Twig & Thyme Design

At Twig & Thyme Design we specialize in painted furniture creations, vintage finds, and home decor. Contact us for a free quote to transform your dated old furniture into a work of art you can brag about!

Work hard 💪🏼, play hard 🎉! I was able to step away from the business this week and am enjoying some time with my bestie and her family camping in Kernville, California.

I love a great adventure and yesterday we headed out whitewater rafting and had a BLAST!

If you want to see some behind the scenes of our camping trip head on over to our Instagram page and check out our stories.

Lime Green Baby!! 💚When my customer reached out to me and said she wanted us to paint her piece LIME GREEN GLOSS I was pumped! It’s not often I get to work with bright colors so this project was a real treat!

We completed this makeover by sanding the piece down to raw wood to smooth the imperfections, filling the grain so the finish would be crazy smooth, and by using General Finishes Stain Blocker, Lime Green Milk Paint, and High Performance in Gloss. Check out the before in the comments!

Introducing Pearl! This lovely chest of drawers was given a glamorous makeover in shimmering white pearl paint complemented by vintage inspired sparkly glass knobs, generously donated by our favorite hardware supplier, and family owned business, D. Lawless Hardware . We completed and donated this piece in support of the Lucketts Elementary School fundraiser & silent auction coming up this Friday at Vanish brewery to raise money to build the kindergarteners a new playground. It’s our first #paintitforward piece of the year and I’m so happy we could participate!

Today marks my first official day of vacation and I’m currently in route to California ☀️🌴🌮, so why not celebrate with some bright and fun colors! This bench was my customers childhood toy chest years ago and she wanted to bring it back to life and use it more focally in her eclectic home. Can’t wait to show you the before and after!

Look who got snatched up on our Etsy page last night and will be heading to South Carolina!

This Jacobean stunner is going to be custom painted in a soft blue with lots of highlighting to show off her fabulous details! We’re keeping those gorgeous legs stained of course, and painting the inside a complimenting color. Can’t wait to start working on her!

If you haven’t already, head over to our Etsy shop and show us some love by adding it to your favorites!

Gotta love a custom color! 💙💙This end table sits across the room from a STUNNING white kitchen with a large bright navy island. Our client asked us to paint this piece to match the island and we did! General Finishes Coastal Blue with a bit of Driftwood was the perfect combo. Petite but classic & bold!

Sometimes there’s beauty in simplicity.

My client has had this bookshelf for many, many years but loved the size and just wanted a classic refresh. We updated it using a custom grey poly topped with an antique white glaze for subtle contrast. We adorned the 4 corners with a wooden appliqué from D. Lawless Hardware to give it just a little extra oomph! Goodbye orange wood! 👋🏼

Are YOU following us on Instagram yet?! If not, you’re MISSING OUT! Every day I share my tips, tricks, and sneak peeks of my projects on my Instagram stories.

You can also shop all of MY personal favorite products that I use on a daily basis from my account posted in my bio.

So if you’re not already, head on over, give us a follow and help us reach 5k followers!

See you on the other side!!

Did you know that we carry unpainted inventory that is available for YOU to customize with color and finish choices to match YOUR home?!

Here are a few of the pieces we have available today!


Well helloooo chippy girl! I don’t know who this new chippy farmhouse girl is and what she did with perfectionist Courtney but I’m really loving what’s going on here!

I was lucky enough to try out Sweet Pickins Milk Paint for this project and man am I glad I did. It was like they were meant for each other! Believe it or not, when I bought this cabinet at auction on my birthday last month, not a single person wanted to buy it. Maybe because it was missing its shelves or maybe because they just couldn’t see the vision. I could though, and during the auctioneers last call I raised my card and snatched her up!

Once I got her home and received my new Milk Paint colors I knew I wanted her to be super chippy and either blue or green. You guys helped vote and chose Sweetie Jane as her color which was my favorite from the start. I crazed and chipped the paint away and added SP Dark Wax for that old world charm that I was looking for. Her legs and top have a beautiful patina to the wood so there was no way I could cover that up. I embraced their raw look and polished them with a bit of dark wax and called it a day. The shelves are new and offer ample storage for dishes, home decor, blankets or anything! Oh and will you look at those original metal casters and glass knob?! That’s the real deal there y’all! She’s available and looking for her forever home!

LOVE me some white cabinets! 😍 If you’ve been watching our Instagram stories you know that we wrapped up this kitchen makeover a couple weeks ago and man did it come out nice!

This kitchen received a full transformation complete with new tile, new countertops, freshly painted walls, and of course those bright white cabinets we painted!

The cabinet makeover was completed using General Finishes Brushable White Enamel on the boxes, hand applied with our favorite Zibra Paint brushes, and Enduro White Poly on the doors, sprayed with our favorite HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer.

🌟Please note that we are currently focused on Custom Furniture Painting only and will not be taking kitchen cabinet painting requests at this time. Thank you for understanding!

BAM! How about THAT color! 😍🧡🧡🧡Can you believe that this was once a curbside find?! Luckily for this desk my bold and brilliant customer saw the potential and contacted me to work my magic on it! It’s not often that I get to use bright colors but my customer is an incredibly talented and eclectic local jewelry designer at Sow Cole Creations and isn’t afraid of being BOLD!

This look was completed by removing the old laminate top, brackets, and tray, and replacing it with a new solid wood top. We painted the exterior in General Finishes Persimmon Milk Paint using our HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer and topped it in High Performance in Semi-Gloss for a durable glossy sheen! The drawers were lined in a modern black and white paper and adorned with fabulous silver cup pulls from D. Lawless Hardware. We even used silver gilding wax to polish up the little metal feet to match!

Holy moly y’all!! You know I LOVE secretary desks! Check out this baby by my friend Sarah over at Sitting Pretty just finished for her client! She NAILED IT! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

When your client picks a bold color (Park Bench and Coal Black from Fusion Mineral Paint)you take off with it and don't look back!! I was so excited to paint this gorgeous secretary the perfect bright emerald she was looking for! The sleek black interior really sets it off 😍😍

Shout out to the secretary queen @twigandthymedesign for helping me with deconstruction and prep!!

🌟AVAILABLE🌟 This bedside chest gives me all the Springtime feels every time I walk by it. I’m obsessed with the top, the green is unique and playful, and those knobs and paper liners just make me so happy! This is another one I wish I had space to keep! 💚 Find all the details on this cutie and how he can become yours in our Facebook Shop section.

Feeling BOLD?! Well we sure were! 🧡🧡🧡

It’s not often I get to paint with bright colors but luckily for me my customer has a fun and eclectic personal style and isn’t afraid of being bold! We chose General Finishes Persimmon Milk Paint topped in Semi-Gloss High Performance for her desk makeover. We of course used our HomeRight FinishMax for that smooth flawless finish. The look was completed with fabulous D. Lawless Hardware cup pulls and fun modern paper drawer liners.

Full look coming soon!

Happy Saturday y’all! Here’s a little glam to start your day off right!

This commissioned piece was updated using General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint, Winter White Glaze Effects, and High Performance Top Coat. The finish was both sprayed with our HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer and rolled with Sherwin-Williams Mohair Rollers for a flawlessly smooth finish! My client loved the original drawer pulls but we were missing one and luckily found some very similar ones from D. Lawless Hardware . All of the hardware was sprayed to match with our favorite Rustoleum Metallic Gold Paint. Love how this one turned out and LOVING this color!

Have YOU ever stenciled a MIRROR?! Well, I sure have! 🙋‍♀️ After a slight mishap with the existing faux etching on this mirror I had to think quick and come up with a solution to make them beautiful again! Insert baroque stencils, frosted glass spray, and loads of painters tape!

Wanna see how it’s done??? Head on over to our Instagram page, and check out my Mirror Stencil highlight to see it in action!

The power of PAINT! 🎨💪🏼

Let me start by saying that I do firmly believe that not every piece of furniture needs to be painted. Mixing old with new, and wood with painted, to me is beautiful and makes a home intriguing.

But there are some pieces, like this orangy chest of drawers, that in its original state would have a hard time blending in with most modern decor. With a well executed, neutral blended color palatte, and new hardware, this piece is now ready to be enjoyed in any stylish home across the country.

Spring is just around the corner and I don’t know about y’all but I have the decorating and home improvement itch! If you’re looking for a new piece to update your home check out our available inventory!

Introducing the TWINS! 💙💙Although not identical these lovelies were designed to complement each other as well as their big brother dresser that we completed last month.

The nightstand on the left was from my clients beloved grandmothers home and the Heywood Wakefield one on the right I found for them at auction. Both pieces received the royal treatment and underwent a complete transformation! We stripped the legs, tops, shelves, and drawers to reveal the beautiful woodgrain and stained and sealed them in General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal in Semi-Gloss. The body on both and legs on the other were sprayed with our favorite HomeRight sprayer in our favorite custom mix of General Finishes Coastal and Klein Blue and then sealed in HPTC satin for a glorious sheen and durability. Their look of course wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful brass pulls my clients chose from D. Lawless Hardware as well as the caster wheels we added to add a little height so they’d be closer in size. We absolutely love how these came out and our clients do too!!

💙💙 Scroll through to see their before and the matching dresser!

🌟Sneak peek! 🌟 The twins are coming! Well maybe not identical but definitely siblings! Had a ton of fun customizing this pair using our favorite custom color mix for the perfect bright navy. Stay tuned for all the deets and images coming soon!

Talk about a perfect pair! 😍 These 1970’s French Provincial nightstands had been passed down to my client and as much as she loved them she was ready for a new look. She chose our Polished Driftwood finish for this set which was the perfect finish to modernize their look and highlight their details. Love how these turned out and I can’t wait to use this finish again soon!

Thank you again to everyone who helped us NAME THIS FINISH!

Throwback to this gorgeous set we completed for our client one year ago! 💙💛🎉

"This stunning pair was given a full-on glamorous custom makeover with countless hours of precision brushstrokes perfecting all of that beautiful gold detail! Layers of silky smooth General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint from NOVA Design and Build provided the perfect canvas for the Burnished Pearl Effects we added for contrast and then topped with HPTC in Semi-Gloss for an extra bit of shine! The shimmering glass knobs from D. Lawless Hardware and luxe cream upholstery from G Street Fabrics were the perfect additions to tie everything all together!" - Twig & Thyme Design

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Another custom painted piece in the books!

This cabinet was in excellent condition but needed a more modern look. We updated this piece by stripping the dark top down to bare wood and applying General Finishes Whitewash stain followed by High Performance in Semi-Gloss for a bare but durable look. We rolled the body and sprayed the doors and drawers in General Finishes Queenstown Grey using our HomeRight sprayer for an oh-so-smooth finish. We highlighted the details and added visual depth to the paint by hand applying General Finishes Pitch Black Glaze Effects in the details and lightly over the surface. Our client LOVES how it turned out and so do we! 🎉💃

Want to give your furniture an update? Let us help you bring your vision to life! Now booking July ‘19

Looks like I’ll have some new colors for 2019! As most of you probably know, it’s not a secret that I LOVE General Finishes products and use them almost exclusively for my custom projects. So I’m SO excited that we will now be offering even more colors!! Can’t wait to pick them up NOVA Design and Build!!

Which color should I use first??? I’m thinking Gulf Stream Blue! 😍

It looks like some of you correctly guessed our BIG surprise! 👏

After observing current and past market trends and listening to feedback from customers and retailers, General Finishes has responded with NEW Milk Paint colors! 🎉

The new palette has been carefully crafted with trending colors while preserving traditional bestselling favorites. Formulated with zero VOC colorants, the revamped look of this premium paint will help you attract new customers and increase sales. 🎨

This new collection will be available at local retailers mid-March, dependent on shipping times and weather.

We hope that these new colors spark excitement and ignite new levels of creativity:

1. Blue Moon - a soft, serene teal tone that lends itself to the evening sky. This beautifully saturated blue is quiet but still noticeably lovely.

2. Twilight - as the name suggests, a dark black with hints of purple like the sky at twilight. You'll do a double take, riveted by the subtlety of the purple tone.

3. Perfect Gray - the perfect mid-tone gray with no overtones of blue and green. This warm neutral will become an instant classic as it creates a calm and collected vibe.

4. Reverent Gray - a versatile gray; mild and warm. Excellent choice for a paler neutral for your décor or home accessories.

5. Ballet Pink - a dreamy pink that is fresh and clean. It thrives in natural light and its subtle impact makes it a great accent color.

6. Harvest Yellow - an autumn hue with hints of nature. Creates a sunny space, and it's subtle reddish and brown undertones provide the perfect balance between muted and bright.

7. Alabaster - Halfway between our ever-popular Snow White and Antique White, Alabaster satisfies the demand for a neutral white. Like the stone it’s named after, Alabaster is cool, smooth and white; a blank canvas great for creating contrast.

8. China Blue - Brighter than our Coastal Blue, but stronger than Klein Blue, this modern classic is reminiscent of the iconic 16th-century, blue-and-white porcelain patterns. China Blue rounds out our blue palette and is sure to invoke design inspiration.

9. Westminster Green - Named for the famous Westminster Bridge, this earthy green epitomizes a dark jade. It's regal and humbly conspicuous and offers many opportunities for custom mixing.

10. Gulf Stream Blue- This friendly aquamarine will prove to be a memorable accent color. Just say the name and the mind recalls the deep blue river winding its way down the Southeast coastline.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our Chalk Style Paint line. We've decided to focus on Milk Paint, the most durable paint for furniture and cabinets. Not to worry though; we've moved our two most popular Chalk Style Paint colors! Please welcome Empire Gray and Key West Blue to the line of Milk Paint colors!

As we say goodbye to Chalk Style Paint, we'll also be retiring these colors from the Milk Paint collection: Brick Red and Buttermilk Yellow

We want to hear from you - let us know what your favorite color from the new collection is! Don’t forget, make sure to contact your local retailer and let them know that you want the new colors!

Happy painting from General Finishes 🦅

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Hi everyone and welcome to Twig & Thyme Design! My name is Courtney Cole and I am the owner and artist behind Twig & Thyme Design. We are a home-based business located in Northern Virginia about 30 minutes outside of Washington, DC. We specialize in Custom Furniture Painting offering our clients a personalized experience in updating their dated furniture into something they love and are proud to display in their home. We update not only our customers pieces but we also take special “wish list” requests and source furniture pieces specific to our customers needs.
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