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8 things you need to know before putting a FARMSINK in your kitchen

We just had a farmsink put into our kitchen and I am absolutely obsessed!!!! It is the prettiest, deepest, hugest thing ever and I couldn't be happier with it! I researched a ton of sinks and this particular one got great reviews and wasn't ridiculously priced.  You can find my affiliate link for this Kohler Whitehaven Tall Apron Sink HERE.  This particular one is sold online and not in stores.  It has completely changed the entire vibe … [Read more...]

If you love taking selfies or making videos, you must OPEN THIS TODAY!

  People everywhere ask me about my cell phone light case because it’s kind of mind blowing?!?!  It’s been on Oprah’s Favorite Things List, the Today Show (which by the way I was on one time!!!) , and on the Live! With Kelly and Michael show.   Honestly, they had me at Oprah!!!!! The Lumee case is a cell phone case that lights up to make your videos and selfies look better.   Check out this photo … [Read more...]

*** Big Announcement *** Open please!

      For the first time since last summer, I have just opened up my mentorship program for enrollment!  And I can’t wait! Look, I talk to creative entrepreneurs on a daily basis in my coaching groups, on Facebook, on Periscope. And so many of you struggle with the same things in your business. You are afraid to hire help. You can't say no to clients. You aren't good at standing up for yourself. You aren't pricing … [Read more...]

Does your spouse support your business dreams? (and what to do if they don’t!)

(I posted this on my Facebook page this week and was shocked at the response!!! I thought it may bless some of you here as well!) This guy. "Mr. Magic". My biggest support. My gift from God. I gotta tell you what he did for me.   I am in the middle of writing my first book. And it's hard. Muuuuuuuch harder than I anticipated. And I have been freaking out that I'm not going to meet my publishing deadline. So I kind of unloaded on him this week. I … [Read more...]

Got brushes with dried paint on them??? I have the fix for you!!!!

    So last week I finished painting this buffet for my Paint Finish of the Month Club.  And in typical #hotmess fashion, I was so excited to get the piece put back together and get the top decorated that I failed to wash my paint brushes out right away. Dang the luck.  Someone please tell me they do this too????     This was just 2 of the mannnnnnnny brushes that I let harden overnight. Oops.  And I … [Read more...]

I know you were doubting me (but check out my buffet now!)

  I know that the idea of me painting this buffet hit some of you straight in the gut.  I got tons of Facebook comments telling me I was "ruining perfectly good wood" and "someone worked hard to build that buffet" and "not all things should be painted".  God bless it.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I couldn't look at that buffet  Some of you DIY'ers KNOW that feeling. And for the record, it wasn't … [Read more...]

Stitchfix delivery #8 – clothing for everyday, TV and videos

  If you have followed my Facebook page for any length of time, you know that I'm a huge supporter of Stitchfix, the clothing delivery service for people who love clothes but hate to shop.... AND THAT'S TOTALLY ME. (this cold shoulder shirt and my jeans are Stitchfix in this photo).     However I do want new clothes often because I do things in my business like be a regular guest on Fox 4 News in Kansas … [Read more...]

How to make a ginormously huge chalkboard for your home!

We finally, finally got my huge, oversized chalkboard framed and done.  This was one of those little projects that just kept going.... for like 2 months!  We just couldn't seem to make time to finish it.  But.... it's done and I couldn't be happier.  Please pretend not to notice that we still have a mistletoe hanging. Because we forgot it up there.  And we are too lazy to get a chair out to get it down.  So it may stay up thru Easter. ;) … [Read more...]

I will teach you a new paint finish EVERY MONTH!!!

  We had such a great time in my online painting party last month that we came up with a way for me teach you all a DIFFERENT paint finish EVERY MONTH!  My Paint Finish of the Month club is now OPEN for registration.  It's a monthly membership for only $27 a month.  Small beans y'all.  And the best part is it's all ONLINE.  You get to watch my videos in your jammies, drinking coffee.  Perfect. We will be putting all of you who sign up … [Read more...]

The way I start every new year……

I am obsessed with the week between Christmas and New Years.  I don't work that week.  Days run into one another.  I become a complete sloth consuming nothing but movies and junk food and friends and family.  It's hard to say if my hair even gets washed?  It's my favorite week ever. And I always spend time during that week to reflect on my past year, both as a person and a business owner. By nature, I am a total goal setter.  It's just part of … [Read more...]

My Top 10 project FAILURES and FLOPS of 2015

I'm seeing all these "Top 10 projects of 2015"  articles from so many talented bloggers right now and I'm all over here like..... well, I think I DID make a few pretty things last year.  Lol. Without a doubt, 2015 was an amazing year for The Magic Brush and I.  I got to travel to Belize to bid a painting job that I will be painting this fall.  I got to speak at the Kansas City Home Show and see Chip and Joanna Gaines twice this year.  I became … [Read more...]

Find a Christmas lantern on clearance and decorate it for winter!

    I recently decorated this lantern for a fundraising auction.  It was for Christmas, but take out the reindeer and the Christmas balls and it's a gorgeous winter decoration.  Imagine 2 of them on your fireplace mantel! And if you go to a craft store now, you can find a Christmas lantern on clearance and decorate it for winter! Lantern decorating is a fun way to take something that is cute and make it … [Read more...]

What do having a baby, buying a dog and starting a business all have in common???

I remember distinctly when we had our first baby. In my mind I had envisioned this newborn baby as all Kodak moments. Rocking sweetly. Cuddling.  I had no idea that our first baby would be colicky, that he would not nurse well, that we would have to supplement with bottles, that he would be lactose intolerant, that he would cry endlessly for no reason for weeks on end. My Kodak moments were completely replaced with reality. And the reality was my … [Read more...]

They really don’t need another sweater…..

  OMGoodness. I can't believe Christmas is in 2 days!  Anyone else NOT DONE SHOPPING??? There are probably some people on your Christmas list who you still need to shop for who already have everything, or are super picky or are just flat out hard to buy for.  Instead of buying them another sweater that they probably will not like anyway, buy them something that they won't shove in a drawer or re-gift. Buy them a video on how to … [Read more...]

When you won’t have people over for the holiday because you’re embarrassed about your HOME…..

Listen, I talk to ALOT of you about your homes. I meet you in person. I talk to you on Twitter. You comment on Facebook.  I  know many of you are just not happy with how your home looks.  Newsflash: I'm not either.  My house is a hotmess right now.  My kitchen is under construction. I hate the way we painted my dining room walls.  I don't want to keep my breakfast table for even another half a second.  I can't even find the bottom of the hall … [Read more...]

How my 14 year old son changed my business forever

14 years ago today, our son Noah was born and made me a mother.   Life has never ever been the same.  I had no idea the sheer joy that motherhood would bring. At the time we had Noah, I had only had my Magic Brush painting business for a little over a year. During that time, I had landed several prestigious home builders in the area and several high-end home designers.  I  had a ton of work, but now.... we also had a baby.  And he was … [Read more...]

Joy to the World Christmas pallet project

  I finished my JOY to the World Christmas pallet project for my front steps!!!!  I'm obsessed with the word JOY.  "The JOY of the Lord is my strength" says Nehemiah 8:10.  Joy is a choice.  And I want to be covered in it!  LITERALLY.       I used my new favorite red paint color.... Engine No. 9 to paint the pallet. After it dried,  I went over it with Heirloom Traditions Jet Black wax on a wet sponge.   … [Read more...]

If you don’t have a good website, how can you make money while you sleep????

I was watching the news reports last week about the results of the Black Friday sales and several of the headlines stood out at me.  Headlines like "More shoppers opt for online sales than in stores". I read articles like this one from which are basically saying IN STORE sales lagged this year while the whole world went crazy online.  14.3% more sales ONLINE on Thanksgiving, even while the stores were opening earlier and earlier.  People … [Read more...]

Easy JOY barn wood sign for Christmas

This is such an easy DIY project but yet I get many questions about it that I thought I would write another post on it for you! EASY JOY BARN WOOD SIGN FOR CHRISTMAS   I have no idea where I got that old piece of barn wood. But it was short and squatty and seemed perfect for the bold JOY word that I wanted on my front steps.  "JOY" was my word of the year  in 2014 so it seemed fitting. I used a red paint color that I already had … [Read more...]

If you take selfies or make videos, you must OPEN THIS TODAY!

  I have a little Christmas gift for you all (a coupon code is at the bottom)!!!  My friends and family all know that I'm obsessed with the selfie light on my cellphone case.  People everywhere ask me what it is because it's kind of mind blowing?!?!  It's been on Oprah's Favorite Things List, the Today Show (which by the way I was on one time!!!) , and on the Live! With Kelly and Michael show.   Honestly, they had me at … [Read more...]

My Homemade Boxwood wreath – what worked and what didn’t

  I shared my newly made boxwood wreath with you all on my Facebook page.  I wanted to order 3 of these online but I just could not justify the steep cost  (almost $100 each) especially when I have boxwood bushes growing in the front of my house!!!       My bushes all looked a little mangy and wild and needed trimmed anyway, so I was curious if I could make one and if it would last thru the season??   I … [Read more...]

Last chance until next Thanksgiving!

This is the very last time you will be able to get these videos this discounted until next year. In case you missed my last email, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ...... I am offering my DIY video bundle of 15 cabinet and wall videos on sale. And not only are they on sale, but the pack of 15 videos is priced 60% off at $197 (it is normally $497) !!!  That is the lowest you will ever, ever see my videos!  You can find the bundle HERE.  Run. Now. Quick.  … [Read more...]

Did you miss the once a year special?

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ...... I am offering my DIY video bundle of 15 cabinet and wall videos on sale. And not only are they on sale, but the pack of 15 videos is priced 60% off at $197 (it is normally $497) !!!  That is the lowest you will ever, ever see my videos!  You can find the bundle HERE.  Run. Now. Quick.  That's an amazing price and a great Christmas gift to yourself!  With that bundle alone you can redo your entire home and start your … [Read more...]

Pre-pre-pre-Black Friday special!

I know you are being bombarded with emails for Black Friday so I will keep this short and sweet.  Only ONCE A YEAR do I put my DIY videos 1/2 off.  That's the deepest savings you'll ever see from me and it's once a year..... for Black Friday!  Any videos you order thru Black Friday will be half off using the code "BLACKFRIDAY".  You can get all my videos HERE.  That makes each of my painting videos $23 for the video tutorial of me painting and … [Read more...]

Need LAST MINUTE Thanksgiving table ideas?

  I know there are virtually NO MINUTES LEFT until the holidays.  But the good news is that these table ideas are quick, easy and 90% disposable when you are done eating on Thanksgiving day!  It LOOKS fancy, but you are able to pitch most of it! The reason I like disposable is because there is nothing worse than cooking for hours. Then eating for 20 minutes.  And then spending hours back in the kitchen cleaning up. Especially while … [Read more...]

PAINTING FABRIC???? Oh yes, you can!

    I have been just itching to blog about this project for you.  I just PAINTED a fabric footstool. Yes, I PAINTED the fabric.  I tried painting fabric a few years ago with a homemade concoction and was pretty disappointed in how stiff the fabric became, so I was anxious to try this new product.     The FAB product from Heirloom Traditions is the "primer" if you will. This goes on right over the old … [Read more...]

Get a home project done before the holidays! Last day!

  (Facebook fan Amie Reed did this INCREDIBLE kitchen transformation with THIS diy video) Did you get my email yesterday?  I am celebrating 200,000 social media followers by putting all of my painting videos and all of my business trainings 40% off for you.  If you were hoping to paint your kitchen cabinets before the whole family is over for Christmas, get THIS VIDEO now.     Or, if you are interested in getting … [Read more...]


I'm doing a little bit of a happy dance over here at The Magic Brush. You guys pushed me over 200,000 followers on social media last week!  200K!!!!!!!!!  That is incredible to me.  I'm so honored that you comment and share and like and follow my crazy projects around !!   BLESSSSSSSSSSSSSS YOU. As a thank you, I have put all of my trainings and tutorials on SALE for the next 2 days for you!!!  2 days for 200K.  Get it?  It's early and I … [Read more...]

My new kitchen rugs and a giveaway from Overstock

  So I'm knee-deep in the chaos of completely transforming our kitchen and breakfast areas.  In the last few weeks, I've gotten some new rugs from Overstock for the area.  THIS RUG that I just got, I am just absolutely drooooooooooooooooooling over.  This faux hide is so, so soft that Ava couldn't wait to lay on it. Right in the middle of the kitchen as soon as I took it out of the box. … [Read more...]

A table arrangement for Thanksgiving

. Continuing in my quest to keep every single pumpkin grower in America employed, I made ANOTHER pumpkin project this year. Every single thing I'm obsessed with is piled into this dough bowl: Pumpkins. Glitter. Vine-y, twiggy things from a decorating store. Hedgeapples (or osage oranges or brains  or horse apples depending on where you are from). They are everywhere on the ground this time of year in Kansas City. Candles. It … [Read more...]

Did you miss this yesterday???

I did a Pericope yesterday on "why creative small business owners need to get help in their business" and it has been one of my most popular Periscopes yet!  (If you don't follow me on Periscope, I'd love for you to. Find me at @jenallwood ).  If you are not on Periscope, no worries, you can watch my video by going here.  And you NEED to watch this if you are a creative small business owner (a maker, painter, artist, rehabber, jewelry maker, … [Read more...]

It’s my last FALL pallet project! I pinkie swear this time!

I did it. I made another fall pallet. I couldn't help myself. I know I already made this one and this one,  but I was itching to make a CANDY CORN inspired pallet for my pallet painting party! I want to tell you how I did it! First, I painted the pallet in a black. I had some black wall paint at home and I covered it 100%. It uses a lot of paint, so I didn't use my good stuff! ;) I know it looks navy almost in the photo but I assure you, it's … [Read more...]

Whatever you do…. do NOT miss THIS MONTH!

Right after I started The Magic Brush 15 years ago, I got pregnant with our first son.  I worked until I was 8 months pregnant and then I hired my sister-in-law to help me on my painting jobs because it was physically impossible for me to keep going.  Less than 2 years later, we had another baby and then another baby. And with every child, I wanted to stay home even MORE with them, but we were BUSIER than ever at the Magic Brush. Wanting to keep … [Read more...]

PAINT that OLD curtain rod- an easy DIY!!

I just got done painting a curtain rod at my house and I'm so obsessed with how it turned out that I'm getting ready to do a cabinet in the same finish.  Boom!     I was going to purchase a curtain rod that looked like this..... flat black with white accents.  Pretty.     But I had THIS curtain rod in the basement and it was the perfect size and it seemed a shame to just dump it for a new one.  So I … [Read more...]

Over the top, pink fall decor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  Last year, one of my clients turned friends (I call them a "cli-end" or a "fr-ient"..... don't you love it when that happens???) asked me to make a fall/pumpkin display for a Breast Cancer Awareness project in our Kansas City area. I was honored to come up with these pink pumpkins and think that this was one of the most fun displays I have ever made! And for such an honorable cause! For all of my pumpkin displays, I always use … [Read more...]

“Always Give Thanks” fall pallet

  This pallet has my whole heart right now.  I'm obsessed with this "Shirley's Pumpkin" color that I used on it.  Like I want to redo my fall decor this color. You can find the Shirley's Pumpkin color  HERE . I painted the entire pallet in it and let it dry overnight. Then I glazed over the paint with a gel stain just to tone down the orange a little. After that was dry, I stenciled it with one of my new stencil … [Read more...]

Let me interrupt your evening for a giveaway from StitchFix

I know many of you share my obsession with StitchFix ... they are the clothing delivery service for people who loves clothes but hate to shop.  I wish I liked to shop, but I'm high maintenance and would rather have clothing handpicked for me just show up on my doorstep instead! Ha! As if I wasn't obsessed enough, there is now a StitchFix APP that you can add to your phone so that you can:  share a profile photo with your stylist! You can … [Read more...]

This is the LAST CALL! Doors are closing!

This is the last call! The doors are closing to my BYOB (Bring Your Own BRUSH) furniture painting party! If you have not signed up yet, please go HERE now to do so! I have personally painted well over 100 pieces of furniture in my painting career! If it hasn't been nailed to the floor, I have attempted painting it!  I have over 15 years of experience painting furniture and I can teach YOU how to take a boring, worn out piece and make it into … [Read more...]

A ROYALS baseball front porch decor for FALL

The Kansas City Royals, my hometown baseball team, is in the ALCS playoffs. So in support of them, I decorated our front porch in a "Be Royal" theme. Obviously this could be adapted to any baseball team or to any sport! First I painted an old piece of barn wood in Sherwin Williams "Commodore".   This video shows how I did … [Read more...]

We are missing you in “class”!

My VIRTUAL PAINTING PARTY (it's BYOB.... bring your own BRUSH) starts Wednesday and some of you have not signed up yet!!!! I know many of you have had that same dresser in your basement for years that you keep meaning to get painted.  And some of you just need a little bit of advice and direction and you could FINALLY get that buffet painted before Thanksgiving!  Hallelujah! If you keep meaning to getting around to painting something or if … [Read more...]

HARVEST Barnwood sign for fall – my pin that is going VIRAL on Pinterest!

  This HARVEST sign is such a quick, easy burst of fall color for your front steps! Partner it with some mums and pumpkins and.... boom. Fall front porch decor = D.U.N. (yes, I know how to spell)!       One of the most challenging parts of the project is finding the barnwood. Check Craigslist. Check with friends who live on farms. Check in vintage and antique stores! I got mine from a local pumpkin patch … [Read more...]

7 finishes for $77!!! THAT’S unheard of!

  Class starts in a week!  Do not miss this! Get 7 furniture ideas for $77 !!!!   Are you hoping to get some DIY projects done around the house before the holidays? Me too! I always have a list of things that I want accomplished before company comes! To help us BOTH,  I am hosting an ONLINE furniture painting party that will help you get some furniture pieces painted before family is over for Thanksgiving dinner! In my 15 … [Read more...]

Duct tape pumpkins (for princesses like myself)

  I have been labeled "the pumpkin queen" (hey we all need a title). And while that may be true, I'm a pumpkin primadonna. I HATE CARVING.  Carving = getting my hands yucky and princesses don't have yucky hands. So I've come up with tons of ways just to decorate my pumpkins. This one is a huge hit with my BOYS because they think everything is better with duct tape!   First, you need to find a small pumpkin and your duct … [Read more...]

For my Kansas City peeps (or girls who like to travel!)

  Kansas City friends I am so, so excited to be hosting a PALLET PAINTING PARTY!  So many of you had problems finding pallets and you were struggling to break them down and rebuild them. I get it.... it's hard, dirty work!  So since it was a hassle, we just decided to do it for you!!!!!  Yahooooo! So, my pallet party includes your "ready to paint" pallet.  I've already tracked down the pallets for you.  Mr Magic is breaking them … [Read more...]

No, for real this time….

  How many of you are hoping to get some projects around your house DONE before the holidays? I know I am!   And brace yourself because I'm going to let you know that there are only 51 days until Thanksgiving. 51 days..... Wowza! We only have 51 days to get our homes in order! To help us all get something done, I am hosting an ONLINE furniture painting class that starts in 2 weeks.  It's a 4 week class where I take you thru painting a … [Read more...]

An OMBRE Pallet Project for Fall

I am convinced that pallet projects for your front porch are one of the easiest, cheapest ways to add a ton of color to your home and make a huge statement!  I had made a patriotic pallet project for the 4th of July that you can see here.  I was a little sad when I took it down, so I decided to do a new pallet project just for FALL.     I started with a pallet that I got from a new construction site. My husband, Mr. Magic, … [Read more...]

TIME SENSITIVE- you need to hurrrrrrrrrrrry on this one!

  Some of you are itching to get a piece of furniture painted in your house before the holidays. Or, you want to paint a dresser/table/desk for the first time but you don't know where to start. Or, maybe you just wish you could hang out with me in a private Facebook group and ask me for advice on painting your piece of furniture. ;) If you fall into any of those categories.... go HERE right now.  I have a fun BYOB (bring your own … [Read more...]

A Captain America Pumpkin (for my favorite little superhero)

One of our sons is OBSESSED with super heroes. And I am OBSESSED with painting pumpkins. So when he asked me to paint him a "super hero pumpkin", I was excited!       I don't like to hand paint much, so I was looking for the super hero with the EASIEST emblem that I could stencil. And what is easier than circles, right? So I picked Captain America! I used one of his t-shirts as a guide on how to paint … [Read more...]

Yeah, I’m pretty much addicted.

  Hello, my name is Jennifer Allwood. I'm addicted to coffee creamer. And glitter. And Periscope. If you haven't heard of Periscope yet, it's the live video app from Twitter.  If you're on Twitter, you can get onto Periscope (and if you don't follow me on Twitter, you can find me HERE).  Periscope is only for your cell phone, not your PC and it is taking the social media world by storrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm.  It's equivalent to … [Read more...]

The HAPPIEST office curtains in the world…. made by the girl who CAN’T SEW

So I have been looking at FINALLY putting up curtains in my office. I haven't seen any premade curtains in stores that I love, so I've been searching on Etsy.  I stumbled across some in a fabric by Waverly named "Santa Maria Desert Flower" and I dug them. They made me super happy but they were a little pricey, so I held off on buying them. Then I saw my friend Lori from Vintage Charm Restored do a post that Hobby Lobby had that same fabric for … [Read more...]

Hands down, the EASIEST way to decorate a pumpkin…..ever. Like ever, ever!

    I know it is barely September, but I can barely contain my pumpkin ideas.  You know I've been called the queen of pumpkin decorating, right?  Lol. So this is the first one I am going to show you this season.  This will give you plenty of time to buy what you need when you are out at Walmart or Target.  And if you are looking for an easy pumpkin decorating idea and I mean eassssssssssssssssy......  with no carving, no painting.... … [Read more...]

Hurry! We start TODAY!

  My Inner Circle group for creative entrepreneurs is in full force and this month we are discussing social media and the creative entrepreneur! This month's topic is a perfect fit for those of you: overwhelmed by all of the social media options out there (some of the platforms are better for us creative types than others!) not sure where to spend your time (because social media TAKES TIME!) not sure how to get help on your … [Read more...]

Our first ever…. DECOR SWAP!

So last week my friend Samantha and I hosted our first ever "decor swap".  It was a ton of fun and we learned a lot from it! I'm going to share with you what we did and what we would do different NEXT TIME so that YOU can get some ideas for you and your friends! Here is how it worked: a few weeks ago we sent out an evite to the group of girls we wanted to come. Know that the more people come, the more fun it will be.  We had invited about 15 … [Read more...]

Need some motivation on that fall project?

  Fall if my favorite time to do house projects because I'm in total nesting mode for the holidays!!!!  It's also the best time of year to do the projects that require less humidity (cabinets and garage doors).  And, you can open windows.  Have a paint party.  Paint during football games, etc! So in honor of Labor Day and the fact that fall is on the horizon, all of my DIY videos are 40% off thru the Labor Day weekend.  That makes each … [Read more...]

My fascination with StitchFix – the clothing delivery for women who LOVE clothes but HATE shopping!

  If you follow my Facebook page you’ll know that I’m totally obsessed with Stitch Fix! I’ve been doing videos and posting outfits and I know many of you already knew about this service but apparently I was living under a rock????  You guys need to tell me about these things sooner! We are friends, remember???     So for those of you who still are not aware of what Stitch Fix is (God bless it, let me inform … [Read more...]

WOW! You all freaked out over this island!

Last week I posted a few pictures of this island that the Magic Brush girls were working on to my Facebook page and you all went ga-ga! I know.  They did an amazing job on this island, didn't they?   This finish is the same one we do over and over and over, BUT normally we glaze in clean lines. On this particular project, my client wanted us to really make the piece look old.  It made my heart skip because I LOVE making things look … [Read more...]

My bath curtain. My bronze truffle cabinets. My lack of sewing skills.

  On Monday I blogged about the new bath caddy that the amazing Mr. Magic made for me.  It's gorgeous and perfect and ONLY LOOKS THAT GOOD WHEN I HAVE IT STAGED FOR PICTURES.  Lol.  The rest of the time I am wrangling Ava's toys off of it (have you seen the Ken and Barbie pictures??). Many of you asked questions about how we hung the fabric curtain, so I posted this picture on my business Facebook page:     (photo … [Read more...]

Bath CADDY? Bath SHELF? Bath TRAY? Toy holder??????

A while back I mentioned to Mr. Magic that I would LOVE to have a tray made to go over our bathtub.  Because he is amazing at interpreting my "hints" as what they really are.... "requests", he made it happen.  But I was a little shocked at how!  He may be genius!  I should marry that man.     He came home one day with this kitchen cutting board (butcher block) that he got from a local Restore in Kansas City.  It was not … [Read more...]

I am obsessed with navy paint. And in related news….. I would love to meet you in Kentucky!

Many of you know that we are in the middle of changing our gold painted home --------> gray.  But not JUST gray.  I gotta have pops of color. And I'm obsessed with fuchsia and navy right now with my gray.  I had a designer tell me LAST YEAR that navy would be hot this year and she was so right!  I have a piece of furniture that I am wanting to paint NAVY to go in my living room along with my navy chairs.       In … [Read more...]

Repurposing an old thrift store print into ——-> a gorgeous chalkboard (easy gift idea!)

  I recently painted an old thrift store print for a giveaway for a friend for the Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association.  Most of you know my hubby and I tried for 4 years to adopt from foster care so I was HONORED to make a chalkboard for them to auction off! Chalkboards like this one are quick, easy and a GREAT gift idea (think birthday, Christmas, going to college, etc).     First, start with a picture … [Read more...]

So this is what a “nice” vehicle feels like? (I usually drive a painting truck)

  If you follow my Magic Brush Facebook page, you know my family just returned from sunny, WARM Florida.  We indulged in a lot of sunsets on Sanibel Island.  And the beach.  And lobster.  And little drinks with umbrellas....  naps, boat rides, a gorgeous little artsy town called "Matlacha".  And a brand new Mazda CX 9. And seriously, driving that Mazda was DEFINITELY a highlight of our week. Listen, my work truck is 14 years old … [Read more...]

A $200 clothing giveaway from Stitch Fix…… FOR REAL!

You guys know I'm obsessed with Stitch Fix, right?  If you haven't heard of them, I refer to Stitch Fix as "the clothing company for people who LOVE clothing but HATE shopping".  That describes me to a "t". For those of you who haven't seen my posts, I've been getting "fixed" for the last few months. Basically it works like this: Stitch Fix assigns you a personal online shopper who selects you 5 pieces of clothing (or handbags/jewelry if … [Read more...]

Dear teachers: they didn’t read much.

  Summer is winding down.  We are literally days away from our 3 kiddos starting their new school year. And all the sudden, I'm feeling the end of summer scramble coming on.  How can we squeeze out one more trip to the pool?  One last trip out of town?  One last sleep over?  One last book?  Oh wait.  I forgot.... my kids don't like to read.  And it pains me.  As an avid reader, I want them to LOVE reading. And yet, they don't. So, I … [Read more...]

Meanwhile, this is what you are missing…..

  Summer is almost ending.  I know it's hard to believe fall is just around the corner, but it is and it's time to get back to work. While many people have been chillaxin' at the beach, my Inner Circle group has been rocking it. Last month we focused hard on how to make more money at your creative business. In this month (August),  we are focusing on MARKETING your small, creative business.   And if there is one thing I have done … [Read more...]

Teacher gift idea that ensures a passing grade

Every year I make my elementary school teachers a "paint pail".  We also refer to it in our house as a "brown nosing bucket".  I've made one every year since my friend Lynne first showed me how 8 years ago.  And all my kids and her kids have passed every year.  Coincidence?  I think not. Lol.   They are super easy to make.  You need: an empty paint can (Lowes, Home Depot and paint stores sell them) 2 pieces of scrapbook paper … [Read more...]

I PAINTED my kitchen tile

I am in love with our newly painted kitchen cabinets.  But the tile and the countertops are like a total buzz kill for me.  So.much.brown.  I have plans to switch them both out for more contemporary colors and finishes, but until then.... I painted my tile!   This is a super easy process but I will say that my tile was very POROUS and that makes a huge difference in the technique and products that you need to use if you attempt … [Read more...]

It’s my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am 44 years old today and rejoicing about getting older.  Yes there are a few more wrinkles and a few more pounds than last year, but there is also much more wisdom and many more memories and so much to be grateful for!   Growing older is just so, so much better than the alternative, wouldn't you agree?  To all you 20 and 30 somethings..... the 40's are just fine my friends.  xoxo In lieu of my birthday, I've put all of my DIY videos and all … [Read more...]

I can’t do my triathlon this weekend & I’ve finally taken off my pissy pants

A few days ago my sweet friend Cathy asked me when I planned on blogging about why I am not doing any triathlons this summer. I’ve been stalling and stalling on writing a blog post because I kept thinking mayyyyyyyyybe I still would be able to race this season but it appears that I am officially out (insert sad music).  It  has made me quite irritable and frankly if I can just be honest..... I've been pretty pissy about it.  I was hoping I would … [Read more...]

Our kitchen cabinet transformation: from gold —–> gray

Transforming our house has been a slooooooooooooooooooooow process. But we are making headway!!!      (photo cred to ES Photography in Kansas City who did our real estate photos) Many of you may remember when our kitchen looked like this.  I know in this professional photo from E.S. Photography above that the cabinets appear light and creamy, but it really was gold and the finish on them was very outdated.  I did the faux … [Read more...]

Mr Magic made me a “C” table

  Did you know they were even called that?  I didn't!  I called them "the little tables that scooched under the bottom of the sofa".  One of my amazing Facebook followers clued me in ..... they are "C" tables cuz' they are shaped like the letter "c".  #MindBlown.  You guys are so smart! So anyhoo, Mr Magic made me two of these nifty little tables because when we are sitting in our new sectional, I have nowhere to put my coffee … [Read more...]

Time is running out!

Are you a DIY'er, faux painter or furniture painter?  Are you tired of getting the wrong clients who want you to lower your prices?  Do you feel like the market is getting so saturated with competitors? Do you feel like you are not making any money????  Let me help!  I'm going to be spending the rest of July addressing the 4 ways to make more money in your small, creative business so that you can actually feel like you are not working for … [Read more...]

A gallery wall of old windows

We've been working slowly, slowly to put our house back together after: putting it up for sale when the wall looked like the pic below making it "vanilla" to appeal to the masses (so we took the wall down) taking it off the market because the house we wanted sold (drats!  There was weeping and gnashing of teeth) changing our color scheme from golds ---------> gray And now..... trying to make the house ours again. It's been a … [Read more...]

Time sensitive!

So the internet was down on my block today.  And I was twitching a little bit!  Ok, I was twitching ALOT!  ha!  What a terrible feeling!  Man we have come to rely on technology so crazy much, haven't we? But I am back up and running tonight and I seriously cannot believe that the summer is 1/2 up already.  HOW DID THAT HAPPEN .... says the mom who has now resorted to letting her kids use the neighborhood pool as daily bathing. #keepinitreal  … [Read more...]

Patriotic pallet flags …. with a twist!

I know, I know.... it's the week OF Independence Day!  But you STILL have time to make a pallet flag!  I pinkie swear that you can make one in just a few hours!     The biggest challenge is finding and preparing the pallets.  I always see them at grocery stores and home improvement stores, but they can't always give away their pallets away (unless you know the store owner.... then winner, winner, chicken dinner!).  So the … [Read more...]

The doors are now OPEN!

  Hey are you a furniture painter?  ETSY shop owner? Jewelry maker? Repurposer? Crafter?  A creative entrepreneur of some kind? If so, are you needing new ideas to get more work in the field?  Increase your profits? Navigate social media? Get more exposure for your work?  Those are the things all creative entrepreneurs are working for and I can help you to do those things! My brand new Inner Circle group opened TODAY!  This is a … [Read more...]

Perhaps the cutest lemonade stand ever (but I may be a little biased)

A few years back we were hired to faux paint a client's laundry room walls. While working in her home, I noticed she had an awesome lemonade stand for her children in her garage.  It was so stinkin' cute and I tried HARD to get her to sell it to me, but she wouldn't (bless her)..... so I told my hubby I wanted us to make one.   We just finished it and it's cute as pie, but it took some work and rework to get it … [Read more...]

Stay in your lane….

Watch for details.    People often ask me about how I've built my business both online and in the field to the size it is.  They wonder if it's advertising?  Or luck? Or if I have a "secret" to success? And it makes me giggle because it's none of that.  Yes I advertise and yes I've been in the right place at the right time many times (like here), but what I think I have done all along....  the thing that has brought me more success … [Read more...]

Could you help a girl out?

Hey if you are a small business owner, I need your help for just a minute!  It's so important to me that as I am working on the next training program to release to my clients this month that I know exactly what NEEDS you have in your small business.  I have a short questionnaire that will take just a minute or two to check a few boxes.   Thank you in advance for your time and feedback!!! The survey is HERE. Blessings, Jennifer … [Read more...]

We DIY’d a marquee light out of a garage sale find!

We've had so many questions about the huge "A" marquee light that I showed in the reveal of our rusty tin valance project.  That "A" is literally one of my favorite things in our house!  At night, it glows like jewelry in the room!  And it's such a whimsical mix next to that tin on that valance.  I love it!     We found the industrial sized letter at a garage sale last year,... when our baby girl was littler  (but still … [Read more...]

And the winners are….

The winners of the "In This House" stencil from The Mad Stencilist (using are: On Facebook, Marleno O'Day On Instagram, @Itsdebi1 And on the blog, Ashili Hanlan If you know any of these ladies, let them know they won! Thank you all for playing and stay tuned for another giveaway next week of canvas pictures!  Whoop! Whoop! Blessings, Jennifer   … [Read more...]

A stencil giveaway for you!

  Hey friends!!  If you've followed my blog for any amount of time, you'll know I've used The Mad Stencilist for all of my word stencils since the beginning of time.  They made the stencil for several of the "In This House" signs that I made.  You may remember this video that I posted on how to make one for your own home. Super easy if you have the stencil!  You can get it by going HERE.   The Mad Stencilist also made … [Read more...]

To my creative friends….

    Dear creative person: I have the honor of meeting so many of you on my Facebook page every day.  I have a ton of you creative entrepreneurs in my mentorship class and I know you.  I get you.  I AM you.  I understand how your mind works. And I gotta tell you something that I hope will give many of you freedom.  There is no need for you to feel guilty about having 10 projects half-completed around your house.  So many … [Read more...]

Before you head out for the weekend….

All of my DIY videos and business training webinars are 40% off thru Memorial Day! Happy Memorial Weekend to you! I hope your weekend is filled with sunshine and family and bbq's and memories and gratitude and pool temps warm enough to dip in!  Amen! Before you head out for the weekend, I wanted to let you know that for the first time.... all of my DIY videos AND my webinars are 40% off thru Memorial Day.  You can find all of my painting … [Read more...]

We made a cornice board from old rusty tin panels!

  I am over here doing a happy dance at how my rusted tin cornice board just turned out!!!!!  Rusted tin is my 2nd love language (right behind glitter).  It makes my heart beat fast.  And I know what you're thinking.... how can I love glitter AND rust at the same time????  IDK, I just do. This is my favorite room in our house right now because of all the differences in it.  I love the rust on the tin just as much as I love the more … [Read more...]

Oops! My bad!

I forgot to tell you all..... my faithful email readers, that my 2.5 hour long webinar for FURNITURE PAINTERS was 40% off last weekend!!!  I apologize!  That's a GREAT deal, so I have extended the sale... just for you.  You can get the recording of that webinar for 40% off right now with the code FURNITUREBIZ at checkout when you go here. I hosted this live webinar in the winter and it was a huge hit!!  I still have ladies emailing me success … [Read more...]

Use a Baseball Home Plate to Make a Front Door Decoration (ps… perfect for a Father’s Day gift!)

I'm so in love with my new baseball front door decor! And by the looks of my Facebook page, so are you!  It's been one of my most popular posts being viewed over 158,000 times and shared over 1300 times already.   HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE??????   Thanks so much for sharing that like a jillion times!  You guys are amazing!!!   So let's get to the instructions.  This is SUPER easy.  It just takes some time to gather your … [Read more...]

Fancy schmancy garage sales signs that brought in the traffic!

We had a neighborhood garage sale this weekend and I had tons and tons of things to sell as we continue to change our home over from the brown and gold palette to the grays and creams.  I needed big traffic to get rid of ALOT of brown things. So I decided to make fancy schmancy garage sale signs.  And they worked!  EVERYONE was talking about them! And it was one of our most profitable sales ever! They literally took minutes apiece but … [Read more...]

STILL don’t see the value of Pinterest for your business?

My web developer sent me my google analytics today for the month of April.  My referral numbers are so interesting that I HAVE to show you.  Look at line 2.  Pinterest!  My PINTEREST account is my 2nd leading referral source and sent 2,368 people to my website last month.  And I sell things on my website.  So Pinterest is sending me potential customers! Do you see the connection between Pinterest and business revenue?     I … [Read more...]

Ladies, THIS is why it feels so hard sometimes….

Dear female creative business owners, If you are discouraged with your business this morning, or feel stuck or confused or feel like you are hitting up against a brick wall, I want to share something with you. There is a very real enemy in this world who comes to steal, kill and destroy. And he hates women because we create LIFE. And he hates creative women because we create BEAUTY. And he hates creative business women because we … [Read more...]

10 creative container ideas …. for people who love the container more than the growing!

I did another local tv segment last week on "creative container ideas" for spring!  Let me just say that I am NOT a horticulturist. In fact, I'm almost CERTAIN that I have a black thumb, but I do LOVE creative ways to pot flowers. As I said on the program, if your flowers are in cute pots, people notice it LESS when they are dying.  Well maybe they don't, but it makes me feel better to think it. I showed 10 ideas of ways to plant flowers … [Read more...]

We start tomorrow!

  Creative business owners, we start my next mentorship group tomorrow!  I am so excited to take another group of creative entrepreneurs through this training!  We saw amazing break through in the last group! So inspiring! If you are still on the fence about how a group like this could change your business, let me just say this...... If you are a creative entrepreneur and feel like no one (not even sometimes your family) understands … [Read more...]

Perfect Schmer-fect: how perfectionism could be killing your creative small business!

  To my creative entrepreneur friends: Are you a self-proclaimed perfectionist?  Or maybe you do not think you are a perfectionist, but maybe you are a creative entrepreneur and you joke that you are OCD.  Or an overachiever. Or obsessively meticulous. Those are just fancy-schmancy words for the same thing. Maybe you have had thoughts like this that pop up in your business: My business name isn’t exactly what I want, so I'm … [Read more...]

My nearly white entryway table. A tutorial.

  If you follow my Magic Brush Facebook page, you'll know that I recently repainted my entryway table to look like the picture above.  I know, I know. It's almost white.  And I thought I was allergic to white. Who knew??   I have loved this piece for many, many years but I am just soooooooooo over the dark, heavy colors in my home.   So it was time to go and I was MORE THAN ready.     My hubby took our … [Read more...]

Is this you?

With over 150,000 followers on my social media sites, I meet many, many small business owners online daily who have amazing creative talents and a great service or product.... but their business has just stalled. They either can't figure out how to grow their small biz or they can't get past the mental roadblocks that are keeping their business stuck.  I get it.  I was there once too. But over the course of owning The Magic Brush for 15 years, … [Read more...]

Coming up!

I just finished my first mentorship group.  I had 86 a-mmmmmmmazing creative entrepreneurs in my first session.  I was humbled and more convinced than ever that most of the work we need to do as creative entrepreneurs is IN OUR HEADS.  Sure we need to do marketing and sales and paperwork, but it's when we do the HEAD WORK that we see shifts in our business. My next mentorship group starts next week!  You will get weekly video trainings from me … [Read more...]

How to make a baseball wreath for your front door

  I am so thrilled that so many of you wanted to know how I made the baseball wreath that I took both on television and to the Home Show last week.  It was not a hard project, just took some time.  And many baseballs died on behalf of this project.  Just warning you cuz' it may hurt your heart a little.     First, I went to my beloved Hobby Lobby and got a wreath ring thing.  Did you see the video I made that … [Read more...]

Painted pantry handles in my new gray kitchen

Normally I am not a fan of painting your cabinet handles.  I just feel like the oils in your hands will eventually wear the paint off of your handles.  Especially on the cabinets where you keep your chocolate stash and Doritos bags.  Wait, it's just me? Anyway, painted handles normally scare me. So I kind of went against my own rules when I decided to buy these cabinet handles at Hobby Lobby recently. I was looking for a long skinny … [Read more...]

Tonight is the night!

Hey, you only have 3 more hours to sign up....  my "Pinterest.... on Purpose" webinar is tonight.  If you can't be on LIVE tonight, no worries.  Buy a "seat" anyway and the 2 hour recording will be sent to you tomorrow.  The price WILL go up for JUST the recording after tonight, so don't delay.  This will be the best $47 you have spent on growing your business in a long time. See you on the call soon!  I can't wait to teach you how to grow … [Read more...]

Did you miss this?

I hope you did not miss my sign up for the Pinterest webinar tomorrow evening.  We start at 6:00 pm cst and if you are a small business owner, Etsy shop owner or seller of anything online .... you need to be there!  If you can't be on the live call, no worries.... a recording will be sent to you within 24 hours. I have heard talk that Pinterest may be implementing a "buy it now" button on their site before the end of the year.  This, my … [Read more...]

The countdown is on….

We are just 5 days away from my Pinterest training class.  If you are a small business owner, especially a creative business owner, I encourage you to get your "seat" now!  Lord knows we've all probably spent worse money on our businesses. Ha! If you were on my cabinet painting webinar, or my furniture painting webinar, you know these classes are PACKED with useful information. Here are a few questions I've recently been asked: Never … [Read more...]