Table Set in Chalk Paint® and Java Gel

The Purple Painted Lady loves sharing a great “before & after” story!

This one is by Anne French…she is the woman smiling below at you!  She has a business called The Little French Market.  Check out her FACEBOOK PAGE HERE!

Anne French Little French Market The Purple Painted Lady

Anne did a table set using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and products by General Finishes.  And personally, I think she did a fabulous job!

The Purple Painted Lady  2 Anne French Graphite Java Table Set Chalk Paint

PRODUCTS USED: (Click on the item below to visit it in the shopping cart)

Graphite Chalk Paint®

General Finishes Java Gel Stain

General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin

Steel Wool

Annie Sloan SMALL Paint Brush (to create texture)

Chip Brush
Anne from The Little French Market wrote me:

This table and chairs set was a big job, but I love the way it turned out! My client wanted something rustic, yet sophisticated so we went with kind of a faux zinc finish.

PREPPED FOR GENERAL FINISHES:
I started by removing each of the seats so they could be sanded down and prepped for staining. The chair backs were also sanded and taped off since part of the chair would be painted and part would be stained.
Chair Sanded

Chair Sanded

The table top was also completely sanded and prepped for staining. For the stained sections I used my favorite – General Finishes Java Gel.

The General Finishes in the color Java is a rich mocha brown
I find it is very forgiving and easy to work with. I did one coat of stain and then wiped off the excess using an old cotton t-shirt.Once the stain had dried thoroughly I applied about 5 coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Satin for added durability.   The Purple Painted Lady Java Gel Chairs Seats in a Row Anne French
General Finishes Satin The purple painted Lady
I used a fine steel wool (grade 0000) in between each coat of sealer for a nice smooth finish. I like to use extra coats of sealer on seats and table tops since they will get lots of use.  (From The Purple Painted Lady- make sure to respect drying times between coats)Steel wool
Next, I started in on the painting portion. (I disassembled the table first, which made it much easier to work with since I knew I would be doing multiple steps).

FAUX ZINC FINISH (Random Brush Strokes):
To create the faux zinc finish I started off by applying two coats of Annie Sloan Graphite, using brush strokes in all different directions.   Remember that Graphite is a dark slate color with purple/blue undertones.  This is NOT a pure black.  Can you see the brush strokes in the image below?

The Purple Painted Lady Color Wash Anne French Chalk Paint Graphite
The Purple Painted Lady small Annie sloan Chalk Paint brush domed top
The Purple Painted Lady Graphite Chalk Paint open lid
COLOR WASH:
This created some really nice texture to “catch” the color wash. I did a color wash using Annie Sloan Paris Gray, using about five parts water to three parts Paris Gray.
Paris Grey  Sample BoardI applied the wash with a chip brush and then rubbed off the excess using an old cloth.
The Purple Painted Lady 2 inch chip brush
Finally, I applied about 3 coats of the General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Satin, fine sanding with the steel wool in between the coats.My client was thrilled with the finished product! I have since used this faux zinc finish on multiple other projects and it is always a winner.
The Purple Painted Lady Graphite Chair Close Up Java Chalk Paint Anne French

When applying a color wash, be careful not to use too much pressure when wiping off the excess as it can pull off some of the base color and potentially create an unwanted distressed look to your piece.

If you are interested in staying touch with The Purple Painted Lady- visit our Facebook page HERE - we would LOVE to hear from you and see your before & after photos!

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First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady™ to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
*  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady™ ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

PLEASE VISIT OUR LOCATIONS!

our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502

77 Main street with phone number

OR

STARTING August, 2015 ~ 650 South Ave. in Rochester, NY 14620

The Purple Painted Lady South Wedge Stye Chalk Paint Judy Bret 2015

OR

3200 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY 14626 (The Shops On West Ridge)

OR

Our Syracuse, NY location at 1 West Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, NY 13027

The Purple Painted Lady west genesee Baldwinsville Chalk Paint FRONT Savvy Chick

 

Dark Wax Tips and Tricks (How To Use Dark Wax Suggestions)

Dark Wax Tips and Tricks (How To Use Dark Wax Suggestions) BELOW:

The Purple Painted Lady is hosting a GIVE-A-WAY on our Facebook page (CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FACEBOOK PAGE) of Dark Bristled Petite Wax Brushes (on the right in photo!!!)

Ultimate Waxing Brush DARK BRISTLE Petite The Purple Painted Lady

WHO WILL WIN & WHEN?

TEN…YES, TEN LUCKY people will be randomly chosen on Sunday, June 21st, 2015 at 9 am Eastern Time!

HOW TO WIN:

Just LIKE my Facebook page and the give-a-way post!

And feel free to leave a helpful tip or comment regarding using Dark Wax. Anything that can help a fellow user would be appreciated!

 

DO I NEED TO USE DARK WAX?

Okay- I am guessing you are reading this post because you want to use dark wax. However, do you need to use the dark wax?  Of course not!  That is like saying you MUST have ketchup with your fries or sugar in your tea.    But, if you do use dark wax…..you REALLY want to have a clear wax base BEFORE applied prior to the dark wax since it:

1. Allows the dark wax to move easier

2. Prevents the stain in the dark wax from penetrating and staining the paint directly

3. Having a clear wax base allows you to remove the dark wax on top or lighten it, if needed.  (read on for more information)

 

DARK HAIRED PETITE WAX BRUSH DETAILS:

As for the dark bristles, no more will you accidentally pick up the wrong brush to apply your dark wax with! Same texture of bristle, same quality – just dark hairs!   Same size as the white hair petite brush that we have carried for the last 5 years!

Some TIPS for applying DARK WAX:

1. I always recommend having a clear wax application on your piece prior (there are some exceptions)
2. Try mixing the dark with clear wax together to lighten it up and make it more”spreadable.”
3. Try making the dark wax into a “glaze” by adding some Mineral Spirits. The amount of MS depends on the end result you want, but do not mix more than one to one.
4. As long as that clear wax base is there- if you put on too much dark wax- use some clear wax on a rag to work like an eraser.
5. Remember, once you have dark wax on…..if you apply more clear wax on top of it- it can lift some of the stain and change or RUIN what you just created and love.
6. Don’t leave the dark wax gummy or tacky on the flat surfaces since it will take FOREVER to set and cure. It is OK to leave it thicker in the crevices of grooves!
7. Experiment with it! You do not need to slather it every where initially.
8. Try applying a little dark wax strategically in corners or seams of door panels and use a rag to help soften/feather out the look. It can take some experience to manipulate on large pieces- like the side of a tall hutch – so, start off small and build your confidence. 

9. Dark wax looks best when it has something to grip to.  Especially on large, flat surfaces it can be intimidating like I mentioned above.  So, at the very beginning of your project- use your paint brush and create a little texture with your Chalk Paint® – so when it dries, the dark wax has something to grip to.

The Purple Painted Lady Antibes Green Texture Dark Wax

10. Here is another great tip from Jaclyn Kulfan =>  My tip: if you only want the dark wax to to go into the small crevices, like the edges of a cabinet door, use a small artists paint brush to control the amount of wax that goes in the crevice if you do not want to darken the surrounding paint color. It helps those edges pop!

11. Here is another great tip from Jennifer Gipson Fry=>  I love mixing with mineral spirits. Also buffing with steel wool will take some off if there’s too much and shine your piece up well. I love how smooth and finished wax makes a piece!

12. Here is another great tip from Jennifer Cohn-Colwill =>Always have two wax brushes, one for clear, one for dark!

13.  Here is another great tip from Ann Linhorst =>  Have patience with dark wax. Step back and take a deep breath before panicking.  (The Purple Painted Lady recommends a glass of wine prior to using too)

14. Here is another great tip from Stephanie Amber => Start small…just a bit of dark wax – you can always add more   and  Marie Lou said, => My tip: Less is more

15. Here is another great tip from Nancy Steward => Have a wiping rag ready. If you aren’t sure how much “dark” you want wipe on the dark and wipe off. You can always add more but being ready to remove will give you a feel for how much you want.

Read more about using dark wax HERE.

 

If you are interested in staying touch with The Purple Painted Lady- visit our Facebook page HERE - we would LOVE to hear from you and see your before & after photos!

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady™ to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
*  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady™ ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

VISIT our locations too!

our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502

77 Main street with phone number

OR

STARTING JULY, 2015 ~ 650 South Ave. in Rochester, NY 14620

The Purple Painted Lady South Wedge Stye Chalk Paint Judy Bret 2015

OR

3200 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY 14626 (The Shops On West Ridge)

OR

Our Syracuse, NY location at 1 West Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, NY 13027

The Purple Painted Lady west genesee Baldwinsville Chalk Paint FRONT Savvy Chick

 

Paris Grey, Graphite and Coco Chalk Paint® Buffet

The Purple Painted Lady The Grateful Painter corner shot Buffet Chalk Paint General Finish GlazeThe Purple Painted Lady loves to share pieces that have been completed by her customers. One customer in particular, is Nikki Counahan. She is also know as The Grateful Painter.

Nikki,  “The Grateful Painter” has both a Facebook page HERE and an Instagram account HERE for you to check out.

I asked Nikki to share some information about this buffet that she recently completed because I think it is helpful to understand how others use products and to learn from one another.   The Purple Painted Lady The Grateful Painter Logo

Here is the fantastic information Nikki shared with me:

I bought this piece from an online auction. I spent more than I normally would on this buffet but I have always wanted to paint something like this so it was worth it!

The Purple Painted Lady The Grateful Painter BEFORE buffet fuller shot June

I am always so excited to start painting a piece as soon as I get it home but this one needed just a bit of prep work before I could dive in. Luckily it was in near perfect condition when I picked it up.

surform plane The Purple Painted Lady The Grateful PainterOne of the cabinet doors was a bit tough to close– the top of the door just seemed to not fit into its space. I tried to adjust the screws in the hinges but it wasn’t budging. I have this handy dandy tool called a “surform plane” that I use in these situations. It basically shaves down the wood making it easier for doors and drawers to fit. Make sure to smooth the surface out with sand paper after using the surform plane otherwise it will be left a bit uneven.

 

SHELLAC:

This piece was a very bright mahogany wood and I knew it was going to have MAJOR bleed through. Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac is the quickest and easiest way to make sure you have NO bleed through.

Read this post HERE on The Purple Painted Lady website’s to learn more about using Shellac.

I ran sand paper over the entire piece just to rough up the surface, wiped it down with water and bit of mineral spirits, then let it dry before starting. I did two thin coats (of shellac) just to make sure the piece was completely covered. I lightly sanded with 120 grit sand paper before I applied the second coat. Let each coat dry for about an hour and make sure to dust off the piece after sanding! This is definitely an “extra” step but it is VERY important!! (per The Purple Painted Lady ~ sanding between coats of shellac will help prevent paint from crackling)

PAINT:

Once the shellac was dry I started by painting the body in two quick coats of Annie Sloan Coco and the top in two coats of Graphite.

The Purple Painted Lady Graphite Chalk Paint open lid Paris Grey  Sample Board

I ordered Annie Sloan Paris Grey from The Purple Painted Lady and I knew the color would compliment Coco perfectly!

 

Coco Sample Board - Copy

 

 

 

 

If you’re like me as soon as you get a new piece of furniture you want to paint it IMMEDIATELY and the best part about ordering from The Purple Painted Lady is her fast shipping. The paint was at my front door as soon as I was ready to paint!!

VERY HELPFUL HINT FROM THE GRATEFUL PAINTER ON HER PAINTING TECHNIQUE:

I poured a bit of Coco, Paris Grey and a mix of Graphite + Paris Grey on separate plates.

I lightly dipped each side of my brush in each color and then started painting. The technique I used was so simple!!!

I messily painted the colors on in every direction, blending them just enough that they didn’t look obvious. One coat of this technique did the trick.

DRY BRUSH:

I wanted to highlight all of the pretty details on this piece so I dry brushed just a bit of Annie Sloan Old White. Barely dip the edge of the brush just on the surface on the paint and then wipe off the excess with a paper towel. You hardy want ANY paint at all on the brush! I lightly feathered the brush over the details until I was happy with the look.The Purple Painted Lady The grateful painter dry brush June Chalk Paint

 

APPLYING A WASH:

I decided that I wanted to add some dimension to the top of the piece as well so I mixed a wash with 50% Paris Grey and 50% water. I painted the wash over the top and let it sit for a minute or two before wiping it back. It was subtle but enough to add a bit of character.

READ MORE ABOUT CREATING & APPLYING A WASH HERE

TOP COAT USED ON THIS PROJECT:

Next, I applied General Finishes High Performance Top Coat over the entire piece. General Finishes Satin The purple painted LadyI used a foam brush on the bottom half of the buffet to make sure I could get into the small grooves of the details. Its easy to see brush strokes in a sealant with any kind of sheen so I used a small foam roller for the top. I was able to achieve a smooth and seamless finish with this type of application. I applied two coats, sanding in between with steel wool.Steel wool

 

 

 

 

Once the top coat was dry I used General Finishes Glaze Effects in Van Dyke Brown.The Purple Painted Lady Van Dyke Brown Glaze General Finishes I chose brown glaze over black because I wanted to compliment/bring out more of the Coco rather than both of the grays. I applied the glaze with a foam brush just along the edges and in the details of the drawer pulls and appliqués.

 

Only glaze small sections at a time as it can get VERY messy! I painted it on and quickly wiped it off using an old t-shirt. This leaves the glaze only in the grooves and gives an aged look!

HELPFUL GLAZE SUGGESTION:

When using any type of glaze or wax to make a piece look antique I always use a bit over the entire piece, including the top.

The Purple Painted Lady The Grateful Painter Close up Hardware Van Dyke General Finishes Glaze June 2015

I painted on a thick coat of the glaze and let it sit for about 30 seconds before wiping it back. It left behind a very subtle look (hardly noticeable at all) but made the piece look more uniform. I let the glaze dry for about two hours before applying one final coat of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.

The Purple Painted Lady The Grateful Painter FULL AFTER shot staged June

 

Nikki did a beautiful job on this buffet!  And you can too.

 

If you are interested in staying touch with The Purple Painted Lady- visit our Facebook page HERE - we would LOVE to hear from you and see your before & after photos!

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady™ to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
*  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady™ ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

VISIT our locations too!

our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502

OR

STARTING JULY 1st, 2015 ~ 650 South Ave. in Rochester, NY 14620

OR

3200 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY 14626 (The Shops On West Ridge)

OR

Our Syracuse, NY location at 1 West Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Custom “Brown” Chalk Paint® Colors

When The Purple Painted Lady™ – blends some custom colors using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan – we like to share them with you.

Here are a few “Browns” to check out.  The actual “recipe” is directly below the corresponding color.

The Purple Painted Lady Custom Borwn Chalk Paint Annie Sloan Recipe Collage

We encourage you to open the paint you already own – and try creating different colors. Use your pinkie and a piece of paper so you do not waste your paint.

And in case you have a limited color selection- do you know about our website’s “Paint Mixer Tool”?  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS IT.

Primer Red Graphite Custom Color Mixer

This playful tool allows you to get an idea of what a custom color will look like when you mix multiple Chalk Paint® colors. This tool is not an accurate, exact representation of an outcome- but mathematically it is pretty darn close.

 

Visit our Facebook page HERE - we would LOVE to hear from you!

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady™ to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
*  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady™ ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

 

Storing of Chalk Paint®

Hey all!

When it comes to storing your beloved Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan (or generically- any paint you have) – this information from The Purple Painted Lady™ should help you!

Since there are variables that come into play in regards to determining how long you can store paint- I will share that I have paint cans that are 3.5 years old and the paint is still perfectly fine in both color and consistency.

TIPS THAT WILL HELP IN THE SHELF LIFE:

1) the edges of the can MUST be cleaned off so no paint is puddled in the reservoir.  

Do this either by using your brush and cleaning out the circle.  (even take a paper towel and fold into a point and run that around it.)

OR

Paint Can Rim Cleaner Tool (which works like a plow)  Want one?  CLICK HERE

The Purple Painted Lady Paint Plow

Boy- don’t we need a manicure! (did you see the post photo above?)

OR

Some people will take a nail and puncture a few holes straight down into the reservoir, so any accumulating paint – will drip back into the quart.

These steps will prevent rusting, which sadly- we all know happens over time.

Also- you won’t get that crusty paint around the top, which can fall back into the quart or onto your brush and then- the piece you are painting. No one likes crusty, unless we are sitting in Paris eating fresh baked French bread!

2. the paint should be stored in ambient temperature (This is suggested to be 55 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit)  SO- do not leave paint in the garage, work shed, or against an exterior basement wall)

3. no tap water has been added to the paint in the can. 

If wanting to thin your paint- ideally – pour some paint into a separate container- like a margarine container that has a lid.  Mix your paint in that versus the quart if using only a partial.

* Thinning your paint with a little water will help achieve a smoother finish – but no more than 20% though.
* Start with less water …and mix till you get a consistency that you want. (remember- you can always add more water, but you only have so much paint- so be careful)
* Use Distilled Water if adding directly to your quart and then planning on storing would be the best situation – since there is no bacteria in Distilled Water.  And since distilled water is “pure water” and organisms cannot form from nothing….technically- if you use distilled water- there should be NO introduction of bacteria at all into your paint.  (Reference this post if you are a science geek and want to read up more on how this was proven)

4. if the paint is going to be stored for awhile, it can help to lay a piece of plastic wrap on top of the remaining paint down in the can.  Literally sealing it at the surface, then place the lid on tightly.

5. Use a rubber mallet to close the lid- NOT a hammer.

6. We sell Paint-EZE bottles which makes dispensing of paint a breeze.  Seriously- dump your quart into the Paint-EZE bottle and then, literally squirt your paint directly on to the surface you are painting and immediately spread with your paint brush.  I love these bottles, but I do not like to store my paint in them for months and months.  I find that the paint coagulates slightly on the outer walls and then when I squeeze the bottle, that dried paint may flake back into the bottle.  Again- these bottles are fantastic to work with for big projects- but when I am storing my paint for long lengths time, I am totally old school and prefer leaving it in the quart.  Now with that said- if interested in buying Paint-EZE bottles- click HERE.

Paint Eze Picmonkey The Purple Painted Lady 3 bottles 16 32 8

 

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BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady™ to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  If you order before 3pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that same day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady™ ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

 

Painting Fabric Accordion Blinds with Chalk Paint®

The Purple Painted Lady™ received a call from a customer here in NY.  Here is the issue.  They have a large boat, but the colors inside the cabin are reminiscent of the 1980’s.  They have like a huge number of windows in the boat- something like 34 windows!

The price to have all of the blinds replaced for that many windows is a bit pricey.  So…….they called and asked of we could test painting one for them to match the fabric they are having new curtains made out of.  The curtains have more of a natural fiber and organic color and they want the mauve blinds gone.

So, we spritzed the shades with water.  Enough to moisten them but not where they were dripping wet.

We chose to use the color Coco from our Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan collection.

Coco Sample Board - Copy

Annie Sloan’s Coco is the sophisticated side of neutral. It is more like a latte…or a hot chocolate that has been flooded with milk or creamer.  It is very similar to Annie’s color French Linen. But Coco is more brown or chocolatey versus French Linen – which has a bit of grey to it (even sometimes a slight-slight green.)

We took the Coco Chalk Paint® and thinned it with water.  You will need to play with the ratio….but you do not want the paint thick.  So, maybe add about 1 part water to 4 parts paint.  You may even need more water!  You will also use more paint for a fabric project- compared to doing a wood dresser.  Think about it…the fabric project will be absorbing paint where the wood dresser would not.

Then using an 1 inch flat edge artist brush, we painted the blind.  Making sure to swirl the brush around, so the paint got into the crevices of the textured fabric.  Once we had good coverage, we took our paint brush and placed it on one edge and painted straight across, as so to lay the paint smoothly.  This gives the paint a smooth, cohesive look.

The Purple Painted Lady Painting Fabric Shades Coco Howard Orthotics Facebook

Can you see the difference that just one coat of the Coco paint made on the LEFT side of the photo above?  The fabric they chose for their curtains is laying in the middle, and then on the right- is the original mauve shade.

I feel they will need to do TWO thinned coats for the color to be totally saturated.

 

Once done- I would recommend that they wax the metal bar at the bottom of the blind, but I would not wax the shade.  I think trying to work around the little thread that runs vertically on both side would be a bit of a paint, and since we are using the paint to basically dye the fabric like we would a curtain- I truly do not feel the wax is necessary.

So, good news – they saved lots of money from not having to replace all of those blinds. I think that one quart of paint may be enough since we are thinning it with water, but they bought two just in case.

Have you ever painted anything on your boat? Share photos on our Facebook page HERE - we would LOVE to see them!

 

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady™ to be your one stop resource!  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  If you do- meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  If you order before 3pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that same day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady™

 

Making “Brown” with Chalk Paint®

We have had a lot people asking for a “brown” when it comes to Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

 

Annie has a color called Coco in her suite of 32 colors, but Coco is more like a latte.  It is similar to Annie’s color French Linen, but is more brown or chocolaty versus French Linen – which has a bit of grey to it.  Coco is softer color compared to a traditional dark brown.:

Coco Sample Board - Copy

 

So, if you are wanting a traditional darker brown- there is not one in the original 32 colors.

First, we always recommend to customers to reference Annie’s book called color recipes for painted furniture and more.  Don’t have that book?  Just click on the title above and it will launch you to the shopping cart.  It is a great investment just for chapter 1 alone. (and there are 5 more chapters!)Colour recipe book

Chapter 1 goes into detail about color theory and mixing colors.  Annie shows examples mixing her paint and explaining what the outcome will be and why.  It is really helpful in understanding Annie’s Chalk Paint® and how to create endless other colors.  We suggest to consider purchasing this book if you do not already have it and to experiment with your colors.  It does not take much paint at all.  I usually dip a finger tip into the paint and mix colors on some card stock.

Here is one option that we played with recently.  We mixed almost equal amounts of Graphite and Barcelona Orange.  (we added slightly more Graphite to the mix)

The Purple Painted Lady Brown Graphite Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint Recipe

Another great option to play with color to get you going in the right direction, before buying paint- is the virtual Paint Mixer Tool. This tool is not an accurate, exact representation of an outcome- but mathematically it is pretty darn close. Your monitor quality does play into that equation. And just remember though- nothing compares to working with your local stockist and playing with real Chalk Paint®. With all that said…I hope you have fun using this Paint Mixer!  Just click HERE to try the mixer.

 

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady to be your one stop resource!
Now- let’s be honest- there are many places to buy from- what sets us apart is WHY we are here.
And the answer to that question- is that we are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  If you order before 3pm EASTERN TIME anyday Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that same day.
*  We ship orders out every sincle week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady™

 

Free Cookies!

It is Girl Scout Cookie season in New York and anyone who places an order of $200 or more of product ($200 needs to be the amount prior to shipping cost) with The Purple Painted Lady – gets a FREE box!

 

Visit our on-line store HERE!

Girl scout cookies

Sorry, you cannot choose what flavor – but many think that any type of free cookie is a great thing!

 

We only have about 180 boxes to giveaway- but once they are gone- they’re gone!

Thanks for being our customer!

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady™ to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS ARE CUSTOMER SERVICE IS BEST:
*  If you order before 3pm EASTERN TIME any day, Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every sincle week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
* We have FREE Girl Scout Cookies (while supplies last)
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)Thanks so much to Nicki and you for taking the time to visit our page!
XO
Trish

Using Chalk Paint® as a “Stain”

The Purple Painted Lady has a very dear friend named Michael.  Michael and Trish have never met in person, but through the magic of the internet and their shared love for painting and creating- they found one another.

Michael has an amazing business called Lizzie White Vintage Chic.  He named his business after his very special grandmother.

He will often tell people, “No, I am not Lizzie White! I got my business name from my grandmother, who’s name was Elizabeth White Herrmann. I also got any bit of talent I may have from her, and my grandfather, Robert, or as I called him, “Pop Pop”!The best grandparents a kid could ever have! Lizzie taught me about antiques, furniture, sewing, cooking, interior design, mixing color and pattern – she had such style! Pop Pop taught me how to restore and finish antiques, how to paint, build things, work in the garden, and so much more! I learned all of these wonderful things as a child, and they have stayed with me all of my life!”

Now, isn’t that the sweetest thing you have ever heard?!   If you are on Facebook click HERE to visit his page- you will not be disappointed that you did!

Lizzie White Vintage Chic is constantly pushing the envelope and creating, one of a kind pieces.

Check out this table’s “before & after” using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

The Purple Painted Lady Lizzie White Vintage Chic Before and after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael created this unique piece by:

1. First he stripped the top since he wanted the wood grain to show through.  He felt the mahogany was just too dark for the look he was going for.

2. So, as he calls it, he “stained” the top using Old Ochre Chalk Paint®.  Old Ochre is the color of bleached muslin.  He thinned it with water and then brushed it on, and then immediately- wiped it with a damp sea sponge to get uiformity.

Old Ochre Sample Board - Copy

3. Next, he drew on the artwork for the center of the table.  He used a #2 pencil…(naughty Michael!) …because if you ask The Purple Painted Lady – she will recommend using a water color pencil , just to be safe so the lead in the pencil does not smudge into lighter color paints.  In Michael’s case- he was fine since he outlined it in a dark color.

WATERCOLOR PENCILS  Annie Sloan CoCo and Old White vintage sign tutorial

4.  Then, Michael painted the starburst using the colors Graphite and Old White and a dash of Provence.  Graphite is the color of dark slate.  It has a depth to it and it is a ‘
“cool” slate grey/charcoal color.  It can sometimes reflect a blueish hue.  And well, Old White is the quintessential color.  We believe it is the most popular colors in Annie Sloan’s pallette!  It is a soft white that has a ver, very light touch of yellow to it.

The Purple Painted Lady Graphite Chalk Paint open lid

Old White Sample Board

Once the painting was done and all of it was dry, Michael sanded the top using 320 grit sandpaper.

He finished the table with two coats of Annie’s Clear Wax.  A day or so later- he buffed the whole table top.

The Purple Painted Lizzie white vintage chic 1

We really love the pieces that Lizzie White Vintage Chic creates.  Check out their Facebook page.  Show Michael some love by liking his page and let him know, The Purple Painted Lady sent you.  I think you will be impressed with his originality!

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY:

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady to be your one stop resource!
Now- let’s be honest- there are many places to buy from- what sets us apart is WHY we are here.
And the answer to that question- is that we are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  If you order before 3pm EASTERN TIME anyday Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that same day.
*  We ship orders out every sincle week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

 

 

 

Using Artisan Enhancment Transfer Gel- Full Proof Success!

Using Artisan Enhancment’s Transfer Gel-  A “How To” for Full Proof Success!

One of our wonderful Barn Sale Junk Jubilee artisans makes these decorative terra cotta pots that sell out in our shop all the time!  Amy, who owns a business called, “Rachel’s Garden” – which is sentimentally named after her daughter.

Rachels Garden Barn Sale set up

Amy recently wrote up a little post to help all of you re-create what she does using Trasfer Gel.

 

How to transfer an image using Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel

You will need:

Transfer Gel

– Inkjet printed graphics (make sue to print in reverse if there are words)

– Scissors

– Smooth surface to transfer to

– Paint brush

– Brayer (optional)

– Water (spray bottle works best)

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1.  Cut out graphic leaving about 1/8″ around edges.  This helps to ensure edges of graphics adhere well to surface (and prevent that dreaded “Halo” effect some people get.).

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2.  Apply a thin coat of Transfer Gel to surface transferring to.

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3.  Apply a generous coat of Transfer Gel to printed side of image.   Tip:  Be sure to lay image on a flat solid surface when applying gel.  I like to put a piece of scrap paper under image to protect my work surface. Also, try to apply gel in one direction – Do not go over image repeatedly or ink may smear.

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4.  Adhere image to surface.  Smooth and work out any air bubbles or wrinkles.  You can use a brayer to do this.  In addition, I go over the surface several times with my hand and fingertips applying pressure to ensure good contact.  Be sure to go over all the edges applying pressure as well.

 

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5.  Let dry for several hours.  I prefer to leave it overnight.

Amy Rachel's Garden The Purple Painted Lady  Removal

6.  Thoroughly wet paper with spray bottle.  Pat to soak through paper.  Using one finger, begin to rub to loosen paper.  Top layer will roll/peel off easily.

Amy Rachel's Garden The Purple Painted Lady  Removal 2

 

REMOVAL TIP:

I have found it best to work from the center out.  This helps to ensure edges of image don’t peel.

Continue to work a small area at a time by rubbing back and forth lightly with fingertip.  It’s not necessary to rewet surface at this point.  It works best when just damp.. even close to dry.  When most of the paper is off, I soak one or two more times and rub again very lightly to get last bits of paper off.

And…that’s it!

Here are a couple finished projects by Amy Weiner from Rachel’s Garden – Handmade.

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As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady to be your one stop resource!
Now- let’s be honest- there are many places to buy from- what sets us apart is WHY we are here.
And the answer to that question- is that we are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
SOME OF THE REASONS OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  If you order before 3pm EASTERN TIME anyday Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that same day.
*  We ship orders out every sincle week day all over the US.
*  We offer the lowest flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
And- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you.  (my shameless but honest plug)    Here is a link to our on-line shop=>   http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=>  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish