Versatility of Chalk Paint®- Whimsical Painting Style

The versatility of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan never stops amazing me! (If you are into whimsy- you might just like this post!)

Because of the flexibility in the application of Chalk Paint® and how I use it to achieve different outcomes – Chalk Paint® is always my paint of choice!

If I want a smooth, solid sleek finish – Chalk Paint®can do it! Country and rustic- it can do it! If I want to do a decorative design and pull multiple colors through- it can do it!

Now even though I am a stockist for Annie Sloan (meaning I am a retailer for her products) and I have a few shops called The Purple Painted Lady (have you heard of it?) : )

Even though I have a business- I am still a normal person. I clean my own house, I do the laundry, I am a mom, and I often paint pieces that are for me when my “normal” work day is done. That means- I am painting in my kitchen. Probably a lot like many of you at the end of the day! (which is why Chalk Paint® is so awesome- there is no smell, all organic, NO VOC’s and all non-hazardous pigments.)

For this piece- I am replicating a pretty popular checkered style.

Parchment partial The purple Painted Lady Courtly Check Chalk Paint

Now to achieve certain looks, you have to use multiple colors. In fact- for this project above, I used Duck Egg Blue, Old White, Cream, Coco, Provence, Arles and a little English Yellow.

Parchment Check Colors used The Purple Painted Lady

For this project- I grabbed a simple artist brush that is about 1 inch wide and has soft bristles. Make sure to use a brush that has a straight edge. Not one that is rounded or has an angled cut to it. Use the straight edge to your advantage in making crisp starting line and end line.

The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Artist Brushes

Since multiple colors were needed to get the look and dimension…sometimes people will ask, “can I use acrylic instead?” My response is that staying within one product line and using the same paint guarantees success. And when you spend significant time creating something special- why risk the outcome?

That means- to achieve this look, don’t try to mix other types of paint products to cut cost, because you will not get the same effect. Often at my shop someone stops in and show me a painted piece that is their inspiration. It might be a red dresser. They will then tell me, I only have blue paint and don’t want to buy more paint, but want this red. How can I do that? (sigh)

This is when I look at them say, “if you only have spaghetti in the pantry but want a turkey sandwich, can you still make it?”

On the top of this little table shown above- I first painted a solid base of Duck Egg Blue. Then I drew my grid with a water color pencil. The next question I often receive from people who are not painters is…..”did you use tape?”

My response is “absolutely not!” In fact- to stress this even more, I am going to add this:

Do NOT use Painter’s Tape!

Anytime you use tape- you run the risk of pulling up paint from another area- and it looks like you taped it. Please just practice using your straight edge paint brush and let the brush help you keep a tight, clean straight line.

So again, using Old White, Cream, Coco, Provence and a little of Arles & English Yellow…I replicated a pretty popular pattern for myself.

parchment close up checker board The Purple Painted Ladt

A quick photo of the top while it was in the process of being painted is shown up above. This type of painting is actually SUPER EASY. Once the checker board pattern was drawn- then begin painting.

The secret to achieving this look is using multiple colors on your brush at one time and pulling them from one edge to the other. With that said- if you need to ask more questions on how to do this – I am going to tell to practice and play with paint. There is nothing more I can share or write to you – for you to master this. You just need to practice!

Parchment The purple Painted Lady Chalk parchment paint blending color

The painting of this little top took me about 1 hour and 15 minutes total. The most important part is being strategic in your color choices so each square appears to be different and does not totally match the color of a block that it touches. Also- see how there are almost lines where I used the Coco and Old White? I used those two colors to really differentiate between squares and to add dimension. Using a flat edge artist brush, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide is also important. I like to pour my paints on to paper plates. One for each color – so I can dab my brush into multiple colors. It helps keep each color clean and prevents getting my different colored Chalk Paint® all mixed together.

Now- the only thing left I have to do is apply clear wax and then add some gold gilding around the outer edge for a little bling!

The whole idea of blending colors may seem difficult initially but once you start to practice- you will get the hang of it. I have used this technique many times.

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The purple painted Lady whimsy table parchment  checks standing Chalk Paint

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And remember- The Purple Painted Lady sells Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart. I ship out every week day all over the US. We ship SAME DAY – as long as your order comes before Pete, our UPS guy does. We pass on our shipping costs to you…meaning 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.

Lastly, if you use me as a resource and call me with your painting project questions……consider using us for your paint purchases since it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you. (my shameless, but honest plug) To access our On-Line Store click HERE.

: ) 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!

Here is a little post about what I mean when it comes to what you should expect from us- click HERE to read that.

Thanks so much!
Trish —

Photo of 77 west Main Street shop store front photo

Burgundy Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

In October, 2014, Annie Sloan introduced the newest color to her palette of Chalk Paint® ~ …..it is …..Burgundy.

Burgundy color change The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

To purchase Burgundy – click HERE.
The Purple Painted Lady sells Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart and ships same day!

The Purple Painted Lady has found Burgundy to be interesting, in that the color appears to almost be like a bright berry color when wet, but once dry, it deepens and is a significantly richer color. Check out the difference between the paint stick and the paint lid shown above.

We love this paired with both the clear and dark wax, but using dark wax deepens the color even more.

The images below shows it sandwiched between Emperor’s Silk and Primer Red as to understand the difference between them. Annie Sloan defines this color as a rich deep warm red the color of dark cherries. Most of Annie’s colors are 18th and 20th century inspired but this one comes from the 19th century when the discovery of Alizarin Crimson made this color possible for the first time to a large number of people.

Burgundy  Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Chalk Paint

Burgundy is a wonderful color to try mixing with others you may already have. Make a deep purple by mixing Burgundy with Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. On the left of the image, can you see how the Burgundy dries darker and deeper compared to when it is wet?

Burgundy picmonkey Napoleonic Blue  Custom blend recipe The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint  Purple

Remember- The Purple Painted Lady sells Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart. I ship out every 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 ship same day if your order is placed before our daily UPS pick up. Also- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you. (my shameless, but honest plug) To access our On-Line Store click HERE.

: ) 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!

Here is a little post about what I mean when it comes to what you should expect from us- click HERE to read that.

Thanks so much!
Trish —

FREE Wax Clinic on Saturday, September 27th in Macedon, NY

FREE 1 hour CLEAR Wax Demo at The Purple Painted Lady in Macedon, New York this Saturday, September 27th at 11am.

Our location is 77 West Main Street, Macedon NY 14502

Come and learn and get hand’s on experience using Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax – and help Trish wax a big dresser!

(No RSVP is needed, but PLEASE arrive on time – since we will not be going back and reviewing information shared at the beginning of the session)

About Clear Wax!:
Using wax to protect your piece of furniture painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is wonderful. Chalk Paint® is porous and absorbs the wax.

Wax, and the concept of using wax on furniture has been around for centuries. Think about it- wax in general is a natural water repellant. If you spill candle wax on the floor, you certainly would not use water to clean it up.

Annie’s wax is a formula of various waxes like bee’s wax and Carnauba.

We use Carnauba wax on our cars, or at least it is recommended to wax your car annually. (did you know that?~ LOL!) The reason we wax our cars, is to protect the top coat and paint. Carnauba wax originates in Brazil and is a wonderful wax. It is also hypoallergenic and is often an ingredient in many cosmetics formulas. Click HERE to read more about Carnauba wax and its orgin.

Annie Sloan’s clear wax is extremely durable. And a waxed surface is very forgiving in the abuse it can take, and how you will manage it long term.

Frequency of Re-waxing?:
First, I want to let you know that once you wax a surface- you typically do NOT need to re-wax it for years.

But the variable to the time equation of the waxing frequency is based on how often you are washing it. For example- the top to a dinner table that is used daily- will need to be rewaxed much sooner compared to a bedroom dresser. And if you have small messy children, (or teenagers..or a husband) then re-waxing the surface may be even sooner. But in general- maybe once a year for a table top. Bedroom furniture- could be years!!!

Here at the shop, we had chalk paint® splatter and dry on our workshop table that had been previously been painted with Chalk Paint® and waxed. Again, wax is very forgiving.

All I did, was take my finger nails and lightly scratched the freshly dried paint off. Then- I just buffed the table and voila! It was fine!

Wax 1
Wax 2
Wax 3


Another wonderful feature about Annie’s clear wax is that- it is very easy to clean.

In general, to do regular weekly dusting or cleaning, try:

1. a microfiber cloth

OR

2. use a towel lightly moisten with water.

OR

3. use a mild detergent that does NOT contain a degreaser.

However, for a significant dirty area, I will just a little clear wax on a rag. It is wonderful, and I recommend to all my “painted kitchen cabinet” customers to keep a tin of Annie’s wax beneath their kitchen sink. And whenever grease or grime gets on the cabinets, just use a little on a rag and wipe it off. The reason this works beautifully, is when you apply a fresh coat of wax to a surface that was waxed previously, The top micro layer of that older wax is softened and lifted. Thus, removing the surface dirt! It is truly like magic. Check out the images below!

All of the quarts of paint we handle at the shop, slide across our workshop table. I like to say to people, “you use your furniture, we abuse ours here at the shop!”

From sliding the metal quarts across the painted and waxed table surface, we get these grey, carbon marks. They cannot be washed off with warm water, but just take a small amount of Annie’s clear was on a rag, wipe over- and it all is removed! It is pretty awesome when doing a demo of this at the shop to someone who is skeptical about the use of wax and its durability. They always become a believer!

Carbon The Purple Painted Lady CARBON pointing it outDirty Table
The Purple Painted Lady CARBON stain 3Getting wax carbon table

2 Carbon Wax close up on rag The Purple Painted Lady carbon

Picmonkey 1 Wax on Rag The Purple Painted Lady about to wax off carbon

I will upload a quick video showing us using the fresh wax on the table and the results it gives on Friday, September 25th. (I would do it sooner, but I need my techie-savvy husband to do this for me, and he is at his “other” job.)

Java Gel- the hottest product trending !

So many of you have been interested in Java Gel from General Finishes – which is quite possibly one of the easiest of all finishes to use and achieve a “hand-rubbed” look without all the work. We love to use it on the top of a piece, then paint the body using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

The Purple Painted Lady carries Java Gel in both pint and quart sizes. Check it out HERE!

Java Gel Quart The Purple Painted Lady

Application is easy with a foam brush or lint free cloth- we have even used chip brush.

The heavy bodied gel formulation permits the product to flow out evenly (no drips or runs…unless you are just plain ole’ messy, in general) preventing uneven penetration for consistent color control.

Combined with no sanding (your choice to sand or not) between coats and a quick re-coat time, you will be finished sooner with less effort and better results than ever before. We really love it and have it available in pints and quarts. Pint size would be very reasonable, unless you plan on doing multiple projects.

It is recommended to protect the top with using either the General Finishes Satin or Matte Top Coats available here on our website OR use your Annie Sloan Wax if you already own it.

Arles The Purple Painted Lady Java Gel

The Purple Painted Lady carries it in both pint and quart sizes. Check it out HERE!

And remember- we sell Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart. I ship out every 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 ship same day if your order is placed before our daily UPS pick up. Also- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you. (my shameless, but honest plug) To access our On-Line Store click HERE.

: ) 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!

Here is a little post about what I mean when it comes to what you should expect from us- click HERE to read that.

Thanks so much!
Trish –

This Is Who We Are…….

Thank you for being our customer! Truly- sincerely- I mean that! In this global world – where the internet provides endless choices- the fact that you are here at The Purple Painted Lady is huge!

Store front 77  Main Street Sidewalk sale Facebook profile photo vertical websiteI promote that we offer the best customer service in this industry. In fact- just read the post HERE to understand how I feel about customer service and my expectations on how we serve you. I believe strongly in customer service, but The Purple Painted Lady would not be what it is with out all the lovely ladies who help at our shops in Macedon (main store), Greece and Baldwinsville.

I am extremely grateful for them and they all possess unique skills and talents that compliment one another and when added up as a whole- make us pretty awesome. So, this post is dedicated to them! I will be adding more photos and bio’s this coming week, but for now………

Ellen Laurie 77 SHop The Purple Painted Lady TeamThis is Laurie and Ellen (kneeling). You can find them in our Macedon location. Laurie- (the cute blonde and my sister-in-law) –has a memory you cannot believe! Someone can walk into the shop who hasn’t been here in months and she remembers their name and all the details they may have shared about themselves. She is very detail oriented and has patience beyond belief. She is a mom of 2 busy kids and makes a mean a chocolate chip cookie!!!

Ellen is going to college to be a vet tech. She started babysitting my daughter Danni seven years ago and I just refuse to let her leave my life. She is one of the hardest workers anyone could ask for and has a great sense of humor! She loves to photo bomb pictures, so be careful if hanging out with her.

Next I would like to introduce you to Courtney (standing) and Naomi.

Courtney and Naomi The Purple Painted LadyCourtney is a high school senior who recently came on board with us. She always has a smile on her face and has been impressive in how quickly she has learned our business processes. She plans on going to college for theater or graphic design.

Naomi – (the cute one with the hat!) – is a sophomore in college. She is quite motivated and again – impressive with her work ethic and drive! She plans on being an accountant. Ultimately- she will eventually do my books- or be running this shop or another one.

Next we have Judy with the blow torch! Ta-daa! Judy Switch It photo The Purple Painted Lady

Judy is an artist and plays with all types of materials. Metal, glass, paint…you name it- she will transform it! She is super spunky and you can catch her at our Greece location on Thursdays and/or Saturdays. Judy has a business called “Switch it.” Click on the business name to visit her Facebook page.

When Judy is not at our Greece, than Kathy is! Kathy is full of life and adores her family…especially her grandbabies! I have also gotten the impression that she is a BIG Notre Dame fan! Kathy has a passion for painting and upcycling. Her forte – (at least in my opinion) are chandeliers! She makes the most fun chandeliers. Kathy grandsons The Purple Painted Lady Barn Sale

I would also like to introduce you to Britni. She is in the photo waxing a hutch while sitting on the floor. She is a high school senior who rocks her grades. Extremely tentative to her studies – she is also passionate about the arts. Britni has been involved in all of the school performances and has even traveled the world with the select choir. She plans on going to college for biochemistry. If you stop at the Macedon location= you might run into her!
Inside of store 77 west main street britni waxing

Know that when you order from The Purple Painted Lady- you help me …..support all of them! : )

Do you want to “age” the piece you are painting?

Do you want to “age” the piece you are painting?

A fun option is using some Antiquing Powder.

You apply it when the wax is still moist and give you a little gritty look. Check it out! http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/Antiquing-Powder_p_172.html

And remember- we sell Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart. I ship out every 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 ship same day if your order is placed before our daily UPS pick up. Also- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you. (my shameless, but honest plug) To access our On-Line Store click HERE.

: ) 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!

Here is a little post about what I mean when it comes to what you should expect from us- click HERE to read that.

Thanks so much!
Trish –

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint- VIDEO on how to mix it

When it comes to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint- we love the chippy – rustic look you can create.

We get lots of questions about the best way to mix it. Check out this video link HERE to see how to do it.

Chippy picmonkey Miss Mustard Seed The Purple Painted Lady Milk Paint

And remember- we sell Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint for $22 per quart and Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart. I ship out every 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 ship same day if your order is placed before our daily UPS pick up. Also- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you. (my shameless, but honest plug) To access our On-Line Store click HERE.

: ) 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!

Here is a little post about what I mean when it comes to what you should expect from us- click HERE to read that.

Thanks so much!
Trish –

How to Paint the Hinges or Hardware on Your Cabinets or Furniture

Painting the hinges or hardware on your cabinets or furniture? YES!

Sometimes- on a piece I do not want to remove the hinges or the hardware. I am either being lazy OR…the hardware is not super special and I want it to blend in with the piece versus stand out.

When it comes to painting hinges. I have done that many times- and more often- I am only painting the hinges BUT NOT the hardware.

The advantage of removing hardware versus painting it in place- is that it leaves the door open to easily change it out in the future! Once you paint over in place- it creates a paint seam that will be void of paint beneath. Also- it will be difficult to remove the hardware later if you change your mind about it.

As for painting the hinges though (and hardware) …. it holds up perfectly. Often- on kitchen cabinets- we will paint the hinges- as so to make them visually disappear. That way they are not screaming out, “hey, look at me – I am a hinge.” Who cares about hinges. It is the handles and knobs that we want to have fun with. This is is similar to choosing jewelry for your self- but in this case- it is going on the drawer or cabinet.
Louis Blue Old White Hutch base painted

The piece shown above is painted with Louis Blue & Old White Chalk Paint®.

The most important thing to understand when painting hinges- is to apply Chalk Paint® lightly. Basically – like you were “dry brushing” the paint on- and build up the paint slightly in a couple layers after the previous has dried.

When painting hinges, I open the doors too to expose the hinge in different angles- so I get complete coverage.

You do NOT want the paint to be applied thick or have it “caking” in the crevices of the hinge- because that is when it will chip off once dry.

Make sure to wax the hinges also using a rag that already has some residual wax on it from when the cabinet or furniture piece was waxed.

Not sure what it means to “dry brush?” Check out this link HERE.

And remember- we sell Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart. I ship out every 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 ship same day if your order is placed before our daily UPS pick up. Also- it is my paint sales that keep me in business and allow me to be here to help you. (my shameless, but honest plug) To access our On-Line Store click HERE.

: ) 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!

Here is a little post about what I mean when it comes to what you should expect from us- click HERE to read that.

Thanks so much!
Trish –

Distressing Dark Chalk Paint® Colors- (turning white)

Don’t be afraid the first time you distress or sand Graphite (or any dark Chalk Paint® color) – it will start to look as though it is turning to a white.
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That happens a little – BUT after you wipe off the dust and apply the wax- it all disappears and everything is the color it’s suppose to be.

Bourbon Virgin Close up Craigslist dresser

This thought also applies to when you have multiple colors painted on a surface due to decorative painting. They may look as though they are smearing into one another- but again- blow off the dust and then wax. All will be fine.

And remember~if interested in purchasing Annie Sloan products, please visit our website if interested in ordering Chalk Paint®. We have Chalk Paint® available for $34.95 per quart every day, we offer low/flat rate shipping and it always ships same day (as long as Pete, our UPS guy has not come already!)

In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

To visit our on-line store- click HERE.

Lastly, we share a lot more information to help you get the most functionality out of your Chalk Paint® on our Facebook page. Consider checking it out by clicking HERE. While there- kindly consider LIKING us.

Thanks again,
Tricia Migliore Kuntz ~The Purple Painted Lady ~
Design/Consulting, Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing, Custom Painted Furniture, Chalk Paint® & Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer & herRochester Blogger

PHONE: 585-750-6056

Come visit us:

At our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502 OR
77 Main street with phone number

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

Our Syracuse, NY location at 1 West Genesee Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Click HERE for Store hours and information.
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Color Mixing Tool – Both Chalk Paint® and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Pant

I’ve realized that I will find something totally cool- and then life happens and I forget all about it.

So, in case you are like me- please let me re-introduce you to the Virtual Color Mixing Tool we have HERE available on our website.

If you are trying to customize a Chalk Paint® color to match something you already have- you must try this!

I received a message from one of “Purple Painted Lady” friends named Kellie asking for help to match a color this candlestick:

Chateau Grey Mix The purple Painted Lady Color Candlestick color mixer

So, with one quick click on our website to the virtual Color Mixer- I was able to play around with different Chalk Paint® configurations.

I liked the combination of Chateau Grey mixed with Old White.

Picmonkey Chalk Paint The purple Painted Lady Color mixing tool Chateau Grey

Try out our “Color Mixing Tool” via The Purple Painted Lady’s website. It is a fun tool to help guide you to which colors to use. It can mix up to three colors in any increments you want.

Once you are pointed in the right direction, have fun! If you do not have many colors, visit your local stockist and ask if they have a “paint bar.” Once you start creating various hues, you will begin to understand (and for some of you)…not be afraid to do this on your own.

Eggplant recipe

And remember~if interested in purchasing Annie Sloan products, please visit our website if interested in ordering Chalk Paint®. We have Chalk Paint® available for $34.95 per quart every day, we offer low/flat rate shipping and it always ships same day (as long as Pete, our UPS guy has not come already!)

In fact- there are many reasons we think buying through us is the best. Read THIS little post about what sets The Purple Painted Lady apart from the rest.

To visit our on-line store- click HERE.

Lastly, we share a lot more information to help you get the most functionality out of your Chalk Paint® on our Facebook page. Consider checking it out by clicking HERE. While there- kindly consider LIKING us.

Thanks again,
Tricia Migliore Kuntz ~The Purple Painted Lady ~
Design/Consulting, Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing, Custom Painted Furniture, Chalk Paint® & Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer & herRochester Blogger

PHONE: 585-750-6056

Come visit us:

At our MAIN STORE at 77 West Main Street in Macedon, NY 14502 OR
77 Main street with phone number

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

Our Syracuse, NY location at 1 West Genesee Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Click HERE for Store hours and information.
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