New Annie Sloan Wax Samples!

Introducing Annie Sloan Soft Wax Sample sizes!  The latest addition to the Annie Sloan product family comes in convenient 4 ounce sample sizes covering approximately 25 square feet.

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We are so excited that the new sample sizes of Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax are now available!

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While the larger 500ml tins (16.9 US fluid ounces) of Annie Sloan’s Clear and Dark Soft Wax offer more coverage and a great value…

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…so many of you have asked for Soft Wax sample sizes for a variety of reasons:

  • To test out a wax finish on a potential project such as a sample kitchen cabinet door.
  • To create sample swatches and finishes for your client’s review.
  • To try out the wax–especially for those who are new to using waxes in lieu of glazing products.
  • To pair with the 4 ounce Chalk Paint® sample sizes to include with a touch-up kit for your client.
  • To sample the dark wax before committing to a larger purchase, or for those whose like to use the dark wax sparingly.
  • To finish a one-time or smaller project that does not require the coverage of the larger tins, or
  • as a perfect addition to starter kits, gift baskets or for seasonal stocking stuffers!

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I think the new wax sample sizes will pair perfectly with the purchase of a new wax brush

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or with any sample of Chalk Paint® in 32 gorgeous colors!  Whatever the reason, the new Annie Sloan Soft Wax sample sizes are available to purchase here (or below)!

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Order a sample size of CLEAR or DARK Soft Wax today:
Price: $15.00
Price: $15.00

Wax on!

 

 

 

 

 

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Anchors Aweigh Workshop!

Sunday, November 30th from 1pm-4pm

Please join us for a fun ‘make & take’ workshop featuring our rustic reclaimed wood anchors!  Perfect wall art for the beach house, pool house or for coastal décor in any room!

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Add color and interest with our selection of paints, waxes and natural oil wood finishes (available for purchase at the workshop or bring-your-own quick drying low-VOC  products).

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Personalize the wall art as a gift! Accessorize with our selection of hardware including jewelry and towel hooks or our nautical and decorative knobs as featured in Romantic Homes MagazineHardware can be purchased during the workshop at a 10% discount.

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Class fee of $85 includes anchor ($60) and studio time ($25) that includes access to our stencil library.

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Bring your own paint and supplies, or purchase them at Sea Rose Cottage during the workshop.

The anchors measure 31 ½” length x 21 ¼” width.  We also have a selection of other motifs (mermaid, sea horse, whale etc.) ranging from $50-$70 each that can be substituted (subject to availability) with a price adjustment made the day of the workshop.

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Class size: Limited to 6 participants with spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register for the class, click the “Add to Cart” button below.  If the “Coming Soon” message is shown then the workshop is sold out.

Price: $85.00 Coming Soon

 

Location:
Sea Rose Cottage, 21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Cancellation Policy: In the event that a participant cancels, the $25 studio fee is forfeited and the fee for the anchor can be refunded, or an unfinished wood anchor can be picked up as Sea Rose Cottage (subject to availability).

Please call or email if you should have any questions: Tel 401-254-1166 or to nan@searosecottage.com.

We are also happy to host a private workshop for friends  if our class schedules conflict with yours – or there’s something specific you want to learn.  Just ask!

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Thanksgiving Week Hours 2014

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

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Sea Rose Cottage’s Bristol, Rhode Island location will be OPEN Monday from 10am-3pm and Tuesday from 10am -2:30pm.  We will be CLOSED Wednesday, Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and Friday, November 26-28, 2014.

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We will re-OPEN Small Business Saturday, November 29th from 10am – 5pm with some special happenings planned!  Stay tuned.

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Our Cape Cod location, Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod in Centerville, Massachusetts will be open this week  Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday – CLOSED, Wed 10am-Noon, Thursday – CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm.

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Holiday Color Mixing Contest & Open House!

Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod in Centerville, MA on Friday November 21st for a HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE from 5-8pm and Saturday, November 22 from 10am-6pm!  There will delicious food and beautiful gifts and décor for the Holidays.

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In addition, Sea Rose Cottage is featuring a special color mixing contest at our Cape Cod location in concert with fellow Annie Sloan Stockists throughout the world who are opening late this Friday night (#anniesloanlate).

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Mix your own custom color at our expanded paint bar for a chance to win $150 in Annie Sloan Products!

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Contest Rules:  Up to 3 entries per person, entries can be made in-person during Holiday Open House at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, Friday (5-8pm) + Saturday November 21 & 22, 2014 (10am-6pm).  The winner of the “Best Color Mix” will receive $150 in free Annie Sloan Products from Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod.

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The best color mix will be selected Saturday after store closing and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

Join in the fun and share your pictures and color mixes on social media using #anniesloanlate!

Good Luck and happy mixing!

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Preview 2014 – Save the Date!

Please save the date for the 13th Annual Bristol Holiday PreviewBristol’s night to shine!!! Follow the luminaries as you stroll, shop & dine joyously through Downtown Bristol from 5 to 9 PM. This year the Holiday Preview will be held Friday & Saturday, November 21st & 22nd, 2014.

We are so excited to be celebrating our 4th year participating in this great Bristol tradition and are thrilled to be hosting two very Special Guests at Sea Rose Cottage (21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI).

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The talented Artist & Muralist M-C Lamarre will join us for Opening Night on Friday.   Her works will be available for viewing and also for purchase.  Craft author and tinkerer extraordinaire Elyse Major will join us Saturday for a book signing and an evening of crafting.  Read on for all the details….

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Friday, November 21st,  Featuring MC-Lamarre, Artist & Muralist, 5pm-9pm

M-C Lamarre M-C Lamarre is an artist & muralist, self-taught as a painter and trained as a potter.  A Providence College graduate, M-C is happiest when exercising her creativity and transforming the dull and drab into something creative and timeless.  She is true to her motto “HAVE BRUSHES.  WILL TRAVEL.”  Over the past 10 years she has transformed both commercial and residential spaces across North America.

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Her mural work has been featured on several TV Shows and news segments as well as in both national and international publications.  While known for her meticulous rendering of the likeness of Fenway Park’s iconic left field wall, the Green Monster, she has been commissioned to participate in two reality TV series: Spike TV’s Bar Rescue and Gordon Ramasy’s Hotel Hell on Fox.
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Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage as we celebrate M-C and her artistry.  Visitors will have a special opportunity to purchase her work on Friday evening.

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Saturday, November 22nd,  Featuring Elyse Major, Author & Blogger,  5pm-9pm
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Elyse Major is an accomplished home décor & craft author and blogger whose artful “tinkering” gives new life and charm to everyday objects.  She loves creating and writing and shares her passion with the world in two of her recent publications Tinkered Treasures and Seaside Tinkered Treasures as well as on her popular blog of the same name.

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When she is not tinkering she works as a communications consultant and also contributes articles to magazines such as Romantic Country and Romantic Homes, and to the online resource for parents Kidoinfo.

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Elyse will be sharing her special magic with us—selling and signing copies of her books Tinkered Treasures and Seaside Tinkered Treasures

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and using goodies from our craft buffet to show us how to bring charm and life to our holiday table-settings !   tinkdered_treasures_craft_Bar
We invite you to join us at Sea Rose Cottage for a creative and crafty kick-off of Bristol’s 13th Annual HOLIDAY PREVIEW!  Both evenings will feature nibbles and sips, great company and good cheer!

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The Blithewold Chair {Before & After}

Last September I lined up outside the Blithewold Mansion Carriage House waiting excitedly for the Blithewold Furniture Sale to begin.  Unfortunately I slept in longer than I should have and was farther back in line than I would have liked!

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Not surprisingly, my friend Rachel Duchesne (a very talented Interior Designer) was in line ahead of me and we both commiserated about not getting there sooner.

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Blithewold Mansions, Garden & Arboretum is a beautiful waterfront estate in Bristol, Rhode Island and is one of the finest garden estates in New England.  The property boasts a “forty-five-room English style manor house filled with antiques and artwork, all chronicling the rich social history of the lives of one family over a span of more than eighty years.”  Blithewold is a special property that has been protected from commercial development and is enjoyed by visitors year round.  I count myself among the lucky ones to have been married there!

All furniture from the  Barn sale belonged to Bessie Van Wickle McKee and  was being sold “as is” with the proceeds benefiting the conservation of Blithewold’s permanent collection.

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As advertised, the furniture included chairs, daybeds and sofas with the prices reflective of the current condition in the hopes that the pieces would be restored for future enjoyment.  The lucky purchasers would have a rare opportunity of owning a piece of Blithewold history.

By the time Rachel and I made it to the door, many of the larger pieces had been spoken for but there were a number of chairs still available for sale.  I found this upholstered piece in need of some love and attention and, after Rachel and I tested it out, I brought it home.

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Several months went by and one of my customers came for a visit–she was on the Silent Auction Committee for Blithewold’s Annual Gala and she wondered if there was something that Sea Rose Cottage could contribute to their major fundraiser of the year.

I thought about the chair and contacted Rachel to see if she wanted to collaborate with me to have the furniture restored and ready for a new home in time for the event.  Rachel generously offered to help and also to offer some design consultation time for the winner of the silent auction.

We considered all the beautiful fabrics from Annie Sloan’s European Fabric Collection (available at Sea Rose cottage of course!) and decided on Gigi–the 100% cotton Belgian Ticking fabric in garden colored pinks and greens.  Very fitting coming from the lush estate and in keeping with the Art in the Garden event theme!

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For a modern twist, Rachel smartly suggested using a horizontal stripe rather than the traditional vertical positioning of the ticking stripe fabric.

We considered Annie Sloan’s gorgeous paint color palette and decided on an equal mix of Old White and Pure White to achieve a creamy white finish for a bright and cheerful look.

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Rachel suggested we work with Patriot Upholstery who also generously provided in-kind support to help make this project a reality.  After painting the chair it was off to the Upholsterer to work his magic with the beautiful fabric.

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It was a great collaboration and so wonderful to see the finished chair restored to its former glory and back in its original setting!

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 At least until it finds its way to its newest home!

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Free Waxing Clinics – August 2014

Free Waxing Clinics & Q&A Session

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Sea Rose Cottage is offering three free 45 minute waxing clinics during the month of August, 2014.  Space is limited so registration is required.

You will learn the ins & outs of working with Annie Sloan’s Soft wax.  We will cover application methods, do’s & don’ts and tips & tricks for getting the best results when waxing painted and wood surfaces.  The clinic will cover application and use of clear, dark, tinted and gilding waxes.

DATES:

 Thursday  August 14th, 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – CAPE COD

 Thursday, August 14th, 4p.m. – 4:45p.m. – CAPE COD

 Saturday, August 16th, 5p.m. – 5:45pm – BRISTOL

We will also be hosting a Question & Answer Session on Thursday, August 14th at our Cape Cod location from 5p.m. – 6p.m.  No registration is required for the free Q&A Session.

To register for the free wax clinic, follow this link to our Workshops Page.   If you want to be notified of future events please follow/subscribe to the Sea Rose Cottage Blog or Follow Sea Rose Cottage on Facebook.  That way you will be notified as soon as future workshops are posted.

Please call or email if you should have any questions: Tel 401-254-1166 or to nan@searosecottage.com

Thank you!

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Finding Silver Pennies Giveaway

We are so pleased to help celebrate a special anniversary for our friend Danielle Driscoll of the Finding Silver Pennies Blog!

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Danielle Driscoll

Danielle first visited Sea Rose Cottage almost 3 years ago to find out more about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  Her blog was just 3 month old at the time.  It has been wonderful to follow Danielle’s journey and all of her amazing furniture transformations chronicled on her blog.  Personally it has also been particularly gratifying to get to know Danielle and her sweet family over the last 3 years.

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Today is a special day as Danielle is celebrating her 3rd Blog-iversary.  My how time flies when you are painting up a storm!  To celebrate, she is hosting a fabulous Giveaway including some of her favorite things.

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We are joining in the fun and have put together a special Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Starter Kit, including 2 of Danielle’s favorite Milk Paint colors and $100 Gift Certificate to Sea Rose Cottage with a total value of $250.

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The kit includes Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Eulalie’s Sky (above) and Ironstone, of course!

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Hop on over to Finding Silver Pennies to enter and to find out about the total Giveaway package valued at over $420.

This giveaway will stay open for two weeks and end on August 17th 12PM EST, the winner will be randomly selected and announced on Danielle’s blog on August 18th.

Good luck!

 

 

 

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Closed for Vacation July 20-25th, 2014

Sea Rose Cottage’s Bristol location will be closed for vacation Sunday July 20th – Friday July 25th, 2014 and will re-open Saturday July 26th from 10am -5pm.

Online orders placed between Sunday July 20th and Friday July 25th will be shipped Monday July 28th.

Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod in Centerville, MA will be open all week:  Mon-Sat 10-6 and Sunday from 11-5.

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Closed July 4th 2014

Wishing you all a wonderful 4th of July!  Sea Rose Cottage will be closed Friday, July 4th and re-open Saturday, July 5th from 10am – 5pm.

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