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!



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My name is Mandy and I love finding something old, outdated and giving it a new life using paint.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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