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Painting for yourself or your customer?

drakeenglishyellow350Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® English Yellow

 

 

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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.

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*Pictures from Pinterest

Coral Dresser Transformation

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Before, this dresser was already a looker

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But then I mixed a little of this paint I got free from the dump…

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with this red paint I already had in my stash…

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To make this beautiful salmonly coral color…is salmonly a word? hmmmm, nope don’t think so but it looks good!

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Add a little primer to my dresser to equal this….

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Stunning Transformation!

Again,

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I was already in love with it before, but now…. IMG_5848

muahhhh!

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Love it…

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Striped detail on top…

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pretty feet

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sprayed the hardware, satin 

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I replaced a few drawer stops

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I even put out a drop cloth, I’m getting careful in my old age.

I’m calling this dresser South Beach. Just reminds me of urban modern chic in Florida and the color issss fabulouuuuus…

What do you think?

Be Blessed XO, Lisa

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Update 4/8/13 SOLD!

Swedish Paint Finish, part 3

Here is the last installment of video on how to achieve a Swedish Paint Finish. Here we will be adding the last ingredient, wax. I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dark wax, you can probably use any dark wax you have.

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There is an extra special treat in this video, my daughter, Emma Jayne. She wanted to be my assistant, heheheh

Swedish Paint Finish Part 2

 

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So far I’ve given my coffee table a coat of milky white paint. Now that it’s dry I’m ready for stain. I used Minwax Grey stain. Here is the video on how to achieve a Swedish Paint Finish part 2, stain.

 

Swedish Paint Finish

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Here is the coffee table I refinished using my own version of a Swedish Paint Finish Technique. I’ve been scouring the blogosphere looking for a Swedish Paint Finish How-to with not much luck. So I racked the brain of my friend who does custom wood work for a living and he gave me his advice on how to achieve such a look.

So here is my first video tutorial. Today I will give you part 1 and Friday Part 2.


Please leave a comment below if the tutorial was helpful.

What paint finish would you like to see a tutorial on?

Cheers! xo

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

Once again

Before – – –

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After – – –

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IMG_5542 Now…about that couch…. 😉

Be blessed xo