Barcelona Orange Bedside Tables

My latest project was updating two matching bedside tables–straight from the 1970′s.  The old surface was a faux ”green oak”  laminate veneer.

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My hope was that a fresh update with Chalk Paint® would help usher the furniture into the modern era.

I decided to banish the faux oak laminate with Annie Sloan’s bright and bold Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint ®.

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Provence Chalk Paint® will be used inside the drawers for a special touch.

Provence_OpenLidFirst I used Annie Sloan’s Graphite paint to cover the faux wood grain of the veneer.  This allowed me to achieve better coverage overall.

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Next I topped it off with Barcelona Orange.

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The paint was sealed with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Chalk Paint® Wax.

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The jewelry-like drawer pulls were updated with spray paint in oil-rubbed bronze.

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It is amazing how the power of paint can transform such outdated pieces!

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Once timeworn and lackluster, these fun & functional side tables have fresh modern appeal!

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Thanks to Barcelona Orange!

 

“Posh” Pink Paint Stirs Speculation!

It is hard to believe that three unsuspecting pots of paint could cause such controversy!  Meet Antoinette, Emile and Henrietta

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Apparetly these “posh paints” quietly made their way to Anmer Hall, the current home to the expectant couple of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, from the Annie Sloan Shop in Oxford–or so it was thought.

It now turns out that this painterly trio somehow spilled the goods to Sebastian Shakespeare of the U.K.’s Daily Mail fueling speculation that Kate Middleton may be expecting a baby girl.  Since his first report “Does this posh pot of paint mean Kate’s having a girl?”  news and conjecture has spread across the continent and the pond.

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Source:  Mirror U.K.

It is no surprise that Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan appeals to the royals–what with its rich pigments, historic color palette and being known to many as “the best paint in the world.”  However, up until now no one attributed divination qualities to this high end brand!

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While Annie Sloan is being mum on the subject—neither confirming or denying the location of her happy hues, the speculation continues.  I for one, am REALLY interested in which color the royals prefer, will it be Antoinette?

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Work by Annie Sloan, photography by Christopher Drake

“A soft pale pink that takes inspiration from the dusky wall colors and decorative pieces of 18th century French interiors.”

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Work by Annie Sloan, photography by Christopher Drake

Could it be Emile? “A color used first by artists and then in decorative work, finding its beginnings in bohemian Paris.”

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Work by Annie Sloan, photography by Christopher Drake

How about Henrietta?  “The Grand Tours of the 18th century brought this color into the finest houses of Europe as part of gentle neoclassical schemes.”

While the jury is still out on weather Prince George will have a baby brother or sister, there is no doubt that Annie Sloan rules as the Queen of Color and that her Chalk Paint® truly befits royalty.

 

Coastal Cottage Piano Seat {Before & After}

I love furniture that has cottage appeal!

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When I found this Eastlake era walnut bench I thought it would look fabulous with a fresh new look.  I didn’t realize it was a piano seat with storage until I brought it home! A nice surprise.

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The plan was to pair Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan with one of my favorite fabrics from Oliveira Textiles.  This worn velvet fabric will be replaced with….

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Oliveira Textiles colorful Anemone print in Mystic Blue!

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This colorway pairs perfectly with Greek Blue–an exuberant paint color created by Annie Sloan and inspired by the Mediterranean.

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I love the organic and graphic quality of the sophisticated coastal-inspired pattern.  The fabric comes in beautiful colorways and custom colors as well.   Be sure to shop Oliveira Textiles while you are in town or pop over for a virtual visit here.

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Thanks to some handy upholstery by a local artisan, the fabric is artfully carried on inside the bench.

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While it is a far cry from its late Victorian origins…

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Brighten Up with Barcelona Orange!

This sturdy dresser with dovetail drawer boxes was found at a New York Flea Market.

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Knee deep in home renovations, my neighbor asked for some help getting the dresser updated for her son’s room.  She had one simple request.  ”Paint it the brightest orange you can find.”

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Annie Sloan’s Barcelona Orange was the obvious choice!

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The first order of business was to remove the ornate metal scrollwork accents on the top and bottom of the dresser to make it a bit less fussy.

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While changing out the hardware was initially anticipated, in the end we stuck to the original drawer pulls which pair well with the brightly painted finish!

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Now buttoned up in a fresh coat of Chalk Paint® this dresser is ready for its newly refurbished home….

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and just in the nick of time!

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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Price: $36.95

Happy painting!

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.

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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…

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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?

 

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.

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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!

 

 

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!

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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!