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  • Michelle Alpert
    December 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Hi i love the storage bench at the end of bed in your Jan 2011 blog—where can I purchase it please?

    • Jenny
      December 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      I purchased it at the Grandin Road outlet near Cincinnati, but I believe it's still available in their catalog/online.

  • Unknown
    January 1, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I LOVE your blog. I found you on pinterest and have literally read all of your posts back to 2010. Ha. You have great ideas and vision. I am rethinking my colors in a blue pallet now. Where did you get the desk in the mom cave??? Me likely a lot!! Keep the blogs coming. They are great! Crystal

    • Jenny
      January 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment. I purchased the desk for my mom cave at the Grandin Road outlet near Cincinnati. They might still sell it on their website, but I can't say for sure.

  • Abbi
    January 11, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Jenny your kitchen looks great! I was wondering what type of paint sprayer you used. I am about to embark on our kitchen and am overwhelmed by the options of sprayers! I have a 6 gallon compressor but don't know what spray gun to buy. thanks and congratulations on a beautiful kitchen!

  • Jen McConnell
    April 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Jenny,
    Your kitchen looks amazing! I have read your tutorial at least 50 times in the past 6 months and I think I finally have the courage to go for it…I ordered the paint sprayer and picked a color! I have a question about sanding…did you sand before AND after you primed? Also, did you do a light sanding in between each paint coat? My cabinets are currently dark cherry with black granite countertops…way too dark for my taste! I am considering priming and painting the inside frames as well…from your experience, do you see any drawbacks to that? Thank you for taking the time to post your tutorial, you really should be getting paid by gleempaint or somebody! Take care, Jen

    • Jenny
      April 9, 2013 at 1:52 am

      I used a sander/deglosser, and also lightly sanded in between coats of both paint and primer. As for painting the insides of the frames, I didn't do that, as I didn't see the need. Don't regret it either. :-). Plus, you need to look at the interior of your cabinet frames, as it might not be wood like the exterior.

      And yes, I agree I should be paid by Gleem! I'm working on getting them as advertisers, as I've sent them a LOT of business! 🙂

      Good luck! Would love to see the end result!

  • J
    April 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful! I cant thank you enough for posting all the how to information. I will be attempting my cabinets soon. I have spent the past several weeks experimenting with different HVLP spray guns and have yet to find one that works well for me due to my small compressor. I recently found Gleem's website and the link to your site. Sure glad i did! I was wondering if you can tell me the size of the air compressor you have been using with the wagner gun and what size tip you are using? Does the compressor run alot to keep up? Finally, i'm assuming you've used the gun quite a bit by now, how is it holding up?
    Cant thank you enough for the amazing site!!

    • Jenny
      April 12, 2013 at 1:50 am

      I have been using a Bostitch air compressor with my HVLP gun, and it's worked well for me. It currently is running a lot when I use it, but I think it's because I'm hearing some pressure leaking out of the cable where it's connected (it needs to be tightened). Previously when I used it with a different cable, it didn't run all of the time.

      Here is the one I have:

      As for the gun, I am on my second one, but not due to a bad product, but a clutsy owner! I dropped it, and the pressure gauge on it stopped working (I am going to replace the gauge though, so I will have a spare). And I should clarify that this isn't the first time that I dropped it! I did buy another projector set for it (I think the #4), but I haven't used it. I have had great luck with the projector set that came with the gun when it comes to spraying cabinets (I am currently using it on the cabinets I'm spraying for a friend).

    • J
      April 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Hi Jenny,
      You may have just saved me a couple bucks! Thanks for the advice 🙂 I was about to place my order for the wagner conversion gun and buy the extra #4 projector set but maybe I will hold off for now! You have had good luck spraying thicker paint, like the ben moore advance, with the projector set that came supplied on the gun? Are you thinning it a ton? How many coats have you been doing?
      Thanks again!

  • court par
    April 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Hey Jenny, you have done an amazing job on your home just stunning! I'm going to tackle the baton board project soon but was wondering what colour you've used in your kitchen table dinner area? I can see it's blue but do you remember what colour??
    thanks for sharing your home

    • Jenny
      April 12, 2013 at 1:43 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words. The color in my breakfast area is Benjamin Moore's Palladian Blue (it's also in my family room). 🙂 Good luck!

  • ryan kamlowsky
    August 8, 2013 at 3:10 am

    HI Jenny!

    Love your home! But, I'm really interested in the powder room with the art on the wall. Love, love, LOVE it!!! I've only been able to find one photo…..are there more?? I'd love to see what's on the other walls!

    Thanks for everything!!

  • Suzy Handgraaf
    August 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Jenny. I'd like to email you, but none of your email links work for me. All I get is a blank screen. Would you mind emailing me so that I can email you back? My email is: handgrs(at)
    Thank you!
    Suzy Handgraaf
    Author of

  • Shelly Brouillette
    November 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Your house is beautiful!! What type of wood floor do you have? It is gorgeous!

  • Jenny
    November 27, 2013 at 2:08 am

    They are Bella Cera floors – Handscraped Maple Tribeca, and the color is Chateau.

  • e802caa2-65a3-11e3-976d-000bcdca4d7a
    December 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Love your family room rug! I have searched all over Rug USA for it. Do you have any idea what the name is?

  • StephinTheHills
    February 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Jenny, can you suggest what kind of sander to purchase? I have 35+cabinets to sand. What is best for this cabinet project, handheld electric or? My cabinets are real wood-oak color, light to medium and I want a darker brown. Thank you so very much!

    • Jenny
      February 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Are you going to stain them or paint them? Depending upon what you're looking to do, and the products you're going to use, the sanding method would vary. I like to keep things as simple as possible, especially where sanding is concerned. If you're going to paint them like I did, you can sand by hand. If you're going to stain them, it depends on the kind of stain you use. If you use the General Finishes stains that don't require sanding down to the bare wood, you can also use a hand sander and lightly sand them before refinishing them. But I know with some other stains out there, you need to sand down to the bare wood, which would require an electric sander. Hope this helps!

  • Karen Roberge
    June 19, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Love your lamps! I actually bought a goodwill lamp today for 5$ and its really nice. I wanted to paint it so I got son American Scent spray paint . I wondered though if its safe to paint the lamp with it. ? Like will the lamp spontaneously combust or something? Its not heat spray paint. Will it be okay you think?

  • Karen Roberge
    June 19, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Love your lamps! I actually bought a goodwill lamp today for 5$ and its really nice. I wanted to paint it so I got son American Scent spray paint . I wondered though if its safe to paint the lamp with it. ? Like will the lamp spontaneously combust or something? Its not heat spray paint. Will it be okay you think?

    • Jenny
      August 3, 2014 at 1:29 am

      Late response here, sorry – but yes, it should work! Just make sure you put masking tape over the light socket. 🙂

  • Audrey
    October 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Jenny – Enjoying your blog. Your home is lovely. I found you as I searched for board & batten tutorials. Yours is great. Perhaps it is my computer, but in each picture of your hallway the paint looks like a different color. Sometimes it is a green shade & other times it is a light caramel. What color is it? Thank you.

  • Wendy
    March 9, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Have you tired of that lovely runner from Ballard's Outlet in the board and batten hallway? I would consider purchasing it from you.

  • Nick
    July 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I just came across this post while searching on how to paint my kitchen cabinets. I think it's awesome! Thanks.

  • mrsjessdaniels
    December 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Please keep us posted on audio books you love, currently I am listening to Secrets of a Charmed Life because you said you hated to see it end. I alsways look forward to good book suggestions!

    • Jenny
      December 17, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      I just finished "The Nightingale" and I think I loved it even more than "Secrets of a Charmed Life"! It was SO good – so well written, so heartbreaking, but such a testament to the power of the human spirit. If you like Secrets of a Charmed Life, you'll love The Nightingale!

  • Nyrene
    December 29, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Jenny! Your home, blog, everything is just gorgeous. And you describe everything so well in your blog posts. I know you like to have the paint store do a custom color mix for you, but do you have a favorite paint brand to use? Do you like water based or lacquer? Every painter seems to have their favorite. The two painters that I like the most said lacquer – one said by Benjamin Moore and the other said Sherwin Williams. Another painter said no lacquer bc it could crack in the future. Any thoughts on what you like the best? Thank you!! Nyrene

    • Jenny
      December 29, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Nyrene! Thanks so much for your kind words. As for a favorite paint, it depends on what I'm painting. For cabinets, my go-to paint is Benjamin Moore's Advance paint – I have never been disappointed with it. The only caution with it is that it takes some time to fully cure, so you have to be a bit careful during the curing period (about a month). Advance is a water-based paint that hardens like an oil-based paint – the best of both worlds, without the messy cleanup.

      For furniture, I love General Finishes paint, Velvet Finishes paint, and I'm starting to work with Amy Howard's line of paints. It just depends on the project and the look that you want when it's complete. Not a lot of experience with lacquer here, but I'm always on the lookout for new products and techniques. Hope this helps!