An Important Lesson in Furniture Painting


I would get so nervous before a softball game that I’d pray for a rain out, but the rain didn’t come.  So there I was, suited up and standing on the field as the umpire yelled, “play ball!”

Fast forward to this week, the gray clouds were looming in the sky, and once again, I hoped for a rain out.

I have never painted furniture for anyone but me. This time, it was for a paying client.

See more of this armoire painted in ASCP French Linen and Old White at


I had often thought of starting a furniture painting business, and now the ball of opportunity had been thrown my way.   Doubts ran through my mind like,  will she like it?  what have I gotten myself into?

But once again, there was no rain out.

So I picked up my paint brush, the doubts subsiding with each brush stroke.

See more of this armoire painted in ASCP French Linen and Old White at

The first coat was done, leaving me wondering what I should do next.

After referring to the inspiration piece, I decided to dry brush Old White over the French Linen, wiping it off as I went along.

This French painted armoire served as the inspiration piece for my latest furniture painting project.  See the reveal at

inspiration piece


Now it was time for the finish.   Should I mix French Linen with clear wax or use dark wax, I debated.

I finally decided to apply a coat of clear wax, followed immediately by a coat of dark wax, letting it settle into the corners and crevices of the armoire.


The Before & After of my latest furniture painting project.  See up close details at


I spent a lot of time on the details, and being both glad and mad that I am such a perfectionist.   

After hours of labor, lots of sweat and a little frustration, I was finished.

Throughout the process, I questioned whether it was worth it.

But then I would realize that I was sharing my talent with someone else.

I learned what I would do differently next time.

And I gained confidence in my ability to do this for others…

Lessons I wouldn’t have learned if the game had been rained out.


I’m sharing this armoire at the Vintage Inspired Party with Angie at Knick of Time

See you in class,

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  1. Wow, Sharon! Your perfectionism really paid off! LOVE how your piece turned out!!! Thanks for the inspiration… I am just about to start a big piece my self!

  2. It’s beautiful Sharon! You did an amazing job and I know that your client was thrilled!

  3. I think it looks beautiful!! What a perfect color for that piece!! Love it!!

  4. Put one foot in front of the other… that sound was in my head while I read this!
    It’s gorgeous, Sharon.

  5. Song…not sound. 🙂

  6. Sharon this turned out great, love the color choices. You have done very well girl and go for it if this would fulfilling a dream and something you enjoy. Life is TOO short.


  7. Looks great! So taking a risk was well worth it this time! It is beautiful! 🙂

  8. As they say, the first time for anything is the hardest. Perhaps this is the opportunity for the successful confidence that you needed, in order to move forward with your dream to start doing it for others. You have what it takes…the next move is up to you. Go for it!

  9. thank you for the encouragement!

  10. thank you, and I completely agree.

  11. Thank you! I’ve been on cloud nine all afternoon… I heard back from the client and she is very happy with it.

  12. I just heard back from her today and yes, she is. That made my day!

  13. I know it will turn out beautifully, Yvonne! Can’t wait to see your finished piece.

  14. 🙂 Sometimes it’s that first step that is the hardest. Now I feel like running!

  15. Indeed it was!

  16. Great job Sharon … you should feel very proud of yourself. Next step will be so easy.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  17. It turned out beautiful ShRon. I am so proud of you!

  18. Beautiful!
    Really, such a great job Sharon!!!

  19. Aw, feeling the warm fuzzies! Thank you!!

  20. Thank you. I’m definitely looking forward to taking the next step.

  21. I’m so flattered…thank you, Shannon.

  22. Love, love, love your creativity! Love your finished product for your first paying client and love your writing style. Beautiful. You’ve been blessed with many talents!

  23. Donnamae says:

    You know, I liked the original….but the color you used really transformed this piece…it’s gorgeous! Your perfectionism paid off! 😉

  24. It is gorgeous Sharon! You should never doubt yourself. You are talented and anyone you do work for will be in awww of it!

  25. I liked the original too, Donnamae. And thank you!

  26. Thank you for the encouragement, Debbie.

  27. oh wow! Thank you so, so much for visiting and taking the time to leave such a kind comment.

  28. Beautiful job Sharon. I am sure your client was very pleased. It is the perfect image of the inspiration piece. Thanks for your tips and tricks. Love your work.

  29. The piece is just gorgeous, nice job!! xo

  30. It looks beautiful Sharon! Bravo!!

  31. Gorgeous transformation Sharon!! You are filled to the brim with talents! xo Heather

  32. You made me smile. Thank you!

  33. beautiful job Sharon! I love all the steps you took to achieve the end result. I’m sure your client loved it!


  34. Wonderful work Sharon! You should be very proud and I am sure your client is THRILLED!!

  35. Absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented and that piece proves it!

  36. Its beautiful! I understand completely how nerving it is to paint for someone else. It is much easier to do what you want and not worry about someone else not liking it! Great job!

  37. Lovely story!

  38. Thank you, Kelly. I admit, I am proud of it.

  39. Thank you! Now the question is could I repeat those steps…LOL. I’m sure you know what I mean. The beauty in that is that no two pieces will look exactly the same.

  40. Thank you for your very encouraging words, Jeanie!

  41. True. Now that I’ve done it once, I’m less apprehensive to paint for someone else. My latest client is my MOM. On second thought, it’s still unnerving. 😉

  42. Aw, thank you. I always hope that my words are as much a part of the blog as the project. Thank you for reading!

  43. Beautiful piece! You did an amazing job! It’s so terrible how we aren’t our own number one fans! I can relate and am so glad your game wasn’t rained out! xo

  44. Thank you for being my cheerleader!

  45. Debra Aubin says:

    you mentioned in your decision on what to use for the finish weather to mix paint with clear wax. Can you tell me what is the benefit to mixing the paint with the wax, does it give it a white washed look? I as a hobby paint furniture and I am always unsure what to use for the last coat to protect it, wax, or poly. Perhaps you can enlighten me as to what you find works best for you. I am interested in the paint and wax finish.

  46. Hi Debra. Yes, I chose to mix the paint with the wax just to tint the wax and give the armoire a deeper finish than the clear wax alone. Does that make sense?

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