Contact Me

by Diane Henkler

I love connecting with each and every one of you, but due to the amount of email I receive, it may take me 24 – 48 hours to get back to you.

  • If you have a paint related question, you may want to check for the answer in my: FAQ Paint Guide.
  • If you have a spray paint question, check here first to see if the information or answer to your question is here:  Spray Paint FAQ’s
  • If you have a personal decorating question or need an idea for something – I will answer and post about it only if I think it will help the majority of readers.
  • Due to time constraints, I can no longer accept online decorating consults.


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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gail Griner Golden August 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I found your lovely and interesting blog through Finding Fabulous, and I’m so glad I did. Will be following to see more of your wonderful projects.


2 sammy goldberg October 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Great site, great info


3 Ruth January 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Just read your banquette post. You did a lovely job. I am considering doing one in our kitchen. I don’t know if I will attempt it myself or hire someone, but your post is very inspiring. Thanks!


4 Cheryl Italia February 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I found your website by accident and fell in love…thank you for great ideas!!!


5 Michelle May 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I would love to have a canvas print made from one of the photos I took of my grandchildren helping out at our 2010 Susan G Komen, OC Race for the Cure.


6 Gretchen Montgomery May 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

I love the idea box, but what has me obsessed is how you attached the label to the box! If you have the time would you let me know what you used and how you did it?
Thank you for your blog!


7 Diane May 25, 2011 at 11:04 am

Hi Gretchen-

I meant to add a link on how I made the labels. I just added it to the post. I attached the label with two brass fasteners that you buy at an office supply store. They come in many different sizes. I used small ones for this basket. I made small holes with the tip of pointy scissors in the basket so that the brass fasteners could go through it exactly where I wanted to place the label. Once the label was made I punched two holes in it on either side and then put the brass fasteners through. You can get a better idea here-


8 Mona April 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Just found your web site and love it. Great ideas. Thanks


9 Georgia Vanderark June 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Really loved your stairs makeover. I am planning on sanding and painting my stairs too–you have given me inspiration!!


10 Donna June 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

LOVE your blogs and website. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the Apartment Guide Your Picks Your Style sweeps.


11 charisse andrews September 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

Really enjoy your site. Halloween book is intriguing. Although I have dozens of ideas and photos in my iPhoto album, I am always searching for Halloween and other holiday projects as I enjoy decorating for them. Halloween is actually my favorite one of all! charisse


12 Dawn February 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I stumbled onto your site and I love it… I have had some decor ideas, but your are so much better and I love have the directions, makes it so easy. Easy and budget friendly, Love it. Thank you for putting up this site for people like me. :)


13 Brenda February 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

Now I have found your comment space. I have sent an email asking how I comment, then I found the space!
I would love to have a chance to win one of the handwriting books you are giving away.
My favorite letter to write is “B”. My name starts with B and my grandchildren call me “Bee”. I am always trying ways to make the letter “B” standout when I sign notes to the grands!
Thanks for the chance to win,


14 Dotty May 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

Well I have finished chalk painting one of my chairs. After all the paint I found out the chairs are not wood at all. They are a parchment marteral.
Now I dont no if this will hold up to chalk paint or not but I went forward
with it. I am now threw waxing the chair. It has a little shine and not so bad for my first time. So any comments wound be helpful.
My Best
Dotty N.C.


15 Diane Henkler May 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Hi Dotty – Chalk paint will stick to anything. The only problem that could happen – is the parchment could expand when the paint is applied. If it is already dry and you have the wax on it – the problem is passed. – I think it will be fine.


16 Susan June 14, 2013 at 10:51 am

I made my own chalkpaint and have left it dry for 2 days now and when I try to scratch it off it chips very easily. What have I done wrong?



17 Sharon June 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

There were several references made about not using chalk paint on doors or trim. Could you please expand on that as to why chalk paint is not feasible for that type of application?
Your response is appreciated. Thank you


18 Diane Henkler June 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

You could use chalk paint anywhere. If you want an aged distressed patina on your doors and trim, then you should use it. It will look beautiful. Some people want to use chalk paint thinking, Wow- cool, a paint I don’t have to use primer with. It is going to be fast and easy. Chalk paint is very flat and chalky and it needs wax to protect it. Leaving chalk paint unprotected will scuff and mark right away – not a look anyone wants. It is just as much work to wax as it is to prime, plus every so often you may need to re-wax – adding even more work. It is for thinkers who think chalk paint is an easy fix that – I would say – just use regular paint on your doors and trim.


19 themeid July 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post’s to be precisely what I’m looking for.

can you offer guest writers to write content for yourself?
I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome web site!


20 Mari Shine September 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

The bathroom make-over is fabulous! VERY nice.


21 Joan Durham October 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Hi Diane, I am mailing from the U.K. I have chalk painted a large mirror and am now ready to wax it. The problem is, I am having difficulty finding the correct wax. I wonder if any of your U.K followers has found a suitable one? I would love to hear from them. I don`t think the one you use must be available here. Love your site. Keep up the good work !
Kind regards. Joan.


22 Diane Henkler October 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

Hi Joan – I have not heard from any other UK readers with a brand of wax and don’t know of any myself to recommend. Maybe another UK reader will comment here. :) What you want to use is a soft paste wax. Not a liquid wax or a hard wax. Is Fiddes & Sons available in the UK? It costs a bit more than Johnsons, but less than Annie Sloan. You can’t go wrong with Annie Sloan. I know that is sold in the UK. It is amazing wax. It does cost a lot, but since it goes on like butter – you will not need much.


23 Denise December 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Not finished shopping yet! Hope to finalize it tomorrow. Ho, Ho, Hurry!


24 Laura Sims January 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Hi! I’m in love with the idea of The Planner Pad! I really think I’ll try one for this year. My problem is that the outside cover is SO BORING! Any ideas for jazzing it up? I think I would totally try the laminated-paper-glued-to-the-inside-of-the-planner idea, but it wouldn’t work on the outside. I’m wondering if Mod-Podging scrapbook paper to the outside would work. What do you think?


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