Before and After Picture Frame

I picked up this gold picture frame at the local Thrift Shop with plans to experiment with some fun products including Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan and her Crackle varnish (Craqueleure) just to name a few!

     

First I painted the surface with Provence Chalk Paint.™  When it was dry, I wiped some of the surface area with a damp rag to reveal hints of gold underneath.  Then, I lightly dry brushed the surface with Cream Chalk Paint.™

Now onto the next step….I applied Annie Sloan’s 2 step Craqueleur over the dry surface to give the frame some interesting texture.  Janet from The Empty Nest Blog gives a wonderful tutorial on the 2 step process here.

Once the two step crackle is applied and has dried, it is hard to detect the fine crackle pattern before antiquing it with Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax.  Once you apply and wipe off the excess Wax, the fine eggshell crackle is revealed.


I used some Gilding Wax in Empire Gold to lift the color and bring highlights to the surface.

After the Wax had dried but was still tacky, I applied Aging Dust to the surface to give the frame a time worn feel.

I love restyling picture frames and mirrors!

  It is a fun and easy way to update your furnishings and enjoy a custom hand  painted finish for years to come.

Meet Florence at Sea Rose Cottage’s Next Workshop!

Introducing Annie Sloan’s beautiful color Florence!  Released as a limited edition in Europe, it will soon be available in the U.S. and Canada.  It is a beautiful addition to the historic palette of Chalk Paint (TM) decorative paint colors now available in the U.S.

Florence is a rich jewel green that looks great by itself or over Annie Sloan’s Provence (pictured middle, right below).  The possibilities are endless!

 

Work by Annie Sloan, photo by Christopher Drake.

 

The color Florence is inspired by malachite, a copper mineral that was historically used as a pigment in paints until about 1800.  The beauty of this natural stone continues to be reflected in fashion and home decor in a variety of ways.  Learn more about Annie’s color inspiration here.

Photo Credit Dlloyd at the English language Wikipedia

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Florence is debuting at the Haven DIY and Blogger Conference in Atlanta this Thursday & Friday June 21st and 22nd!

Haven Conference 2012
If you are lucky enough to go, please visit the Annie Sloan Unfolded Sponsor Booth to take your chance on some fun and fabulouse giveways!

Our first shipment of Florence is arriving Tuesday.  Please email nan@searosecottage.com if you want to reserve a quart or sample.

Florence will be featured as a bonus sample finish during Sea Rose Cottage’s next Restyle-Your-Furnishings Workshop scheduled for Thursday, July 19th!  Follow this link  for a full workshop description and to Register Now.  Class size is limited to 6 participants, spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Happy Painting!

 

 

Annie Sloan ™ Paint Brushes are here!

I am so excited that my first shipment of Annie Sloan ™ paint brushes have arrived!  As many of you know, I carry wax brushes that I love to use but had yet to find a favorite in the paint brush arena.  That is…until now!

These brushes were introduced during Annie Sloan’s 2012 American Tour and  up until recently were only available in Europe.

 

Annie Sloan’s paint brushes are uniquely oval and are made of pure bristle. It is a great brush for painting but can also be used for applying wax.

Long Annie’s favorite, this type of oval brush is firm but pliable. While strong, the flexibility of the brush allows for expressiveness and is ideal for creating texture. The length of the bristles allow the paint to flow well and spread easily.

The brushes come in three sizes (small, medium and large) and are a joy to paint with.


As a Workshop Instructor on the final leg of Annie’s Tour in Boston, I was able to take a brush home and start using it.

Having fun with friends at Annie Sloan Boston

I’ve had my brush since April and it is now my favorite!  I used the smallest version to paint a pair of bedside tables and it was the perfect size to get the job done.

We are thrilled the brushes are now available at Sea Rose Cottage.  Come by and test one out or follow this link for more information or to order online.

Happy Painting!