A visit to Annie Sloan HQ in Oxford, England

Don’t think its a coincidence that Annie Sloan Headquarters are in Oxford, England and I’m a transplant from the UK. I will admit that part of the charm of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® was knowing that she was from my beloved England. I moved here from England  in the 80’s. I still retain my British Citizenship and have spent countless hours over the last 20 years dreaming of moving back to England. Not that I don’t love California and all the sunshine, but just that I still have romantic notions of what my life would have been like if I had stayed. So obviously wen the chance to go to Oxford for a weeklong Stockist workshop came up I jumped at the chance.



How cool is this picture? This is a photochrom of the high street in 1890-1900. Not sure what a photochrom is but this is a fabulously romantic image.

And finally a picture of my sister and I the day we moved here to America from Coventry, England. Notice the matching outfits? 24/7 people, we matched 24/7.



There will be more details tomorrow as our schedule unfolds.

Cheers! xo

China Cabinet into a Farm Hutch

Today I did this! IMG_3630

I can’t say it was very easy.  But easy enough if you have a hammer and some tools. Be sure to wear safety goggles too!

Get a china cabinet. This one was really cute but it wasn’t selling in the shop so I thought I could at least make it into a usable display space by taking off the front.

I wanted it to look like a rustic farmhouse plate hutch. Something Joanna Gaines would use in a dining area or kitchen.

I removed all the glass doors first. I then basically took a chisel and a hammer and took off the rest of the  wood fronts. This did leave a bit of a divet where they were attached but I sanded it down and filled it with wood filler, sanded again, before painting. Paint the whole piece. For this piece I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White finished with a coat of wax.

I pried off the back piece of plywood with a screwdriver. I bought regular fence boards from Orchard,  stained them with a mix of Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Mineral Spirits (50/50), trimmed them to size and attached with my finish nailer. You could also use a hammer and small finish nails to attach if you don’t have a finish nailer.

This isnt going to come out perfect but I believe a farm hutch should have its imperfections. Character people!

Make sure you wear safety goggles too.

Happy to report this piece sold within a week!

Something Borrowed Something Vintage visits Solana Beach

This weekend I visited Solana Beach with my family for a little break. While there I stopped in at the local Chalk Paint® Stockist, Tadah. Her shop is amazing and beautiful, filled to the top with gorgeous home decor and gifts.

When I worked at the show Junk Bonanza a few weekends ago, Tadah was also one of the local chalk paint® stockists to work the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® booth with us.




A Junk Bonanza vendor asked us to give her “money bags” a little extra chalk paint® bling.  So we stenciled them with Florence #Junk.

10152466_843399062415454_8650521510163913974_nA shot of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® booth at Junk Bonanza in Del Mar last month.


Chalk Paint® is here at Something Borrowed Something Vintage in Yorba Linda

Here at Something Borrowed Something Vintage in the city of Yorba Linda we sell the Chalk Paint® color Henrietta.  Its supposedly the color requested by Sandringham for decoration of the  nursery for Royal baby #2.

Of course this is a rumor. But Annie Sloan herself has said we can “neither confirm nor deny” that this true. What color is Henrietta? “A beautiful rich complex pink with a hint of lilac. ” according to Annie Sloan’s website. drakehenriettaclose350

Chalk Paint® is absolutely safe for a babies nursery. It has no VOC and almost no odor. What is VOC you say? It’s an abbreviation for Volatile Organic Compound. According to a Consumer reports website “VOCs are solvents that get released into the air as the paint dries.” So obviously the less of these in the paint the better. Annie Sloans Chalk Paint has no VOC’s.

Looks like I’ll be busy at the shop tomorrow painting something in Henrietta. Come and visit me at Something Borrowed Something Vintage, if you’re in Yorba Linda, an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® authorized retailer and Stockist.


Painting for yourself or your customer?

drakeenglishyellow350Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® English Yellow




Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® English Yellow

At a recent workshop someone asked the question “what is the color that sells?” Well thats the million dollar question we all want to know.

But do you really want to paint to your customer or do you want to extend your artistic range and paint what inspires you? Lately I’ve been doing a little soul searching as to “who I’m painting for”.

I’ve been wanting to try English Yellow for so long now I’m practically drooling but I’m thinking is anyone going to buy a piece of furniture in English Yellow? Yes!  I would. You know why? Because its different. And there is a painted piece for every body out there.

So I’m off to paint a pretty little coffee table in English Yellow by Annie Sloan. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Oh, and how quickly it sells.

Come and see us at our store in Yorba Linda, Something Borrowed Something Vintage

*Pictures from Pinterest

Something Borrowed Something Vintage Update

So here we are almost one month out from opening up my dream shop. The temporary sign went up last night and I couldn’t be happier.


I leave for “train the trainer” training at Unfolded headquarters (the distributor for Annie Sloan Chalk® Paint)  in 2 weeks. I will keep you posted with lots of pics thru my Instagram account. 

I have been cleaning and scrubbing the floors at the new shop. Honestly, my hands have never hurt so much.

10947328_815291801892847_8157901407254886387_nIf you want to know how to get thinset concrete off of brick pavers please ask me. I tried everything! When it comes down to it. Oh Henry adhesive remover and a 2 inch razor scraper did the most good.

10351878_815300678558626_7904669205927033231_nAt the very end I rented a floor polisher from Home Depot with a diamond bit grinder. It worked but it was dusty and messy. It ground down the thinset as well as all the brick and still didn’t get into the mortar lines between the bricks.  Which I chipped away.


I’ve also been working on these beauties which are driving me bananas! I had a vision but then I lost it. So I’m leaving it for a few days and I’ll come back to it which usually works for my vision block. LOL

IMG_8003We’ve added another workshop by the beautiful and talented Sara Kim of Handcrafted by Sara Kim. Big Paper Flowers!  In this workshop she will guide us through making huge paper flowers. Which are great for decorating a photo wall at a wedding or shower. Decorating a room (I’m planning on making several for the new shop wall). Please join us as we’ll be in our new space by then and it will be the inaugural workshop with drinks to boot!

Today I am meeting with the sign guy to get our new sign in the front of the shop.  At least its not a day where I’ll be down on my hands and knees chipping at concrete! Whew! Theres a lot going on but I love it all and am so blessed!




Annie Sloan Chalk Paint© Stockist

Hi friends, I’m so excited to announce that Something Borrowed Something Vintage is an approved Annie Sloan Chalk Paint© Stockist!


It was such a great process and everyone at Unfolded, who is the distributor for Annie Sloan here in the US,  was so helpful.

I CAN NOT WAIT to go to the training in New Orleans. Which is where Unfolded has its headquarters. I will for sure be taking tons of pics and updating you all about the wonderful people I meet and everything that takes place.

Our new location here in Yorba Linda, California is coming along. We got our hot little hands on the keys to the new shop and in no less than 2 hours we started demo on some interior walls that will be our future boutique floor space!


There is Mr. SBSV looking not too happy with a hammer in hand! I promise he’s pretty cute and wont try and demo you when you come in to the shop! :)



And these two little cuties are just checking on Mr. SBSV’s work to make sure its done right! Thats my baby girl and my brothers son who when I told him we were gonna’ have a “hammer party” said “alwight!” with a little fist pumping action.  These two little “helpers” get up to some wild shenanigans and I promise you WILL see them at the new shop when we open in March.

I am working on my shop counters and of course they are recycled and from an old shop that is closing down in the next town over. I just love a deal and making something my own with some wood and paint. And the best part is they’re on wheels!!!



They’re super sturdy and big which is awesome since they will be seeing alot of action (i hope) and I like room to spread out. I’m planning on putting a false front on with some trim and beadboard. The other side is open shelving too which will be facing in for storage, tissue paper, bags, etc. And the best part is there’s two of them so one will be behind me against the wall for extra storage and the other will be in front for a real live counter! Anyway thats the plan for now and I’m sure it will change as I come up with other ideas. I will keep you posted on their progression.


And I’ll leave you with a little sneak peak of the front of the shop with my banner I photoshopped in. Ha! Doesn’t it look fun? Im so excited for our Grand Opening party in March! I wish you all could be there! 10885035_810317135723647_4746534488390872812_n


Cheers and Blessings!



I recently came across a new site that I adore! Its called Minted. Its all about custom stationary and artwork.

As mentioned in a previous post I’m going to be opening up a new boutique in my hometown. I’m super excited to get into the space and decorate. Since I was born in England I’m thinking about getting their foil pressed art print of the British Isles.


Prints are available framed or unframed, in multiple sizes.

And for all you brides to be out there check out their save the date cards. MIN-YVU-STD-001B_A_PDI love this one by GeekInk Designs. I’m a sucker for hand drawn vintage font.


AND! You guys! They have fabric!!

“Minted’s unique designs sourced from a global community of independent designers are now available on fabric. ”

Seriously! How does it get any more custom that this. I have the perfect chair for that pattern. So go check it out! Minted.


Cheers xoxo


New Boutique in Yorba Linda






So now we’ve found a location BUT its a mess! Really it is. It used to be a bakery for 20 years. For 20 years. Did I mention for 20 years??? Theres alot of flour and dirt and pipes and sinks, stuff we don’t need. So now we have a space in a great location, with awesome neighboring stores but theres alot of work ahead of us. I’ll try to share it all with you here as we go along. But for now heres a few ideas I have for our shop + workshop space.


Great display idea, made out of windows…

_MG_9673_lgI like this checkout counter from design:retail in San Francisco



triple-globe-hanging-lighthomedits pendant lighting would be perfect for over the counter





Chandelier from Home Depot, I’ll take 4 of these in the front on the selling floor.

il_570xN.522595024_sbwn-1Pipe wall shelving from Etsy seller inspiritdeco


Lovely cash wrap/counter

What do you think stained concrete floor or wood?



XoXo Lisa