Category Archives: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Painting for yourself or your customer?

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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

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!

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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!

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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! 🙂

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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!!!

 

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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!

Lisa

Grey Wood Stain Coffee table makeover

I recently received a free coffee table from my brother and sister-in-law. It has been in their house for quite some time and seen a few knock and bumps. But I happily took her off of their hands. My plan was to use some gray wood stain by Minwax to achieve the makeover look from my inspiration picture from a House Beautiful Magazine spread.IMG_5542

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All I have is a picture of the drawer for the “before” shot.

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This was my inspiration coffee table. I was a little confused how to achieve this paint finish. So I started by using some watered down white paint followed by gray wood stain by Minwax and lastly Annie Sloan Dark Wax. Followed by some sanding with fine grit sandpaper.

 

IMG_5549After! What do you think? I love it! At first it was a little too gray so I added some Annie Sloan Dark Wax and rubbed rubbed rubbed! Then I took fine grit sandpaper and sanded sanded sanded! Alot of the wax came off but it achieved the grainy look I was going for.IMG_5554IMG_5553

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Be blessed xo

 

Before & After

Hey there! Yesterday was a great garage sale day! I had a lot of fun with my mom and baby girl. AND I got an awesome piece of furniture that barely needed any fixing, meaning just a few screws tightened and a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence followed by a coat of clear wax.

 

Here is her before:

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And after:

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What do you think? I am in love xoxoxo

 

Be Blessed!

Bookcase Reveal

Hey party people, I’ve finished my Kentwood bookcase. I first saw this beauty on the crafty blog  Shanty-2-chic. They got their plans from Ana-White. If you haven’t checked Ana’s site out you should. There are lots of super easy plans on how to build furniture and cool stuff.

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It’s resting in my bedroom right now and I’m happy to say it’s looking good!

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My bedroom and I have a love/hate relationship mainly with the hate component. It’s just one of those rooms that hasn’t “come together” for me yet. But it’s definitely getting there.

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I used the stain Special Walnut by Minwax and finished it off with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.

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I added a few hearts here for you! I love using Picmonkey to edit my photos. It’s free, you should try it!

So what do you think of my first MAJOR build?

Be Blessed. xoxo

How To: Union Jack Dresser Tutorial

I have been wanting to attempt a Union Jack Dresser Makeover ever since I saw Miss Mustard Seed’s….

And lately they have been all over Pinterest. So I decided today was the day to go for it! I also wrote a tutorial along the way because I couldn’t find one. There are a few ways to do it but since I’m English I decided to be true to my homeland and do it the right way. I’m not saying another way isn’t right I’m just saying I wanted to follow an accurate drawing. So I used this one

This is from a website called jdawiseman.com. There is a lot of good info there about how this Union Jack is correct and some others aren’t. It also has a good history of how the Union Jack came to be. Very interesting!

The Union Jack is all straight edges and angles. Just like English folk, LOL….I can say that I’m English…..double LOL. Thus you will need a straight edge (I used my husbands level) for this project. FYI this is my 2nd attempt at this and it is a little daunting but well worth it.

Supplies:

1. Long ruler or level (straight edge)
2. Frog tape or painters tape
3. A dresser! or you can just make a sign or paint it on a box, a wall, etc…
4. pencil or chalk
5. second smaller ruler
6. paint (3 colors)
7. patience!

It would be a good idea to read through all of the directions first and look at the website mentioned above. Study it for a few minutes and familiarize with the lines of the flag. They are not even mirror images of one another (left vs. right). Which as a child I can remember this bothered me very much. I wanted each side to match! But they don’t. Anywho onto directions….

Instructions:

1. Draw a straight line from corner to corner, twice. Like this:
 

2. Draw 6 more corner to corner lines, mine are 1/2″ apart. Make two dots at either corner and line them up. Like this:

3. Do the same from the other corner. So you should have a bunch of lines like this:

4. In the middle of  all the stripes you should have made a bunch of diamonds. Count in 2 diamonds from the left corner and draw a line thru the point where the 2nd diamond ends and the 3rd one begins, line up all diamonds above and below this point with your straight edge. When you line the diamonds up you are going to go thru the middle of all of them above and below.  Mark a line:

5. Do the exact same thing to the other side, this is to make the Cross of St. George, the large red cross in the middle of the flag. Count in 2 diamonds from the right and line them up thru the middle of the diamonds above and below and mark a line all the way from top to bottom of your top of dresser. You should have two lines in the middle running vertically.

6. Now make the horizontal line of the Cross of St. George by going thru the top of the very tippy top diamond from left point to right point.  Use your straight edge to go all the way across. Measuring the thickness of your vertical line and that’s how wide your horizontal line will be. Mark a line.

This is not going to be completely even on all points, just try and do the best you can. Its supposed to be as twice wide as it is high. So unless your piece of furniture is exact then that’s why it won’t be totally even. But it will still look great and hopefully no one is going to measure your Union Jack table!

You should have this so far:

See how I made a few mistakes and tried to erase my lines? Chalk paint isn’t very forgiving when it comes to erasing. But this will be covered by paint anyway. My diamonds are not perfectly in the middle but we won’t be looking at diamonds once it’s all painted.

If you need another point to make a straight even horizontal line what I did was use my little ruler to measure from the top of my level (straight edge)while it was lined up on the center diamond to the upper edge of the dresser. I did this on both sides and made a mark and then joined the two points.

7. So know all you have to do is a few more lines. Now the lines around the Cross of St. George, (the shadow lines if you will) are approximately a 1/3 of the size of the Cross. Don’t lose me here, almost done. So if my cross measures 3″ my shadow line is going to be 1″ wide. So mark those now, they go all the way around. Like this:

I used chalk for this because my pencil lead was gone at this point and I had a piece of chalk laying around, now I wish I would of used chalk for this whole thing as the pencil is going to be hard to erase. Oh well that’s what paint is for right?

Now at this point you’ve marked everything out and you just have to paint. My dresser is gray so I want to use blue and white for my flag with the gray as the 3rd color. Whatever you choose you should use 3 colors that complement one another. Or don’t it’s your choice.

This is where the FrogTape comes in. I used my FrogTape to mark off the lines I want to paint first. Start with your inside lines first.

8. Mark lines of St. Georges’ Cross with FrogTape and then  paint. I’m using gray here which is the same color as my dresser but since I have so many pencil lines I’m going to give it another coat.

9. Pull off FrogTape immediately when done painting. I use ASCP because I love how fast it dries and I can move on! See here:

10. Now you are ready to start working on the triangular shapes within the flag. Start with upper left corner. Remember all those annoying lines well here is when we are going to use them.

11. Tape off  lines for the triangular shapes. For me these are going to be ASCP duck egg blue.This diagram is really helpful for taping off lines. So depending on what colors you are using follow the diagram below. My blue will coincide with the blue in the original flag below. Be sure to use your lines and double check the diagram before taping.

 Once finished you should have 8 triangular shapes painted. I only completed 5 here, but was anxious to see what it looked like so I started pulling off tape before I was done painting.

 When you are pulling off old tape lines please pull gentle. If your other paint isn’t dry then it may peel a little and you don’t want that unless you are planning on heavily distressing the whole piece. Which for me after all this work I do not want to do! But I did end up going back over the parts that came off with a little angled paintbrush for touch ups.

12. Now you should wait for your paint to dry a little more before taping off the 3rd set of lines. Again refer to the diagram above for taping off your 3rd set of lines. Mine will be painted in ASCP Antique White. Similar to white in the original flag.

Picture of 3rd set of taped off lines here:

I think I’m ready to paint. All I can say is keep referring back to the above diagram of the flag. Even if you think you’ve taped it all right. There were a lot of times I thought I had taped everything right and then I looked again at the diagram and I was so wrong. Also when fitting your tape to a specific section it helps to use your ruler as a straight edge and gently, with a razor blade, cut off your sections you need to go into a tight corner. See picture below of how I did this:

Be gentle, remember you are making a cut along an edge you’ve already painted. It doesn’t take much pressure to cut through the tape and it should just pull apart.

Once you are all taped up and you’ve checked and checked again you are ready for your 3rd paint color! Good luck and I hope it turns out great! I know I am so excited about how mine turned out. I love it.

Oh yeah and here’s a before picture. This too was a curbside find!

Now I just need to figure out where to put it….

Be Blessed XO, Lisa

** Please, I am in no way a professional painter, just a girl who likes to find trash and make it pretty. Proceed at your own risk and have fun!

I am Linking up to to:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Side Table

This is one of my “fall” finds that I lucked upon at an estate sale on Monday. This is her “before”
 And this is her “after” one coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Duck Egg. I did a light sanding before hand which I shouldn’t have because I sanded the top more heavily than the rest and now the colors that show through are different because of the color beneath the new coat of paint.

Close up of drawer. I kept the original hardware. You should have seen me after I finished sanding this morning, I was covered in blue dust!
If you’re interested in purchasing this little lady she will be available at The Brick Basement next week. 
Be Blessed!
xoxo
Lisa 

I’m linking up to these bloggy ladies…