Today I have a great guest post from the lovely and talented Nancy Chace, owner and operator of Sea Rose Cottage in Bristol, RI.
Kelly thanks for this opportunity to guest blog! I enjoyed your posts about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and your own restyling project you did in Annie’s new French Linen color. Love it!
Hi there, my name is Nancy. I am the owner of Sea Rose Cottage in Bristol, Rhode Island. We are the first New England Stockist of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Sea Rose Cottage is a combination workshop and retail space where we carry the full line of Annie Sloan paints, waxes and related products. You can learn more here.
When I first heard about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I thought it was made especially for me –no need to prime or prepare! With an old house full of projects, I’ve had my fill of prep work! I got my hands on some paint and loved the product so much that I became Stockist in May. It has been a whirlwind since then. I’ve opened my workshop to the public carving out some retail space and launched an online shop in August. I also have a Facebook Page where people can share their work and pass the creative spark.
One recent highlight for me was meeting Annie Sloan at the International Decorative Artisans League Expo (IDAL) and seeing her beautifully transform a piece of furniture first hand.
While I was watching so attentively, I forgot to snap a “before” picture of the vanity, but here are the “after” photos.
Annie is unbelievably talented and a wonderful inspiration. I love her work! What a great place to start talking about working with her paint.
Kelly, you covered so much great information about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and the wax in an earlier post– I think you hit on all the basics! The product is so easy to use and the versatility of the paint allows you to be creative with all the combinations of colors and finishes. For those who want to take the plunge, a good place to start is with Annie’s Quick & Easy Paint Transformations Book. It includes 50 step-by-step projects using the paint and the wax.
If you have the opportunity, visit an Annie Sloan Retailer near you so you can see the colors firsthand. For a full list of Stockists go to http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com . Most Stockists offer fun workshops and also carry Annie’s book and related products. If you don’t live near one, no worries –you can purchase the paint and a hand painted color card online.
October is a great month to discover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If you are anything like me you have some old furniture lurking down the basement or in the garage just waiting to be given new life! Fall is a great time to unearth those long forgotten projects!
Thanks to Annie Sloan Chalk paint, my dusty old sideboard has finally seen the light of day!
I found some color inspiration here and decided to use my favorite color – Provence with a coat of clear and dark wax.
First I cleaned the sideboard and then I started painting. After two coats, I was tempted to change my original plan and just use the clear wax…..
Like Kelly, I just could not resist using the dark wax—I love the depth and antiqued effect that the dark wax lends to the finished piece.
I also restyled an old brass chandelier with ASCP in Paris Grey with a bit of Rub ‘n Buff for some gold highlights.
Now I’m scouting out some vintage prisms to dress her up a bit!
This thrift shop mirror is sporting a new look with a wash of Provence mixed with some Old White.
I might need to keep this one!
Kelly, thanks again for this great opportunity to share with your readers. I for one am always in the restyling mode and love to use your blog as a resource! I would love to answer any questions your readers have and encourage those who are interested in trying the Chalk Paint to reach out to a Stockist near you. Happy painting!
Thank you so much Nancy!! Amazing transformations. Thanks for sharing. I hope you convinced even more people to try the Annie Sloan Chalk paint! Be sure to check out the photos where Nancy found her inspiration above. Love it!
If you need help updating your home and furniture, contact me today!