Hello English Yellow!

Sea Rose Cottage is happy to welcome Annie Sloan’s English Yellow to the historic collection of Chalk Paint® colors!

According to Annie Sloan, this clean yellow first appeared with the development of chrome yellow pigment in the 1700′s.

It was the first non-earthy yellow and was particularly popular in English 18th Century decoration.  The color is also inspired by hand-painted Chinese wallpaper.  In the 1950s this yellow became popular as a strong primrose.

Work by Annie Sloan, Photography by Christopher Drake

English Yellow can be mixed with Antibes Green Chalk Paint® to make lime green and a sharper yellow.

Antibes Green

Antibes Green

Annie combines it with her other paint colors (above) to make some “pretty stunning bright modern color combinations.”

It can also be mixed with Old White or Pure White to lighten.  Below is a mixture of equal parts English Yellow to Old White Chalk Paint® or a 1:1 ratio.

Starting with English Yellow, and then adding increasing amounts of Old White (1:1, 1:2, 1:3, & 1:4), allows you to create a beautiful extended color range using this pigment-rich color.

English Yellow is a bright, happy color and a great addition to Annie Sloan’s color palette!

Currently English Yellow can be purchased by the quart, 4 ounce sample sizes are expected to be available for purchase in the US by late summer. We will be adding English Yellow to our online store offerings shortly.  In the meantime, if you want to say hello to English Yellow for your next project, please use the Add to Cart button below.

English Yellow

Price: $36.95

Happy painting!

A new home for Chalk Paint® on Cape Cod!

*PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN OLD POST.  SIMPLY VINTAGE’s location is now 1600 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA at the Bell Tower Mall.  Tel: 508-775-3569*

We are thrilled to announce that Sea Rose Cottage has partnered with Simply Vintage to bring Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan to Cape Cod!

Simply Vintage of Cape Cod carries new and antique furnishings and everything in between. Co-owners Cathy Dupuy & Lisa Nickerson curate an eclectic mix of fine goods at their shop located in the lovely coastal village of Cotuit in Barnstable, Massachusetts.

The shop is in a beautiful circa 1700’s Cape Cod shingled style house. It is the perfect setting to learn about the best paint in the world and to shop for painted furnishings and vintage finds as well as new jewelry, cards & gifts!

The shop is located at 5 Main Street  directly across from the Cahoon Museum of American Art and just a short drive (under 3 miles) from Mashpee Commons. Summer hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sundays from 11am-4pm.  For more information, contact Cathy or Lisa (or me!) at  telephone 508-420-3500 or simplyvintage @comcast.net.  So glad that Chalk Paint® and Sea Rose Cottage have found a home away from home in “Old Cape Cod!”

 

 

Lobster Anyone?

In my recent travels, I came across this bright red painted wooden lobster.   I thought it would make a great sign!

If you have read some of my earlier posts, you know how much I love signs.  I especially love vintage signs

…but a found object can be a fun place to start too!  I could tell someone took great care and effort with a jigsaw to cut out the shape.  It probably took a lot of time and patience.

Fortunately, that left me with the fun part!  To tone down the bright red color, I mixed Primer Red and Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® together and thinned down the paint mix with water to make a wash.

Primer Red

Primer Red

Emperor's Silk

Emperor’s Silk

I painted the wash of color over the surface, wiping some away as I went.  Once dry, I painted on some lettering with Old White Chalk Paint® using a liner brush.

After  it was dry, I waxed the surface with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and then used a little dark wax to tone down the white lettering.

 The wax really enhanced the color and brought the sign to life.

While the sign has since found a new home, the whole project reminds me of clambakes, the coast and summer in New England.  Lobster anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

March Events

MARCH EVENTS SCHEDULE

Intro to Chalk Paint®  Workshop, Saturday March 16th,   9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  $35 per person. 

Want to keep it simple?  This hands-on mini-workshop is for you!  Practice Annie Sloan’s signature 1-color technique on a small sample molding using Chalk Paint® decorative paint and Annie Sloan Soft Waxes.

This class is limited to 6 participants.  Paint, clear wax, dark wax. Leave with the know-how to tackle your next painting project with the best paint in the world!  To register click on the add-to-cart button below.

Price: $35.00 Coming Soon


Restyling Your Furnishings Workshop with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
Wednesday March 20th,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   $165 per person. 

Ready to dive in to the world of decorative finishing with Chalk Paint®?   Want to learn best practices for achieving professional quality finishes? Then this class is for you!

We cover 6 decorative techniques in a comprehensive and lively 4 hour session.  Leave with your sample boards and the confidence to create a full range beautiful finishes with Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan Soft Waxes on even the most challenging surfaces.

To learn more and to register, click here or use add-to-cart button below.

Price: $165.00 Coming Soon

 

Free Demo! Sunday March 24th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod
5 Main Street, Cotuit, Massachusetts 

We are thrilled that  Simply Vintage of Cape Cod will be hosting us for another Chalk Paint® Demonstration!  Simply Vintage carries new and antique furnishings and everything in between.   Find us among the eclectic mix of fine goods.  The perfect setting to learn about the best paint in the world and shop for vintage finds!  We are accepting advance orders.   Hope to see you there!

To place advance orders please call or email Sea Rose Cottage: 401-254-1166 or nan@searosecottage.com.

To reserve a spot at the Demo please contact Simply Vintage of Cape Cod call 508-420-3500 or email simplyvintage@comcast.net.

Henrietta to the rescue!

I had a request for a custom Chalk Paint® color match for an image on my website – pedal car pink!

While Annie Sloan’s color palette introduces endless possibilities….

 I started with a short list…

Henrietta, Antoinette, Scandinavian Pink, Emperor’s Silk, and Primer Red.

To envision each Chalk Paint® color mixed with Old White, check out a great post here.

Henrietta

After considering the colors and gradations, I decided to mix Henrietta (a rich clean pink with a touch of lilac) with Annie Sloan’s Pure White.

Using Pure White (rather than Old White) will result in a cleaner color and a closer match to the bright light-pink of the pedal car.


Funny enough, I spent most of my time figuring out how little of Henrietta Chalk Paint® I needed to mix into the Pure White!

In the end, 1 Part Henrietta to 16 Parts Pure White Chalk Paint® made the best match.

That would equate to mixing 1/2 sample pot of Henrietta (2 oz) to 1 quart of Pure White (32 oz).  I think even lighter versions would be just gorgeous!

 Thanks Henrietta!

Mixing it up with Pearl Plaster & Chalk Paint®

I mentioned in an earlier post that Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster is now available at Sea Rose Cottage.  Learn more about the magic of Pearl Plaster or purchase here.

Pearl Plaster adds a lustrous, pearlescent quality to furniture and wall finishes.  In its natural state, its shimmery pearl color is just fabulous!

What is also fun about Pearl Plaster is that you can tint it with Chalk Paint® too!  The general rule of thumb is to use 10-15% Chalk Paint® to Pearl Plaster.  Be careful not to thin it down too much.

I was working on a project over the weekend and ended up tinting the Pearl Plaster with a custom mix of French Linen & Paris Grey Chalk Paint®.  The color had a modern zinc-like feel.

After I saw the result,  I became curious about the many Pearl Plaster color variations that can be created with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and her rich color palette.

 

While I didn’t mix all of Annie’s 30 gorgeous colors with the Pearl Plaster, I did pick out a few of the more saturated ones.

Like Aubusson Blue and Florence…

Provence and Emile

and Graphite and Old Violet.

I used 1 Part Chalk Paint to 10 Parts Pearl Plaster for my mixes.

I love the beautiful shimmering light blue-grey of Aubusson Blue  & Pearl Plaster.
 The light sparkling spa-green color created with Provence is just exquisite,

and with Graphite, Pearl Plaster creates a wonderful modern silver-grey finish.


Mixing it up with Pearl Plaster and Chalk Paint® is a great way to extend your metallic color range!

How would you mix it up?

 

Pearl Plaster In Stock!

We are proud to announce that Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster is now available at Sea Rose Cottage!

Pearl plaster is a low VOC coating that can be used on walls, furniture and on sealed concrete to achieve an opulent luxurious finish.

Pearl plaster can be painted, rolled, troweled or floated directly onto a surface for varying effects.

If used on wood, it can be dry-brushed onto the surface, tinted with paint, or applied through a stencil.

 The finish resembles velvet with a shimmering pearlescent quality.

Pictured below are 4 examples of Pearl Plaster with paint and dark wax.

 Photo Courtesy of Artisan Enhancements, Work by Michelle Delgado

The Top 2 samples show Pearl Plaster stenciled over a graphite painted base with dark wax applied over the finish.

The Bottom Left sample is Pearl Plaster dry-brushed over a graphite painted base and then finished with dark wax.

The Lower Right shows a natural wood base, Pearl Plaster applied first and then graphite paint dry-brushed over top.  The wood finish was also sealed with dark wax.

Pearl Plaster, like other Artisan Enhancement products,  is designed with both beginners and experts in mind.  It is easy to use, easy to clean up and earth-friendly.

Best of all, it creates a beautiful, shimmering and professional finish!

Pearl Plaster is now in stock at Sea Rose Cottage and will be added to our online store offerings soon.  In the meantime, to purchase please come by the shop, order by phone or simply use the “add to cart” button below to place an order online.

 

Pearl Plaster is sold in quart containers with approximately 100 square feet of coverage.

Happy Painting!

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!

New Workshop Scheduled Posted!

We have posted the new workshop schedule for September and early October, 2012.  If you haven’t had a chance to take the comprehensive Restyle-Your-Furnishings with Chalk Paint™  Workshop, now is the time!

New workshops will be announced in the October/November time frame so stay tuned if you are interested in other topics.

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

Photo Courtesy of Sue Owens. Note: Sample surfaces vary.

Space will be filled on a first-come first-served basis so sign up now and be ready for those Fall projects!