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!
We are getting ready for Luckett’s Spring Market, it’s kind of crazy how quickly it’s coming up! For those of you who haven’t already heard, we will be running FREE workshops and demos throughout the weekend using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and MMS Milk Paint. But back to our color feature…In honor of the Spring Market coming up, we’ve decided to feature the gorgeous Lucketts Green this week. We love this cheery color and we love how versatile the product is and we hope you’ll give it a try if you haven’t already! This sweet little piece was featured on the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint instagram account and was painted by Lemondrop Reclaimed. It never hurts when a piece is staged as beautifully as this one either!
What are your favorite Milk Paint Transformations? Share them with us on Instagram using #SPPaintPro for a chance to win a new DIY product each month! The winner’s transformation will also be featured on the blog! Don’t forget, you can shop all your DIY needs through our online store.
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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For all of you who missed out on the last calligraphy classes we hosted, we have good news! Michele Hatty-Fritz of Meant to be Calligraphy will be hosting two classes this month at our Mosaic District Store!
On April 29, Michele, whose work has been featured everywhere from the Knot Magazine to Glamour, to Southern Living will be teaching an intro course on Modern Pointed Pen Calligraphy from 10-1:30 followed by her intro class on Modern Brush Lettering from 3-6:00.
For the full line up of our upcoming classes, click here
This weeks Anniversary FLASH SALE is 15% off all Clothes + Scarves! This sale ends Saturday night and a new one will be announced for next week! The weather is warming up, come by the shop and check out some of our pretty new spring dresses + scarves perfect for the warmer weather. They are all easy to throw on and look cute and priced just right (usually under $40)! I am always looking for clothing that is fashionable yet easy to pull together. Our lives are busy why make it hard? Right!?
Be sure to follow me on IG and Facebook too! We have new classes + workshops coming up for all you Chalk Painters and those of you interested in MMS Milk Paint. Also we have Meant To Be Calligraphy teaching her classes at our Mosaic Pop Up location register for her classes here.
For those of you wondering whether you’re up for the “challenge” (I put challenge in quotes because this Chalk Painting makes every project 1000x easier) of redoing furniture, we’ve decided to prove how easy it can be to you! We will be offering a FREE demo on how to use Chalk Paint ® this weekend at our Falls Church Store, Saturday from 10-11! Witness first hand how easy it is and find out what the craze is really about! One of our Chalk Paint Pros, Christina, will be hosting the demo and will be available to answer all your questions!
In case you haven’t heard, our Falls Church Store is turning FIVE this month. And to celebrate, we are giving back to the very people who made it possible for us to hit this milestone…YOU! Which is why, every week of April, we will be announcing a new sale. FIVE weeks, FIVE ways to say thank you! Make sure you sign up for our email list so you can be the first to find out about the next week’s sales!
Our first sale will be 15% off of select furniture (marked with PINK tags) in our Falls Church and Mosaic District Stores. We’ve included photos of some of the pieces below for you to preview!
Check out our Etsy page for our full inventory of furniture!
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?
This week we’ve got another new video to share from Annie Sloan herself! One of the things we get the most questions about is how to use the dark wax and the black wax over Chalk Paint® so we thought we’d share this video so you could learn from the master herself…Or, if you prefer a more hands on experience, you can sign up for one of our upcoming classes!
This week’s tip of the week comes to us straight from Annie Sloan, or more specifically, Annie’s son Felix. When we came across it on her instagram a while back, we loved it so much that we knew we had to share it!
Felix was refinishing this dresser, which held a lot of sentimental for his children’s room at their home in Oxford, England. He painted it in Chalk Paint® in Old Violet, but it’s his idea of outlining the drawers in Cream that we really fell for! It’s such a subtle extra detail that brings so much life to this piece! It was sealed with Clear Wax for added protection!
How sweet does it look?
What are some of your favorite Chalk Paint tips or Finish ideas? Share them with us for a chance to be featured!
This week, we thought we’d feature a really special product that would make a perfect last minute Valentine’s Gift! We’ve been carrying the KOBO line of SEED candles for a while now and they have always been a hit. The company was started in Japan in 2006 before the owner of the company and her husband finally settled in New York. She created the line with the belief that fragrance plays a huge role in brining spaces to life.
The candles come in beautiful crisp, clean scents like Sweet Sunflower, Somerset Thyme, and Crushed Mint. What distinguishes these candles though is that they are 100% soy, with the soy beans being grown domestically and sustainably. They are GMO-free AND the wick is 100% Cotton, which means they burn cleanly and don’t pollute your home, while still filling your space with the most beautiful scents.
What makes the SEED line of these candles so special though is that the boxes are made using 100% recycled paper which are printed using vegetable-based inks. The box these candles come in are made to be planted, as they contain seeds to “grow the scent.”
- Soaking the package
- Burying the packaging in soil
- Watering the seeds
- “Applying” Sunshine
- Caring for the seeds with love
There seems to be an abundance of oak furniture in the world and most people seem to have at least one oak piece in their homes that they are looking to refinish, either because it has a sentimental value or because they see the potential in the bones and construction of the furniture. For those looking to personalize a piece or save a piece that might have a dated finish to it, Chalk Paint is a great option.
As many of you DIYers know, Annie Sloan’s paint is not only easy to work with, but it’s also great for achieving a variety of looks, from sleek and modern to rustic and weathered. Check out these awesome videos featuring Annie herself for her tips on achieving a rustic look!
We love how Annie fearlessly layers colors together to create unexpected looks like this one! She has a way of maintaining the vintage feel of her pieces while introducing a modern twist (like this bright pop of blue!)
Whether to wax and then distress or distress then wax is one of the great debates amongst chalk painters! There is no right answer, it depends completely on the look you want to achieve. You are the artist! One thing is definitely true though, using a variety of sand paper grits will give you the most authentically worn look
We love how the details and lines of this piece have been brought into the spotlight with Annie’s distressing. Can you see how using varying grits of sand paper can add dimension? Distressing doesn’t always have to be uniform! With chalk paint, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents that make your piece unique.
Come and see us at our shop in Falls Church Virginia (address here) and talk to us about your project or BUY ONLINE if you are out of state! We have all your Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan products, wax and so much more! We have everything you need to complete your project. Do you have questions email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
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