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  4. Laura F
    March 6, 2018 at 9:45 am (8 months ago)

    Hi Jen! I linked to your blog from the Prodigal Pieces blog, and I’m only a few posts in, love your inspiration! When you say “””Dive right in, ignore the doubt and negativity, and join me on this powerful journey. We’re not just painting furniture, we’re empowering ourselves one brushstroke at a time.””” it really speaks to me….started my own creative journey a little over a year ago, and it is flourishing and it is my passion come to life….Thanks for sharing your journey, and I look forward to hearing more every day 🙂

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 13, 2018 at 9:57 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Laura! I’m glad you found my humble blog. I’ll do my best to help teach and inspire you here – leave me a comment anytime with your thoughts, I’d so appreciate it! I love this community of creative people working on their passions and growing together. 🙂

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    • Margaret Aileen Watkins
      July 14, 2018 at 9:22 pm (4 months ago)

      Jen, I am new at your site. I saw your post about not having to be perfect. It really made me more confident. I was painting a dresser I had bought at auction and kept going over it trying to make it perfect. You freed me to love it for what it is. My daughters came over and all raved about how much they liked it. Here I was seeing only the mistakes I made, which was not important. That it was done was important. Thank you!

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      • Jen, Girl in the Garage
        July 25, 2018 at 3:42 pm (4 months ago)

        Margaret, that is wonderful to hear. I am so proud of you! And I hope you’ve become more confident about tackling other projects in the future. Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and tell me your story. Hugs to you!

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