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It is amazing how the power of paint can transform such outdated pieces!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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Annie Sloan’s Smooth Finish Flat Brush

Finally the paint brush you have been waiting for to achieve a smooth finish with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan has arrived!

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The FLAT BRUSHES feature advanced synthetic fibers for the ultimate silky finish.  They are designed to work specifically with Chalk Paint® to achieve a smooth modern finish.  The brushes are shaped to hold a lot of paint and apply the paint evenly, eliminating brush marks.

The comfortable handles are pre-drilled so the paint brushes can be hung to dry.  Both are light weight, the small brush weighing under 2 ounces and the large brush weighing just over 3 ounces helping to avoid hand fatigue while you paint.

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Chalk Paint® is a versatile decorative paint that was designed  for a variety of finishes (wash, textured, impasto crackle, etc).  It is important to use the right tools and techniques to achieve your desired result.

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For a smooth paint application be sure to use the right brush and paint more traditionally in the direction of the wood grain or the previously painted finish.

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Since the paint was designed to thicken as it dries (to show more texture and brush stroke) it is helpful to keep the paint ‘open’ while you work for the smoothest finish–especially on a hot summer day!  This can be done by introducing water into the equation either by thinning your paint with water, working with a damp brush, or lightly tipping your brush in water each time you re-load it with paint.

For smooth sailing, order your Annie Sloan Flat Brush today!

Price: $14.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Annie Sloan ™ Paint Brushes are here!

I am so excited that my first shipment of Annie Sloan ™ paint brushes have arrived!  As many of you know, I carry wax brushes that I love to use but had yet to find a favorite in the paint brush arena.  That is…until now!

These brushes were introduced during Annie Sloan’s 2012 American Tour and  up until recently were only available in Europe.

 

Annie Sloan’s paint brushes are uniquely oval and are made of pure bristle. It is a great brush for painting but can also be used for applying wax.

Long Annie’s favorite, this type of oval brush is firm but pliable. While strong, the flexibility of the brush allows for expressiveness and is ideal for creating texture. The length of the bristles allow the paint to flow well and spread easily.

The brushes come in three sizes (small, medium and large) and are a joy to paint with.


As a Workshop Instructor on the final leg of Annie’s Tour in Boston, I was able to take a brush home and start using it.

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I’ve had my brush since April and it is now my favorite!  I used the smallest version to paint a pair of bedside tables and it was the perfect size to get the job done.

We are thrilled the brushes are now available at Sea Rose Cottage.  Come by and test one out or follow this link for more information or to order online.

Happy Painting!