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  • The Name

    Trying to think of a name for my business was one of the hardest parts about starting this venture.  I, like most people who go into business for themselves start with their name.  My name being Mandy, I did "Designs by May," which is cute but not exactly the image I was going for.  I wanted something that said what I did but also left me open for new things I may want to add.  Its almost like picking your child's name, you want it to be a good baby name but then you don't want it to sound foolish when they are an adult.  Same with the business, I wanted a name to grow with the business not to sound foolish 10 years from now.

    So I came up with "The Painted Chair."  First I love it. (LOVING it was important, not just LIKING it) Second, It describes what I do, I paint furniture. Third, the chair, to me is the most basic yet beautiful piece of furniture.  Its been around since the beginning of time and while it may seem simple, how many times have you sat down in a chair and said "ah, that feels good."  Not only are they practical but beautiful.  To me every room has to have at least one corner where there is the perfect chair with perhaps a side table, ottoman, or just a stack of books on the side.  Yes, chairs are my favorite!

    I have painted lots of chairs and sold lots of chairs, some are harder to let go than others.  This new chair is definitely going to be hard to let go!


    Here is how she started.

    She really came out beautiful.  And before I think about it too much I am going to bring her to Sweet Olive Antiques & Cafe and find the perfect corner to put her in!



  • Moving In!

    I'm slowly moving into Sweet Olive!  Putting a personal touch on the shop has been a little harder than I thought it would be.  But with every piece I move in, it feels more and more like me!

    The piece I am bringing to Sweet Olive today is definitely going to help. It came out gorgeous!  I truely have to give credit to my husband for helping me with the color.  I was leaning toward a earthtone, but he kept encouraging me to go BOLDER.  I'm so happy I listened, because it is one of my favorites!



    You have to see this one in person!


  • Exciting News!



    Yes, I have some exciting news!!  I am moving into the Sweet Olive Antiques and Cafe in Houma!!!!  I have been looking and patiently waiting to find the perfect spot for The Painted Chair, and now I have found it.  The owner Collette Boudreaux has been very gracious and is letting me put my touch on her shop.  While I am not anywhere near moved in I am full of new ideas and am very excited about the future of  "The Painted Chair".

         I will have plenty of pictures to share as I move in, but if you can't wait please stop by and look around!



  • Fall Collection 2012

    Its now officially autumn, and what I love best about the season is the way my home feels in fall.  The air is crisp and cool but my home is warm and cozy inside. 

    Thats what I love about the colors on the pieces of furniture I have in my shop, they are warm and cozy. 




    If there is anything you see that you would love to have cozy up your home, visit my etsy shop or email me at Mandy@thepaintedchairstudio.com


About Me

My name is Mandy and I love finding something old, outdated and giving it a new life using paint. The process I use to restore my furniture is an Art. Not only do I tediously pick and build every piece by hand but I only get pieces that I truely love. If I love a piece of furniture I will spend the time that is needed to hand-paint, distress, sand and wax every nook and cranny.

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