Holiday Giveaway Hosted by Kelly Bernier!

In celebration of the Season, we are kicking off a Holiday Giveaway hosted by Kelly Bernier of the fabulous Restyling Homes by Kelly Blog!

Kelly Bernier

Kelly is a talented designer and blogger who helps make homes happy with color selection and room makeovers in a day using existing furnishings.  She shares decorating advice, design inspiration and color help on her wonderful blog.

Restyling Home by Kelly

Kelly has been a great friend and resource for me and it is  a special treat to have her host this Holiday Giveaway.  Hop on over to her blog to find out more and how to enter.  The Holiday Giveway is valued at over $100 and ends Monday, December 17th at midnight.  Good luck and Happy Holidays!

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Painterly

I am always a bit of a last minute holiday shopper.  No doubt, a bad habit formed in college! It seems I was always in a rush to buy presents after cramming for mid-term exams.  I’m afraid I haven’t broken the habit.

If you are anything like me and you are a little behind on gift buying, here are some last-minute gift ideas for the painterly person in your life.

1.  The Annie Sloan Workbook.   The Annie Sloan Workbook is the perfect choice for color and paint ideas and inspiration.  It is part sketch book and part design planner.  A great companion for the creative soul.  Annie encourages us all to “Go ahead and paint in the book.”  It is sure to become a prized possession!

2.  A new paint brush of course – or a set of brushes!   I love Annie Sloan’s brushes – they are heavenly to paint with!

3.  Splurge on a wax brush—or two!  For the Painter or Refinisher, a waxing brush is a great tool to have in hand.

             

4.  Paint samples are perfect for tackling a small project, to experiment with new colors or color mixes and to take a new product for a test drive.  Buy one or two for stocking stuffers or choose a selection and make your own sampler kit.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™

 Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

5.  Give something shiny and bright--French Gilding Waxes bring sparkle and a “wow ” factor to a variety of projects and surfaces.


6.  Buy a gift certificate for a Workshop or create an “IOU” for redemption at a later date. This is a great gift for the hands-on-learner and something that will keep the creative spark burning long after the Holidays!

 

7.  Do-It-Yourself and Design Books are a great resource all year round.  Two of my favorites are Annie Sloan’s Quick and Easy Paint Transformations and Creating the French Look.

            

8.  Mix it up.  Put your own combination of fun accessories together and wrap it up!  After all, you need time to enjoy the season too!

Happy Gifting!

 

 

Gilded Stenciled Mirror {Before & After}

About a year ago we visited our friends Scott & Sandy in Boston.  They were in the process of cleaning out some things in storage and –knowing I like to paint things– they generously sent me home with two of their old mirrors.

Since then, the mirrors have made a home here –waiting patiently in line with all my other unfinished projects for a bit of time and a creative spark.  Luckily inspiration finally arrived…

in the form of Annie Sloan’s Work Book (perfect for color and paint ideas and tips!),

 Royal Design Studio’s Springtime in Paris Stencil (in French Script oo-la-la!)…

and in Hello Lovely’s beautiful stenciled mirror!

I sketched out my project ideas and color mixes in my new Work Book and dug in.

I used Empire Gold Gilding Wax to stencil the poem onto the mirror.  I taped the stencil down and applied the Gilding Wax onto the mirror through trial and error…

In the end, it worked out best to apply a good dose of the gilding wax to the top of a sponge dauber and pounce it onto the surface.

 

I painted the frame in a mix of Aubusson Blue and Old White Chalk Paint™.  After it dried, I wiped off the paint to reveal some of the original gold finish.

Next, I dry brushed Cream Chalk Paint™ lightly onto the surface.  Taking a tip from Annie’s Work Book, I decided not to wax the painted frame.

I love the chalky, gesso-like feel and the flat quality of the un-waxed paint and how the gold script shimmers in the light.

Now finished, the mirror has found its rightful place–over our mantel!

P.S.   Please don’t tell Scott & Sandy!