Tag: painted furniture

My Trash To Treasure Bookcase

October 14, 2014


I had to share with you how my $15.00 bookcase from the local Barn Sale:


Came out after cleaning up and painting:


I used a blue paint I pulled from the fabric I found for the kitchen window treatments. The bookcase fit perfectly in this little space:



I am still shopping for the perfect pictures to hang above. I love using my special little items for accessories.

Not bad for $15.00! Love a bargain. Especially when I get to paint!

Here are a couple of my Fall decorating vignettes:


pumpkin centerpiece2

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Top Tips From Annie Sloan

May 1, 2013



I was able to visit one of my favorite stores today, Sea Rose Cottage in Bristol, RI. Nancy is the shop owner and Chalk Paint® extraordinaire who got me hooked on painting with Chalk Paint®:


I always find or learn something new when I visit her shop. Today I brought a friend who wants to paint an old, small, wooden detailed chest with the Chalk Paint® because she loves the paint colors and the idea of not having to prime and sand first. (I did learn today that is is now called ‘Chalk Paint®’ which is now a registered trademark. It is not called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or ASCP anymore, it is Chalk Paint ®, or Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan.)

It is a good idea to visit your local Stockist and see the colors in person because it is a great way to decide on colors and technique on your next project. I am so glad we went to the store, because the Chalk Paint® color Arles my friend was looking at was much more golden than she thought:


She brought to the store a drawer to match and her wall color sample which is Ben Moore Storm AF-700. Storm is a gray with blue undertones, the same as the Chalk Paint color Paris Grey. Another good reason to visit the store is that we were able to look at the different color combinations and the Paris Grey and Cream looked fabulous together!  My friend ended up with the Cream, which is a beautiful soft yellow:


Annie suggests the combination of the Cream with the Paris Grey for a French look here.

At the store you can see sample finishes and decide on what technique and color combinations you might want to use. You can bring your fabric and paint swatches along –or even a drawer! And the best reason to visit is to get advice and tips from your local Stockist on your project. To find the closest retailer nearest you visit anniesloanunfolded.com

My favorite take away today was my free Annie Sloan Tutorial (which you can only get by visiting the store):


It is step by step directions on some of the classic finishes such as Simple Vintage Look, Two Color Distressing, The Rustic ‘Chippy’ Look and A Smooth Modern Finish. It is nice to have directions in front of you as a reminder, plus it gives you ideas for other techniques to try. I also picked up an Application Techniques brochure with some of Annie Sloan’s ‘Top Tips’. Here are a couple of my favorites she wrote:

* Working With a Good Palette of Colors is Important, as is Being Able To Mix Them.

“I use a palette of ready mixed neutrals with stronger colors, working on the premise that you can lighten strong colors but can not make a light strong color. Our colors can be lightened with Old White or you can use Country Grey to give a color a little complexity. Waxes can change the color as well.”

* Wax On, Wax Off!

“I wax more or less everything I paint to get the right finish for my furniture and walls. I find it makes my projects strong and gives them a beautiful, workable finish. I recommend that you use a wax that is soft and can be easily be applied with a small brush. If you want to get the job done quickly and are feeling confident, you can use a larger brush. After adding a layer of clear wax, you can choose to apply a dark wax to change the color, or add paint to the clear wax to alter the finish.”



If you have not tried it yet, I encourage you to find a small paint project to try. The Chalk Paint® adheres to almost any surface, inside or out. How about in the garden- exterior walls, garden furniture (except teak), metal, concrete, matt plastic and even terracotta. Just leave it to harden over night and then wipe it down with a damp cloth before exposing it to rain. No need to wax. The colors are all beautiful, imagine them in your flower garden! This sign was painted with Chalk Paint®. So cool!!



A few more great tips and hints with the soft wax that I found are good reminders:

* When you apply the wax, ‘push’ it into your Chalk Paint for the best results. Think hand cream and apply it the same way! Remove excess wax with a clean cloth.

* When applying wax, less is more, so there is no need to apply wax too thickly. The wax will feel touch –dry immediately after you have applied it.

* If you want to achieve a really good shine, allow 24 hours before buffing wax.

To find the closest retailer nearest you visit anniesloanunfolded.com. You will be very pleased you visited the store. I sure was today! Have you tried any projects lately with Chalk Paint®?

If you need help decorating your home with color, contact me today.

Elegant Gilding Wax Giveaway

December 14, 2012



Isn’t this mirror gorgeous?! I just love it. My friend Nancy from Sea Rose Cottage, ASCP extraordinaire, recently posted how she made it here. I would love to make one and hang in the guest room. Wouldn’t that look beautiful and unique?:



Nancy used Empire Gold Gilding Wax to stencil the poem onto the mirror! For the lettering, she used Royal Design Studio’s  Springtime in Paris Stencil which Nancy now also carries in her store.


Nancy wants to celebrate the Holiday Season with a Giveaway!! She wants to give you a chance at a great gift idea for yourself or someone that loves to be creative and paint various projects! She is giving  an entire set of 4 waxes…1 of each color (Empire Gold, Kings Gold, Renaissance Gold & Silver). She is also going to add a stencil of Small Moroccan Arches which is just one of her selection of Royal Design Studio stencils in the shop. Total Giveaway Value is over $100!!



I would love to have this set! (I know, I know I can’t enter.) Thank you Nancy! Look how pretty this old picture frame came out after Nancy used the Empire Gold Gilding Wax on the details of the frame:



You can read how she painted this frame here.You can use French Gilding Wax to add sparkle to your projects by outlining the architectural details of furniture and other objects. It can be used on many surfaces including wood, plaster, glass and metal!:



If you are one that can not resist a bit of gold that adds such elegance to your projects, enter now!  To enter, you can subscribe to Nancy’s Sea Rose Cottage Blog or like Sea Rose Cottage on Facebook or write your answer to this question in the comments below. Question:

What project would you like to use the French Gilding Wax on?

Contest will be open until Monday December 17 at midnight. Good luck! The winner of the raffle will be announce Tuesday, December 18th.  (due to severe computer problems over the weekend, I have extended the contest deadline by one day.)

Thank you Nancy!

You can read more about the gilding wax, ASCP, brushes, books, stencils and more here at Nancy’s Sea Rose Cottage online shop. If you are looking for some last minute gift ideas for the painterly, Nancy just posted some great gift ideas in her post “Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Painterly” .


Have a wonderful weekend!