I am a firm believer in blowing bubbles in the house (as long as no one gets hurt) and still wonder why I would go and have two more kids when there was nothing wrong with the other two I already had…. My husband works in the basement and I still never see him… but love him very much (or who I remember he was anyway). I’ve lived in the Northern Virginia area since 1993 (this time), but grew up all over as a Navy brat. I’ve had a ridiculous number of weird jobs from pageant director to professional witness when my boss embezzled a huge amount of money from the company I worked for.

My need to update our surroundings started me on the adventure of a lifetime. I have found my passion and now help others do it too through refreshing, repurposing, and reviving their space with paint while the two youngest run around and wreak havoc.

I have in-stock furnishings, do custom orders, and paint and refresh kitchen cabinets and countertops for a lower cost update than traditional makeovers.

I do all this with an amazing line of VOC Free products called Shabby Paints and love to teach others how to do it too!

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Taken at our wedding reception years ago. This is still my favorite picture.

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My beautiful “big girls”

 wolverine bother

and the bad, B.A.D. babies…

loving siblings

Who really do love each other… for the most part.

Where to find me?

Weathered Elegance

2B Loudoun St

Leesburg, VA

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  • Reply
    Cynthia Nessel
    July 12 at 10:53 PM

    It was so great to meet you today! I’ll be repainting my kitchen cabinets soon, sounds like we should talk more!

    • Reply
      July 13 at 9:00 AM

      It was fabulous to meet you too! Yes! I’m happy to chat with you about cabinets! You’ll love it when it’s done!!

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