If you hang around here — or around me in real life — you know that I’m just a little bit obsessed with painted furniture.
My garage looks like a cross between a thrift store and a paint supply store. Projects, paint and paintbrushes everywhere!
Paint is like makeup. It can camouflage even the worst blemishes. The right shade of paint, like the right lipstick, can turn a real dog into a bombshell.
Everything old is new again with fresh coat of paint.
Given my weakness for bringing home rundown and ramshackle furniture to paint, I’m always looking for inspiration. One of the places I love to find inspiration is Hometalk — a website full of eye candy, tips and great ideas for home-obsessed people like me.
Hometalk is the best kind of social network because there’s a great give-and-take among the members. It’s a place to share your projects, get inspiration, and ask questions, like “What color should I paint this?” And you’ll find homeowners, renters, bloggers and home pros doing just that, sharing their projects and tips about home and gardening.
A cool new feature at Hometalk is the ability to create a clipboard of inspiring projects by other members. Clipboards are virtual inspiration files that you can also share with others.
When my pal Kelly from Eclectically Vintage asked me to create a Hometalk Clipboard of painted furniture inspiration, I was so excited I started break dancing. (If you went to the Southern Bloggers Conference, you know what I’m talking about.)
What I didn’t tell Kelly was that I had already been snooping around Hometalk for painting inspiration. There are some seriously talented DIY-ers hanging out at Hometalk. They’re like da Vincis of DIY. Or Cezannes of chalk paint. Or Monets of milk paint.
Enough with the (bad) alliteration. You should check out my Inspiring Painted Furniture clipboard on Hometalk.
And while you’re over at Hometalk, be sure to sign up for an account, so you can post your own brag projects and also pose home-related questions.
One of my most popular posts on the site is about how to remove odors from old furniture. I shared my blog post about stinky furniture, along with my tips for getting rid of smells, and dozens of Hometalkers chimed in with their suggestions. There’s a goldmine of tips in the comments section of that Hometalk post. Check it out if your furniture has B.O. That post has been viewed more than 12,000 times, and it’s been shared more than 1,500 times, so Hometalk is definitely a great way to get find an audience for your projects, tips and questions.
Come on over and join me on Hometalk.