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!
chalk paint classes
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!
Since we first posted Margo on Instagram, we’ve had so many people reach out about her, wanting to take her home. And we don’t blame them, she’s a beautiful piece. Especially now that she has been given a fresh new look using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Aubusson Blue, which just happens to be one of our favorite colors here in the store! (Side note: it looks beautiful mixed with Florence to create a deep teal color). Margo’s new owners saw all the potential we did and chose this bold hue, opting for a modern finish and painted hardware. She has been sealed with clear wax for a lasting finish.
To achieve this modern finish, Tricia, one of our Painters in Residence, watered down the paint and applied four light coats, using one of Annie Sloan’s synthetic brushes. After the last coat, she used extra find sand paper to smooth out the surface until it was buttery smooth. Doesn’t Margo look beautiful?!
While Margo may have already found her forever home, we still have so many pieces that are waiting for you! Learn more about painting for a modern finish when you register for our Furniture Painting basics class! Or skip that step and have us custom paint a piece for you!
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!
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?
Spring has us wanting to paint everything we can in pastels! Which is why we had to share this color recipe that we stumbled upon on the instagram account of Unfolded, the official Chalk Paint distributor for the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We are calling the color a Muted Lavender. It’s such a gorgeous shade that reminds us a lot of Paloma, but with a little extra punch of purple. What do you think?
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Annie Sloan first developed Chalk Paint® in 1990 because she needed a paint that would be versatile, easy to use, and quick to dry. Chalk Paint® works beautifully on furniture without the need to sand or prime. It’s the simple way to get creative! Make sure to follow our Instagram story today to see all the different ways @shabbyrootsboutique uses Chalk Paint®!
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 color recipe of the week is another steal from Unfolded, the official distributor for Chalk Paint® in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This gorgeous mix of Lem Lem and Graphite is a happy medium between Chateau Grey and French Linen, which we’ve dubbed Bay Leaf. What do you think?! Doesn’t it make you want to pick up that paint brush? Just be sure to seal your project with Chalk Paint Wax!
What are some of your favorite color recipes? Comment below for a chance to be featured! Or, if the idea of mixing colors still intimidates you, sign up for our upcoming Mixology class! Only a few spots remain! Then send us your Before & Afters for a chance to be featured on the blog!
This week’s transformation comes to us from Pam, who recently took one of our Chalk Paint 101 classes. Pam knew she wanted to freshen up the look of a couple of pieces she had and decided Chalk Paint® was the way to go! Check out her first transformation!
The piece was in great shape, but the original finish didn’t match her new color scheme. She chose Duck Egg on a French Provincial nightstand she had that had a similar finish to this one when she started.
Once the piece was sealed with clear wax, Pam used gilding wax along the edges in Pewter to highlight the beautiful curves and lines on this piece. Doesn’t it look gorgeous?! We can’t wait to see how the matching dresser turns out!
If you asked us what color you would get when you mix Emperor’s Silk and Antibes Green we would never have guessed it would be such a gorgeous, rich Cranberry color! When we found this on the Unfolded Instagram (the official distributor of Chalk Paint® for the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) we knew we had to share it!
Don’t forget to seal your project using Chalk Paint Wax to protect it!
Lately, we’ve been turning to Unfolded, the official distributor of Chalk Paint® for the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for some color inspiration. This week’s color recipe is another steal! They shared this gorgeous grey tone via instagram and we loved it so much that we knew we had to share it! It’s a green-toned grey that’s striking yet neutral enough to work into most pre-existing color palettes. We are calling it “Dolphin Grey.” Check it out!
Every color mix is a chance to make it your own—add more Pure White to lighten, add more Provence to brighten it up! Boy would we love to see this stunning shade on a piece! So try it out and send us your Before & Afters so we can feature your work. You can buy your materials in the store, or purchase them online.
Come learn the ins and outs of how to use the famous Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. It can be applied to wood, concrete, metal, glass and so much more!
In this 2 hour Chalk Paint 101 class 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. We will be using sample boards and have a little something special to practice your Chalk Painting skills on when you go home!
** When you leave this class you will be ready to tackle all those projects you have at home. **
Can’t make this class or looking for a new class join us for one of our other upcoming classes. See them all listed on on website here. We add classes weekly!
Bring Your Own Piece (BTOP) / Advanced Chalk Paint® / Mixology / Girls Night Out / How to Dye Fabric / Make Your Own Pillow with Chalk Paint® and so many more being added soon! Be sure to sign up for our email list so you know when we add new classes + promotions!