1. you are awesome- love your demonstrations! but also don’t let losers like thom who have nothing better to do than say something mean to someone they don’t even know get you down.

    1. Thanks Cassie, but he actually didn’t accomplish to get me down. It was a lot of fun writing this post ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Ha Ha!! Your reply was perfect well written! I think your new lamps are fun and look great! I have a very old, beautiful large secretary desk that I would love to paint a fun color. I bought it at an auction so there is no family connection in my heart. I feel horrible if I paint that valuable piece though. If I were to strip it down in a few years, it would lose value and beauty. I am thinking about selling it and taking the money and buying a lesser valued piece that I wouldn’t feel bad about painting!
    What to do, what to do!!?? :/

    Thanks for sharing that comment!

    ~ Darlene

    1. Thanks Darlene. I know exactly what you are talking about. I have a dresser too that I know is a real antique and I can’t get myself to paint it.

  3. I love it!!
    It goes the same for wood furniture. Some people think we are NUTS for painting “quality” wood. If I don’t like it, why should I live with it?

  4. Anonymous says:

    The response seems out of proportion to the comment, really. The lamps are adorable, but obviously not Thom’s style. He should be the troll you ignore, not the one you feed.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Your reply was informative and positive. I hope Thom and others who read your reply learned something!

  6. Julia! So glad that you see the positive in all of this! love your witty reply! I often feel sorry for people that feel the need to leave negative comments like that, because it really means that they are very unhappy and probably don’t like themselves a whole lot. I always tell my students that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!! I love ALL of your work and think your taste is impeccable!


  7. Anonymous says:

    I say who cares if its real or fake brass! If you like it spray painted, then spray paint it! ๐Ÿ˜€ I personally love the lamps! The whole point of decorating is for us to use our style not everyone else’s. I love your style! You have great ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I know, it shouldn’t really matter at all if it’s fake or real, right? But I felt like I had to say this because I really have come to love the real brass.

  8. I don’t think you should consider this kind of comment, but your answer is great and make me laugh! Your blog is wonderful, full of great ideas!

  9. Great reply! Although, I don’t think you should even feel the need to justify yourself to someone like that. There are always going to be negative people who would rather dis on someone else than work on themselves.
    Also, I’m so glad to know I’m in good company as part of the paint-your-crappy-not-quality-brass-lamps club! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is a link to my lamp painting project. http://sturdydesign.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/a-light-makeover-for-two/

  10. your reply is great Julia! i don’t understand why he/she is too brave to leave a mean comment BUT too scared to show his/her face….

    who cares if it’s fake or not! it’s your home, you make it pretty however you want it!!


  11. Yikes! This response seems a bit over the top to me! The comment didn’t seem that nasty to me, but your reply certainly did.

    1. Why? I don’t think my reply was nasty at all. I thought it was funny! I asked several people what they thought before posting and they thought the same.
      I do think though that it is nasty when somebody tells you your project is worthless junk and I should be allowed to reply to a comment like that.

    2. Anonymous says:

      This was going to be my response to Cassie @ Primitive & Proper’s positively enthusiastic comment regarding her opinion to your response to Thom. But, I feel it is more fitting to reply in this post:

      1) Julia is awesome – AGREED
      2) I love her demonstrations, as well – AGREED
      3) Don’t listen to losers – AGREED
      4) Thom is nasty and has better to do – AGREED; furthermore, you will never be able to please everyone.

      But, the point is he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about. Only now he is more informed than ever about brass.

      5) Julia is a professional in every aspect of her career.

      Kudos to another ‘job’ well done,
      Heather Nguyen

  12. Well first, I applaud you. I always say you haven’t “made it” as a blogger until you get your first negative comment. ๐Ÿ™‚ Even if it WAS quality brass, it’s YOUR lamp and you get to decide what to do with it. I love the painted look!

  13. I’ve never understood why people feel the need to leave mean comments, it’s your blog you decide what you like and want to share. I guess his mama never told him “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” Keep up the good work, love your projects! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Ha ha ha!;)
    Das war eine verdammt gute und schlagfertige Antwort!
    Ich mag deine Lampen!
    Ach und Glückwunsch zum ersten bösen Kommentar!
    You know, haters gonna hate…:))
    Liebe Grüße

    1. hello newfoundland says:

      Ah, glad you did. It was fun to read. I know we all say ignore the trolls, but then they get to fill the space with their spew. So sad. 2 more ideas for old Thom:Buddhist monks spend days making complex mandalas out of coloured sand, only to wipe them away at the end. This is a practice to remind them that attachment to objects and things we “own” can cause a lot of suffering. Obviously, Thom is attached to brass things and suffered when he saw this. Then he spread the suffering. Second. What’s an object worth? What people are willing to pay. Styles change, and with them the market value. Van Gogh’s new style of painting was worthless in his lifetime; considered junk by others. Not now. At one point tulip bulbs were worth more than gold. Though obviously there is a difference between quality materials, and solid brass is a nice quality material, the style has changed and people are turning towards more fun coloured, irreverent decorating. Ah, well. Thom will never read this. And even if he did, if he’s a die hard traditionalist, he’ll will resist appreciating the beauty in new trends. And if he’s a true troll, he doesn’t even care, might not even believe what he wrote. He just wants to spread some suffering. In the meantime, I think – love the great hot colours!

  15. Anonymous says:

    if its yours, u own it, and are free to do whatever u wish..mean spirited people should just live and let live!

  16. Rude comments are SO lame!! I was just looking at your lamp project before I saw this post and was literally thinking how much I LOVED the fun colors! You go girl:) Keep up the awesome projects:):)

  17. Today, I had my first negative comment as well. Unlike you, I was very hurt by the comment. I worked very hard on the room that they proclaimed was hideous. I just don’t see why people have to be so mean. If I don’t like something that someone has done in their home, I would never tell them that. To each his own. My style is unique and not everyone will like it. I just didn’t think people would attack me for it. Your post made me feel slightly better though. Thanks for that.

    1. Hi Lauren, I’m so sorry to hear that. Don’t let it get you down. I think people should look for the positive and not focus on stuff they don’t like, right? All that matters is that you continue to stick with who you are and what you like. Good luck and keep your head up!

  18. I like to envision mean commenters sitting in their basements with mangy cats. That’s just me.

  19. THAT is an awesome response. I hope Thom read it!

    (I think I’ll put a magnet in my purse for my Goodwill trips.)

  20. Anonymous says:

    You encourage people to share their thoughts (“Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, I love to hear your feedback”), but I guess you only mean that when their comments are what you want to hear.
    Angie in Tennessee

    1. Hi Angie,
      yes, I do encourage people to leave their thoughts but I don’t encourage them to be rude. The internet makes people brave enough to say things that they would never say to someones face. I would never go to someones home and say you turned this into cheap looking junk. There is always a better and nicer way of expressing your opinion.
      He could have said something like “Are you sure you didn’t paint valuable brass?” or “I think I would have rather kept it in brass.”
      But if he phrases it the way he did then I’m allowed to respond to it.

  21. Paula Mollo says:

    Too much time and energy spent on Thomโ€™s comment. Yea, a bit rude, but youโ€™re correct people tend to spill their guts when behind the scenes. Give Thom a break and let him absorb the truth in whatโ€™s brass and whatโ€™s not. Also, the ability to think outside the box and add a little color to what would be expected if the piece were solid brass. Iโ€™m a colorful person and take every opportunity to paint something unless of coarse itโ€™s solid brass or a very rich piece of wood. Paint on and/or polish or not.

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