My Annie Sloan Confession

Wanting to brighten up my flea-market-find rocking chairs, I went with the color Florence and the Soft Wax.

Wanting to brighten up my flea-market-find rocking chairs, I went with Annie Sloan in Florence and the Clear Soft Wax.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, I am confessing more than chatting. For a long time, I resisted. For several years, I have refused to have anything to do with the “trendy” chalk paint. There was no way I would EVER dip a paintbrush into a can of Annie Sloan….

So blah and so boring! These rockers were in desperate need of love and color.

So blah and so boring! These rockers and small table were in desperate need of love and color.

Now, a little backstory before I get deep into my confession. I have been painting and repurposing furniture for about 20 years using everything from cheap craft paint (because I didn’t know any better) to spray paint.

One of my all-time favorites.

One of my all-time favorites.

For most of those years, I painted outside because I could. In Mississippi, I lived in the middle of nowhere, so I could paint outside…naked, if I had desired to do so *wink* I had no worries about dry-time or ventilation because the sunshine and fresh air took care of those matters.

Only the cows would have known had I been painting with my clothes on *wink*

Only the cows would have known, if I had been painting with my clothes on *wink*

Flash forward to the present. I currently live in the city…like really close to downtown and all the happenings and events. I have neighbors–really nice, but close neighbors. So, not only is painting in the nude totally out, but also spray painting all willy-nilly. What in the world was a furniture re-doer supposed to do?!? Build a special room with big fans and ventilation??? Only paint on days when the sun is shining and the wind is not blowing???

I had to break my vow not to use Annie Sloan paint because I could not look at my bland rockers any longer.

I had to break my vow not to use Annie Sloan paint because I could not look at my bland rockers any longer. Shhhh, no one has to know *wink*

And there I was, standing inside One.40.four in Jonesborough, Tennessee holding a can of Annie Sloan…thinking….This is it. The solution to all my problems. This little can holds the magic that will allow me to paint furniture inside (or out) without having to wait hours…days to finish a project. Yes, I bought that can of Florence. I took it home, and I loved it. I praised it. It was beautiful. The application was so easy. Oh, I painted and painted those rockers with that Annie Sloan paint! I was giddy, and I was in love.

Painting with Annie Sloan on the front porch

Painting with Annie Sloan on the front porch

I honestly could not believe how easy it was to use the Annie Sloan paint and how quickly it dried.

I honestly could not believe how easy it was to use the Annie Sloan paint and how quickly it dried.

It began to rain, so I moved the Annie Sloan paint party (of one) to the parlor.

It began to rain, so I moved the Annie Sloan paint party (of one) to the parlor.

I immediately became addicted to Annie Sloan paint and returned to One.40.four to get more. This time Pure White for the seat of the rockers and top of the small table + Paris Grey for the bottom of the small table and another furniture piece (which I will reveal in a later post). Yes, I went back again and both more colors…but, I can’t talk about that right now because I still can’t believe that I deprived myself all of those years of such amazement.

This little table, which I painted several years ago, had no idea it was going to be picked for an Annie Sloan makeover.

This little table, which I painted several years ago, had no idea it was going to be picked for an Annie Sloan makeover.

It was raining like madness outside, but I was determined to finish my porch furniture makeover.

It was raining like madness outside, but I was determined to finish my porch furniture makeover.

Fan blowing (not because I needed to dry the paint, but because I work up a sweat when I paint *wink*

The fan is blowing not because I needed to dry the paint, but because I work up a sweat when I paint *wink* The Dyson is there to keep the fur babies from coming near my table while it dries! Perhaps, I should bring the Dyson to the dinner table *giggles*

Whew! It feels great getting all of that off my chest. Who would have thought I would become a total fangirl of Annie Sloan paint! Now, let’s take a look at the porch furniture reveal while we finish off our coffee.

My flea-market rocking chairs finally look happy and at home *big smile*

My flea-market rocking chairs finally look happy and at home *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as I chatted about my Annie Sloan confession. If you have any paint confessions to make, by all means, share them with all of us in the comment section + if you have your own Annie Sloan projects you would like to reveal, share them with us on Twitter or Instagram using #SweetSorghumLiving. I can’t wait to see all of your projects!

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It has been an adjustment going from country life to city life, but I’m enjoying every single minute of the adventure.

 

 

 

 

Jonesborough Days 2016 Part Two

Upcycled robot sculptures by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

Upcycled robot sculptures by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to random road trips. Today on the blog, I am sharing photos from Jonesborough Days 2016 + more of SSL’s top picks from the arts & crafts vendors. There was so much awesomeness it could not be packed into one post! If you missed Jonesborough Days 2016 Part One, don’t fret. Just click here to read *big smile*

Now, let’s take a little photo stroll and check out SSL’s Top Picks for Handmade Jewelry, Pottery, Art (Painting|Canvas), Upcycled Art, Metal Art (and Coolest Thing at Jonesborough Days 2016), and the Ultimate Top Pick while we sip on our coffee!

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SSL’s Top Pick for Handmade Jewelry at Jonesborough Days 2016 is Just for Me-Mi Jewelry. Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier have been creating beautiful and unique jewelry from vintage silverware for about two years. Currently, their necklaces are so hot they cannot keep up with the demand!

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Necklaces by Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier of Just For Me-Mi Jewelry

Bracelets made from vintage silverware. To shop Just For Me-Mi Jewelry in your pjs, click here.

Bracelets made from vintage silverware. To shop Just For Me-Mi Jewelry in your pjs, click here.

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Be sure to check out Just For Me-Mi Jewelry on Facebook for all the latest updates on where they will be and new items.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry makes bracelets, rings, and necklaces from vintage silverware.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry makes bracelets, rings, and necklaces from vintage silverware.

More stunning bracelets by Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier of Just For Me-Mi Jewelry

More stunning bracelets by Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier of Just For Me-Mi Jewelry

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry also makes upcycled wind chimes from vintage silverware and other findings.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry also makes upcycled wind chimes from vintage silverware and other findings.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry is SSL's Top Pick for jewelry because not only is the quality and selection superb, but also because Amy and Heather are precious and friendly + they have a true talent and passion for what they are making.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry is SSL’s Top Pick for jewelry because not only is the quality and selection superb, but also because Amy and Heather are precious and friendly + they have a true talent and passion for what they are making.

I really had a great time chatting with Amy about not only her fabulous jewelry, but also about her daughter eating her way to second place in the hot dog eating contest.

I really had a great time chatting with Amy about not only her fabulous jewelry, but also about her daughter eating her way to second place in the hot dog eating contest. **p.s. it was ridiculously hot during Jonesborough Days, but the heat did not keep the folks from attending and having a blast!** ***p.p.s. I have no idea what that grin on my face is all about!! haha***

Me chatting with Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware

Me chatting with Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware

SSL’s Top Pick for Pottery is Simply Stoneware by Sara Emery, a potter located in Kingsport, Tennessee. There were several awesome pottery vendors at Jonesborough Days 2016; however two potters and their pottery really blew me away and caused me to spend my cash *wink* Yesterday, I revealed Barbara Cara as SSL’s Top Pick for Potter, and today, I am announcing Simply Stoneware the Top Pick for Pottery. Sara creates the most darling flower/weed vases (which I bought three and will reveal in a later post) and little houses. She was such a delight, and her pottery really stood out and held my attention, Honestly, people stared at my box of little vases as I carried them around Main Street Jonesborough!

Look at these darling houses! Y'all know how much I love little houses!!

Look at these darling houses! **Y’all know how much I love little houses!!**

This house.

This house.

The colors and textures of Sara's pottery are absolutely stunning.

The colors and textures of Sara’s pottery are absolutely stunning.

Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware began creating in 1966. She made the little vases in which to put the "gifts of the forest" from her grandkids.

Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware began creating in 1966. She started making the little vases, so she could put the “gifts of the forest” from her grandkids in them. **Notice the little flower/weed vases next to Sara**

Beautiful examples of Sara's pottery

Beautiful examples of Sara’s pottery

Colors of nature beautifully captured by Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware.

Colors of nature beautifully captured by Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware.

This painting truly captures my memory of my Granddaddy and Grandmother Fulcher. I totally wish I would have bought it! I blame the heat for my walking away without it...or having to explain to the hubby why I bought another painting *wink*

This painting by Larry Knott of Impressions truly captures my memory of my Granddaddy and Grandmother Fulcher. I totally wish I would have bought it! I blame the heat for my walking away without it…or having to explain to the hubby why I bought another painting *wink*

SSL’s Top Pick for Art (Painting|Canvas) is Impressions by Larry Knott and Ruthie Edwards, who have been painting together for about four years. They met in an art class in Johnson City, Tennessee and have been talking and creating art since then. Larry has always dabbled in art; however, until recently, allowed work and life to get in the way of his passion. Impressions reflects the talent of both Larry and Ruthie. Stunning work! Just stunning!

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Impressions by Larry Knott and Ruthie Edwards is SSL's Top Pick for Art (Paintings|Canvas) because each piece took me back to simpler times and showed the love they have for their work.

Impressions by Larry Knott and Ruthie Edwards is SSL’s Top Pick for Art (Painting|Canvas) because each piece took me back to simpler times and showed the love they have for their work.

It was such a pleasure chatting with Larry about his art. He truly is an inspiration, and I hope to be painting and enjoying art as much as he does when I am his age! Thanks, Larry, for reminding me that age is a state of mind, and we can follow our dreams no matter how old or young we are!

It was such a pleasure chatting with Larry about his art. He truly is an inspiration, and I hope to be painting and enjoying art as much as he does when I am his age! Thanks, Larry, for reminding me that age is a state of mind, and we can follow our dreams no matter how old or young we are!

Garden stakes made from dishes and other findings by Randy and Bonnie Green of Vintage Creation in Greenville, Tennessee.

Garden stakes made from dishes and other findings by Randy and Bonnie Green of Vintage Creation in Greeneville, Tennessee.

SSL’s Top Pick for Upcycled Art is Vintage Creation by Randy and Bonnie Green. They have been creating for about three years now, and they are just enjoying their retirement while having fun making upcyled yard stakes. They are the top pick for upcycled creations because of their use of color and innovation. Their quality is also superb, and they truly love what they are doing.

I love how Randy and Bonnie turned their upcycled creations into solar lights for the garden and porch.

I love how Randy and Bonnie turned their upcycled creations into solar lights for the garden and porch.

Randy and Bonnie Green truly have an eye for putting together their findings into beautiful yard art.

Randy and Bonnie Green truly have an eye for putting together their findings into beautiful yard art.

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Old window + old dishes = perfect art for the porch or patio

More upcycled pieces by Randy and Bonnie Green

More upcycled pieces by Randy and Bonnie Green

Metal art by Reaves Precision Metals

Metal art by Reaves Precision Metals

SSL’s Top Pick for Metal Art (and Coolest Thing Ever at Jonesborough Days 2016) is Reaves Precision Metals. I have no words to describe, but I will let the next photo explain why I picked Colt Reaves of RPM. Check out RPM on Facebook for more information and cool metal art.

This. (SSL's Top Pick for Coolest Thing at Jonesborough Days by Colt Reaves of Reaves Precision Metals)

This. (SSL’s Top Pick for Coolest Thing at Jonesborough Days by Colt Reaves of Reaves Precision Metals)

Upcycled wind chimes by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman in Gray, Tennessee.

Upcycled wind chimes by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman in Gray, Tennessee.

*******DRUM ROLL, please********

SSL’s Ultimate Top Pick for Jonesborough Days 2016 is Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman. Not only is he creating wind chimes that sound like bells of angels, he is also putting together findings that look incredibly awesome. Believe me. I have seen a lot of upcycled wind chimes…I have even made upcycled wind chimes…But Todd Peters has an eye and a talent that can not be explained with words. Honestly, you have to see and hear his chimes for yourself. When you are in his tent, the chimes gently ting…ring…ting…ting…ring. Oh, I wish my entire porch was filled with them!

Me chatting with Todd Peters about his fabulous treasures.

Me chatting with Todd Peters about his fabulous treasures. Just look at all these gorgeous wind chimes!!!

Pops of color, vintage silverware, rusty cans...oh, I love it all!

Pops of color, vintage silverware, rusty cans…oh, I love it all!

Not only does Heavy Metal Milkman make wind chimes, he also creates garden makers, keychains, funky sculptures, and more.

Not only does Heavy Metal Milkman make wind chimes, he also creates garden makers, keychains, funky sculptures, and more.

Believe me. You can't just buy one *wink*

Believe me. You can’t just buy one *wink*

Todd's wind chimes sound amazing. There is no clunk...clunk...dong...sound...on occasion...with a big gust of wind. Nope. his chimes ring beautifully with just the slightest breeze.

Todd’s wind chimes sound amazing. There is no clunk…clunk…dong…sound…on occasion…with a big gust of wind. Nope. His chimes ring beautifully with just the slightest breeze.

Todd Peters has been making upcycled art pieces for about six years. When faced with unemployment, he chose to create over giving up.

Todd Peters has been making upcycled art pieces for about six years. When faced with unemployment, he chose to create over giving up.

Isn't this just funky fabulous! --created by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

Isn’t this just funky fabulous! –created by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

I need all of this in my life! I knew as soon as I spotted all these upcycled treasures that Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman would be SSL's Ultimate Top Pick of Jonesborough Days 2016.

I need all of this in my life! I knew as soon as I spotted all of these upcycled treasures that Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman would be SSL’s Ultimate Top Pick of Jonesborough Days 2016.

Me and Todd chatting about how unemployment led to his starting Heavy Metal Milkman

Me and Todd chatting about how unemployment led to his starting Heavy Metal Milkman

More upcycled goodness by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

More upcycled goodness by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we strolled through SSL’s Top Picks for Jonesborough Days 2016. It was such an awesome festival filled with amazing artisans and vendors! Whew! Now, I am ready to sit on my porch a spell and enjoy the sound of my Heavy Metal Milkman wind chimes.

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Jonesborough Days 2016 Part One

This darling pup was taking a little break from all the festivities of Jonesborough Days.

This darling pup was taking a little break from all the festivities of Jonesborough Days.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee (iced coffee) and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, I am sharing photos from Jonesborough Days 2016 + a couple of SSL’s top picks from the arts & crafts vendors. There was so much awesomeness it can’t be all packed into one post, so come back tomorrow to see the rest!

Now, let’s take a little photo stroll while we sip on our coffee *big smile*

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Many were out and about exploring and shopping the booths at Jonesborough Days.

I loved how so many people dressed to celebrate America!

I loved how so many people dressed to celebrate America!

Music, food, arts & crafts, and even a hot pepper eating contest--Jonesborough Days was filled with fun activities for kids of all ages!

Music, food, arts & crafts, and even a hot pepper eating contest–Jonesborough Days was filled with fun activities for kids of all ages!

The store windows were filled with tributes to America. This is one of my favs.

The store windows were filled with tributes to America. This is one of my favs.

Shellz always delivers the most fabulous store displays!

Shellz always delivers the most fabulous store displays!

Another darling outfit by Shellz of Jonesborough

Another darling outfit by Shellz of Jonesborough

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Handmade baskets inside the Christopher Taylor Log House

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I totally love all these tiny, handmade baskets.

I totally love all these tiny, handmade baskets.

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Two tiny, little, handmade baskets–absolutely amazing!

Guests sitting a spell and enjoying the festivities from the upper porch of the Eureka Inn.

Guests sitting a spell and enjoying the festivities from the upper porch of the Eureka Inn.

Abby and I had a great time volunteering with the McKinney Center during Jonesborough Days. It was a blast making fans with all the kiddos and their parents!

Abby and I had a great time volunteering with the McKinney Center during Jonesborough Days. It was a blast making fans with all the kiddos and their parents! Stay tuned to an upcoming blog post + social media for a special announcement about the workshops I will be teaching this fall at the McKinney Center + when the Fall Expo will be and how to save $$ by signing up early for classes.

I also had fun helping out with the RECYCLE sign.

I also had fun helping out with the RECYCLE sign.

One day my artist signature will be famous *wink* Hopefully, before I am dead *haha*

One day my artist signature will be famous *wink* Hopefully, before I am dead *haha*

During Jonesborough Days there were two eating contests--hot peppers (which were like more hot than I can explain) + hot dogs.

During Jonesborough Days there were two eating contests–hot peppers (which were like more hot than I can explain) + hot dogs.

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Heather Frazier won second place in the hot dog-eating contest. Heather and her mother Amy Hicks own Just for Me-Mi Jewelry, crafted by hand and crafted with heart.

TOP PICK FOR MOST ADORABLE BOOTH AND CRAFTS + TOP PICK FOR POTTER AT JONESBOROUGH DAYS

String Art by Jocelyn Jones of Kraftapalooza

String Art by Jocelyn Jones of Kraftapalooza

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Kraftapalooza had the most adorable booth and most darling crafts of all the booths at Jonesborough Days. Jocelyn Jones creates personalized, hand-stamped jewelry and other fun items. She is a self-taught artisan who has been crafting and making for about three years. Jocelyn can be found out and about at local fairs and festivals + Etsy. Click here to shop Kraftapalooza and here to check out Kraftapalooza’s Facebook.

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Me chatting with Jocelyn Jones about her string art–which Abby got a darling string-art piece for her dorm + Jonesborough Days shoppers browsing the hand-stamped jewelry inside the Kraftapalooza tent

Totally crushing!!

Totally crushing!! To shop Jocelyn’s string art, click here.

Barbara Cara, a local potter, has been creating stunning and colorful pottery for about 2 1/2 years. Barbara is SSL's top pick potter because not only does she create gorgeous pottery pieces, but she also has the brightest smile and warmest personality.

Barbara Cara, a local potter, has been creating stunning and colorful pottery for about 2 1/2 years. Barbara is SSL’s top pick potter because not only does she create gorgeous pottery pieces, but she also has the brightest smile and warmest personality.

I want all of Barabara Cara's pottery. Seriously. All of it.

I want all of Barabara Cara’s pottery. Seriously. All of it.

Barbara and I chatting about her pottery. She has pieces for sale at ONE.40.FOUR in Jonesborough, and she can be found at local arts and crafts events.

Barbara and I chatting about her pottery. She has pieces for sale at ONE.40.FOUR in Jonesborough, and she can be found at local arts and crafts events.

Barbara Cara took pottery classes from another local potter Ed Lockett + she recently had her pottery exhibited at the 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the McKinney Center.

Barbara Cara took pottery classes from another local potter Ed Lockett + she recently had her pottery exhibited at the 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the McKinney Center. She is naturally talented and creates stunning masterpieces (Did I mention she has only been making pottery for 2 1/2 years?!?). *mind blown*

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This cup by Barbara Cara totally needs to be in my life and in my hand with a good cup of coffee in it.

Whew! So much happened at Jonesborough Days + there were so many great artisans and vendors I am going to have to leave y’all hanging until tomorrow when I post Jonesborough Days Part Two, which will be all about the rest of SSL’s Top Picks–from jewelry to SSL’s ultimate pick + a painting I really wish I would have bought because….

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Seriously, I will be back tomorrow with the rest of the top picks. I know I have a tendency to wander off, but I am truly focused on getting out the rest of the awesomeness to y’all *wink*

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Painting Live in Jonesborough

I just adore everything about historic downtown Jonesborough. It is so picturesque and friendly...and its rich history...Oh, my!

I just adore everything about historic downtown Jonesborough. It is so picturesque and friendly…and its rich history…Oh, my!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, I am chatting about a couple of my recent live-painting adventures I had in the darling town of Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Because I am so busy finding myself as an artist, blogger, and home stylist and because being a wife, homemaker, and mom to the VIP and three furbabies keeps me hopping–I rarely have time to take my paints outside my studio. So, when I was asked to do a couple of demos, I could not say no. I immediately went to Abby’s closet (because she so often “shops” in mine) and borrowed a cute pair of overalls she had DIYed a couple of years ago.

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Dressed in my overalls and armed with my paints and brushes in a vintage basket and Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox, I was ready to conquer the world…well, at least, Main Street Jonesborough *wink*

Peonies and white farmhouses are two of my latest painting obsessions.

Peonies and white farmhouses are two of my latest painting obsessions.

At first, I was really nervous about painting on the smaller canvases and blocks + people watching me create because I wasn’t sure how to capture my vision on such a small surface area with people looking on and asking questions. It feels good to challenge yourself! *big smile*

This floral abstract was inspired by my love of watercolors and how water can blur images and colors.

This floral abstract was inspired by my love of watercolors and how water can blur images and colors. It also reflects my love of old pottery and bright hues.

The hubby built these fabulous crates from reclaimed barn wood and old tobacco sticks.

The hubby built these fabulous crates from reclaimed barn wood and old tobacco sticks.

Wanting to add a more modern vibe to the wood crates the hubby built, I added simple triangles in gold.

Wanting to add a more modern vibe to the wood crates the hubby built, I added simple triangles in gold. First, I “primed” the area to paint with a basic white gesso.

Each item that the hubby and I create is built and painted with our hands, attention-to-detail, and love.

Each item the hubby and I create is built and painted with our hands with attention-to-detail and love.

I painted the front of the crates with Annie Sloan paint. Don't worry. I have not forgotten to tell y'all about my Annie Sloan confession *wink*

I painted the front of the crates with Annie Sloan paint. Don’t worry. I have not forgotten to tell y’all about my Annie Sloan confession *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little look at a few of the  items that I painted live in Historic Jonesborough. Did I mention to y’all that I have plans to expand my live demonstrations to Johnson City? Hopefully, it will be soon!

Abby and I had a blast volunteering at the arts and crafts center sponsored by the McKinney Center. I am pretty sure we sweated all of our makeup off, but it was totally worth it to see all the kiddos having fun with art outdoors!

Abby and I had a blast volunteering at the arts and crafts center sponsored by the McKinney Center at Jonesborough Days. I am pretty sure we sweated all of our makeup off, but it was totally worth it to see all the kiddos having fun with art outdoors! **Stay tuned for an upcoming post on Jonesborough Days 2016 + SSL’s top picks and booths.**

It is the mission of SSL to bring art outside and to the public because we want people to see the process and be part of the creations *big smile*

Salvation of a Pinterest Fail

This is the Pinterest-fail table that I purchased in April 2015. It resided in my basement in a corner for about a year.

This is the Pinterest-fail table that I purchased in April 2015. It resided in my basement in a corner for about a year.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, I am chatting about a Pinterest-fail table I purchased a little over a year ago. To be honest, I totally forget about this little project until my friend Buddy Roberts, the special publications editor for The Daily Home|Anniston Star, asked me if I wanted to contribute a couple of articles to the May 2016 edition. He mentioned the Pinterest-fail post from April 2015 as a possible option. Bless! I totally abandoned that fixer-upper. In a mad dash, I ran down the basement stairs and began searching high and low for that end table. It took me a bit; however, I found it buried in a corner…poor little, unloved table. In the heat of the moment, I promised that Pinterest-fail I would fix it…I would make it beautiful and would display it proudly…somewhere in my home…or on my front porch.

I painted the bottom of the table a rich navy and used an espresso glaze to bring out the distressed areas.

I painted the bottom of the table a rich navy and used an espresso glaze to bring out the distressed areas.

The top of the table is silver and the same espresso glaze as I used on the bottom. (I mixed the navy and the espresso glaze.)

The top of the table is silver with the same espresso glaze as I used on the bottom. (I would tell you more about the navy and the glaze, but I mixed colors together until I got the blue and brown I had envisioned. The silver is Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover in Metallic Silver. Click here to shop + more info.)

I kept the original color of the belt, but I glazed it with the espresso color to add a bit of depth.

I kept the original color of the belt, but I glazed it with the espresso color to add a bit of depth.

I am not sure what took me so long to fix this Pinterest-fail. Perhaps, I grew frustrated with it…or I just got busy with other things more pressing….Believe me. It is easy to start a project, but finishing one is sometimes not so easy *wink*

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Freshly Painted Front Porch Reveal

It is good to have my front porch painted and ready for some good porch sitting *big smile*

It is good to have my front porch painted and ready for some good porch sitting *big smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, I am finally revealing the freshly painted porch. There are still some touch-ups left to do–thanks to the Robin family building a nest and raising their babies + one of the chains on my beloved swing broke (while the hubby and I were swinging–let’s just say we laughed…afterwards *wink*).

No matter how easy or not so easy the projects are I love gussying up and adding personality to my home!

No matter how easy or not so easy the projects are I love gussying up and adding personality to my home!

I have learned a lot through this process–like how to clean old concrete and prep it for paint and how important it is to represent yourself in your decorating–like using vintage coolers for flower pots and mixing blues with rusty treasures. AND at the end of the day, it is important to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of all the labor (and tears *wink*)!

I am so happy to have my rockers and flowers back on the porch!

I am so happy to have my rockers and flowers back on the porch!

Once the weather cools off (I am thinking late September), the hubby and I will stencil a pretty pattern on the floor. Currently, it is way too hot it Northeast Tennessee to be tackling such a project *wink*

Once the weather cools off (I am thinking late September), the hubby and I will stencil a pretty pattern on the floor. Currently, it is way too hot it Northeast Tennessee to be tackling such a project *wink*

These colorful vintage coolers are perfect containers for pretty pink geraniums.

These colorful vintage coolers are perfect containers for pretty pink geraniums.

Many years ago (like the late 90s), I was into tiles and mosaics. This table was my first major furniture redo. It has resided in Mississippi (twice), Alabama (twice), and now Tennessee!

Many years ago (like the late 90s), I was into tiles and mosaics. This table was my first major furniture redo. It has resided in Mississippi (twice), Alabama (twice), and now Tennessee!

View from my chair

View from my chair

This navy and silver table was a Pinterest-fail project that I rescued. Stay tuned to an upcoming blog post about it!

This navy and silver table was a Pinterest-fail project that I rescued. Stay tuned to an upcoming blog post about it and my Annie Sloan paint confession.

I have this thing for baskets filled with Gerber Daisies--especially, pink ones!

I have this thing for baskets filled with Gerber Daisies–especially, pink ones!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at my freshly painted front porch. It feels good to have everything back in its place (and out of the yard!).

I am excited to announce that I will be part of the Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts Visual & Performing Arts Classes for Fall 2016. I will have two wedding and special events workshops: Charming Chalkboard Wedding Signs (September 16) and Country Table Scape + Table Numbers (September 23). Stay tuned to the blog and my social media for more information about the workshops and registration dates. Don't hesitate to comment on the blog with questions, message me on Facebook for more details, or stop me on the street to chat about the scoop on my special events classes!

I am excited to announce that I will be part of the Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts Visual & Performing Arts Classes for Fall 2016. I will have two wedding and special events workshops: Charming Chalkboard Wedding Signs (September 16) and Country Table Scape + Table Numbers (September 23). Stay tuned to the blog and my social media for more information about the workshops and registration dates. Don’t hesitate to comment on the blog with questions, message me on Facebook for more details, or stop me on the street to chat about the scoop on my special events classes!

Prepping a Concrete Porch for Paint + SSL’s Top Pick Prepping Supplies

Sitting a spell on the porch swing has not been easy the past couple of weeks

Sitting a spell on the porch swing has not been easy the past couple of weeks

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are going to continue our “How Not To Clean a Front Porch” conversation. Bless! I am just now recovering from all the paint scraping *wink* Now, before I wander off topic–which I am prone to do–let’s get this porch-prepping party started!

Powerwashing is the first step. Scraping loose paint is the second. This step is definitely time consuming, but totally worth the pain and time.

Powerwashing is the first step. Scraping loose paint is the second. This step is definitely time consuming, but totally worth the pain and time.

This product is a must and a top pick for proper porch prep. Simply follow the instructions on the jug + wear some old wellies. This is not the time to sport flip-flops *wink*

This product is a must and a top pick for proper porch prep. Simply follow the instructions on the jug + wear some old wellies. This is not the time to sport flip-flops *wink*

After the concrete has completely dried from the cleaning-n-etching procedure, apply sealer.

After the concrete has completely dried from the cleaning-n-etching procedure, apply concrete bonding primer. Do not skip this step, and do not skimp with a cheap imitation. Believe me–you do not want to wake up one morning after a wind-driven rain to paint peeling off your porch!

While your primer is drying, head to Lowe's and purchase your porch paint. Feel free to stop for coffee. You have earned it + you will need it *wink*

While your primer is drying, head to Lowe’s and purchase your porch paint. Feel free to stop at your local coffee shop for coffee. You have earned it + you will need it *wink* A big shout out to The Corner Cup in Jonesborough for keeping me going while I paint *big smile*

The base color of the porch was inspired by my love of anything coffee--Frappe. It is the perfect light neutral + it works well with all the colors of my furniture and flower pots.

The base color of the porch was inspired by my love of anything coffee–Frappe. It is the perfect light neutral + it works well with all the colors of my furniture and flower pots.

I am totally crushing on "Italian Leather"--a super, rich brown that reminds me of espresso.

I am totally crushing on “Italian Leather”–a super, rich brown that reminds me of espresso. This color is the trim color for the porch floor + it will be used in the “rug” pattern that will be stenciled on the porch…soon…well, kinda soon *wink*

For the base color I used almost two gallons, but for the trim I used only part of a quart.

For the base color I used almost two gallons, but for the trim I used only part of a quart.

Once the primer has dried, it is time to apply the base color. We painted two coats of Frappe in order to achieve a consistent look--our concrete is very old (and has seen many things), so we took extra coverage precautions!

Once the primer has dried, it is time to apply the base color. We painted two coats of Frappe in order to achieve a consistent look–our concrete is very old (and has seen many things), so we took extra coverage precautions!

THE BEST TAPE EVER for all your painting projects--especially ones involving old porches!

THE BEST TAPE EVER for all your painting projects–especially ones involving old porches! Absolutely FROGTAPE is a top pick!!!

After the base coat has thoroughly dried (and I do mean like totally completely dried), tape off for the border|trim.

After the base coat has thoroughly dried (and I do mean like totally completely dried), tape off for the border|trim.

While painting, we battled a dove who really wanted to build a nest on our porch. Apparently, the little Robin family told the Dove family that the Hathorns were totally cool with nest-building.

While painting, we battled a dove who really wanted to build a nest on our porch. Apparently, the little Robin family told the Dove family that the Hathorns were totally cool with nest-building. Yes, I do have a Robin family on my porch…there are three little babies. No, I did not allow the Dove family to build because it was an unsafe area with not enough room for a proper nest.

The paint was still wet while the Dove family was trying to build a nest next to one of our sensors.

The paint was still wet while the Dove family was trying to build a nest next to one of our motion sensors. All I could do was shake my head, shoo the Dove family, and gently sand and repaint the area.

Mattie practiced her yoga while I painted trim.

Mattie practiced her yoga while I painted trim.

Thanks so much for a sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about what you need to prep your concrete porch for paint. Honestly, the best advice I can give you is invest in quality and proven products. Yes, it will cost a bit more–but it is totally worth the extra money. **p.s. I have been accused of being a paint and brush snob–but quality paint and brushes really do make a huge difference.**

Speaking of being a paint snob *wink*, I am a huge fan of Liquitex. Here's a little sneaky peek of one of my latest pieces.

Speaking of being a paint snob *wink*, I am a huge fan of Liquitex. **Here is a little sneaky peek of one of my latest pieces.**

Pinks + Texture

Pinks + Texture

Mattie says that it is time for Mommy to quit painting and chatting!

Mattie says that it is time for Mommy to quit painting and chatting!