Yay! Purdy Paintbrush Giveaway

September 2nd, 2011

Hey all, thanks so much for all of your commentary on the “Should You or Shouldn’t You Paint” post from yesterday.  I love reading all of your opinions and personal experiences, and it seems there are so many of us with a passion for revamping old things with paint.  So how timely is this weekend’s giveaway?  Very. 

Y’all know I loooooove Purdy brushes, they’re the best!  I’ve got a dozen or so sitting in my DIY closet and consider them an essential tool for any DIYer, from novice to pro. 

Do you wanna know what my favorite thing is about Purdy brushes?  It’s simple.  You’ll never find a fiber or hair in your paint with a Purdy.  Yes, they cost a few dollars more, but they’re worth it for two reasons.  You avoid the headache of picking paintbrush fibers or hairs out of your fresh wet paint (that stinks), and they last a very long time if you take care of them and clean them properly.   

purdy paintbrush

 

Guess what gang?  Purdy is giving away a three pack of their high quality paint brushes to five lucky winners!  Woot! purdy brushes 3 pack

Five lucky winners get these three brushes:  1 inch angled; 1 ½ inch angled and 2 inch flat XL Series Nylon/Polyester brushes for all paints.  Awesome.

If you’ve got questions about painting projects, Purdy has answered so many of them on their “Ask Purdy” page so hop over and take a peek. 

Eligibility to win one of five 3 Packs of Purdy Paintbrushes:

1.  Simply leave a comment telling me your next painting project.

2. For a second chance to win, either link to this giveaway on Twitter or on Facebook, then leave a comment stating where you linked (FB or Twitter).

3. .  For a third chance to win, Like Purdy” on Facebook, then leave and additional comment stating you did. 

Five winners chosen by Random.org.  Giveaway ends Monday September 5th at 8 p.m. PST. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Winners announced here.

 

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Painting Wood: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

September 1st, 2011

I think I’m most happy with a paintbrush in my hand.  Painting furniture relaxes me, it’s my strange form of therapy, and I do my best thinking when I’m fixing up something old and turning it into something new.  I get a range of comments when I post about a refurbished piece and they cover the spectrum.  Mostly it’s these kind: “Thank goodness you painted that ugly old thing!”  or “Wow, I love that makeover!  Way to bring that piece into this century and give it new life!”  I love those. 

Then I’ll get one of these from time to time. “Oh my goodness, you girls and your paint cans, you’re going to be stripping off all that paint in five years!”.  If you’ve ever read the comments on Apartment Therapy anytime someone paints a piece of furniture, the wood purists come out of the woodwork (pun intended) and proclaim ruination.  It raises a controversial question, when should you or shouldn’t you paint your {insert old piece here}. 

My answer is always, “It just depends on the piece".  How’s that for vague?  OK, well how about this generality.  For me, anything that is mass produced is fair game, especially if it has laminate or veneers.  Solid wood unique pieces, especially if they are true antiques are where I hesitate.  Unless the wood is damaged, then wood putty plus paint always works in my book.      

Recently, I received and email from Kathryn, she sent me a picture of her dining room set, and asked how could she freshen it up.  Should she paint the chairs, the table, or both? 

My advice?  Pull an Eddie and paint those shield back chairs.  Then restain the table.

shield back chairs painted

Painting the chairs and reupholstering the seats in a modern fabric would go a long way to freshening this set. 

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