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?
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 before & after comes to us from Liz, an Arlington gal who fell in love with Chalk Paint® after moving houses and looking for a way to refresh her furniture. Liz’s love for old furniture began at age ten while working at estate sales with her mom and inspires each of her transformations!
Liz started out with this Pottery Barn piece she had bought, which was super functional for her, but the espresso finish felt tired and didn’t match the new low boy modern dresser she purchased. Being the DIYer she is, she decided to use Chalk Paint to transform her piece and tie the two styles of furniture together.
Her first step was to grab a couple sample boards and play around until she got her desired finish.
After experimenting a bit, Liz landed on using French Linen as her base color and decided to use some Milk Paint she already had to do a wash over top. (You could also use Graphite for a similar look!)
Liz took out her drawers before painting the base coat of her Lingerie chest in French Linen, which took about two coats to accomplish.
As you can see, the French Linen pulled the base tones out of the wood beautifully, but didn’t quite match the look. So liz moved on to doing her color wash.
As you can see, this added a little extra dimension to the piece and pulled out the dark tones of the grain on the modern piece she was looking to match. Liz isn’t a huge fan of the process of waxing, so she opted to use a water-based Polyurethane top coat in a matte finish for a similar look to wax. If you love the wax like us though, using black wax over clear wax can also help to achieve the look of this wash!
What transformations have you made recently? We want to see!!! Send them to us so we can feature your work too! In the mean time, head over to our Etsy page to check out some of our transformations and then grab your supplies in store or online.
This week’s before and after comes to us from Mary, a Stylish Patina customer and a Chalk Paint® lover! Mary decided to transform her beautiful dresser using Chalk Paint in French Linen. French linen has quickly become a favorite amongst our customers, because of it’s ability to work with any style of piece imaginable and because it works in any color palette.
As you can see, the piece had gorgeous bones, but needed a little sprucing up. Mary applied two coat of French Linen to achieve a full coverage look. With Chalk Paint, two coats will usually produce a full coverage look, but this can vary depending on which color you choose and how dark your initial surface is.
Mary’s fresh paint job was sealed using Clear Chalk Paint Wax for added protection and durability. Lastly, she reattached the hardware and voilà! How stunning are the results?
What projects have you been working on lately? We are dying to see the results! There is nothing more exciting to us than watching how our amazing customers transform their pieces. So PLEASE, send them to us so we can feature your work too!
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!
Calling all Paint Pros!
There are two ways for you to win!
1. Get picked as a SP PAINT PRO (by us!)
2. Get the most likes on your project at #sppaintpro
What you could win
The SP PAINT PRO WINS: a quart of Chalk Paint®by Annie Sloan
The makeover photo with the most LIKES at #sppaintpro WINS a Chalk Paint sample pot + wax from @stylishpatina
You pick the color!
HOW TO ENTER in March
1. Use hashtag #sppaintpro next time you post a furniture makeover
2. Follow + tag @stylishpatina on IG
3. Brownie point entries if you tag friends that might want to play along in the comments
4. Get your friends to like your picture
– You can only enter 1 project a month
– Each month we will name a new Stylish Patina Paint Pro
– That SP Paint Pro will be featured on the blog + our social media outlets
– Each month the makeover with the most LIKES will win a prize too! So get your friends to like your pics!
Don’t forget to follow us on instagram @StylishPatina to find out if your project won!
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’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.
Have you guys seen Pantone’s Color of the Year? They are calling it Ultra-Violet and it is bright, bold and beautiful. Apparently it’s the color we should be painting everything right now! Luckily, Unfolded (the official distributor of Chalk Paint for the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) is looking out for us, sharing this color recipe on their instagram feed. Check it out:
It’s another gorgeous jewel tone, but slightly toned down from the ultra violet Pantone is pushing. (If you want the brightness, try 1 part Burgundy to 2 Parts Giverny). Try mixing a little more Giverny into the Napoleonic and Burgundy to brighten it up even more! Then send us your before & afters so we can feature them!
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!