Cincinnati, OH, US

Birthday: 09/19/1964

Member Since: 12/02/2008

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HELP PLEASE! Sideboard and Hutch is not me....Can you ladies help me with some sort of painting technique?

I don't want to make the ladies out there who are real antique collectors mad, I know I probably should not paint these, but I have to.  In their present state, they just are not me.....I cant...

Pizza Mural for Husband's Restaurant

This was a surprise Christmas present I did for my husband. 

Heard It Through The Grapevine Table

This is a side table I purchased at a yard same for $10.00.  The top was really bad, I sanded and sanded and then sanded some more.  Then I painted it.  I think this table is almost...

Oh, La, La, Vanity!

This vanity I plucked from the garbage.  I took off the bars that would open if you "skirted" this vanity.  I sanded it and pluged the holes where the screws were.  I painted it and...

Marilyn Monroe Mahogany Cabinet/Bar

This is a Mohogany Cabinet I purchased at a yard sale.  I redesigned it, refurbished and repurposed it.  Now it's a bar! I sanded it, took the old hardware off, painted it, then soaked...

Funky Desk

These are just a few more things I wanted to share with all you fine people!

Wild Thang!

These are pieces that I found at a local flea market here in Cincinnati, Ohio.    

Recent comments

Re: Junk on "Parade"

Hey Marybeth:

Wow, where have I left a message on my site, I have a dining room last year, that I still have note done, I have the same type of ugly, ugly, ugly furniture, did I mention ugly? that I want to re-do. Well, here it is, a year later, and still haven't done it. But, I'm going to now....after reading all of the helpful suggestions from ya all! Can you send me some more pictures? I'm also going to do something in Sue Whitney's advice, can't decide guys have been too helpful.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your buffet!


Re: HELP PLEASE! Sideboard and Hutch is not me....Can you ladies help me with some sort of painting technique?

Thank you all for your input, I will take it all under advisement.

Re: HELP PLEASE! Sideboard and Hutch is not me....Can you ladies help me with some sort of painting technique?

I will need LUCK....thanks shamrockerin. I wish I had Italianpeasant living near me.

Re: HELP PLEASE! Sideboard and Hutch is not me....Can you ladies help me with some sort of painting technique?

Thanks Italianpeasant: but you're not getting away this fast, so in your opinion which "method" works best? Then do I seal it with poly? It is hard for me to believe that these things work......I will try and then post the results.

Re: Not just for sleeping anymore!

This is fantastic.....wish I had one! I'll be looking for old beds now!

Re: Heard It Through The Grapevine Table

Sorry Grandmalois8, no Arabic calligraphy here, just straight out of my goofy head!

Purple12: Wish I loved closer to ya, I know I would love your shop, love your screen name and your shop name....PURPLE is my favorite color in the entire world.

Re: Pizza Mural for Husband's Restaurant

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. He did love it. It took me months, I had to do it while he was working Friday nights, he closes our restaurant on Friday evenings and doesn't get home till way after 1:00 a.m. I taped the canvas to the garage door and painted as much as I could, then put fans on and sometimes had to use hair driers in order to get it dried to roll it up until the next time I could paint. Told my 5 daughters......if you breahte a word, I will paint you and you will have to go to school looking like that, or I will cut your hair off at night. (I know, a bit drastic, but it caused for drastic measures, I had to keep this a secret.) Then, when I was all finished, and showed the girls (ages 24-10) my ten year old says...."It looks like I did it"......out of the mouths of babes! Gotta love them.

Re: Heard It Through The Grapevine Table

Thanks ladies.....No stencils are ever used. I usually put the design from my head onto paper and then just go for it. Some times it's a go, and sometimes, It's an "Oh No, what the H*** did I do". However, my house can only take so much of this crazy way of painting. I have to curb myself into some "regular" more conservative pieces. But it's just as much fun to paint.

I'm going to post a picture of a Mural I did for my husband's restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio. Let me know what you think.

Wishing all of you a prosperous and healthy New Year!

Re: Marilyn Monroe Mahogany Cabinet/Bar

Hi Georgiamoon: I do have a lot of patience, I have 5 daughters, but it is because I do this kind of stuff that keeps me in check. It's my therapy....and I'm certain it's more cost effective to paint than to see a therapist. Ha, Ha. I did spend a lot of time on this. I will hate to part with it when I sell it, but my house can only hold so much furniture. Thanks for all of your comments!

Re: Oh, La, La, Vanity!

Hi Junkforfun: You can do it too! Anyone can. Go ahead, try it.

Re: Marilyn Monroe Mahogany Cabinet/Bar

Of course I'm back. This site is awesome. I get real inspiration here and everyone is so nice. It takes me a while to think about what I'm going to do with something once I buy it, find it or pluck it from the curb side. I have a total of 16 items in my garage to do. With the holidays I had to put my paint brush down for a while. Now I have to start thinking about getting this stuff out of my garage. Then what, don't know. My house can only hold so much furniture. I need to find a way to make some $$ from this stuff.....if I can let it go!


Re: Old window and shutter cabinet

This is very cool! Love it!

Re: Oh, La, La, Vanity!

Hi Gretchen: Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Don't mind at all sharing.....These "pointers" and I call them this because they are by no means do as you like, but through trial and error, I have learned, it is better if you have a piece that has definite clean lines. That being said, sand the piece down, wipe down and remove any existing hardware. You can plug the holes up and sand them too if you are adding new hardware or changing the location of the hardware, I did on the Marilyn cabinet because the handles were smack down in the iddle of the doors. Then decide what parts you want to paint and do that. I also painted a fresh clean coat where the poster image would be. Then I applied wallpaper paste to the piece and placed the poster into water BRIEFLY, you are not "booking" the poster like wallpaper. Keep the poster loose out of the water. Apply it to the piece and start removing any air bubbled you see with a credit card or something like it. Use a sponge and/or rag. Do not apply too much preasure because the poster cannot handle it. You may be stuck with some wrinkles, but it usually adds to the piece. Take your time and do not fret, it will turn out great! Then after days of curing, I seal it with poly. You could probably use Modge Podge (?), but I rarely use that stuff because of durability.

Hope the above is clear. If not, just shoot me a question, be glad to answer!

Thank you for all the nice comments!!

Re: Christmas Chain Orney

Love this, Now I know what to do with all those unused ornaments. Thanks!

Re: How to Wrap with Wallpaper

Hi Sue: Great minds think alike. I go to my local Sherwin Williams, Lowes, etc. and ask for their out of date wallpaper books and they give them to me. I wrap small items and use the pages in my Scrap Booking backgrounds. I also took months and cut 4x4 squares out of all different patterns/colors and put them on my friend's wall above her gas fireplace. Looked like a tile of patchwork quilt. My friend loved it.

Thanks for your feedback on my wild furniture. My name comes from my husband, he's an owner of a pizza restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio (City of Silverton) called "Italianette", so it was only fitting I be "pizzawife".

My husband has family in Minnesota and we took the girls there this past Summer for their 40th Wedding Anniversary. We had a lot of resistance, because they are city girls, but once they got there, they loved it! My younges (10) still talks about the farm, cows, etc.

Re: Funky Painted Desk

You're right....we are soul mates! No wonder I was drawn to you work.....we paint alike. I too am ORIGINALLY from Kentucky, until I met my husband who is from Ohio. He owns a pizza restaurant in Silverton, Ohio, so I moved there. Originally from Northern Kentucky (Ft. Thomas). You and me both, I work full time, and with kids, etc., I can't find time to do my own stuff, the things that keep me sane and keeps me from paying a therapist. Painting is my therapy. Can't wait to see more of your work.

Re: Christmas angels -- junk style

I love your angels! Now I'm going to be looking for old tables with great legs! thanks for the idea


Re: Funky Desk

Yes, the penny ball did get the patina look from being outside as well as it gets extremely hot when I am gardening and place my arm on it.....not too smart!

We all Love the pool, it's huge, we have 5 daughters and believe me, during the summer months, there are always people at my house. The dogs like it too, the filter takes a beating with all the hair it has to control!

I am looking for a pair of maniquin legs so I can place in the ground and mosaic....I think it would be fun to see a set of legs coming up from the ground in the garden girls say I'm nuts. But, I will keep looking for the legs!

Re: Wild Thang!

Thank you all for your uplifting and inspiring comments. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband, 5 daughters and 3 dogs....1 St. Bernard and 2 Golden Retrievers. Did I mention I have 5 daughters......yeah! Anyway, much like you all, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hunt for stuff and see the possibilities in it. I work full time at a downtown lawfirm full time, I work on my "therapy" (painting) every chance I get. I stumbled on this site quite by accident and I'm so glad I did. I always hesitate to show anyone my work, My house is crazy, I will post "Marilyn" a Marilyn Monroe Cabinet I just completed and another crazy table I've done this weekend.

Again, thank you all.....I think I'm o.k., I just don't know what other people ever think of my work!

You all are great! I've looked at your items too!