I found this wonderful framed art piece at one of my favorite thrift stores. It was love at first sight; the art work was dated but that big, chunky frame made it worth snatching up and it even had a thrift store price.
I began painting the chalkboard paint over the art work before I remembered to take a before picture. As you can see this ”find” was very dated. After applying the chalkboard paint to the art work I painted the frame with Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, applied Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax, distressed the edges with 220 grit sandpaper and touched up the wax where I had sanded. I used the same hanging hardware just moved it so the frame would hang vertically instead of horizontally.
Now I just have to wait for the chalkboard paint to cure some before I can write on it. I am going to use it to post my workshop schedule in the shop.
I could not resist purchasing these chairs at barn sale. I knew as soon as I saw them they would look much better painted in Chalk Paint® Paris Grey. The process was so easy. Here is the before:
I painted the entire chair Paris Grey including the fabric. I moistened the fabric by brushing on water then applied the paint. It take approximately 24 hours for the first coat to dry. The second and third coats toke a few hours each. The following day I applied Annie Sloan’s clear wax on both the fabric and wood areas. I mixed the clear wax with low odor mineral spirits about half wax and half mineral spirits and brushed the wax onto the painted fabric. Finally, I applied Annie Sloan’s dark wax on the wood portions of the chair to give them more definition.
To change things up this week I have been painting with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. I completed 5 pieces of furniture this week in a chippy, heavier distress farmhouse finish. Here are a couple of pieces that I finished this week. I was so excited to get started on these I forgot to take before pictures. They where in rough shape and I added new legs to each along with glass knobs.
Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Flow Blue; I was so excited to see all of the chipping on this piece.
The next piece I painted in Lucketts Green by Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and added some glass knobs to this piece too. I painted the mirror frame to in Lucketts Green.
I purchased a collection of tea stained botanical prints and created botanical wall. I added some burlap to define the space. Now I just need to finish decorating the wall space.
I am so excited the Gaston Gazette (our local newspaper) published a great article on the front page of the Life section about the “Greatest Paint in the World” and featured The Vintage Nest! Here is the link and if you are local pick up a copy of the paper and support a locally focused business.
Reclaimed handbags are handmade and created from reclaimed postal carrier, tent canvas and other super sturdy materials, beautifully lined and all leather handles and accents.
Stop by The Vintage Nest to see our collection of these handbags.
I began painting this china cabinet months ago and I thought I had the perfect vision of what it was going to look like somewhere in the creative process I lost the creative direction to finish it. I let it sit in the shop and I looked at everyday just knowing I would be inspired to finish the cabinet finally one day I entered the shop to open and was inspired to go a completely different direction. Here is the before picture at the point I lost the inspiration.
The beauty of painting with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is you can change directions quickly for this piece I did not sand or remove any of the paint from the first attempt but instead just painted over the first coat. The paint and color palette work so well together. The finished cabinet in Old Ochre exterior and Duck Egg interior with some beautiful chippy, creamy white china.
The hardware was painted in Old Ochre and waxed. The edges of the piece are slightly distressed to give it some old world charm.
Seeing the completed piece and adding the “Nest” bunting and creamy, chippy china display makes me smile every time I walk in my shop…of course she is available for purchase and ready to move to her forever home.
One of my favorite Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan colors is Florence. One probably would not want a room full of furniture painted with Florence but she sure does add a pop of color and makes any piece of furniture into a statement piece.
The before picture of this poor sad desk
After painting with Chalk Paint® Florence.
just a little distressing and clear wax and she was ready for her appearance on the showroom floor, waiting for her permanent home.
We had a great turn out for the September’s Free Demonstration using Chalk Paint ® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan products. This month’s demonstration focused on transforming home decor items with these amazing products. First up was a inexpensive mass market mirror which felt like it was made out of some type of plastic. Here is the before picture of the home decor items to be transformed.
Using a double dip color blending technique I combined Antibes Green and Florence as I painted the frame. While the frame was drying I painted the iron cross Old White. Going back to the frame I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax and distressed as I waxed. The final step was to add some dark wax to the frame.
The iron was a simple one color distressing technique and application of wax. Our next free demonstration is scheduled for Oct. 11th check the Workshop and Demonstration tab for more details and to RSVP.