If you haven’t checked out the winning piece from our April Paint Pro, you need to check it out! We had so many beautiful entries this month and we loved them all! We love seeing the different wants you all use the products to make pieces your own. You all make choosing our winner each month so difficult, and we hope you’ll keep entering each month to win new products! In celebration of all your incredible work, we thought we would feature a few other Before & Afters that you all shared. Shout out to Farm Town Vintage , 100 Thousand Welcomes , Refind Design, and The Paisley Lily Pad for sharing their transformations! Don’t forget to tag us in YOUR transformations using #SPPaintPro for a chance to win this month! You can shop all your DIY needs in our online shop!
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Chalk Paint lovers know how diverse the color choices are in Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. But, did you know that there are several different types of waxes made by Annie that can further alter the color of your paint? Using a tinted wax can add an additional dimension and texture to any project, kicking it up a notch. Check out these tips from Annie herself on how to use her black tinted wax:
Each of the four colors of Chalk Paint® Wax pair perfectly with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. With the consistency of soft margarine and very little odor, they give your painted furniture, cabinets, and accessories a beautiful mellow finish while adding protection and enhancing durability.
Black Chalk Paint® Wax will give a cool, dark finish to your project, enriching colors and bringing out texture in brushwork and decorative details. Use it with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax to seal and protect furniture painted with Chalk Paint®.
Join Stylish Patina at the Make It Take It booth at the Home + Remodeling Show this weekend! You’ll learn about Chalk Paint, salt wash, clear and dark wax and our other great DIY products. And you get to take home your creation! We’ve got free passes to this weekend’s home + remodeling show at the shop, so swing by and grab one and get inspired at the home + remodeling show.
See the Make It Take It booth schedule below & come make a fun project with Stylish Patina!
Home + Remodeling Show Info
JANUARY 20 – 22, 2017
DULLES EXPO CENTER
DIY Reader Submission
|Tell us a little bit about yourself:|
|My name is Kimberly and I am a DIY enthusiast. I am from Alexandria, VA. I have an online business that helps others achieve their personal goals and living a better life.|
|Tell us about your project or redesign:|
|I chose to transform an old bedroom set in one of my guest rooms. Old White was the main color with preserving the wood finish on the top with a gel stain. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to change the entire look of the room.
I also painted the wing back chair the same color ~Old White
Dry brushed the surface of the small table with Old White to create a different effect. Finished the base with Old White with a little Dark Wax for slight imperfected look. Voila!!
We love this before + after! Thanks Kimberly.
|Meet our Before + After reader project for today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
|I am a handy mom of two boys, redoing her second home in northern va.|
|Tell us about your project or redesign:|
|We are transforming a dark mantle – the original mantle was dark and dated. my husband and I painted the brick with paris grey chalk paint and painted the built-ins white.|
Our October 1st paint class already SOLD OUT! We have added a second class in October. For all of you hoping to tackle some DIY projects before the holiday season!
Join us to the learn the ins and outs of how to use the famous Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. You will learn…
– How to do a one coat application
– How to do a two color distress
– How to apply clear, dark, black + white wax
– How to distress for the aged look
– How to buff for a nice shine
– We will discuss tricks for a modern finish vs. a rustic look
There will be plenty of time for questions + answers and you will leave with handouts and a little sample to take home.
When you leave this class you will be ready to tackle all those projects you have at home. This class is taught at our Rough Luxe warehouse – 138 W. Jefferson St Falls Church Va 22046
Day + Time: Saturday October 22st, 10-12pm
Instructor: Christina Beckett, SP Assistant Manager + DIY enthusiast
|Meet Nancy our DIY featured reader today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
|A Realtor from Burke with adventures across the country as a military family. LOVE this store…it oozes creativity!!|
|Tell us about your project or redesign:|
|I updated a dining room table using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Paris Grey, French Linen and Old White. Looks beautiful, I can use this piece to stage a house!|
Nancy only had an after picture to share but I LOVE how it turned out!
A big trend we are seeing right now is painting your floors. This is definitely an inexpensive was to transform your flooring! Our Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and the Annie Sloan Laquer are great options for getting this look!
I wanted to share this great tutorial for anyone considering doing this in your home / office / workspace – http://paintandpattern.com/floorcloth-fancy/
About a month or so ago I was in the shop over the weekend bringing in some new furniture and trying to stay under the radar. I was trying to just get in and out of the shop and back to my kids. I had my bestie Yvette from Foundry with me and we couldn’t help but notice this adorable father and his 3 kids (2 girls elementary/middle school + 1 boy in a car seat, yes he deserved father of the year for that alone!). Usually when guys come in the shop they have a list of DIY products they need to purchase for their wife.
This guy was different I could hear him talking with his girls about colors and the project they were going to do. I walked up to him and asked him if he needed any help. He said no thank you that he was just deciding on colors for his project. I walked away and went about my business of trying to get out of the shop in under 2 hours (if I think it’s going to take 30 minutes it usually really ends up being 2 hours). The whole time Yvette and I were watching this cute family and she and I were thinking the same thing “How cool is this guy all into using the paint and DIY thing!”. Yvette was like you need to interview him for the blog and she was right but I was trying to get out of the shop. So I brushed it off until she was like I’m going to go ask him if you can interview him for the blog! So she did and here we are… I ended up chatting with Joshua for about 45 more minutes after he agreed to be interviewed. He and I spend tons of time in our DIY section and I showed him some other cool products like General Finishes Gel Stains and the High Performance Poly that I think are awesome.
I hope you enjoy this fun little interview with Joshua!
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a native of Miami, FL. I came to the DC area after college in 2000. I met my wife Ericka a year later. She was a senior at Howard University. We have been married for 13 years and we have 3 kids (Jaylah – 12, Joslyn – 9, Isaiah – 9 months). We currently live in Alexandria, VA. Our family has an affinity for the arts. Jaylah has been a performing dancer since she was 3. Joslyn is a drummer. Ericka is a fashion marketing teacher at a high school in Fairfax County and started an online clothing boutique. And I paint furniture and love pretty much all things home decor (and sports). That’s probably not a typical combination.
How did you start repurposing furniture and where do you find your pieces?
I stumbled into repurposing when my dad told me that I needed a hobby. Since I could remember, I could always recognize potential. One day I came across a home DIY magazine and decided to try my hand at replicating a featured project. It was terrible. But I took it as a challenge to see if I could become good at it. Over time I just kept practicing until I gained confidence. It probably took me 3-4 pieces before I started to figure it out. I was hooked. I started reading blogs, watching more HGTV, studying You Tube videos, etc. Then I came across the blog of Miss Mustard Seed. Her story really inspired me. Since then, I have entertained the thought of owning a furniture boutique. (That’s why I love Stylish Patina so much. It’s like seeing my dream every time I go there.)
As for how I find my pieces, it depends. But I look on Craigslist and local auction sites to see what someone is basically giving away. But some of my best pieces have been stuff I found on the side of the road. I actually get more excited about those pieces. It’s like finding a hidden treasure. Once the spring comes, people in this area are always putting things on the curb. So, sometimes I will do a drive by on trash days.
Do you have a favorite Chalk Paint® color?
I have not used all of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors. But I think Barcelona Orange has been my favorite one so far. I thought it would be fun to use a bright color that was outside of the box for me. It did not disappoint.
Do you have a favorite project you have done?
I think my favorite project was working on a matching dresser and chest that I got for free from a man who bought an old row home for his daughter in DC. The pieces were beautiful antiques that needed a little TLC to be brought back to life. I used the Paris Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in combination with the dark wax. It was my first time using the dark wax and it was amazing!
Do you get teased by your guy friends about your new hobby?
Several weeks ago I was having a lunch meeting with a couple of guys I was just meeting for the first time. When I was asked about my hobbies, I said I loved home decor and I restoring furniture. He laughed very loudly. I think the look I had on my face made him realize that he should probably stop laughing. That type of response among guys is actually not the norm. Most are surprised because they know I love sports and have an athletic background. But most think it is cool and odd at the same time.
If is true you were a football player?
Yes, in my past life I did play a little football. I rarely lead with that because I want people to get to know me as a regular guy because that’s what I am. Back in 2000, I was fortunate to sign with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee Technological University. It was always a dream of mine to play in the National Football League. I was able to do that for a short time. I spent time with the Redskins, Dolphins, and played a season in the now defunct NFL Europe.
Any tips for a newbie just getting into repurposing?
I always encourage people to just go for it. You never know until you try. Find something around the house (that you wouldn’t be too upset about if you messed it up) or go to the “free” section on Craigslist and experiment a little bit. Annie Sloan Chalk paint is a great product to practice with because it is so easy to use. You can usually cover a piece in a couple of coats of paint. Also, use You Tube and DIY blogs for tips. Most of those people have already made all the mistakes you can make. So follow their tips until you develop your own experience. I think you will find that it is fun and not that difficult.
Here are a few of my favorite Before + After projects from Joshua! I love his look it’s very chic + stylish.
Are you local and buy your DIY products from us at Stylish Patina? If you have a fun story on how you got involved in DIY projects and refurbishing furniture then contact us at email@example.com.
We just started carrying a new DIY product call Pioneer Wood in the shop!
This product is great for those DIYers out there that are using new wood or pallet wood for projects. Pioneer wood takes the new wood and add’s the patina needed to make your projects have the character and interest of old barn wood! We have just started playing with this new product so stay tuned for some before and afters.
PINK TAG SALE in the shop!
We have a select few furniture items in the shop that are on sale, which you can eye by the Pink Tag. As we move into summer white is the trend so we have a put 2 of our larger white dresser on sale. They are could even be used as a buffet in a dining room or as a TV console. For this new mom’s out there these would make great changing tables too. The extra long size if perfect when you little guys get big! My kids are almost 2 and they have out grown the smaller vintage dresser I was using as a changing table.
If you happened to swing by Rough Luxe Warehouse last weekend you might have notices we have added some beautiful upholstery pieces, chairs + couches, as well as some fun brass + marble console tables and end tables. Now that we are opening Rough Luxe Warehouse every weekend I wanted to take the design up a notch and show folks how they can mix new and old in their homes.
As always I am looking to keep the price point affordable but provide beautiful products for our clients that offer a bit more interest than the traditional big box stores. Many of our vintage buffets, tables and dressers are solid wood and less expensive than what you might find at other places. Our heart is in vintage and we want to show how you can meld old and new in your home.
I hope you will enjoy watching the evolution of our warehouse space over the next couple months as we continue to add new elements and make it more of a design inspiration experience for our shoppers.