Win a free ticket to Annie Sloan-Boston!

I am  happy to announce a special Sea Rose Cottage Giveaway!  Enter here to win a free ticket to attend Annie Sloan’s Boston Tour Event!  There will be two winners.  Each ticket is valued at $350.  Annie’s Boston Tour Stop will be held at the  Sheraton Boston Hotel on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 .  Many fun activities are planned for the day–learn more  about it here.

No purchase is necessary to enter.  Just visit SOCO Magazine‘s website to check out their March Cover issue and view the short clip featuring Annie Sloan at her Oxford Shop.   Name one of the colors featured on Annie’s painted chest of drawers and leave your answer by commenting on this post.  If you are correct you will receive 1 entry.  For another entry, visit my Facebook page (you must “Like” the page if you haven’t done so already) and post the comment “Annie Sloan Boston” on  the Giveaway link.

Winners will be chosen Friday, March 2nd at 5pm and notified immediately.

Hope to see you at Annie Sloan’s Boston Tour Event on April 2nd!  Good luck!

A Royal Makeover!

Ever since seeing Marion Parsons most excellent Union Jack Dresser, I have wanted to paint one of my own. I figured when I came across a piece of furniture that screamed to be painted as a British Flag then I wouldn’t hesitate to start the project. That never happened—or so I thought.

Many moons ago I bought this sturdy dresser at a local consignment store but did not have a plan of how to paint it.  It sat unattended for quite some time.

I liked that is was a sturdy piece of furniture with interesting details that could be better showcased with a painted finish.

That said, I was quite stumped as to how to proceed. The furniture is a more formal piece than I would normally purchase.  Its regal bearing demanded attention with its carved columns that grace the front corners of the dresser, the fan carving at its base and its Queen Ann legs.


Finally it struck me—a royal makeover would be in order (in the British style of course)!

I quickly selected my paint colors (Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Napoleonic Blue, Emperor’s Silk and Old White) and got down to painting.  I did have a few hiccups along the way.  I thought I would sketch the design out on the front of the dresser and forgo the taping off (bad idea when the drawers are not flush with the face of the dresser). I also had incomplete instructions on how to draw the Union Jack (an even worse idea). Luckily my friend Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies came to the rescue. Funny enough we were both working on Union Flag dressers at the same time!  She shared this “how to”with me that she was using for her own project (which by the way came out fabulous!)

After painting over my mistakes the work in progress looked like this:

I finished the piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax and used Annie Sloan Dark Wax for an aged effect.

I highlighted some of the carvings and details with gilding wax.  The original drawer pulls were given the gold treatment as well as a few new additions.

Finally after much primping (and a few episodes of Masterpiece Theatre’s  Downton Abbey)–the royal makeover is complete!  Just in time for the next best British invasion—Annie Sloan’s 2012 US Tour!



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New Sample Deck Giveaway!

I am so excited to have these new Sample Decks in stock that showcase 28 of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Colors!

Some  have admired the exact same Sample Deck in my shop and have wanted to purchase one for themselves.  So happy that it is now available for sale !

In celebration, I decided a Sample Deck Giveaway would be in order.   The gracious giveaway host is none other than Kelly Bernier of Restyling Home by Kelly.  Kelly is a talented designer and blogger who helps to make homes happy with color selection and room makeovers in a day using existing furnishings.

I first met Kelly when she visited my shop last year to learn more about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Since then Kelly has fallen in love with the paint and has taken on restyling projects like this sweet Hope Chest makeover.

Please hop on over to Kelly’s blog to learn more about the Giveaway and to catch up on her recent posts.

The Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Valentine’s Day.  Good luck!