Are you on the hunt for some fabulous vintage furniture? We are opening Rough Luxe Vintage Furniture Warehouse on Saturday 10-5! We just got some new pieces in the at both the shop, Stylish Patina, and at Rough Luxe. Come and see us. We have 90% of our furniture pieces listed on our Etsy Shop so you can see pricing and measurements.
modern masters metallic paint
New year new kitchen! I have a great design client in Falls Church that is getting ready to demo her kitchen. They have an adorable small brick home in Falls Church and are ready for a kitchen makeover. We have been working together over the last month or so to pick out all the pieces and now we are on the verge of DEMO DAY! I think I am more excited about demo than they are. It’s something about a fresh start, clean slate, I get so excited.
The kitchen is a pretty small space so the goal is to make it feel bigger without adding space. How do you do this? Open a wall, white cabinetry (on top), light counters and bring in as much light as possible through the few windows / door we have in the space.
Here are the “before” pictures of the space.
Follow along as we turn this frog into a prince!
As a part of my 2016 goals one is to use Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint more on our projects in the warehouse. We sell this beautiful line it in the shop and online and I know Marian personally she was my inspiration when I started the business. I LOVE her colors in the MMS Milk Paint line and so I’m committed to using it more and sharing our projects with you. We have a ton of information on the website written by Marian herself and you should check out her youtube channel.
I have to say I am a bit bias towards Chalk Paint primarily because I use it so much. In 2016 I want to start playing more with our MMS Milk Paint line. For a little inspiration for you take a look at this beautiful color gallery for MMS Milk Paint. A few of my favorite colors are Boxwood, Flow Blue + Trophy.
So I have to say I’m not super excited about the 2016 pantone color/s of the year
However I am loving Benjamin Moore’s take on their pick which was Simply White. Take a look….
What do you think about the color/s of the year. Any big plans for refreshing you spaces for 2016? Need some help check out our design services. I only take a select few clients at a time so please email me if you are interested 2016 is booking up. Are you out of state? We do offer e-design for those of the area.
Happy New Year!
Kelly + Stylish Patina Team
As we begin to celebrate the holiday season with family + friends I wanted to share a little peak inside some “stylish patina living”. This sweet little thing is using one of our chalk painted buffets as her changing table. Here momma was so sweet to share this picture of her on it with us. It’s moments like these that make me so happy to know that a little bit of us is apart of helping you to transform your houses into your families homes where years of memories will be celebrated.
In 2016 I will be starting a new Stylish Patina Living series on the blog featuring our hand painted furniture and other home decor elements in your home. If you have a Stylish Patina home and want to share it with us email me at email@example.com.
Happy Holidays! Kelly
As many of you know that follow along on the blog with the twins, the shops, design clients and more it’s hard to get around to decorating your own home! I see all these great bloggers posting gorgeously staged pictures of their homes and think to myself “How do they have time to do that?!”. This year we did get more done on our house than last year but I am STILL working on the inside of our house. I have done a few easy things to the exterior and wanted to share them with you.
I have faux wreaths I bought a few years ago that I hang on the windows but I do always like to do a real wreath on the door. With my lack of time I ended up picking up a great live wreath at our local Meadow Farms nursery ($19) something like this sorry did’t take a before picture. I saw a more basic one at Home Depot for $6 that would work too!
and then I picked up this cute deer head cut out at Michael’s
I used this gold glitter spray from Home Depot to spray the cut out (yes there is now an outline of this on the floor of my garage since it was raining the day I did this little 2 second project!)
And then attached the deer head to the wreath with a little houndstooth ribbon and tada all done and ready to hang!
One of the things I really like is that the cut out stands out from far away so you can really see it from the street which is fun. Next to dress up the front porch we took vintage sleds and made some fun bows for them (we have a few more sleds for sale at the shop if you want one!)
I couldn’t have been more surprised and honored to be included in an article written by a new magazine called Conscious. This lovely article was written by Stephanie David she named the 8 premier innovative “makers” in the DC area and little old Stylish Patina was listed! I have to say with all the day to day of running a business and making sure it’s profitable it’s nice to be recognized for what you are doing in your community. Be sure to check out the article and the other 7 makers as well as the magazine itself!
A little bit about the Author of the article “Stephanie David is the founder of PopNod, with a passion for building solutions for social impact and re-inventing the way brands collaborate through storytelling. Stephanie was selected by Business News Daily as one of “10 Female Entrepreneurs Who Inspired Us in 2013″ and has been featured on TV and news publications, including Inc., Entrepreneur, Washingtonian Magazine, Modern Luxury, Let’s Talk Live, and Forbes contributor Devin Thorpe.” You can read the entire article here.
This week’s before and after is from Kimberly, a seriously creative DIYer. She transformed a sofa from blah to beautiful – using chalk paint! Read on to learn how she did it.
“The Couch began as your basic Queen Anne Style Sofa, with a neutral, linen/blend upholstery.”
Here’s the before of Kimberely’s sofa.
“I first steamed it and then jumped in head first with painting the fabric! This was actually my first chalk paint project…what can I say I am a brave woman if nothing else! I wanted a kind of emerald green look, inspired by the beautiful, velvet deco-style couches that are about $4k out of my budget,” said Kimberly.
“So, I mixed 4 parts Antibes +1 part Florence to get a gorgeous Emerald shade, with the help of Annie’s colorways and the lovely and brilliant Heather at SP! I actually had about a quarter of a can left which was surprising. I think technique is so key here,” said Kimberly.
“After watching some Youtube videos and winging it, I realized that the best way to paint fabric (luckily this one did not have a real nap to sand down afterwards, like velvet would) is to first think of the paint as a wash or a dye which can change the base of your fabric, and then apply it as paint. So I blended down the paint, with about 2 cups of ASCP to 1/4 cup water. This made is really easy to get down into the niches and crannies, especially the welting. Oh the welting! My goodness I swear I went over the entire couch several times in varying lights, finding new missed spots each time. Daylight is of course best, but don’t we always end up finishing projects late at night?! So good work lamps are key here I think,” said Kimberly.
Here it is, after the first ‘wet’ coat:
“I would note that a common tip online is to use a spray bottle to moisten the fabric and then paint it with the water/ASCP blend. Myself, being of the “let’s get on with it variety”, (like Annie!) decided this took too long with my pitifully tiny spray bottle, so I moved more toward the “dippy” method, i.e. dipping brush in water, then paint+water mix and applying. This worked beautifully. The paint really spreads nicely with enough moisture. I also painted the wooden legs, which of course ASCP covers beautifully,” said Kimberly.
“Then, by my 3rd and final coat, I simply painted with a damp brush, using a full paint mixture. I didn’t have to do that many coats, but with the brocade patterning in my fabric and the dark red stripes which I did not want showing thru for the look I had planned, three were necessary. The darker, monochrome color really brought out that brocade, in the same way that dark wax kind of brings out the architecture of a piece in a completely new way. This was even more enhanced by the clear wax coat,” said Kimberly.
Here’s her sofa with the final coat of paint, no wax yet (keep scrolling, you don’t want to miss the final product.)
“I finished up with a generous coating of clear wax, wiping away excess as I went, but fabric absorbs more than wood, just like with the paint. I did two coats of clear wax, then distressed the legs with sandpaper. It’s true that the clear wax actually gives a leather-like finish, especially once buffed. I almost didn’t believe it until I saw it myself. Also makes the piece a bit more ‘life-proof’ as it’s a sealant,” said Kimberly.
Here’s the sofa with it’s coats of clear wax (just a few more steps until this beauty is complete!).
“I sort of hemmed and hawed about whether to apply dark wax as I originally planned, because it looked so cool. I decided to give it a try. It looks amazing. A bit scary though at first. I did have to remove some with light mineral spirits as the wax doesn’t blend very well upon application, but the effect was well worth it. Now if only no one spills anything on it over the next couple weeks while it cures,” said Kimberly.
Here’s the sofa with its first coat of dark wax, before Kimberly worked her magic with mineral spirits.
And…here is the final product. A seriously chic green sofa!
Thanks for sharing your DIY story Kimberly! The sofa is simply fantastic.
Only one more day til our Holiday Reveal at Rough Luxe! We’ve been trimming tables and stocking the warehouse full of vintage inspired holiday decor and so much more.
Yesterday we shared our Thanksgiving table setting at Rough Luxe – today, we’re sharing our Christmas table setting! You can shop everything you see in the video below at our Holiday Reveal Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Come see us this weekend!
Holiday Reveal at Rough Luxe
11/13-11/15 Fri & Sat 10-5 Sun 12-3
138 W Jefferson St Falls Church, VA
For photos & more, click here.
As the holiday comes upon us we are offering a few classes to get you in the spirit AND help you learn how to use Chalk Paint to refresh your home for the holidays. I have 2 classes I am announcing today!
The last Chalk Paint Basics class of 2015 will be Dec 6th, Sunday from 12-1:30. It will be at our Rough Luxe Warehouse and you will learn everything you need to go home and tackle your own project whether it be your kitchen cabinets or an out dated dresser. Register online here or in our Falls Church shop.
Our 2nd class is really a fun class to get you in the spirit for the holidays AND show you the versatility of Chalk Paint. We will be painting Holiday ball jars at our Mosaic Location Nov 21st from 10-11, $39. There are only 10 seats available for this class so register online here or in the shop.
Seats fill up quickly so be sure you register early to secure your space!
As we are heading into the holidays I had to share 3 tablescapes I am obsessing over….all 3 found on Pinterest here.
This week’s before & after comes from Mary Spence Smith, a Stylish Patina customer. Take it away Mary!
“I live in Oakton, Virginia with my husband and my dog, Abby. I love cooking, reading, tennis, my amazing girlfriends, hanging out with my boys and a good DIY project,” says Mary.
“I love a good project. I have never liked my china cabinet (which predates me in my 30 year marriage) but I couldn’t justify ditching it for a new one. Then I discovered Annie Sloan Paint at Stylish Patina.”
Here’s a before shot of Mary’s cabinet.
“My husband and I own Bullseye Wood Specialties, a custom cabinetry shop, so I admit that I had help in this restoration. My carpenter made new soft close drawers for me and new doors. We put mirror in the back of the cabinet to bounce light. We used Annie Sloan Old Ochre and left the top of the lower portion in the dark cherry to match my table. Italian-made hardware topped it off. I now adore this piece. Thank you Annie Sloan and Stylish Patina for providing the inspiration!” says Mary.
And here is the gorgeous after of Mary’s cabinet – it looks so good & we’re loving that you installed soft close drawers.
Feeling inspired? Join us at our paint class this weekend! We have just a couple spots left. You can register by clicking here.
Need to stock up on paint? Visit us at our Fall Church store or order online!