Ever since we posted about these cute t-shirts and bags leading up to the Lucketts Spring Market, we’ve had so many people asking us where they can get their hands on them! We don’t blame you all either, they are super cute and did we mention they are made from the softest fabric? You can only get them from us and they are going quick! We now have them in the shop + we can ship as well to you (call 703.663.8428 or email email@example.com. The T-shirts are $24.95 and the bags are $9.95! Come and get them….We can’t wait to see how you incorporate it into your style! Send us your #OOTD
We are so excited to share this week’s furniture transformation, which was our staff pick for best transformation in March. It comes to us courtesy of the super talented Jilian Moncada of ReFind Design. Jilian, like us here at Stylish Patina loves to take traditional, vintage furniture pieces and give them a modern finish. She discovered her passion for refurbishing furniture after leaving her career in fashion to stay home with her two young daughters. In doing so, she discovered a passion that has since spun in to her opening ReFind Design in 2014.
She draws her inspiration from fashion trends, old movies, her favorite interior design magazines and brands like Ethan Allen, Arhaus, and Horchow. Somehow, Jilian, who is a mother to four beautiful children, still manages to pull out amazing transformations like this one!
Jilian started with this beautiful piece, but transformed it to modernize it and enhance its vintage beauty. To create this stunning, and super on-trend, two-tone beauty and breathe new life into this buffet, Jilian used a mix of General Finishes products. To start, she applied a thin application of Queestown Gray Milk Paint to create a “time-worn” effect and create the illusion of a stain. For the cabinets and legs, she mixed General finishes stains in Antique Oak and Black Cherry. She lined the back of the cabinets and drawers with a gorgeous floral wall paper to finish it off. We love the finished product, don’t you?!
Congratulations on your beautiful transformation and for winning a Quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
We can’t wait to see what you do!
In case we haven’t yet convinced you of all the amazing things you can create and transform with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, we thought we’d share this video of Annie Sloan herself. As Annie demonstrates, painting your furniture with Chalk Paint means that you get to be creative and you’re free to experiment without worrying about “ruining” your piece. There is no single right way to achieve the look you’re going for. So you might as well have fun and play around until you discover your own methods! Check it out:
We love how Annie has experimented with different stencils and stamps to achieve her desired look and introduce a little pattern to her piece! And how she fearlessly layers colors together in a way that just always seems to work. Doesn’t it just make you want to get painting?
Come join us at one of our upcoming classes and open paint days! We think the Sweetheart Art open paint days are a great opportunity to experiment! Register for one of our upcoming classes online or in the store.
Be sure to submit your before & afters for a chance to be featured right here on the blog!
We are excited to announce that Stylish Patina will be running the DIY Make It Take It Booth at the Home + Remodeling Show at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend January 19-21! Get your hands dirty this year with our FREE hands-on DIY workshops.
A few of our featured projects will be:
- Make your own home decor sign
- Paint your own funky wooden arrow home decor
- Use Chalk Paint® to paint a picture frame
- Quick tips on how to use Chalk Paint® to paint kitchen cabinets
Check out the full class schedule:
Follow along on IG and see more sneak peeks of what we will be doing as the expo gets closer! Buy your ticket online and use promo code PATINA for an added discount!
We always tell our customers there are endless finishes that can be achieved using Chalk Paint. From full coverage and European Distress to a color washed look like our shop manager and Painter in Residence, Christina, did on this dresser.
Before Christina worked her magic, the dresser, especially on the top, showed signs of wear and tear, but was otherwise in good condition.
To start with, Christina watered down some Old white Chalk Paint. She then applied it directly over top of the wood and wiped it away while it was still wet. Christina worked in sections to ensure the coverage remained consistent. After distressing, she added a small amount of dark wax to bring out some of the details on the piece.
To even out the discolored portions on the top, Christina applied the dark wax directly to wood on top. Lastly, she revived the hardware with a little gold spray paint. We love how the wash turned out!
This week’s Before & After comes from Painting Guru and shop manager, Christina. She transformed this beautiful old church pew and brought it to life using Chalk Paint.
Christina started by painting the bench in French Linen. To add some dimension and brighten up her piece, she added a wash of Old White. Once it was dried completely dried, she distressed it to allow some of the wood tones to show through. She topped it off with a coat of clear wax. Doesn’t it look incredible?!
Are you ready to try out a color wash yet? Stop in and grab your materials or buy them online here. Then check back in Thursday for our Tip of the Week, which just so happens to be a Color Washing “How to.” Remember to send us your Before & Afters for a chance to be featured on the blog.
The craze around the aged looking, grey toned wood found at Restoration hardware (featured in their table above) has led to the creation of the term “Restoration Hardware Look.” It’s sent chalk paint addicts everywhere to their drawing boards trying to achieve the look without the Restoration Hardware price tag. Because it’s been in such high demand, we decided to break down step by step, one of many different methods to achieve this look
- Cover your piece in two coats of Annie Sloan’s French linen Chalk paint. Remember that it is always better to paint in lighter layers for a more even coverage and to avoid drips. It’s best to be haphazard in the application of the paint, allowing your brush strokes to move in many different directions.
- The second step is to apply a wash of graphite directly over the French linen paint. You do this by adding water to a small amount of paint, to achieve a translucent finish. The more water you add, the lighter the wash and final product will be. We chose graphite to make the final product have more of a grey tone, but if you wanted it to look more brown, try using Honfleur for this step instead!
- Once that has dried, which may take longer than usual because of the water added, it’s time to wax. We used the white wax and applied it directly to our sample board, without any clear wax.
- This last step is totally optional. We decided we liked the look of the white wax settling in to the brush strokes left from painting in many different directions. The only problem was, we wanted more of it. So we used a dry brushing technique and a touch of old white paint to add a bit more of the bleaching/aging effect to our board. You may not feel you need to do this though!
What do you think of the final look? There are so many different methods for achieving this finish and every time you do it, it might look just a little different. We think thats part of the fun! Stop in today and grab your materials or order them online here.
Annie Sloan has teamed up with OxFam to create a new ChalkPaint color called Lem Lem! It’s a gorgeous, almost celery green type color that will brighten up any space… And the best part is, every pot sold will benefit OxFam and contribute to their fight to alleviate poverty.
The color was inspired by her recent trip to Ethiopia and we think it would be beautiful on its own or mixed with other colors! Check out her inspiration video below, and then stop in to either of our stores today to pick up your can! Or order online here.
Join us September 2nd 10-12 at our Mosaic District Shop 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/shabby 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 9/2/2017, 10-12pm
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 week’s Before + After features a custom project painted for a customer. Christina, the manager at Stylish Patina, used Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in one of our favorite colors – Paloma. This color is a gorgeous, warm, purple-grey. We are so fond of it here because it is a great way to add some color into your home without making a loud statement.
Christina painted the chairs in Paloma, and she then lightly sanded them for a subtle distressed look. The project was then sealed with a coat of clear wax.
Great work Christina! Stop by either Stylish Patina location to speak with our staff about completing your own Before + After. You can also sign up for one of our great classes to learn how to use this product!
We often talk about how versatile Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan is – you can use it on all types of furniture and colors. But, did you know that you can even use it on fabric? Check out these tips from Annie herself:
Did you know you could dye fabric with Chalk Paint®? Dip dyeing with Chalk Paint® is a great way to completely change the color of a fabric!
Annie Sloan shares that Chalk Paint® is highly pigmented and works incredibly well as a dye. The ingredients are simple: Chalk Paint® and cold water. You can control how intense the color comes through simply by adding more water. Linen, cotton, cotton voile, and synthetic curtains all work well with this technique. You can also use patterned cottons or linens. Annie recommends that once dry, the fabric be ironed or machine dried to set and seal the color.
Be sure to see Annie’s how-to for creating a dye wash or the tutorial in her book, Annie Sloan Paints Everything. Get inspired by visiting our Fabric Projects Pinterest board and visit your local stockist for more on these amazing techniques.
Dyed pillows with Chalk Paint® created by blogger Suzanne Faris.