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Fun Idea For Unused Birdbath

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

I was at the garden center yesterday and I thought this was such a wonderful idea:

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Love it! Such a imaginative idea for a birdbath that is not being used:

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I showed you the Fairy Garden I was impressed with the other day at Art In Bloom:

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Which I really liked, but the tiny garden within a birdbath- LOVE! What a great project to do with the kids also. Just find an old birdbath that you are not using because of leaking, etc.

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Another great use for a birdbath is as a planter:

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A Birdbath! So beautiful for the yard. The height of the birdbath just brings it up a notch. Think of all the vignettes you can make in your garden with plants layered at different levels:

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What do you think of the idea of using a birdbath for a garden? I have been inspired. I am going bargain hunting this weekend to find an old birdbath to make my own little garden. If it comes out nice, I will share. :)

Have a wonderful Holiday weekend everyone! Have fun and be safe.

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Provence Painted Mirror, Part Two

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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How was your weekend? I wanted to share with you how my bedroom mirror project I started last week here:

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Ended up turning out. I purchased more of the Chalk Paint® (ASCP) Provence paint to finish the job:

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I loved the color of the Provence, but I decided that I wanted something a little lighter in color. I tried mixing different parts of the Chalk Paint® Provence with Chalk Paint® Old White until I found the perfect color mixture:

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The mixture I was happy with was with one part Provence to three parts Old White. Perfect! See how nice it works with my bedroom fabric?:

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Love it. My original plan was to rub some of the color Chalk Paint® Aubusson Blue over the finish to bring in some of the dark blue of the fabric, but I just wasn’t loving it:

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I like the clean look better, don’t you? It was easy to paint over the blue. You have to experiment and try different techniques, right? So after one coat of the mixed paint, I rubbed on the Clear Wax, waited 24 hours to dry and then buffed to a beautiful shine:

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I’m really happy with it! The lighter color works so much better in the room instead of the Chalk Paint® Antibes. The Magic of Paint! Still a few more projects, but I love how the bedroom is all coming together:

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I have this on my husband’s bedside table:

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A different way to display using books slid sideways as pedestals. Isn’t the house and mushroom so cute? There is a local store here in North Conway, NH where these little houses are made individually by special, disabled adults. They are all so sweet that I can never make up my mind which to buy!

I hope you enjoyed my mirror redesign project. So easy to do and it really is perfect!

If you need help decorating your space, contact me today.

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Top Tips From Annie Sloan

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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I was able to visit one of my favorite stores today, Sea Rose Cottage in Bristol, RI. Nancy is the shop owner and Chalk Paint® extraordinaire who got me hooked on painting with Chalk Paint®:

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I always find or learn something new when I visit her shop. Today I brought a friend who wants to paint an old, small, wooden detailed chest with the Chalk Paint® because she loves the paint colors and the idea of not having to prime and sand first. (I did learn today that is is now called ‘Chalk Paint®’ which is now a registered trademark. It is not called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or ASCP anymore, it is Chalk Paint ®, or Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan.)

It is a good idea to visit your local Stockist and see the colors in person because it is a great way to decide on colors and technique on your next project. I am so glad we went to the store, because the Chalk Paint® color Arles my friend was looking at was much more golden than she thought:

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She brought to the store a drawer to match and her wall color sample which is Ben Moore Storm AF-700. Storm is a gray with blue undertones, the same as the Chalk Paint color Paris Grey. Another good reason to visit the store is that we were able to look at the different color combinations and the Paris Grey and Cream looked fabulous together!  My friend ended up with the Cream, which is a beautiful soft yellow:

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Annie suggests the combination of the Cream with the Paris Grey for a French look here.

At the store you can see sample finishes and decide on what technique and color combinations you might want to use. You can bring your fabric and paint swatches along –or even a drawer! And the best reason to visit is to get advice and tips from your local Stockist on your project. To find the closest retailer nearest you visit anniesloanunfolded.com

My favorite take away today was my free Annie Sloan Tutorial (which you can only get by visiting the store):

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It is step by step directions on some of the classic finishes such as Simple Vintage Look, Two Color Distressing, The Rustic ‘Chippy’ Look and A Smooth Modern Finish. It is nice to have directions in front of you as a reminder, plus it gives you ideas for other techniques to try. I also picked up an Application Techniques brochure with some of Annie Sloan’s ‘Top Tips’. Here are a couple of my favorites she wrote:

* Working With a Good Palette of Colors is Important, as is Being Able To Mix Them.

“I use a palette of ready mixed neutrals with stronger colors, working on the premise that you can lighten strong colors but can not make a light strong color. Our colors can be lightened with Old White or you can use Country Grey to give a color a little complexity. Waxes can change the color as well.”

* Wax On, Wax Off!

“I wax more or less everything I paint to get the right finish for my furniture and walls. I find it makes my projects strong and gives them a beautiful, workable finish. I recommend that you use a wax that is soft and can be easily be applied with a small brush. If you want to get the job done quickly and are feeling confident, you can use a larger brush. After adding a layer of clear wax, you can choose to apply a dark wax to change the color, or add paint to the clear wax to alter the finish.”

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If you have not tried it yet, I encourage you to find a small paint project to try. The Chalk Paint® adheres to almost any surface, inside or out. How about in the garden- exterior walls, garden furniture (except teak), metal, concrete, matt plastic and even terracotta. Just leave it to harden over night and then wipe it down with a damp cloth before exposing it to rain. No need to wax. The colors are all beautiful, imagine them in your flower garden! This sign was painted with Chalk Paint®. So cool!!

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A few more great tips and hints with the soft wax that I found are good reminders:

* When you apply the wax, ‘push’ it into your Chalk Paint for the best results. Think hand cream and apply it the same way! Remove excess wax with a clean cloth.

* When applying wax, less is more, so there is no need to apply wax too thickly. The wax will feel touch –dry immediately after you have applied it.

* If you want to achieve a really good shine, allow 24 hours before buffing wax.

To find the closest retailer nearest you visit anniesloanunfolded.com. You will be very pleased you visited the store. I sure was today! Have you tried any projects lately with Chalk Paint®?

If you need help decorating your home with color, contact me today.

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Antibes Mirror Makeover

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

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The first time I saw the color  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color Antibes Green, I immediately knew I wanted to use it somehow, somewhere:

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work by Annie Sloan photo credit Christopher Drake

Isn’t the green beautiful? I knew I wanted to paint it on something! When I saw this boring old mirror in my bedroom, I knew I had found my willing subject!:

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This mirror is probably over ten years old that I had picked up from Bombay. I loved the size, shape and color but it is really heavy! My hubby said he will not hang it. :(  I could only find somewhere to lean it.

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It just sat it up there on my dresser because I did not want to just get rid of it because it looked outdated. It just needed a little love and paint. So Antibes project here we go!

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My wonderful friend Nancy at Sea Rose Cottage had supplied me with a sample jar to try and I knew it would be plenty enough to give two coats of paint to the mirror. First I wiped everything on the mirror down and then painted it with a quick coat:

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One of the things I loved about the mirror when I bought it, was all the different grooves and designs etched into it:

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So after painting, I sanded off some of the paint in areas so the detail of the etchings were more visible. I sanded it a bit with a piece of fine sandpaper until I liked the look:

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After sanding, I wiped it down with a wet rag and after it was dry, I painted on another coat, then sanded again when dry. The sanding really put the personality into the piece:

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Now it was time to wax. I have learned when using the dark wax, you only need a tiny drop of dark wax mixed with the clear wax:

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You could always add more dark wax if needed. After I finished waxing with my mix, I took just a small dab of the dark wax and wiped it on here and there for darker highlights. Wait to dry a few hours, then it is ready to buff! I just used an old t-shirt and shined it up.

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TaDa!:

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What do you think? It actually looks slightly darker than the photo shows. I love painting projects. Especially when they do not cost anything! Have you painted anything interesting lately?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Look what I saw when I was driving down the road in NH:

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“Hello, is anyone home?”

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Unbelievable! Glad I was sitting in the car! I don’t know if the people were home or not. It just walked off into the woods after that. I hope those people are not feeding  it! Did you notice the yellow sign in the first picture? It says ‘Bear Crossing.’

Similar topics you might enjoy:

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 

Painting With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Before & After Annie Sloan Transformations

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