My Continuing Education in Painting

You know, it really is a small world. A few weeks ago, I went to a fabulous event called Market on Moss where I threatened to visit one of the vendor's stores very soon, and where I ogled over my favorite new-to-me vendor's painted furniture and accessories. Then last night, I sat in Lost & Found Again, where I promised to visit, and took a painting class from Chris, the magic painter behind the beautiful furniture of Midwest Cottage & Finds.

My hubby and I repaint furniture for resale ourselves, but I'm always looking to pick up more tricks and tips so I was so excited to attend this class. When I got to Lost & Found Again, I took some time to look around this fantabulous store!

I loved looking around the shop, which is in a cute bungalow in Peoria Heights, and was excited to find out that many of the beautifully painted items were by Chris, our paint guru for the evening. When class was about to start the small, friendly class was greeted by a beautifully warm and welcoming table to sit at.  The table hinted at the amazing assortment of colors available to work in, and was such a cute and clever way to get us ready to do some painting! 

Our bags were filled with painting must-haves to take home,
and the supplies for the class were provided for us.
(Sample colors shown are Amber Waves of Grain, Rushmore, & Beach Glass)

Lincoln's Hat & Momma's Lipstick
Smoke Signal
We were told early and often that the paint we were going to use is forgiving, that there are no rules with it, and it's just fun to play with. I was skeptical--no rules?-- but using American Paint Company paint was really easy, it is absolutely great to work with, and painting (and the whole class) was VERY FUN!

The first techniques we were taught were stippling and burnishing.

Do you see the shine on that board? Yeah, that's burnishing, no wax, top coat or polyurethane.
 Just a little elbow grease with cotton! And the whole piece feels soft and velvety, too!
Next we tried a technique called wet distressing. Now this is unlike any other paint I've ever used before, and a major bonus to chalk/clay/mineral paint.  Take a look...

See Wild Horses (brown) showing through the Beach Glass (blue)?
Yeah, done with water! No sanding here.
 The shine on this piece comes from American Paint Company's Clear Top Coat (it's still drying in this picture, so can probably see brush strokes, but it dried with a great smooth clear coat). 
On our last piece, we used Elmer's Glue to create a "crackle" effect. I think I may have used more glue that usual and it created some large cracks, I really like the way it turned out. 

This is Tanya, the owner of Lost & Found Again, and Chris, our painting inspiration. 
Did you know glue did this to paint? Pretty cool right!
Here are all of my practice pieces together...
And all three of the pieces started like the one on the far left, just plain ole pine.
But what's amazing is that this paint covers wood,
already finished furniture, metal, glass and even fabric!
Now, this post was no tutorial, I know. But, hey, I'm a beginner at this type of painting! You should take the class yourself...and bring a friend (or two)...and a bottle of wine (or two). Chris is an amazing teacher and the environment at Lost & Found Again is so relaxing; so make sure you stop by, check out a painting demo, and sign up for a class! And if you just want to be inspired by Chris's creative transformations, check out her blog, too. 

And if you are familiar with chalk/clay/mineral paint, and looking to find some, Lost & Found Again can hook you up with that too.  They carry the full line. I loved looking through the variety of colors.

Check out this amazing "half" transformation of this out-dated side table. 
For the class, we stuck with Wild Horses and Beach Glass,
but there is a wide array of colors to choose from!
A beautiful rainbow...
It was a wonderful class, ladies! I hope to see you all real soon!
If you'd like more info on upcoming classes at Lost & Found Again, call 309-696-0289. 


  1. That looks like so much fun, and I really want to wander that little shop! I've heard that paint is awesome, I'll have to give it a try.

    1. This little shop (Lost & Found Again) is SUPER cute. If you are ever in the area you should check it out!

  2. Thank you for the great post.....I enjoyed having you in class....and we will paint the world together one piece at a time!!

    1. No, thank you, Chris. The class was wonderful and I learned so much!

  3. The class looked like so much fun. Paint really can give a vintage piece new life. I'm not much of a painter but I may give these paints a try.

    1. I don't know that I really understood the advantage to any of the chalk-type paints out there before, but I get it now. Especially, if you are distressing the piece and want other colors (or the wood below) to show through. The class was lots of fun! :)