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I said goodbye to my guest room and never looked back

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We all have those spaces in our homes.


The rooms where we toss the stacks of bills, let papers pile up, and generally just keep anything we don’t know what to do with.


Meanwhile, we have other spaces, like a formal dining room or a guest room, that just sit there most of the time and maybe get used once a year.  


Of course, most designers will tell you that you HAVE to have a formal guest room.


But here’s the truth:


You don’t.


In fact, you can break out of the box and convert a guest room that gets used once a year into your dream office or creative outlet.


I know, because that’s what I’m doing.


I recently decided to banish the idea of “what was expected” and embrace what would provide my family and myself with the most joy and usefulness!


Click below to see what I’m working on.



So what about you? How can you see your spaces differently?


And remember, this doesn’t always have to be a huge room makeover project – even a simple closet can be transformed to help fulfill your design desires.


Leave a comment and let us know if you’re inspired to try this in your own home! We love hearing about your projects.


Till the next time we meet, keep making your home incredible!


With love,




P..S. We’re hosting a number of upcoming paint classes that will help you take your design projects from zero to pro in no time. Check them out here:


Furniture Makeover Workshops:


1. Beginners Hands-On Workshop–  Are you new to chalk painting? Would you love expert feedback while you work hands-on on a smaller project before you dive into that piece of furniture or your kitchen? Then this class is for you!


We’ll dive into beginner and advanced techniques that will give your furniture the professional POP and finishes to set it apart from the hobbyists and the amateur look.


You’ll learn how to paint like a pro, seal for long lasting finishes, and use our antiquing glazes to create furniture that looks antique and expensive…even if it’s brand new or a bargain find. You will learn how to master all our tools and our must have tips throughout the process.


You’ll also be shown the fundamentals of distressing. If you truly want to give your furniture that classic vintage style, then it’s absolutely VITAL you learn how to distress your paint.


You’ll leave the class with samples, your very own painted decorative object and the confidence to tackle those bigger projects and know how to do “right”.


Plus, you’ll learn 2 bonus tips that we don’t teach any other class!


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2. Advanced Hands-On Workshop-  Get ready to skyrocket your painting skills to the professional level. In the pro class, you’ll learn 6 never before taught complicated designer paint finishes!

You will learn:

  • Pro distressing techniques and the fail-proof Amitha Verma Antiquing System to create an authentic finish
  • How to layer colors to add depth and brilliance to your furniture. You will learn not just one but TWO techniques the pros use
  • Whitewashing techniques and Amitha’s secret dilution formulations
  • Wet distressing
  • The secret to signature finishes like dry-brushing
  • Amitha’s treasure trove of favorite techniques to make an ordinary, flat piece come alive with detail (this should be its own class)
  • How to recreate the beautiful French Country Style on your own furniture.


* It is highly recommended you take the Beyond Basics or the Happy Hour course before enrolling for the Advanced Pro Class. We will jump right into several Advanced Techniques. Plus, you’ll get to leave with samples you can keep referring back to for years to come.


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3. Register for the FREE Fundamentals Deminar – New to the world of chalk furniture paint and want to see what is all about? Then this is the demonstration for you.


*Please note this is a demonstration only. If you want a hands-on experience we recommend the next workshop, The Beginners Hands-On Workshop.


You’ll learn the fundamentals about our products—everything from our step-by-step process to applying the paint, drying times, how to select colors that work best together, mistakes to avoid, and additional pro secrets and tips.


We guarantee that this workshop will let you recreate your favorite designer looks in under 2 HOURS (versus weeks). It’s our most popular option, and what we recommend to beginners.


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