Trade Secrets that We're Only Telling YOU

Often we meet customers who are intrigued with the idea of painting their own furniture, but haven't yet taken the plunge. First, if that's you, let us assure you that it's not as hard as it looks!! And once you've seen the results of your handiwork--you'll be hooked! 

Gorgeous dresser painted with Country Chic Paint by our lovely vendor Tammi!

Gorgeous dresser painted with Country Chic Paint by our lovely vendor Tammi!

Painting is kind of an addiction for us--it's in our blood! Today, we wanted to take a few minutes to answer questions that beginner painters may have and explain the process of prepping and painting your first piece of furniture. We hope it gives you the courage to roll up your sleeves and paint something amazing! 

How do I prep a piece of furniture for paint?

If you are using Country Chic Paint (our personal fav) little to no prep is needed, however, it is advisable that you clean your piece of furniture thoroughly with a rag and soapy water because residue or dirt may compromise the perfect adhesion of the paint after it dries. 

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The piece I have was already painted once. Is that okay?

The short answer...yes! However, if the previous paint is chipping off in nasty flakes, you will need to sand it.

 Does it matter if the previous finish oil or water based?

If the piece was previously painted it is helpful to know if the old finish is water based or oil based paint. You test this by taking a q-tip dipped in acetone nail polish remover rubbing it on the piece. If you see color coming off and staining your q-tip then you know it is water based and you can go ahead and paint over it. Oil based paint will not show any color on the q-tip. If a previous oil base paint finish exists, it is recommended to lightly sand the surface with a fine grit sandpaper. 

Okay, my piece is clean, now what? 

You're ready to rock! If you use Country Chic Paint there is little to no preparation required. Next you will need: 

  1. A synthetic bristly brush
  2. Country Chic Paint (low VOC and safe to use indoors!)
  3. A stir stick 

Give the paint can a good shake, remove lid and then stir for 2 minutes. 

How do I hold my brush?

For best control of your brush hold it on the ferrule (the metal part of the brush). With your thumb on one side and the other fingers holding the other side. 

Dip about half the bristles into the paint. Don't over dip the brush otherwise you may experience drips. 

Does it matter what direction I apply the paint?

When painting your piece, always paint in one direction otherwise you may experience too much texture in your finish. You want your piece to be smooth--like frosting on a cake! 

Don't paint over sections that have partially dried already. You can always go back and fix it once it is fully dried. Avoid painting in direct sunlight or when the humidity is more than 80%. 

Paint your furniture in your favorite Country Chic color and you'll be hooked! If you have questions regarding a current project feel free to ask any of us at the shop, or leave a comment, we'd love to help! 

Recent Country Chic Beauties by our Lovely Vendors!

by Michelle

by Michelle

by Deb

by Deb

by Aimee

by Aimee

by Aimee

by Aimee

Check out Our Classes!

If you're interested in painting like a professional and would like to be apart of a fun group environment we offer classes! 

Painting 101

June 11th 10a-1p

Cabinet Painting Workshop

May 26th 5p-8p

June 5th 2p-5p

Click here to learn more! 


Happily Better After Episode 5

This month we are super excited to show you our lovely Before and After photos. It has been a busy spring for us at the shop--with our Ramshackled team decorating a wedding (see last weeks post), preparing for spring Junk Bonanza next week, and Tattered Elegance we've had our hands full. (Oofta, that's a lotta links there! *Wipes sweat from brow*)

In short, this spring has been a full and blessed one and we are so thankful for our customers and readers who adventure with us!

Before & After

Before & After

Before & After

Before & After

Before & After

Before & After

Before & After

Before & After

Before & After

Before & After

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Many of these "Afters" are for sale at the shop or will be at Junk Bonanza next week. Feel free to ask questions about special orders such as barn wood items (that table tho!) or other special requests!

Step into our Vendors' Homes: Meet Deb AKA Our Green Queen

As part of an ongoing monthly series we will be entering the homes of our talented Ramshackled Treasures vendors. They will show us their recent DIYs, room remodels and favorite furniture refinishes. Prepare yourself to learn, share and be inspired!

Last month you met Paulette and witnessed her incredible sewing talent! This month we are beyond excited to introduce you to Deb! And right now we are about to make a Ramshackled proclamation and dub her "Queen Green" because up-cycling items that would otherwise be shipped to a landfill is one of her many passions. 

Deb inside her eclectic workspace in the barn where she paints, repairs and creates her pieces for the shop! 

Deb inside her eclectic workspace in the barn where she paints, repairs and creates her pieces for the shop! 

Wandering around the many rooms of Deb's Zimmerman home, felt like exploring an English cottage: the tarnished silver tea service, the ornate 1800's buffet table, and the massive oak hutch in the kitchen all spoke of a simpler, more rustic time. It was the kind of home you could really curl up and nap in. 

"I love the concept of wabi sabi," Deb's said over steaming cup of coffee. "Which basically means: embracing the imperfections. It's a Japanese philosophy that's been around for a long time. It's the study of the decay of a tree...You see a beautiful bird on an ugly tree...but as a whole composition--it's perfect. I want that to be some part of my room (at Ramshackled Treasures), because I embrace the rustic and a little bit of the foofoo." 


Deb's husband teases her about her growing collection of antique furniture in the barn.

"I'm not a hoarder! I'm a chipmunk!" Deb insisted. She likes collecting things that speak to her, or have good bones to be created into interesting pieces for the shop.

Deb also enjoys making her popular pallet signs. When asked whether she found a tutorial on how to make her signs she said: "I can't follow directions very well. I just put it together, it was a wonderful accident. Serendipity."

Deb makes her signs out of recycled wooden boxes and pallet wood. She gets her boxes from a manufacturer who would otherwise have to send them to a landfill. She can't stand to see good wood buried in the ground.

"I thoroughly enjoy the signs they make my heart sing," Deb said. She likes to feel her art and the pallet signs are no exception. She doesn't cater her craft for mass appeal, but looks for sayings and phrases that speak to her personally.  

One of the signs that still brings tears to Deb's eyes is inscribed with this special poem.

There is freedom waiting for you,

On the breezes of the sky,

And you ask 'What if I fall?'

Oh but my darling,

What if you fly? - Erin Hanson


Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your life, home and creative process Deb! We look forward to taking a page out of your book, and seeing life's imperfections as beauty.