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A peak at my “studio”…



The moment I saw the basement workshop in our new home I knew that this house was for us.  I immediately had visions of what I wanted it to become.  A comfortable work space for myself…MYSELF….did you catch that?  That would be Me, Myself and I!  We have 3 acres, a 2 car garage, a basement rec room, and the boys have HUGE bedrooms.  So there is really no reason for anyone to be in MY space!

Almost 3 months later here is the reality of the situation…..


This is the nook that I have planned for my office or an area to photograph pieces of furniture in.  I’ve tried throwing those plants away several times and somehow they end up back inside….


Apparently this chair is a great place for BB guns and Airsoft pistols.


Here is my fabulous super long work bench!  Yep….its a complete unorganized mess!!  I can’t find anything when I need it…but that is how I operate….in complete chaos.  I had visions of all that pegboard….that it would be all perfectly organized with all my “stuff” and I would just get what I need and put it back when I was done!


Kinda like this!


And check all this stuff out…Its the entire contents of our RV that has landed in MY SPACE!!

So, if I need to BBQ up some lunch, or sit in a reclining outdoor chair I’m all set!


I mostly don’t eat though when I work….I just get so busy…I live on Cliff Bars and trail mix….and wrappers are always scattered about!


A girl can still dream!  I do have visions and plans for this space!

Master Bathroom


Welcome to my Master Bathroom!

 I pointed out in a previous post about our new home, that this bathroom was almost a deal breaker on buying this house.  It is a bowling alley nightmare!  I also knew right away that any type of solution was beyond just a little paint.

mastershowerCheck out the space capsule shower straight out of 1991….I feel like for 1991 this was still a serious crime the day it was done!

I’m kinda a shrimp of a girl and I’m totally claustrophobic in this shower! So thankful for my 20/400 vision so I don’t have to really “see” the nasty stained fiberglass.  Hello curves that won’t let any bottles rest upright on them!

bathtubThis bath tub is another crime!  57″! Dang…that is a hard space to replace with anything stylish or worthy of “sitting” in.

It is currently serving as the place in which I bathe the dogs!

We’ve tossed around many different scenarios in making this bathroom more functional and enjoyable, yet still not spending every last penny we have to remodel the house with.  We considered moving plumbing, primarily the toilet, either into the linen closet space, which then required us to move the entire entrance into the bathroom.  We also considered moving it to where the bathtub currently is.  We even considered doing something like this….

dreambath…where we kept the bath tub in a large shower area at the end of the bathroom.  But, then the quest for a bath tub small enough to fit in 57″ began.  By the time we added up the expense of the bath tub and fixtures our budget was BLOWN!

My fabulous friend, and Interior Designer (who knows me really well since she did spend 11 years right across the street from me!) Julie Jersey, of Julie Jersey Designs, pointed out that I DON’T TAKE BATHS!  Yep, this total ADD girl, (me!) cannot sit still long enough to even enjoy a bath!

Problem solved….back on budget…we are nixing a bath tub, and going for a HUGE double shower (using the entire space where the bathtub and shower currently are!) with 2 shower heads!

That also means we are leaving the toilet where it is…but we are OK with that.

Traditional Bathroom by Jenkintown Interior Designers & Decorators Robinson Interiors
Here my inspiration board I made on Polyvore for my bathroom style:
xThis is the tile I have picked out so far….large beveled subway tile in the shower and this Winterwood Weathered Farmhouse tile for the floors.
I’m also working with another FABULOUS friend and business, Dustin Marsh of Omega Creations Kitchens and Bath Design.  He has patiently listen to me jabber (aka. whine!) on about this bathroom, spent hours measuring and spearheading design and solutions within my budget.  He is currently working on our double vanity! Which I think I have decided to have gray cabinetry.
We hope to start demo in the next month!! 

Answers to Readers Questions about Chalk Paint®

I’ve been getting lots of questions lately and I thought I’d take a few a break from my house stuff to address a few of them….I did personally answer them, but I thought I’d share a few with everyone.
Question:  I am confused about the order in which you paint, wax and distress.  Does it matter which order you do this in?
Answer:  If you have read any of Annie Sloan’s wonderful books, or watched her You Tube video’s, you will notice that Annie paints, waxes (clear and dark) before she uses sandpaper to distress.  After she distresses she will then add back some wax to the area she removed it in during distressing.  This method is known as the Annie Sloan Method.
However, it seems that most American’s paint, distress and then wax.  Both ways are perfectly fine in my opinion.  I prefer to paint, distress and then apply my wax.  I think it is a personal preference as to which method you choose to do.  I don’t see much of a difference between the two.  In my class I have my students do it both ways so they can understand the way Annie prefers, try the other way and pick which method suits them.
Distressing before you wax creates a lot more “chalk” dust.  However, distressing after you wax takes a lot more muscle and you use a lot more sandpaper!
Question:  My husband and I painted our kitchen cabinets with Pure White, but it just seems too “textured”.  Do you have suggestions to make the Chalk Paint less “textured”?
Answer:  I do have experience with this for sure.  I used Pure White Chalk Paint® on my kitchen cabinets in my old house.  I wanted a clean white look with no distressing.  I wanted White White! When I painted my cabinets Pure White had just hit the states and it was my first time using it.  Since then I have learned a few things about Pure White.
1.  It had no pigments in it.  It is PURE White.  I love it!  I’m a white white girl.  However, with no pigments the consistency of this color is a tad different.  Using it will require an additional coat for the best coverage.  A tip I’ve learned is to use a base coat of white primer (I use Zinsser).  This will cut down how much Pure White you will have to use.
2.  Unless you are willing to use a very fine grit sandpaper and sand ALL your kitchen cabinets smooth after painting, you will not get a smooth look with Chalk Paint®.  No matter what you are going to have brush strokes with this paint.  If you are going for a smooth, clean, all white look on your kitchen cabinets it is my opinion that Pure White Chalk Paint® is not the right paint for the job.  I would use Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams Pro Classic.
3.  Another tip is that you can mix some Old White into the Pure White to give it a little thicker consistency.  I love a 50/50 mix of Old White and Pure White!!
I hope these tips help!!  If you have questions feel free to ask!

Multi Tasking at it’s Finest

I’ve never met a woman who is not constantly in a state of extreme multi tasking! 
I am no exception.  Sometimes I wonder how long I can keep it going!
I did enjoy 3 weeks in December of pretty much just hanging out with my family.  Seven of those days were spent in Disney!
The New Year rolled in and I’m happy to say I’m busier than ever.  Lots of custom work being done for clients!
Which means….multi tasking goes into full effect!  Like playing scrabble while you paint!
I’m also in the process of updating some desperately neglected things in our house that somehow is now 10 years old!

My shutters look like a patchwork of ick!  These are just a few of the 8 colors I have painted on them!  I’ve finally decided on a deep gray….Classic French Gray by Sherwin Williams custom made at 150%.  

The master bath is also on the list.  Look at how lovely this looks.  This would be the thermofoil that has peeled off the cabinetry!  This stuff should be banned!!
These will be getting a makeover with Chalk Paint.  Lots more will go down in the master bath too.  You can hop over to my Pinterest Page and check out my bath remodel board for my inspirations for this room!

Lastly, I’m always on a hunt for treasures!  Trish and I stopped off at one of our spots this past weekend and found this throwback poster.  Wonder what made the owner of this decide it was time to let it go? 
Of course I needed my photo with it!  

So, what kind of multi tasking are you up to?  

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Cute, Comfortable and the "F" word

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays I work in the shop (Total Bliss) painting furniture and helping customers with paint and whatever else may need attention.  I’m there for an average of 5 hours at a time that feel like 5 minutes.  I’m either on my feet or sitting on the floor painting!
So, ones outfit needs to be Comfortable, especially in the footwear department.  In the Function Department I try to avoid paints that fall down when I bend over…since I do a lot of that!  I’m sure I’d scare a few customers off with that scene! I also need to have on something that I don’t care if paint gets all over because I am notorious for making a mess!  And lastly I need to have some sense of Cuteness!
I started with my favorite gray leggings that are already full of paint.  They don’t fall down and are tight in that right way that I feel everything is “held in”!  I know you know what I’m talking about!  I added some cute long socks with a ruffle (hard to see in the picture).  Lastly, a girls feet have to be comfortable and I don’t do cheap shoes!  I added my black Born boots.  They are insanely comfortable. I’ve decided they are my official work boots.  If they get paint on them I’m OK with it.  Worth it!
I also have to wear short sleeves because I get so hot working.  Then I thew on a Juicy Couture dress I found at a Consignment Shop.  It is the softest cotton ever!!
Until I warm up at work I do need a little sleeve cover so I threw on my go to gray wrap.  Ok, so I looked in the mirror and this is what I saw…..


All I needed was some leg warmers and I’d be her!
So, I said the “F” word and walked out the door and had a super fab comfortable day!!! 
I might even wear the outfit again Thursday and Friday!!
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Hueology Update

Wishing you all a Happy New Year…..FINALLY!

I (MJ) wanted to say thanks for visiting the Hueology website and update you on a few things….
As some of you may know this website was started by 2 awesome friends (Trish and MJ) who fell in love with Chalk Paint and started an adventure in paint.
Well, we are still awesome friends…..but…
Trish decided a few month ago that her family needed a little more of her and made the hard decision to  step away from the paint and refocus herself on her children and their family business.  
MJ has then thrown herself FULL FORCE into LOTS of painting and teaching classes and working at Total Bliss!  So much that she has totally failed at blogging any of it! 
It’s a new year and I want to get back on track with blogging and sharing my life.
This blog is going to take on a little different personality in doing so.  Trish was the mastermind behind the beautiful pictures and layout on this site.  I’m not as good as that as she was.  
I’d like this site to be a little more personal and really connect with my readers and let you all see a little more of me, my home, crazy life and yes stuff painted in Chalk Paint….even if the pictures are not as pretty as perfect as Trish made them to be!
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Annie Sloan Work Book Club

I’m so excited for the arrival of the Annie Sloan Work Book!  Annie created this book just for everyday people like you and me.  People who love color, furniture, and fabric is all different styles, shapes and sizes.  This book is a very special place to record it all.  Its got pages for notes and pockets for tidbits.  There are lots of empty pages too that contain tips from Annie.  Blank pages that are ready to be filled by YOU!
I’ll admit that I really just begun mixing colors not too long ago.  Annie’s basic 30 color palette is so incredible that I have not broken out of my box too often.  This Work Book has given me a great place to start playing and recording!  
I played with Arles, Antibes, Versailles and Olive last week.

It is never fun to play alone though!
I want to invite my local peeps to come play with me once a month @ Total Bliss with our Work Books.  The Launch of the Book Club is FREE.  After that there will be a small nominal fee of $6.00 to cover the cost of paint and supplies to play with.  It will be a place were we can meet and share ideas and inspirations as well!

Annie Sloan Work Book Club Launch
January 8th @ Total Bliss in Summerfield, NC
10:00 am and again at 6:00 pm

If you can not make the launch, but wish to join the Club the schedule will be posted in the WorkShop Page

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Open House @ Total Bliss Tonight!

 Today we will put on the finishing touches for our Holiday Open House at Total Bliss! The store is amazing!  I did not think we could top last year, but Nancy has out done herself this year!  
I hope all my local peeps can make it by sometime between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm today, November 15th.  We will have wine and delicious food catered by Savory Street
We also will be debuting this…..
Yep, it is in….the Annie Sloan Workbook!!!  
It is a very special book for you to keep all your notes, color recipes, sketches, magazine clippings and inspirations for all you projects.
Annie has packed it with her own notes, tips and sketches too!

Don’t panic….enjoy your day and end it at Total Bliss!!!

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Summerfield Holiday Marketplace- Stop, Sip and Shop with Me!

I’m blessed to have some really great friends!
Really great friends that are really great to others too!
We got together and put together a Holiday Marketplace to benefit the Backpack Buddies program that we have at our children’s elementary school.
This program helps give families in need food and clothing.  During the holidays the program also makes sure that these families get a full Thanksgiving meal.  

I’ve gathered up some stuff I have in my garage and have been revamping it and giving it a new purpose.  
Stuff like driftwood, crates, trays, windows, chippy boards, etc. 
I’ll also be doing a Chalk Paint™Demo and selling gift certificates for Chalk Paint™ classes.

Here is the rest of the scoop on the event….

I’d love to see you!  

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Things I’ve Learned – Home Based "Studio"

I paint in my garage.
Sometimes it is not the ideal situation, but over all it is the best solution that works for me and my family.  I’ve considered many locations and scenarios over time.
I’ve accepted the fact that my car will not be sleeping in the garage any time soon….
We have one rule…which has been broken in this photo…
I push the “perimeter limit” all the time.  I’m allowed 3 squares in our 2 car garage and the Harley gets its own square. {Technically I am not suppose to sand in there garage either}  

This is the biggest reason this situation works for our family.  
I am home everyday after school for my 2 boys.  Many times we set up makeshift homework stations on unpainted furniture.  
I can still work on laundry and my lame food preparation skills while going back and forth to my projects.  I can paint late at night and weekends too!  I’m pretty sure my neighbors think I am a crazy paint lady.  
I am very blessed to have the best of both worlds.  I work at Total Bliss, my local Chalk Paint™ stockist, located a mile and a half from my house, 3 days a week.  I teach classes, help customers with paint, paint, and am surrounded by amazing home decor products and smells!  But, I’m home everyday for my boys!  I’m so grateful that Nancy, the shop owner, is so flexible with me!!!
I will admit that I’ve dreamed of my own shop many, many times.  But every time I really think about I go back to being thankful for what I have.  

I truly have the perfect situation!!!  

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