Ah, college… roommates, Ramen noodles, and recycled furniture. Between books and bar hopping there’s little to no money to spend and certainly not on new furniture. Turn your borrowed furniture bohemian and paint what your momma gave ya!
Get inspired then come get your paint!
Quick reminder, everybody! It is not too late to submit your transformations to win our giveaway product this month! We are giving away a pint of General Finishes Java Gel Stain to our favorite transformation! If you haven’t tried it out, now’s the time…and what better way to try out a new product than by winning it! All you have to do to enter is share your transformation via instagram using #SPPaintPro. Our winner will be announced at the end of the month! Check out some of the previous winners here for a little inspiration!
We are SO excited to announce the winner of this month’s giveaway! The very talented Courtney Cole of Twig & Thyme Design transformed this secretary desk for one of her clients. Courtney is a Northern Virginia native who currently lives with her fiancé and their two dogs in the suburbs of DC. Curating a collection of vintage pieces was always a hobby of Courtney, who collected painted furniture and antiques while working in fashion. So naturally, when she decided it was time for a career change, this seemed an obvious choice! She loves more traditional styles of furniture, with Empire style being a particular favorite. But, like us, she loves to blend the old and new to create her own eclectic style.
Courtney has a true talent for looking past what may look like a dated or tired piece and seeing it’s good bones. She pulls inspiration for her pieces from her everywhere, from her travels to different cities and countries to her fellow artists to help her clients transform their pieces into something they are proud to display in their homes.
This gorgeous drop front secretary was made in 1937 and had been passed down for three generations. So naturally, it had seen its fair share of wear and tear and was a great candidate for a full makeover. Courtney was commissioned by her client to refresh this piece, while still maintaining a more classic look. The first step was a pretty extensive cleaning to remove the built up grime and worn finish. She sanded down some surface imperfections and repaired the drawers, tip trim, and foot to make sure the piece was ready for painting!
To achieve this polished look, Courtney applied layers of General Finishes’ Enduro Black Poly on the exterior, following each coat with a light sand to help achieve this flawless finish. The inside of the pieces was primed with the General Finishes Stain Blocker (which is a great way to prevent bleed through from stains!) and painted with General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White. To help maintain the classic look of the piece, they left the original hardware and lightly distressed along the edges to highlight some of the lines and details. The final step was applying a layer of the General Finishes Enduro Lacquer for an added bit of protection!
The results are absolutely stunning aren’t they?
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This week’s Before & After comes to us from Jen Green of Green Spruce Designs, whose piece won our Chalk Paint Giveaway for having the most likes on instagram! The very talented Jen used layers of Chalk Paint to create a gorgeous driftwood look. How beautiful does it look?
Like most people, we at Stylish Patina are huge fans of Chip and Joanna from Fixer Upper. And based on this latest Before & After submission, we think DIYer Nancy might be too. Nancy has taken two of our Chalk Paint classes and has become a full blown addict, even playing around with different techniques and washes. But for this project, she decided to try out Pioneer Wood. For those of you who have never heard of or used it, it’s an incredible, user friendly product that rapidly ages wood to give it that weathered, barn wood kind of a look. Keep scrolling to see the Fixer Upper style makeover from Nancy!
Nancy has been working to redo her house, and decided it was finally time to tackle her fireplace with the help of her daughters Daria and Carly.
Nancy and her daughters cut down oak boards to give the fireplace a ship lap look. Once all the boards were up, they were then sanded down to a smooth finish. She then applied the Pioneer Wood to the boards and left them to sit for 24 hours.
She was left with a beautiful, aged wood look that adds so much character that still feels up-to-date and contemporary.
The final step of this process was to seal the boards using Annie Sloan’s white wax. As you can see, they loved it so much that they carried the finish over to the barn door. What a creative Before & After! It looks great!
Do you have any Before & Afters you would be willing to share? We love featuring the work of talented customers like Nancy and would love for you to be next!
This week’s before an after comes from Stylish Patina’s manager and painting expert, Christina. She took this beautiful piece and gave it new life. Check out this awesome before and after!
Christina chose Napoleonic blue to update this buffet and went for a full coverage look to modernize the piece even further. She then added a layer of clear wax to the entire piece, which really helps to extend the life of your chalk painted pieces. One she finished painting, she decided to spray the hardware to a beautiful gold, adding just a bit of glam and the perfect amount of contrast. We LOVE how it turned out!
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®.
This transformation took place at our brand new Mosaic Pop-up location. The vintage buffet/server has a ton of detail, but the carvings were overwhelmed by its drab brown color and shiny finish.
However, a fresh coat of paint and some distressing is giving this beauty a new life! The paint is a product that we at Stylish Patina are very fond of – General Finishes Milk Paint in Emerald. It’s amazing how the bright color contrasted by some distressing make the details really pop!
We decided to leave the legs with the natural wood finish to further highlight the unique nature of this piece. I absolutely love how it turned out! Check out more pictures of this furniture here. Stop by the shop to get advice on how to do your own transformation!
This week’s before + after is from Maria from Alexandria!
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m an occasional DIYer. I grew up in Alexandria, VA and moved back over a year ago from Las Vegas, via Mexico. I love to go hunting for treasures at estate sales and like transforming old worn pieces into unique treasures. I’m a global events director in the tech industry, so this is a great side hobby to express my creative side.
Tell us about your project or redesign:
I bought this glass curio cabinet in Las Vegas a couple of years ago. I collect amazing costume jewelry so I wanted a beautiful display cabinet to store my treasures in. I used English Yellow on the interior, French Linen on the exterior, craqueleur and dark wax and metallic gold on the accents. I got new interior lights (with touch sensor on the top hinges!) and glass panels installed on the sides and front. It looks amazing! I’m using it for my jewelry cabinet.
Great work Maria! We can’t wait to see your next project. If you have a great Before + After, be sure to submit your work here.
If you want to learn how to update your vintage furniture like Maria did, we have posted our new fall DIY class schedule online – check it out! They are held at our new retail location in Mosaic District.
Join us July 8th 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 high shine look
– 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.
Location: Mosaic District, 2905 District Ave, #125 Fairfax, VA 22031 *Between Dawn Price Baby + Blue Mercury*
Day + Time: Saturday 7/8/2017, 10-12pm
*** Register online or in the shops! ***
This amazing before & after is from Stylish Patina fan & shopper Necolle. Take it away Necolle!
“I wanted to share a couple of chalk painted before and after pictures. The china cabinet was a great find. I used General Finishes Coastal Blue as the paint color. The glass doors were removed from the upper section and the glass shelves replaced with wood shelves. I used wrapping paper on foam core for the back finish on the upper piece. If I find something that I like better down the road I will just pop them out and re-wrap them.
Thanks to your shop ladies for their endless suggestions and inspiration on color. I love both pieces and they look great in my new office space.”
We love them too! Shop our DIY products, paints and classes HERE.
Are you moving into a new home or rearranging the one you live in and need some tips on layout? I found this great little cheat sheet online! All of these fun designer cheat sheets and more are located on our Pinterest Board here for a closer look.
If you are into Feng Shui here is a fun little color meanings chart from House Beautiful! What colors you lean towards? I always pick greens, blues, grey + whites!
And finally check out these tips for colors that lighten and brighten a room depending on what you are going for! I LOVE the Real Simple chart provided below. See all of these great cheat sheets and more on our Pinterest board here!