Monday, June 13, 2011

Guest Host {Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect}

Today's Guest Host is the super talented Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect. 

I came across Shaunna when I clicked into her post of doors-turned-daybed through a linky party. 

As if the daybed wasn't impressive enough, this is the space it sits in. This is her dreamy writing room

Wouldn't you love to spend a day with Shaunna to soak up all of her knowledge?  Oh wait, you can!  Well, sort of. Shaunna tells all in her e-book, Creating Your Masterpiece.

Now for your enjoyment, I leave you with Shaunna.
Hey friends!! I want to say thank you to Yanet for inviting me to come hang out for the means so very much to me!

If we haven't met, I'm Shaunna and I write a blog called Perfectly Imperfect. There I like to share my passion for DIY decorating (on a budget, of course), my family life, photography, writing, and lots of other random things. I began painting furniture while writing the blog, and have been blessed beyond measure. Through the time I've written the blog, I've been fortunate enough to sell my work online and now at a local antiques shop, and write an ebook on painting furniture, Creating Your Masterpiece.Photobucket
As I was thinking about what I'd love to share with you, flipping through pictures, little things I had learned along the way of painting furniture began to flash through my mind. Little snippets, really, but things I know are important to all of us DIY'ers.

#1--Don't be afraid to try anything! Give any product a never know what you'll wind up loving, and what will help you create the look in your home you're going for. My latest try (and love) is Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint...can't get enough of it! I recently wrote an FAQ post on it, complete with all the things I've found out so far and video tutorials.

#2--Find your perfect white! When painting or restoring, you need a go-to color...and for me, that's white. A fresh coat of white transforms even the dullest of furniture, making any piece relevant in your home. Plus, it's just flat-out pretty! My faves? Benjamin Moore's White Diamond and Annie Sloan's Old White (pictured above).

#3--Mix your own colors. If you can't find the perfect color or (like me) trying to use what you have on hand? Mix it yourself! This was a mix of Annie Sloan's Aubusson Blue and Old White, and turned out to be a beautiful, smoky blue. The best? I didn't have to buy any more paint. :-)

#4--Step outside of your comfort zone! This was a hard one for me, as I originally always worked with white (and it's still one of my favorites), but eventually, I was itching to try something different, more daring. Look around online (Pinterest and other blogs are great places), to find tons of inspiration pieces that you'd like to recreate in your home.

#5-- Hardware is like furniture's jewelry. Feel free to experiment with it...again, you never know what will be your winning combo. I also love to stock up on it when Hobby Lobby runs their 50% off sales, and when I find clearance knobs at Anthro. Looking for some great metals, glass knobs, ring, and drop pulls? I love Lee Valley Tools and D Lawless Hardware.

#6--Don't be afraid of distressing. To distress or not distress...that, is often, the question. It can be hard sometimes to take a sanding block to a freshly painted piece....but, start slowly, and take a step back every now and then. You are, in fact, creating it and see what's working. I hardly ever distress this much, but it was just what this piece needed to be a knockout.

#7--Use your furniture as the bones of your design. After you've been inspired and have created your masterpiece, allow it to be a canvas for all of your treasures and collections. This entry chest is a statement piece in our home, and I love that any given month, it will evoke a different feeling and mood. Put pieces in your home that you love, that mean something to you and your family...nothing will inspire you more!

#8--All that being said, don't feel like you have to paint everything. Look for pieces with beautiful wood tones and patina that you can leave untouched. They will bring warmth and character to your space, and the contrast will highlight your painted pieces even more.

At the end of the day, above all else, trust yourself. Look around the world for what inspires you, bring that into your home in objects, art, and especially, in your furniture...before you know it, you will have created spaces that you and your family long to be call home.

Thanks again, Yanet, for having me! I hope you guys will stop by sometime and say hello!

Thank you for taking the time to share with us, Shaunna.
Go see all Shaunna's got in store at Perfectly Imperfect.

Previous Guest Hosts:

May - Kelli of Random Thoughts of a Supermom {Picture Frame Re-do}
April - Gina of The Shabby Chic Cottage {Bunting Pillow Cover}
March - Donna of Funky Junk Interiors {Decorating with the Things YOU Love}

February - Ashley Ann of Under the Sycamore {Homemade Stickers}

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4 Sunny Notes:

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I am so in love with that office! The daybed is just the coolest thing, and that floor! Gorgeous!

michelle said...

Great post and I love her home! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing. :)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I really love that daybed. I've been on the search for one, perhaps the answer is to just make one! The whole room is so very pretty. Thanks Shaunna for sharing it with us here.

Shaunna said...

Thank you SOOO much for having me, Yanet!! Means the world.