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The “I Don’t Like to Paint”
Pity Party & Poll

by | Apr 21, 2009 | Decorating Inspiration

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The "I Don't Like to Paint" <br>Pity Party & Poll

This piece will be so fabulous when it has a fresh coat of paint
(and maybe some fun new hardware).

Recently, due to my move, I have ended up with a lot of things that need to be painted. A lot of mismatched wood things. I happen to know that many of you like to paint. Everywhere I go in blogland, someone is happily painting something and making it beautiful again. Is there anyone out there that DOESN’T like to paint? Is there anyone who dreads the idea and procrastinates like I do?

I love the end result, but I admit I just don’t like to do the painting part.

I have a friend in Portland that has come over several times to paint with me. She knows me. She knows I hate painting. But she. LOVES. painting. And somehow with her around, painting something is a bit more fun.

But here, in Washington? I have no one to paint with me {sniff! I think I heard crickets}.

Just look at all the pieces of furniture and other wood items I have that need paint! Someone put me out of my misery!

The "I Don't Like to Paint" <br>Pity Party & Poll
I need to paint this table and chairs.

The "I Don't Like to Paint" <br>Pity Party & PollI need to paint my front door and my light wood handrails.
And if I was ambitious and liked to paint, I’d paint the walls too.

The "I Don't Like to Paint" <br>Pity Party & Poll
I need to paint this cabinet in my son’s bathroom
when I do the Coastal bathroom makeover.

I guess I need a painting pep talk, or some sympathy. Anyone?

Let’s take a little poll.


PS. I had to laugh that Winston snuck into a couple of my photos today. He had a little accident this weekend while off on an unapproved adventure to a neighbor’s house (a St. Bernard accidentally knocked him over and he injured his shoulder. Winston is 14 years old so he isn’t as sturdy as he used to be).

After his trip to the vet, he was ordered to be on bed rest until his shoulder heals. Ha! Every time I turn around, he’s walking around, or sneaking up the stairs. Or mocking me from his bed.

The "I Don't Like to Paint" <br>Pity Party & Poll

I bet Winston would like a Sleep Number bed. Win one for him at Blissfully Domestic!


  1. Becky K.

    Hi Melissa,
    I always love the idea of painting, and therefore convince myself it will be fun. It doesn’t take long to remember that it is not the process that I love, only the result. Then it goes a while between projects until I forget the cramped hand and the mess that I can make while painting
    and start something else.

    My friend, Mrs. Rabe, paints often. She seems to be one of those who loves it. Maybe she will comment…

    Winston is a charmer. Hope he heals up quickly.

    Becky K.s inspiring blog post..Blue Monday Bluebird

  2. Patty

    I love to paint whether walls (not ceilings!) or furniture or a craft project, but I do not love the prep work or the clean-up. I painted our two bathrooms – one six months ago and the other two weeks ago – and I haven’t done any of the touch-up work yet. Actually, touch-up isn’t so bad; it’s just finding the time for it! Plan a day to tackle one of your projects and just do it – you’ll be pleased with yourself.

  3. knittingrunner

    Like you I think that would look good painted BUT hate to get started, once I’m started and the object is started it’s okay but I have two shelves I trash picked almost a year ago, they need to be primed and painted and I haven’t done it yet.
    Then again, I need to go run, I don’t love running in the rain, except once I get started it’s fine, so here I sit procrastinating. Okay, gotta run and pick up some spray primer this afternoon.

  4. Char

    Oh gosh….I hate to paint! Even more…I hate to take a piece down to the bare wood and restain it. I love that first piece, the Secretary…..I wouldn’t be able to put paint on it. But, then, I am a wood person….loving the beauty of the wood grain.
    The door, cupboards….no problem…paint away. But, like I said….I hate the stripping process and painting, too ;-)
    Hope you share after you paint those items. I am still holding out for keeping the Secretary wood!!! ;-)

    Chars inspiring blog post..Fun Contest

  5. Mrs.Rabe

    I do paint a lot because I want my home to look beautiful and the orphan furniture pieces that find their way to my home to look cohesive! Do I love it? No, well maybe… I do love the results….right now I am gearing up for a possible repaint of my basement! I get excited to think about it because I love being able to envision something and make it happen!

    If I lived near you, I would come help you paint….but you should really get Manuela to come help you – she is awesome at it!

    Mrs.Rabes inspiring blog post..One Of The Things I Do

  6. Astrid

    I’m not in love with the idea of painting. I guess I like the finished product but it’s getting to that stage that bothers me. I like some wood pieces left stained. I can see how a trashed piece of furniture can benefit from a coat of paint and give it new life but in my opinion I don’t think every piece should be painted. But that’s just my opinion!

    Astrids inspiring blog post..And now presenting…."QU"

  7. Jenny

    Girl~ I hear you :o) Just yesterday I recruited my 8 and 6 year olds, even the 18 month old “helped”. We painted a plate rack, two kitchen chairs and two shelves! All black spray paint of course. I try not to think about it too much. Just decide I’m going to do it and once I’m into it I can’t back out LOL. And “voila!” I have works of art…..well, kinda :o) You can do it! And just think of the finished result. Those pieces will be awesome!

  8. Christi

    I despise painting. Even spray painting. Fortunately, my mother-in-law LOVES to paint – so all of my painting jobs go to her. She does it all, from porch rails to picture frames to wicker furniture.

  9. Kim

    Winston is such a cutie!

    I only like to paint when there is room for mistakes to be made. I know I’ll make them, and I don’t want to feel bad about it! This is the reason for faux paint! I just keep adding a little color here and there until it looks just right. Fancy! Nice furniture scares me. :-)


    Kim @ Forever Wherevers inspiring blog post..Daily Thanks – Small Things

  10. Suzanne

    You won’t find a lover of painting here either……I don’t need a gardener or a butler, just gimme a painter, who is enthusiastic about painting, and works for free food!!! :)
    I agree with Sarah Mae, maybe a painting party is in order! Of course, you want your attendees to LOVE to paint!!


    Suzannes inspiring blog post..Saturday report….

  11. Sue

    Maybe some of that could be spray painted? That’s always more fun. (Like the table and chairs. NOT the bathroom vanity!) I don’t mind painting, but I don’t like the prep work. I just want to start slappping the paint on. I have to do a crackle finish on an armoire next and I don’t even want to count how many coats that will take. (Sometimes I break it down into smaller jobs too… doors first, one side at a time.)

    Sue @ My Party of 6s inspiring blog post..Motivational Momma – Next Up – Jean from STIMEYLAND!

  12. Jennifer White

    I have to admit I’m a LOVE to paint painter. I have been a decorative painter for 15 plus years now. the main part of my business is painting vintage furniture. I do do walls but not my favorite. Check out my pieces at

    If I was near you I’d help! Paint does wonders for everything!

  13. Cherri Engle

    I am always excited when I get sudden burst of ‘good ideas’ when it comes to painting but about half way through any given project, I am so over it. Then I try to ‘hurry’ to get it finished and sometimes I mess things up because I am not very patience towards to end. I love the ‘after’ and even the ‘before’ but the ‘somewhere in between’ really gets to me. I am with you. I love having all sorts of exciting projects to do, but I need a ‘painting buddy’ too. I love the Coastal Bathroom ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us again.

    Cherri Engles inspiring blog post..Pictures of my ‘Scrap-Space’

  14. Julia

    I’m with you, Melissa. Not big on the painting projects. I finally got around to spray-painting our brass foyer light fixture a dark bronze color last weekend and it was a huge pain–but looks great now, and saved us hundreds of dollars we would’ve spent on a new one.

    Julia @ Hooked on Housess inspiring blog post..I Spy a 1960s Ranch Gone Wild

  15. Denise

    Since I have recently painted my kitchen cabinets and am now painting all of my wood trim in the house white, now is not a good time to ask if I like to paint!! I do love to paint, but the trim is making me a bit weary. that said, the finished product is what makes it all worth it. I am going to do a post soon when my kitchen is complete to show everyone what a little paint can do for kitchen cabinets. BTW, I am a lurker…love your site~

    Denises inspiring blog post..Spring Break happenings~

  16. Jennifer

    I’m with you on this one. I love the finished look but hate to do the painting. I have been procrastinating painting the backs of my built in bookcases for years now. I finally had a Mr.Linky party for everyone who did a bookcase painting project to motivate me. Nothing like a Mr.Linky party to motivate us blog ladies I always say. So the built ins are painted and they look fabulous!!

    Jennifer @ Southern Charms inspiring blog post..Bookcase To Showcase Linky Party

  17. Heather

    I love the IDEA of painting, but when it comes down to the actual practice…I almost always put it off or never get it done. It is inspiring to see all these creative people doing beautiful stuff with old furniture…but I just can’t get into it no matter how much I want to. My husband assures me that I’m not that good at it either! HA!

    Heathers inspiring blog post..Cousins Weekend!

  18. Shannan

    No way do I enjoy painting. I recently dug deeply enough to find the fortitude to paint my 12-year old tv armoire, but I did not dig quite deeply enough to sand or prime it first, so we’ll see how that goes… :)

    Shannans inspiring blog post..Yo. Yo. Yo. – Revisited

  19. Lauren

    I would find it very difficult to paint wood. Small items (especially ceramics) don’t bother me but a real wood piece would be too heart wrenching to start.

    Laurens inspiring blog post..Another chance

  20. Laryssa

    I like the result…not the actual painting part. I like to paint on canvas or paint watercolors! Furniture…not so much. I feel the same way that Kim @Forever Whenever does, if I can mess it up, then I’m okay to paint it!

    Laryssa @ Heaven In The Homes inspiring blog post..Simple Living Links

  21. Stacey

    I think you’ve found your Hate to Paint Soul Mate!! ME!! :) LOL Yeah, it only takes Hubby and I a few YEARS to get around to painting. Not because we haven’t chosen a color. Just because we hate to actually paint so much! I did try the spray paint thing on a barn star, and that wasn’t so bad…kinda falls into the “instant gratification” area! And I am all about quick projects! Good luck getting things done…maybe start with the smallest, quickest project, and then maybe you’ll like the results and want to get more done! :)

    Stacey @ The Blessed Nests inspiring blog post..Going From A HOUSE to A HOME — Part 3

  22. Mama Goose

    Just this morning I was taking note of all the things in my house I’d like to paint – or rather have painted! I really am not very good at it so it never gets done. I need some inspiration too!

    Mama Gooses inspiring blog post..Let’s Count!

  23. Claire (Little Miss)

    I love to paint. I just don’t like the cleanup. I don’t like painting ceilings, but I’m good at painting walls and cutting in without taping off first. I would paint more furniture and stuff (even bought a spray painter) but finding somewhere in my little yard to do that without the overspray on everything is a challenge. I love how paint gives something a new life for so very little. In fact, I have some great furniture from my daughter that is black that I’m thinking of turning white and antiquing it some. That’s just one more project, though, than I have time for lately.

    Claire (Little Miss)s inspiring blog post..Scenes from my morning walk

  24. Suzanne

    I love the smell and look of a freshly painted room, but only when someone else does the painting. I say hire a professional. Worth the money!

    [email protected] from the Patchs inspiring blog post..Instant gratification

  25. Keelie

    I am too impatient on top of the fact that I hate painting furniture. Once I decide I want something painted I want it done immediately so I rush through the process and do not do it properly. Then I start moving it and putting stuff on it while it is still kind of wet which totally messes it up. Oh well! From a distance or with the lights down low it usually looks great!

  26. Carol Edwards

    Count me with the “I Hate to Paint” people. I have a deck floor staring me in the face. I don’t have a clue how to start. Only what I want the finished product to look like. I’m going to bite the bullet and do it this week. Your pieces will be amazing when they’re finished. Good luck!

  27. Melissa

    Starting to feel a little bit better about myself. :-) Now that I know I have some SISTERS out there! :-)

    PS. I also love wood and wood grain, it is just that I have TOO MANY of those pieces :-) These wood items are the odd balls :-).

  28. Ashley

    I just love Westies! When our first one died of old age we thought we could never have another one, but now we have Wilson and he’s delightful. It looks like your Winston is the same way!

    Ashleys inspiring blog post..Brand New Vintage Bikes

  29. jamie

    i SO HATE PAINTING! we just bought a new house in october and moved in over christmas break. my husband has painted what is painted thus far. i have 1,000 ideas for the front living room, kitchen, entry way, stairs, upstairs hallway, and bathrooms. but alas they involve…PAINTING! bleck.

  30. Jodi

    I love to paint…but I hate getting ready to paint. Sanding, taping, removing all the hardware, and priming all are the worst…but when it is time to start putting paint to wall or furniture I love it!

    Jodis inspiring blog post..Old friends…who are getting old!

  31. Alyce

    Hey there..
    I have never painted much at all really. When we built our home, we decided we would paint the upstairs and hire out for the downstairs. Well..I enjoyed doing it..but I didn’t want to see brushes and rollers for a long long time again. We still don’t have all our doors painted. We’ve been here 4 years. I did enjoy working on our kitchen table. The chairs are still waiting. I think I would enjoy it more if I had more MOTIVATION. (me, I’d rather just purchase whatever in the color I need it in)

    Alyces inspiring blog post..Farmer’s Pork Chops

  32. emma


    You need to pop over to This woman is fab with tins of white paint she has completely transformed her home and she has three kids.

    I know painting is boring but honestly take a look at her blog you will be inspired.

  33. teresa

    I’m a painter- and I like it. I’m also the one that friends call to come to their home to paint for them. Later this week I will be painting my sons new home- So if I was closer I would paint for you =)
    Love your pieces and they will look totally sweet when done.
    Hope all goes will, with the painting and your cute little dog.

    teresas inspiring blog post..Boy oh Boy!

  34. beki

    As much as I like the look ofpainted wood, I HATE to paint. But I do it anyway. After much procrastination and as little prep work as possible.

    bekis inspiring blog post..bench monday

  35. fitty

    I love painting.. I wish I got all the time to paint all my fave furnitures and knick knack.. hehehehe being a full time working mother.. I can’t do that.. *sigh*

    fittys inspiring blog post..Happy Secretary’s Day!!!

  36. Melissa

    Ok, that is it…I hate the PREP part of painting. I’m too impatient. Yes. If someone would prep it all for me, I think maybe I could get into the painting part.

  37. Deidra

    Nope. I’m not a fan of painting because I’m not good at it. It’s a vicious cycle. I would paint more, I’d probably get better, and if I got better, I’d probably like it more. But…alas!

    If it’s any consolation, I love your door just like it is. Maybe you could skip that one?

    Deidras inspiring blog post..Happy!

  38. songbirdtiff

    I don’t like painting either, I like the result, I just don’t like DOING it. Priming is really what gets me, I HATE that I have to prime anything! Spray painting is much more fun. :)

  39. Jodi

    I hate painting, too. But, the end product makes it worth it!

    Jodis inspiring blog post..PSA for Coffee Lovers

  40. Denise

    Actually, I do like the painting part…it’s the sand or clean or any of the prep work that I really do not like at all!

  41. patricia

    I’m torn between the work and the vision. I’m a Libra what can I say? I’m also a gardener which means I have two seasons: indoor and outdoors. I’m approaching the very end of the in and I’m still not done. I’m finishing painting trim in media room and it is definitely a slow go. The best thing about painting rooms at my house my husband is 6’5″ and does ceilings without a roller, but he hates the bend down, on your knees work. Sigh! Wish I were taller. Good luck with the painting. Play great music. Plan treats for yourself as you finish goals. And give that Winston a great big, but tender hug. What a cutie.

  42. Karen B

    I am actually much more apt to paint a wall than a piece of furniture for some reason. I have done most of the painting downstairs in this house. I’ve even had professionals say I do a good job! We have the stupid “orange peel” sprayed on surface that is common in California. That makes cutting in VERY difficult. But, I still have a breakfast table, 4 chairs and a stool that need to get painted. I think I procrastinate because I’m not that confident on what I’m doing with furniture. Plus, there’s always something else to do! Buddy hopes that Winston will feel better soon!

    Karen Bs inspiring blog post..

  43. Angie

    I HATE to paint!! but the end result is also such a great feeling!!! Maybe you could have your “painting buddy” on speaker phone while you paint?? Not perfect but the next best thing? Can’t wait to see everything when your finished!!

  44. The Scooper

    Hate to paint (unless it’s a 10 minute spray paint job) but love the end result. Currently have a gorgeous hutch in garage waiting to be painted black for almost 2 years. But it’s a big job and it’s easier to just procrastinate.

    The Scoopers inspiring blog post..GET. OUT.

  45. Darlene/OurCreative Life

    Do you want an internet painting buddy? I will be painting my golden oak dining table probably next week. You can do yours the same time I do mine…will that inspire you to do it??

  46. beth daggett

    I HATE to paint. But I like the way it looks when it is done, so it seems I am always painting something. I try to get my husband to help me, but he hates painting, too. So there is always an unfinished painting project around here that I started, but was too lazy to finish. I get bored with it very quickly, and just want to move onto something else.

    beth daggetts inspiring blog post..Down at the Dam

  47. kirwin

    I love to paint WALLS, not furniture. I wouldn’t even know how to begin painting furniture…Painting walls is very therapeutic for me. Back and forth, back and forth,…It’s like channeling my inner Karate Kid. LOL

    Weird thing is that I like to paint ALONE. My (delightful) mother-in-law helped me paint one time, and the constant jabbering away almost killed me. It was simply AWFUL! I need to be left alone with my own thoughts…

    kirwins inspiring blog post..Weighing me down

  48. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm

    I share your paint misery…boo hoo…Thank goodness I have an extended family who LOVES to paint. The pieces are GORGEOUS and will look fantastic with color.

  49. Shannon

    I hate to paint! Which is why my list of “Things in Desperate Need of Painting” is sooooo long!


    Shannon @ Silver Trappingss inspiring blog post..

  50. Kara

    Oh man, I wish you lived close to me. We could do some great swappin’. I would love to come over and paint for you if you would show me how to decorate everything once it’s painted. That is what I have trouble with!

    Karas inspiring blog post..Spring? Break

  51. Claudia

    *sigh* I have to admit to being a total “paint-a-phobic” … and yes I am into creating words to suite me :) Paint gives me angst! I work with color and interior selections on a daily basis and paint drives me coo-coo! Little tiny colors one swatches — paint that changes totally once it is applied on a wall with direct light… UGGGH its all so challenging.

    Not really — but I do think its critical to have a great paint “eye” and because I am so persnickity about paint I love to “hire” a wonderful person that will do the job I invision me of doing– BUT wont!.

    [email protected] inspiring blog post..Serendipity

  52. Dawn-Hydrangea Home

    Love that desk Melissa. I’ve been on a hunt for one of those and a dining room hutch that I can paint. But I have to say, I don’t mind the finish coats of paint, or the decorative paint if that’s what I’m doing, but I HATE to prep. Filling holes, sanding, priming, I usually leave those nasty jobs for my husband, if’ he’s willing! Can’t wait to see how beautiful they will turn out. And poor Winston, hope he heals up quick!

    Dawn-Hydrangea Homes inspiring blog post..May Day Flower Jar Contest

  53. Sweet Cottage Dreams

    Melissa, if I didn’t live all the way down here in California, I’d come up with my box of brushes and help you out. You have as many projects and some of the same ones as I do. (stairs and bathroom).

    Poor Winston!!!!! Give that cutie pie a gentle hug from me and our menagerie!!! That mean old dog next door! Perhaps Winston would
    like to help you paint? He makes me smile!!!!!!!!!


  54. Ella

    I love to paint! That’s the part I really enjoy! I love transforming things and adding beauty to my home (or others ie: friends, parents, etc.). I absolutely adore the results! For the most part, the painting process really isn’t that long or bad. Yes, I too get a few sore spots after a day of painting or even two or three, but they’re worth it to me.

    It’s all the dang prep work and clean up that suck the life out of painting projects IMHO. But I’ve found it’s far easier, if you have a dedicated space and the tools always organized at the ready. I also like to chunk the prep work up a bit so it doesn’t seem like I’m sanding for an eternity on something, or filling & sanding holes in the wall forever. If I have a whole room or a large piece to paint, I’ll break it up… Say prep one wall/or all the larger falt surfaces one day, the next do another wall/ the legs, the next yet another wall/ detailed areas around doors & drawers, etc. It’s not so overwhelming to me that way and each time I feel one step closer to the finish line. I can usually accomplish even larger projects like a room within a week or two if I have alot of other things to tend to in between. Just by breaking it up into manegable bits and keeping at it, it get’s done rather quickly and without driving me bonkers in the process.

  55. gina

    I hate the prep work … so much prep work for painting, but I love painting- it’s theraputic for me. Especially walls.

    ginas inspiring blog post..Easter morning 2009

  56. AnNicole

    This is such a funny post. I love paint. I love all of the luscious beautiful colors and how they can transform a room. And most of the time I really like the process of painting. Lately, though? I’m completely burned out on painting and have been procrastinating those projects like you wouldn’t believe.

    So in short, I feel your pain. Give yourself time. You may get a sudden burst of energy and motivation to tackle a few projects…really…it could happen :).

    [email protected] inspiring blog post..Being a Gemini is Exhausting

  57. Lorrie

    Well, I’m with you Melissa – I love the result, but I’m not so crazy about the process. I find that setting aside a day helps get me in the right frame of mind. I get up early, put on my painting clothes (they are covered with paint stains), eat a good breakfast and crank the music! I like to paint to the Beatles or Abba, or Chicago. That old classic rock just seems to help!


  58. Courtney

    i hate painting and I think the reason I hate it, is that i am not good at waiting for a finished products some times so I rush through everything. a horrible trait that they should have a 12 step program for!!

  59. Donna at Funky Junk Interiors

    I buy stuff with painting in mind, and then the thrill is gone. The stuff is still in my garage and I’ve already moved on to bigger and better. (and more to paint!)

    Hopeless. Ah well. The sun is out today. Time to pull a few weeds and forget about paint. I love my forgetful memory for that fact alone.


    Donna at Funky Junk Interiorss inspiring blog post..A dreamy kitchen made out of recycled materials

  60. anne

    I like painting…and oh how I would like to get my paint on anything wooden that needs painting…have to do it when the husband is away as he says why paint it!!! Duh man because it is a dated item..spruce it ha ha

    annes inspiring blog post..Hi All…..

  61. JoAnne

    I love to paint but hate the cleanup afterwards. I just as soon throw everything out and buy new (brushes, trays, etc) and that bugs my husband so he (almost) always does my painting for me. I could just buy cans of spray paint but I am never satisfied with the shades of color they offer in spray cans so I always have to buy “custom” mixed colors. (I know – I’m a little compulsive.)

    JoAnnes inspiring blog post..And with that…

  62. J.J.

    I love it…when I get started. That is the hard part. But I do like to paint anything whenever I do get started. I am quite amazed at how much I can get accomplished when I get off my tush and get going on it!

    J.J.s inspiring blog post..Holy typewriter ribbon, Batman!

  63. Katy

    Didn’t know you were a WA gal! I can be your new WA paint buddy! lol! I am so obssessed with painting everything! Murals on walls, furniture, shelves, cabinets, candlesticks, lamps…ok I will stop. But seriously, if it’s holding still I paint it. My favorite spot at a hardware store? …the mistint section ;0) I have so much paint it’s ridiculous. Anyway, I can see that your painting task is overwhelming but just take it one at a time. The cabinet will be darling all painted up! You can do it :0) Blessings, Katy

  64. Heather

    I don’t mind painting, but I spend MONTHS agonizing over paint chips and fretting about how it will look IRL. I begin almost every paint job with sweaty palms and heart palpitations until it’s dry and looking like I’d hoped it would. I especially worry about painting things that you can’t do over easily– like wooden cabinets and antiques. The stuff you’re thinking about painting would make me veeeerrrrrry skittish indeed.

  65. Melissa

    Oh, no, Heather, now you got me worried. I tend to leap into projects and not even think that I will do a bad job. Until I do a bad job, then suddenly I get the sweaty palms and heart palpitations. OH NO! Now I am worried that I shouldn’t tackle these things myself. HALP!

  66. Laura Zarrin

    I am so there with you! I really don’t mind painting walls, but furniture? Yikes! Not only do I not like to paint furniture, I freeze up about it. It has to be in really bad shape before I’ll attempt it. I feel guilty for hiding the natural wood even though I don’t always like it. I’d love to paint my handrails, vanities, and kitchen cabinets, but there all in really good shape. I worry about resale value, since I’m sure my dream house will be available at any moment and at a ridiculously low price;-)

  67. Pamela

    I don’t mind painting at the outset of the project. It’s when I realize just how looooong the task will take that I start to poop out. I don’t think my husband will ever agree to paint rooms with me again after I fizzled out halfway through the first coat of painting our bedroom a deep cocoa. :)

    Pamelas inspiring blog post..Design Crush: Kelly Giesen

  68. jessimarie33

    I loved reading these. I always think it sounds like a good idea until I get started, too! Actually, I just painted all of my kitchen cabinets by myself, and although they look great I am taking a break from painting! See ’em here:

  69. kasey

    well spray painting has become my new favorite thing. I would much rather paint than hang wall paper given the choice.

    kaseys inspiring blog post..Does this make sense?

  70. julie

    I am like you- I DON’T enjoy painting -but I do know that things would look so much better if I did. I’m overwhelmed by all the color choices! And I find painting to be messy… I tend to be a perfectionist!

  71. Trish

    I hate preparing and finishing.

    My last photo on today’s post “My Life is Not a Magazine Cover” shows the edge of our fence which has been begging for paint for several years.
    Maybe this summer….

    Trish @TheOldPostRoads inspiring blog post..My Life is Not a Magazine Cover

  72. Julianna

    I strongly detest the painting. I have to pieces sitting in my garage right now ominously waiting for me to work up the ambition. I’ll post photos maybe next week if I get them done.

    Juliannas inspiring blog post..Refrigerator Bran Muffins

  73. Jen

    I don’t mind painting walls. Maybe I even love it. I hate painting furniture. Despise it. Completely. But. I love that I get something that looks just the way I want it to without spending much money. So until I have an endless budget, I will be at home painting my furniture. And grumbling about it.

    [email protected] inspiring blog post..Challenge Update- Game On

  74. Rhoda

    You already know that I love to paint anything that sits still long enough, so come on & get on the bandwagon with us. You can do it! Actually, my favorite projects require spray paint…fast & easy. But, everything can’t be painted like that, so a brush & foam roller works best. And yes, a little prep won’t hurt either. But think how purdy they will look when you are done! You can stand back & proudly show off your skills.

    Rhoda @ Southern Hospitalitys inspiring blog post..Chicken Fajitas

  75. Barbara

    The chairs will be difficult to paint because of the seats… so I wouldn’t be looking forward to that, but the rest shouldn’t be too bad. Hubby doesn’t like me to paint wood at least not oak like what you have there.

    Barbaras inspiring blog post..Using What You Have To Organize

  76. Cristy

    I definitely don’t love to paint. Especially spray paint. I have an appreciation for it, that’s for sure and I definitely love the idea of a quick and easy change, but having painted a small dresser 2 weeks ago and my cuticles still baring the scars (black spray paint) I don’t love it.

    But, oh the projects that would be finished if I would get after it!

    Cristys inspiring blog post..100 & unwrapped

  77. katy

    I feel your pain. I have LOTs to be painted around here and I will “pity party with you”……..I don’t mind the actual rolling of the brush, I just don’t like all of the prep work involved…the taping, the possible priming, the covering of things, the moving of items. Ugh, makes me tired and I’m already tired. I have a partially primed fireplace that is staring at me right now. Have you tried asking for help? Like actually say…”hey if you help me for a couple of hours, I’ll pay you or give you such and such…….I’ll buy your dinner, whatever it takes girl. ” Try it out. I had 2 ladies help my with my laundry room one afternoon and it was SO much more fun.
    Well, you have OFFICIALLY inspired me to post about this situation. If I don’t post about it today…then tomorrow it will be. Wow Melissa, look what you can do. If I lived near you, I’d help you….and guess what?!?………..We’d have a blast!!!

    katys inspiring blog post..{30 Minutes to a Prettier Front Door}

  78. Gina

    I HATE to paint!!! I love the idea of it and love the results but I hate the process-the prep, the mess in the middle, the clean up. Ugg, I feel a major case of the eye-rolls coming on right now.

    But when I do painting projects I usually just dive in and get it done and sometimes end up with sloppy work. (It’s so hard to be patient and wait for those coats to dry). But, usually when it’s all done I love it, if for no other reason that it’s done!

    Ginas inspiring blog post..Dairy Free Whole Wheat Walnut Pancakes

  79. Noelle Tomco

    I am like you. i love the end result but the whole process is just that….a process. there is no fast food painting project. it takes forever. and i’m not patient. but then i look at the real wood i have and i know that i must keep it or else i would be very unthrifty just throwing it out. then what would i use as a dresser?

    Noelle Tomcos inspiring blog post..Fashion Issues

  80. debi

    Winston, you’re adorable!
    My family would tell you that I love to paint because I’m always painting something. The truth is, I don’t. I just love painted things…so I have to paint them.
    Just think about how wonderful it’s going to look when you’re finished, and pretend that you like to paint…that helps me!

    [email protected] in my studios inspiring blog post..Playin’ On The Porch

  81. Tami Cooper

    I love painted furniture but don’t love to actually do the painting, I usually find a way to convince my hubby to do the work. :)

  82. Vee


    Despise is not too strong a word for me and painting.

    Vees inspiring blog post..A Fun Twist

  83. Sue

    You can DEFINITELY DO IT! They will look great. Do not fear! Think of all the posts too. Each piece could be 2 or 3 different posts!

    Sue @ My Party of 6s inspiring blog post..Uber

  84. cynthia

    i actually like it. not necessarily painting walls, i leave that one to my husband…but if it’s a piece of furniture, i really don’t mind!

    i am trying to find the time to paint my mantel very soon! hopefully a taupe with a glaze on top! wish me luck!

    and i have a question for you…i have chairs just like yours, tell me how you are going to paint them (with the woven bottom??)…that part does scare me a bit!
    i want mine black!

    cynthias inspiring blog post..and a happy monday to ya!

  85. Pinky

    Lucky for me I love wood furniture….cause I HATE to paint!!!!!!!!! My DH is so wonderful, when we do have to paint a room, he does all the “cutting in” )he is SOOOO much better at this than me) and I just have to roll! It’s FABULOUS! I married a great man! 41 years and counting:):) Pinky

  86. rue

    Hi Melissa :)

    My poor daughter Annie had to live in chaos, because I was avoiding her room. I’m finally done painting the walls after living here for 2 months LOL I paint all the time, but I only like painting the details… you know, little bits of artistic things that make it special. It’s like the birdhouses I paint, people want me to sell them, but I hate the first coat all the way until I get to the details like flowers and little birds, so I don’t. As far as walls, I hate cutting in, but give me a roller any day ;)


    rues inspiring blog post..A couple questions

  87. rue

    BTW, you have a great eye for these things… maybe you can answer the questions on my post today… :)

    rues inspiring blog post..A couple questions

  88. Jen

    So sorry that you do not like to paint…I love it. In fact I search out items that are paintable, just so I can paint more stuff! I do find it occasionally difficult to get myself geared up to paint (the thought of all that mess and all that clean-up can be overwhelming) however, to solve that problem, I like to designate one day/weekend a month to paint everything that I currently have which is in need. This saves hours of clean-up, b/c it doesn’t take much longer to wash out 3 or 4 brushes than to wash out 1, and it makes me feel like I accomplished A LOT. Good luck…you can do it and it will look great!

    Jens inspiring blog post..Happy Easter!

  89. Jen

    So sorry that you do not like to paint…I love it. In fact I search out items that are paintable, just so I can paint more stuff! I do find it occasionally difficult to get myself geared up to paint (the thought of all that mess and all that clean-up can be overwhelming) however, to solve that problem, I like to designate one day/weekend a month to paint everything that I currently have which is in need. This saves hours of clean-up, b/c it doesn’t take much longer to wash out 3 or 4 brushes than to wash out 1, and it makes me feel like I accomplished A LOT. Good luck…you can do it and it will look great!

  90. Amanda-The Eck Life

    two words my dear SPRAY PAINT. I have seen & heard about many people spray painting their furniture instead of P A I N T I N G -which takes F O R E V E R. Even The Remodel Guy recommend spray painting kitchen cabients! go figure- so, it doesnt totally get you out of painting but it does make it a little faster & I am all about fast- get in, get out! :-)

    Amanda-The Eck Lifes inspiring blog post..The Fairy Room

  91. Tina Kay

    UHHHH, so much work!!! I do not like the act of painting. What I like…..uh, I mean LOVE is the outcome.
    Tina Kay

    Tina Kays inspiring blog post..

  92. Kimba

    I know that I don’t even need to answer the “love it or hate it” question. If you weren’t on the other side of the country, I’d come do it for you. Since I can’t, do this:

    More pictures:

    Black or white. Whatever color works for you. There will be a lot of taping to protect the rush seats, but they’ll look great when they’re done.

    Bossy I am, no?

    Love you!

    Kimba @ A Soft Place to Lands inspiring blog post..Lisa Leonard Jewelry Giveaway: A Winner and A Discount

  93. Jennifer White

    I responded in Twitter but in case you missed it:
    lightly sand, wash, spray seats with oil primer, brush or spray chairs with oil primer , 2 topcoats oil paint, distress

  94. Kay Phillips

    I seem to always be in the middle of a painting project. I can’t say that I love painting but I sure love the results so I do it and get excited about doing it. I’m excited about your projects as well, and I’m here to cheer you on. PS. I have a Westie too!

    Kay Phillipss inspiring blog post..Easter Dinner

  95. LuLu

    I love to paint but prepping is not my favorite! You made me think of some of my projects that I need to paint… handrails etc…
    Winston is so cute… sending wishes of a speady recovery.

    LuLus inspiring blog post.."Bowl" Full Of Memories…

  96. Lauren McKnight

    Your pup is adorable. My sister-in-law has a Westie too. And I also hate to paint!

  97. Jeanne

    I love the finished product! :-) Does that count? I used to love the process – choosing colors, the smell, the transformation in progress, etc. – but with two toddlers now, I’ve done very little although I have much I’d like to do!

    Jeanne @ Inspiring Ideass inspiring blog post..Birthday Favors – Dipping Pretzels

  98. Jen

    HATE, HATE, HATE to paint! I, too, have a bunch of projects I am putting off this very minute. I’m a “painting procrastinator” for SURE!
    But, when I finally get around to it, it goes faster than I thought, the results are well worth it, and I wonder why I didn’t just paint the dang thing sooner!!

    Jens inspiring blog post..Prayer for Isabella…..

  99. living with lindsay

    How funny about Winston in your pics! My son does that. He has a new game called “Try to get my toys into Mama’s blog pics,” which is fun.

    I like the first coat of paint. However, I hate the sanding and all the subsequent coats of paint I have to go through. It really is so worth it in the end.

    living with lindsays inspiring blog post..Teach Me Tuesday: Vintage-Inspired Embellished Pillow

  100. Holly Blocker

    WOW! This is the story of my life! lol! I am a yard sale, antique store junkie….I just love it! I wonder how and the world people can get rid of such awesome, unique furniture! All it may need is the sight of a paint brush and some paint and you have a wonderful piece of furniture! I cant tell you how many beautiful pieces of furniture I have given new life too and people think I have paid a fortune for it at like Pottery Barn or some other higher end store! Walls on the other hand, I hire painters! LOL!!!

  101. Emily

    I have so many things I need to paint, but I don’t enjoy it either. Too bad we don’t live in the same state or we help one another.

  102. karen

    I am soooo with you! Love the end result but hate the work! I have 2 dressers 2 small wall cabinets and a mirror that all need help and then I need to move on to the porch…Ughhhh!
    I have an idea! buy a one way ticket for your friend to come out and stay and make her good food (or buy it) and margaritas then I will buy a ticket from Washington to Calif. and I will do the same…she will be fat and happy (and tipsy) and we will both have nice white furniture! Hee! hee!

    karens inspiring blog post..A Gift,Gardening,and swapping, OH MY!

  103. The Magic Brush

    Well since I own a faux finishing company…. I love to paint! You just need a partner in crime. It’s always more fun with help!!!!!

    The Magic Brushs inspiring blog post..My sad fountain…

  104. lylah ledner

    I’m so with you on the painting thing – and just last week – I got the umpth to repaint a side board table that was “bugging” me – a color that (I told my husband) no longer made me ‘happy’…..

    If I were there, I’d help you paint! Can’t wait to see what you end up with.

  105. Anna R

    I hate painting walls but if it is furniture, I’m there. To freshen a chest of drawers or table with a satiny coat of white paint is bliss for me.

  106. Debbykay

    Dear Melissa,

    I am the world’s worst painter…I mean EVER! I am slow, a perfectionist, and it is the most terrible form of punishment ever invented! So, I try to sweet talk anyone into dabbing some color around whenever I can!! Don’t get me wrong–I simply ADORE painted wood. Problem #1–Mr. Honey who ADORES wood grain (READ: boring brown stain!). It is a mortal sin to say, “Honey, I have been thinking about painting…!” Beauty has prevailed, however, and we have gorgeous 1880s wide trim painted white along with several pieces of furniture.

    If I were there (and then I could be close to my daughter!), I would cheer you on, help you pick out amazing colors and debate the merits of various paint brushes…as long as I don’t have to hold a brush in my hand! EEEEKKKK!

    Can’t wait to see the furniture painted. It will be fab!

    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

    Debbykays inspiring blog post..Happy Pansy Faces

  107. Kathleen Ellis

    I’m with you, Melissa! I always love the results but not the prep and process! especially furniture pieces! walls and trim aren’t so bad…but still the prep….I guess if I had a dedicated place to do it with everything right there, etc……MAYBE that would make it more enticing?!

    Kathleen Elliss inspiring blog post..What’s on Your Walls? Wednesday…

  108. {this is glamorous}

    Melissa, am completely with you! Love freshly painted things, but seriously dislike painting them — messy and tedious, but really worth it in the end. Have a couple of wood-framed mirrors that would look beautiful in a high-gloss white, but keep putting the project off . . .

    Hope you’re having a fantastic week,

  109. PamperingBeki

    I really enjoy painting walls. Hubby and I flip houses as a “side job” and the painting is my job – he does the construction type stuff.

    But, sadly, he won’t let me paint any furniture. :( (I hear crickets also…) I have a piece very much like the one you show pictured, that is screaming for a coat of white paint but hubby won’t let me. “Antiques are never to be painted!” Blah.

    So I have lots of brown furniture.

    PamperingBekis inspiring blog post..Girls gone Mild.

    • Melissa

      Cracking up. Oh, why oh why must we be left with so much brown? LOL! Luckily I have finally convinced my hubby that SOME wood pieces should be painted because they are just blah. And, it is all about the mix in the room! Too much brown is blah, so pick the less pretty items and paint them but hang on to the truly beautiful wood pieces. That is what I say. But hubbies don’t always listen to me.

  110. rachel-asouthernfairytale

    I love what will be… not so much the ‘how it gets there’ part of it all ;-)
    although, i looooove to spray paint stuff ;-)

    Yep, I’m about 6 ;-)

  111. hill upon hill

    I fear it and dread it too. Not sure why, perhaps the upheaval that is involved: things to be moved, covered etc.

  112. Michelle

    I love how painted things look, Ijust hate to paint and my house needs a lot of paint right now!

    Michelles inspiring blog post..Tuesdays at the Table

  113. janet

    Hate to paint and hate the prep work even more! I feel your pain!

    janets inspiring blog post..AS PROMISED

  114. Bronwyn

    Hi Melissa! I’ve been checking your blog since last summer, but only now reading this post did I realize that we might be neighbors (or sort of). Are you in Clark County?
    Although I realize this blog is a year old, I totally hear you on painting…it’s just such a mess, it’s hard to do with children around. :-) If we’re neighbors we should meet and become a painting support group for each other! :-) Email me if you want to get in touch. ~Bronwyn

  115. Lilian

    Love to paint BUT hate the clean up… just like I LOVE to cook but hate the washing up…



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