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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!


New Sea Rose Cottage Sample Deck Giveaway!

February 8, 2012


I am so thrilled and honored to be hosting Sea Rose Cottage’s giveaway of the new Color Sample Deck! You might remember reading here where I first fell in love with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Now you can purchase twenty eight gorgeous color swatches from the Annie Sloan Chalk paint collection all together in one fan deck! And you double the possibilities when you consider antiquing or toning the color with the  Annie Sloan clear and dark wax and of course the color mixing and color combinations are limitless!

What is even more special about this fan deck is that one side is shown with the color in the clear wax and the opposite side is the paint color shown with the dark wax applied. In the photo below the sample card on the far left is Annie Sloan Antibes Green painted (without wax), the middle Antibes Green is shown finished with the Annie Sloan clear wax and on the far right the Annie Sloan dark wax was used with the Antibes Green.

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One color I am in love with and I think would be beautiful as an accent piece is the Annie Sloan Antibes Green:


work by Annie Sloan photo credit Christopher Drake

Here is an example of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Antibes Green using the dark wax but not the rustic distress of the table:


work by Annie Sloan photo credit Christopher Drake

Although this chair below is not painted in the Antibes Green, you can simply make the same color by mixing a little of the Annie Sloan Arles color into the Antibes Green:

  Oliveira Textiles

Love!!! See all of the different techniques and custom looks you can get from just one color? The fan deck is a great tool to visualize how your next masterpiece might take shape using the fan deck and the clear and dark wax! 


Nancy from Sea Rose Cottage is so excited to share the new sample deck she is going to give away two color sample decks to my readers!

To enter is easy: Either go to and “like” Sea Rose Cottage on Facebook (if you have not already done so) and comment on her Facebook post about the Giveaway at Restyling Home By Kelly blog. Another way to enter is to post a comment on Sea Rose Cottage’s blog article Get Your Pink on for Valentine’s Day!  The giveaway to be open now through 11:59 pm Valentine’s Day 2/14/11. Good luck my friends!

If you would like to learn painting techniques from Annie Sloan herself (the bragging rights alone are priceless) you are in luck!  Annie is kicking off her American Tour in March and is sharing the love with a special Valentine’s incentive. All registrants for Annie Sloan’s 8-city tour that REGISTER before 11:59 pm Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2012) will be entered into a drawing for their tour location. One registrant from each stop will be selected to receive 29 FREE quarts of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint valued at over $1,000 (1 of every color if they choose). This means 8 lucky winners!!!!!!!!  2012 Annie Sloan Tour and early registration giveaway explained here:

Annie’s newest color Antoinette-a soft pale pink–is being introduced as the 2012 Tour Color to show support for the fight against breast cancer.


The new color Antoinette and all of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors are now available at Sea Rose Cottage or at a stockist near you (www.anniesloanunfolded.com).

Comments? Are you going to enter to win the new Sample Deck???!

If you need help looking for creative ways and colors for that perfect accent piece contact me today.

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Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Painting With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Painting With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

September 28, 2011


I have heard such great reviews about the Ann Sloan Paint Line, and I wanted to try it out for myself. I was instantly attracted to their claim of ‘no need to prime or prepare’! I also loved the idea of being able to paint  any surface such as wood furniture, plastic, clay, concrete, stone and formica furniture. As described on their website “Chalk Paint is a unique paint in 24 decorative and historical colors made specifically for painting furniture, painting floors, painting ‘blackboards’ and for giving walls a completely matte velvety finish.”

frenchlinen120             oldwhite                   ParisGrey

French Linen                       Old White                            Paris Gray

It was a great pleasure to drive down to historic Bristol, RI. It was a beautiful day and it is such a quaint little town with shops right on the water. The owner of Sea Rose Cottage, Nancy, invited me to come to her store and work with the paints:


She had all different painted samples to get ideas from:

anne samples

Although there are only 24 paint colors, there are actually many, many ways to mix the paint together. You can mix the paint with wax or water to make numerous shades and different techniques of paint.


Their claim of easy is so true! You just paint the surface with your color with two coats, then rub two coats of wax on. That’s it! If you want an antique look, just paint on the dark wax and rub off until desired effect. Pretty easy! Below are two examples of finishing the wood with the dark wax:


What I also loved was there is no right or wrong way to do it. You paint on the color, then use one (or both) of the two waxes, clear and dark, and then just adjust the effects you want with a rag. I know I am making this seem very simple, but that is actually the steps you follow. The picture below shows the color Versailles shown in different coats as applied:


From right to left- 1) one coat color applied, 2) two coats color, 3) two coats color with one coat clear wax and the last on the left is two coats color applied with two coats clear wax, then buffed with a rag to a beautiful shine.

As stated on her website “Annie Sloan developed her now famous Chalk Paint to answer the need she had for a paint which would have many uses from acting like limewash to looking like old painted furniture and that had a good range of color that could be extended by the user. This paint is very easy to work with and allows people to be creative as one doesn’t get involved with the technicalities of preparation and it also allows you to change your mind without hassle.”

I chose to experiment with the French Linen:


Nancy told me the most popular colors are Old White, Duck Egg Blue and Paris Gray. French Linen is a new color in the collection as well as a Pure White color and a beautiful Coco color I loved.  

I had no idea these colors have been in Europe for 20 years. They have only been in the United States and Canada for one and a half years. Brand new really! I really think it is a miracle paint for getting that antique and vintage look! But, it also can be made to look very contemporary depending on the color and sheen you are looking for. Below is a mirror painted with Provence and then waxed. The molding held up to compare is painted with no wax (both treatments beautiful!):


I ended up buying a quart of the French Linen paint ($36.95), one tin of the clear wax ($29.95), one tin of dark wax ($29.95) and a few samples jars to experiment with. The dark wax should last forever because you only use such a small amount of it.

I can’t wait to start painting! I am going to start with a small wood table and then I will share with you. There is a great technique book that is easy to follow step by step written by Annie Sloan called ‘Quick and Easy Paint Transformations’ that you can purchase online from the Sea Rose Cottage  as well as all Annie Sloan paint and waxes. This special paint is only sold in about 70 stocklists throughout the United State and Canada. It can be ordered online and shipped right to your door.


Love it! Love new products, new experiments! I have invited Nancy to guest post in about a week to explain in more detail about the products and painting techniques. Stay tuned!

Comments? Have you had a chance to try the Anne Sloan paint? What do you think of it?

I love the way that they advertise their paint:

Why our Paint is Special

1. It’s the BEST paint for painting furniture by a long way.
2. You can use the paint by diluting it with water to make a wash to show the wood grain.
3. You can use it as an impasto ( thickly) – leave the lid off to thicken.
4. You can use it on any surface, indoors and out ( the outside of our shop was painted in it- perfect!)
5. No need to prime or prepare.
6. The colors are mixed intelligently and the web site shows how you can adapt your colors for your use.
7. It’s a girls’ paint, but boys can use it too.
8. It’s flexible so you can be creative and change you mind.
9. It allows your walls to breathe so it is perfect for cottage walls.
10. Extremely low VOCs so it is good for the environment.
11. Very little black is used in their manufacture so the colors are mixed with thought using a mixture of colors.
13. You can paint it on walls for a soft matt effect or wax it for a polished plaster effect.

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