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!
This week, we thought we’d feature another of our favorite hues from the MMS Milk Paint Line. For those of you who haven’t tried it, now’s the time! It’s such a fabulous product and contains only five natural ingredients, making it VOC – Free. This beautiful dusty pink is a sweet compliment to any color palette and is both classic and timeless. We love how it looks on this piece, which was given a new life by With The Grain Home!
This week, we thought we’d feature another beautiful color from Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, as shown on a piece by Chelsey of Shopacozyhouse, whose buffet makeover is proof that Milk Paint is a great product for achieving a modern finish OR a distressed look. This stunning piece, painted in Typewriter, is right on trend with the two-tone look and proves the mixing of black and brown taboo is officially antiquated. This piece really is giving us all the feels!
To achieve a similar modern finish with milk paint, you may need to add bonding agent to the paint and give your piece a light sand. It’s an easy step that can help you to achieve beautiful results at home. Learn more about using Milk Paint when you register for our Furniture Painting Basics class!
Calling all DIYers! This month we will be giving away a quart of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen scale to our favorite furniture transformation when you tag us on instagram using #SPPaintPro
For those of you who haven’t tried the fabulous Milk Paint, here’s your chance to try it for FREE! Use the hashtag to show off your projects. They don’t have to be done using Milk Paint, we’d love to see them all! The winner will be decided at the end of the month and we will contact them directly about being featured on our blog as part of the prize!
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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?
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!