[VIDEO] Avoiding Paint Contamination

Protect Your Paint! Did you know that your paint will last a long time if you are careful to use and store it properly? Don’t let it freeze for one thing. Most know that tip. But did you know that you can contaminate it while you are painting? Here’s a little tip that could save you lots of $$. Everything we do affects profit and loss. Your bottom line is affected by more than just the profit you make selling your wares. Many focus on profit through larger price tags. We must also focus on what leads up to our putting the price tag on our piece. Like these videos? The videos I post on LMDH are a sampling of the long list of furniture redesign tips I share with my Furniture Flipping Blueprint tribe. Want to grow as a furniture artist? Come join The Blueprint when it opens. Your … Read more

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015

A Fall Front Yard & Deck Project You Too Can Do!   NOTE: This post is from 2015. It is now 2022 and looking back, I am so thankful I decided to learn about landscaping and curb appeal. I hope this will encourage you to do the same.   We bought our house a few years ago and it was in a shambles. The yard looked like it was a backwoods farm that hadn’t been touched in years. Here are before pictures of our house just before we bought it. It was pretty sad looking.     The front was nondescript with overgrown greenery and stones full of dirt and dried up greenery. After a year of not addressing the stones in front, tons of weeds took root and made it look even shabbier.  I did manage to put up the heart my son, Andrew, bought for me years ago. … Read more

Fixing a Sloppy Paint Job

Here’s a little tip to save you some time and effort. I bought a dresser from Marketplace and the drawers had some messy painting going on. Drips, over painting, scratches, bristles embedded, etc. The worst part were the drawer sides. My options for fixing them were: painting them, stenciling over the mess, or sanding it off. I didn’t like any of those options. I thought on it a while and came up with a better option. It was easier than any of the three choices I originally thought I had and it worked. Here is the finished project – you can click the pic to go right to the post about this project: This is an example of the super short videos I create for my Blueprint members. I’ll be sharing some of them with those who wish to see the nicky picky details that most experienced furniture flippers have … Read more

[VIDEO] Creating Appliques Using Paper Clay

SAVE $$ It can be pretty pricey to buy ready made appliques, so this is a good solution for anyone wishing to add a little pizazz to decor or furniture. It’s easy and actually a fun thing to do once you get a handle on the particulars. This video shows you how to use paper clay to make appliques fairly inexpensively.   PAPER CLAY It certainly doesn’t hurt that this product and process is pretty easy too. I like easy. At the time I made this video I only used (afflink) paper clay, but since then I’ve learned about and also use hot glue and another medium similar to paper clay, Form Flex. These two are flexible after they dry unlike Paper Clay which is not. I share the other methods in the Blueprint – be sure to subscribe to the DROPCLOTH so you’ll be notified when it opens to … Read more

Cyber Monday Starts NOW

I’m going to keep it simple. If you want to learn to become an ace at creating furniture art…if you want to learn how to sell that furniture art…come join the Blueprint. I have the best deal of the year right now – $100 off the regular GOLD plan. One year for one low price of tutorials, videos (over 200), lists, links, step-by-steps, product reviews, explanations, etc. I’m not really sure why I put it so low other than the fact that everybody needs FFB. Go here to see what the Blueprint is all about, just click here: ValFrania.com/invite. It’s my invitation to you to become the pursuer of dreams, the accomplished artist, the skilled marketer and a leader in furniture flipping world. I have 2 great bonuses you can grab ’till Sunday night. Yes, the $100 off deal is still good through Cyber Monday, midnight, but the bonuses go … Read more

Are You Ready to Become a PRO Furniture Artist?

    Have you dreamed about growing your redesign and marketing skills and/or wondered how to gain the confidence you need to get to the next level? Black Friday – Cyber Monday Furniture Flipping Blueprint Gold plan will be at an amazing price for all new and returning members. It’s time to plan for 2022 to be a record year and do great things! What is the Blueprint? It’s an online manual, a membership, for furniture artists where they can learn A to Z furniture flipping. Are you ready to stop scrolling, trying to find answers, and get down to business? Go here to find out more about the Blueprint: ValFrania.com/Join.  Why would I ever consider being mentored by Val Frania? Who is she anyway?   Why is FFB an investment in my self and how will it help me in 2022? Who else has been a member of the Blueprint? … Read more

[VIDEO] Background & Stenciling Script Tips

So so SO many furniture artists forget that their furniture is no different than a painter’s canvas. Learn a few very easy techniques and you can WOW your audience. We need to do something to stop those scrollers and sell our furniture! In this video I’ll tell you about my favorite background technique and how I add script for an old-world look. Backgrounds add interest – not just one or two colors, but from one to many will create an uncommon artsy look. It’s great for under stenciling or even a transfer. Use it to create an old-world look, weathering, etc., or even just for a look of whimsy by using dramatic or contrasting colors. You get to decide. Plus, I explain the best way to stencil script onto your piece – method matters. The BEFORE We found the tables in a jam-packed salvage type of thrift shop. Removing the … Read more

[VIDEO] Sanding and Stripping a Finish Tips

When do you sand and when should you strip? One or the other or both? First you need to give each a try, sanding and stripping, to become comfortable so it’s easy to know which is best for the job you have to do. Pick a small piece and give it a go! If you’ve never done it before, basic prep can be intimidating. It doesn’t have to be. Here’s a short look at both methods using a Rigid random orbital with a dust bag and Soy Gel Coatings Remover, formerly known as Soy Gel. Thanks for visiting. I have lots of opportunities for you to learn furniture redesign and marketing, both free and paid, that will help you along in your journey to become a confident furniture flipper. Most are listed below. Have a great weekend and happy painting! To join Furniture Flipping Blueprint and learn how to become … Read more

[Money Saving Tip] Bun Feet Are Expensive!

Bun feet are expensive, so we tend to avoid even considering using them on our pieces. But wouldn’t it be fab if we had a box full of options that didn’t cost us an arm and a leg? I have that now and It only cost me a few dollars. How? It occurred to me one day while spending the day looking for deals at garage sales, that I could repurpose table legs. I saw a table for sale at one sale that was only a few dollars. She was anxious to get rid of it and had it priced really low. It was old and worn and would only appeal to someone looking to get a temporary table like a young couple just starting out. So I offered her $5 for the legs and she said, “OK”! I was surprised and excited because the legs had some nice curves. … Read more

[VIDEO] Have you learned how to blend yet?

NEW TECHNIQUES CAN BE INTIMIDATING Sometimes we are intimidated by a new technique or one we’ve seen others do so well. Intimidation usually comes when we see something we like but have no idea how they did it – or it could be a lack of confidence in our abilities. But really, once we find out how and try it a few times, it becomes less intimidating. There are a few techniques that aren’t easily mastered, and blending is one that most will say was a bit difficult to get down. BUT, that’s no reason not to try! I’ve created a video for you showing a few different ways to get you started learning to blend. Grab some paint and give it a try. If nothing else, you’ll be less intimidated and have some fun. Give it a whirl. Be brave! Let me know how it goes and if you … Read more