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Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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I have heard such great reviews about the Ann Sloan Paint Line, and I wanted to try it out for myself. I was instantly attracted to their claim of ‘no need to prime or prepare’! I also loved the idea of being able to paint  any surface such as wood furniture, plastic, clay, concrete, stone and formica furniture. As described on their website “Chalk Paint is a unique paint in 24 decorative and historical colors made specifically for painting furniture, painting floors, painting ‘blackboards’ and for giving walls a completely matte velvety finish.”

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French Linen                       Old White                            Paris Gray

It was a great pleasure to drive down to historic Bristol, RI. It was a beautiful day and it is such a quaint little town with shops right on the water. The owner of Sea Rose Cottage, Nancy, invited me to come to her store and work with the paints:

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She had all different painted samples to get ideas from:

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Although there are only 24 paint colors, there are actually many, many ways to mix the paint together. You can mix the paint with wax or water to make numerous shades and different techniques of paint.

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Their claim of easy is so true! You just paint the surface with your color with two coats, then rub two coats of wax on. That’s it! If you want an antique look, just paint on the dark wax and rub off until desired effect. Pretty easy! Below are two examples of finishing the wood with the dark wax:

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What I also loved was there is no right or wrong way to do it. You paint on the color, then use one (or both) of the two waxes, clear and dark, and then just adjust the effects you want with a rag. I know I am making this seem very simple, but that is actually the steps you follow. The picture below shows the color Versailles shown in different coats as applied:

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From right to left- 1) one coat color applied, 2) two coats color, 3) two coats color with one coat clear wax and the last on the left is two coats color applied with two coats clear wax, then buffed with a rag to a beautiful shine.

As stated on her website “Annie Sloan developed her now famous Chalk Paint to answer the need she had for a paint which would have many uses from acting like limewash to looking like old painted furniture and that had a good range of color that could be extended by the user. This paint is very easy to work with and allows people to be creative as one doesn’t get involved with the technicalities of preparation and it also allows you to change your mind without hassle.”

I chose to experiment with the French Linen:

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Nancy told me the most popular colors are Old White, Duck Egg Blue and Paris Gray. French Linen is a new color in the collection as well as a Pure White color and a beautiful Coco color I loved.  

I had no idea these colors have been in Europe for 20 years. They have only been in the United States and Canada for one and a half years. Brand new really! I really think it is a miracle paint for getting that antique and vintage look! But, it also can be made to look very contemporary depending on the color and sheen you are looking for. Below is a mirror painted with Provence and then waxed. The molding held up to compare is painted with no wax (both treatments beautiful!):

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I ended up buying a quart of the French Linen paint ($36.95), one tin of the clear wax ($29.95), one tin of dark wax ($29.95) and a few samples jars to experiment with. The dark wax should last forever because you only use such a small amount of it.

I can’t wait to start painting! I am going to start with a small wood table and then I will share with you. There is a great technique book that is easy to follow step by step written by Annie Sloan called ‘Quick and Easy Paint Transformations’ that you can purchase online from the Sea Rose Cottage  as well as all Annie Sloan paint and waxes. This special paint is only sold in about 70 stocklists throughout the United State and Canada. It can be ordered online and shipped right to your door.

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Love it! Love new products, new experiments! I have invited Nancy to guest post in about a week to explain in more detail about the products and painting techniques. Stay tuned!

Comments? Have you had a chance to try the Anne Sloan paint? What do you think of it?

I love the way that they advertise their paint:

Why our Paint is Special

1. It’s the BEST paint for painting furniture by a long way.
2. You can use the paint by diluting it with water to make a wash to show the wood grain.
3. You can use it as an impasto ( thickly) – leave the lid off to thicken.
4. You can use it on any surface, indoors and out ( the outside of our shop was painted in it- perfect!)
5. No need to prime or prepare.
6. The colors are mixed intelligently and the web site shows how you can adapt your colors for your use.
7. It’s a girls’ paint, but boys can use it too.
8. It’s flexible so you can be creative and change you mind.
9. It allows your walls to breathe so it is perfect for cottage walls.
10. Extremely low VOCs so it is good for the environment.
11. Very little black is used in their manufacture so the colors are mixed with thought using a mixture of colors.
13. You can paint it on walls for a soft matt effect or wax it for a polished plaster effect.

Related topics you might enjoy:

Beautiful Gray Color Combinations

The Magic of Paint – For Wood Paneling

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Selecting a Spa Color for Your Bath

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

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Lately I have been receiving a lot of color requests looking for help in finding that perfect bathroom color.

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In the past few years, the bath was the room to experiment with darker colors:

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But I have noticed a rising trend in the last year. More home owners are looking for that lighter, spa like feeling of serenity and tranquility.

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Along with the rest of our home, we want that brighter, cleaner look for our bathroom also:

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Below are a few beautiful blue/green Benjamin Moore colors I have recently suggested to create that spa style feeling:

Palladian Blue HC 144:

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Beach Glass 1564:

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Bali 702:

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Tranquility AF 490:

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And here is a Benjamin Moore color suggestion from their website for a spa retreat:

Feather Gray 2127-60:

A bathroom painted with Benjamin Moore colors Feather Gray (2127-60) wall paint and highlighted by Wedding Veil (2125-70) to create a relaxed spa-like appearance.

These are just a few colors that will give your bathroom that spa like, serenity feeling.  And always be sure to test new color next to your existng countertop, cabinets and tile!

I believe the trend is going to be around for awhile! What do you think?

If you need help choosing that perfect color for your bath, contact me today!

Similar Topics:

Beige Room Color Consultation

Benjamin Moore’s Best Seller Blues

Benjamin Moore’s Top Selling Neutrals

Coordinating the Bed and Bath

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Great Accessory Finds

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

 

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Aren’t the colors in this Crate&Barrel striped throw gorgeous? I found it shopping online and I bought it for myself because I liked it so much! Look how pretty this pillow is that I can use to go with it:

 

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I really love this wall art below. It is a 20×200 print, sold through West Elm:

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I think it can be used to either dress up or down a room. It creates a look that is very fresh and clean. It is a good size too. 30” x 40”.

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I love, love this vase:

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Vases are so easy and versatile to decorate with. One of the best features of a vase is that it looks great alone or with flowers.

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Another great accessory I love that can be used in so many different decorating scenes:

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I love the 10” depth of these Pottery Barn shelves:

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Try using three of the same length (2’, 3’ or 4 foot) spaced evenly together or three different shelf lengths together to decorate a entire wall:

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Have you seen this new wall art from Pier One?:

Celebration Tree Art                   Royal Radiance Wall Art

Pretty Brushstrokes Art

Silhouette Wall Art

All so bold and beautiful! Plus they are all large prints- big is better!

Which are your favorites? Have you been shopping for any particular accessories lately?

If you need help choosing the perfect accessories for your home, contact me today!

Related Topics:

Welcome Back Autumn

Pops of Bold Color

I Love Vignettes

It’s All in the Details Baby!

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Worst Client Ever!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

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I tell my clients over and over again: The best and easiest way to select paint colors that will work in your home is to use your existing furnishings!

But this educated, decorating fanatic, paint and fabric lover instead decided to choose paint colors that she loved and wanted to try out for herself.  So she chose Manchester Tan:

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Palladian Blue:

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And Chelsea Gray:

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All beautiful colors.  But then the sofa was moved in:

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And guess what? The fabric on the sofa is not working in the room with the Manchester Tan!

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Wow-it sure does look bad! Do you see how ‘dirty’ the sofa looks next to the ‘clean’ color of the walls?  The beige on the sofa is more ‘muted’ than the bright, clean color Manchester Tan.

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The sofa has to stay in the room. It is fairly new (five years) and is a good quality, sturdy sofa. So now what? Can’t repaint all the walls again. The best solution I see is to have the sofa slip covered, since I can’t afford to have it reupholstered at this time. Pottery Barn has a decent slip cover that will work for now:

PB Square Cushion Loose-Fit Twill Slipcover, Small Sofa, Twill Walnut

And the problem with the Palladian Blue room?  This is the chair that was supposed to be used in the room:

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Never even thought to choose a color to coordinate. Duh!  And have you guessed who this not so smart person is?  I admit it, it is me! Color superstar and amazing decorator(:)), did not follow my own good advice on selecting paint colors! How did I make these color mistakes? Right before I moved into our new condo, I had one day to choose paint colors and I was told I could pick only three colors for the whole condo unit. I guess I got overexcited and just picked three colors I love and have been wanting to use. I do love the colors, especially the Chelsea Gray! I am going to use my own furnishings and I would like to buy a few new pieces. I will keep you updated!

I wanted to share this story with you to show how we all make mistakes. The moral of this story is to not rush into selecting paint colors. Hope you learn this lesson with me!

I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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If you need help selecting paint colors for you home, contact me today!

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