Using Chalk Paint® to Paint Your Couch or Wing Back Chair

Not in love with your furniture any more?

Instead of tossing it and buying new right away- consider painting it using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, like my customer’s Karen and Roxanne have (and many others!)
The Purple Painted Lady Painting a couch chalk Paint fabric BEFORE After 1

It does NOT matter if the furniture is fabric…velvet, brocade, leather or vinyl. Chalk Paint® will transform it…resurrect it…..and make you re-love it!

Chalk Paint® is absolutely amazing in all it can do and when it comes to painting furniture- which when it is fabric furniture, it is similar to dying it. The Purple Painted Lady has done this herself and has had so many customers do this also. In fact, one customer of ours, Teresa at Lou’s Back Door Consignment in Fairport, NY had an old style couch. You know the kind with the ruffle pleat that goes all the way around the whole base. She painted it- and cannot stop raving about it!!! (Check out here Facebook page by clicking on the business name above and consider giving it a LIKE)

Sarah Cornett The Purple Painted Lady Painted Chalk Paint Fabric Couch rustic chic interiors 2

Keep in mind that if the fabric on your furniture has a heavy textured pattern, Chalk Paint® will change the color of the fabric, but it won’t hide the pattern. And when painting velvet that has a heavy knap, make sure to lay the knap in the direction you want it to be once dry with your paint brush in your finishing stroke. And lastly, if interested in purchasing product on-line- check out our on-line store HERE after reading this post. We offer awesome customer service and the lowest flat rate shipping and…(drum roll please!) …… we ship the same day you place your order! (small print disclaimer – we ship same day as long as your order is placed before our UPS guy has come) But if you visit our FACEBOOK PAGE and look at our customer reviews- I think you will get the hint that we are super fast in turning your order around and we really care about our customers!

Now..after stirring up all of this excitement I need to share…..that Chalk Paint® is amazing- but it is not a miracle…so always do a test in an inconspicuous location if you are hesitant. What do I mean by this? I certainly do not want to burst the bubble, but I often share with my customers that some people “use” their furniture and then,..there are some who “abuse” their furniture. If you have four 120 pound Great Danes who like to play and jump on the furniture coming straight in from outside with muddy paws…this painting technique will work, but I would not guarantee it for years of use. Ok? For the majority of us who sit on our furniture and watch TV, take naps, read stories to our kids and yes, have pets- …you will love this as an alternative option.
PicMonkey Collage  The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Fabric Chair Roxanne

To paint your furniture- follow these steps:

1. If painting a chair or couch, you will need:

* Drop cloth
* Chalk Paint® decorative paint in the color of your choice! Depending on your project- you may need more than a sample pot- but you will NOT use a whole quart.
* A natural bristle paint brush …either one of these will work PURDY or Annie’s SMALL Brush
* Annie’s Clear Wax

2. Make sure to have a plastic drop cloth beneath your furniture.

3. It is important that immediately prior to painting the fabric- that you get a spritz bottle (like an old Windex bottle.) Fill it with water and lightly mist your fabric. You want the fabric to be moisten and definitely damp- but not dripping wet.

4. Thin your Chalk Paint® with water. So, whatever color Chalk Paint® you are using…pour some in a separate container and thin it slightly with water. I would consider adding about 20% water to whatever amount you have. If you do not thin your Chalk Paint®- due to it being a thicker paint- it may crackle a little. This does NOT jeopardize the adhesion ability of the paint and actually gives the look of leather or crocodile skin. Many of my customers love a chair that I did in my shop over two years ago like this!PicMonkey Collage painted couch The Purple Painted Lady before after

Painted Chair seat FABRIC

5. Begin painting your fabric. Apply a uniform thin coat and let it fully dry. You may want to paint a second coat depending on how it looks. If you need to mix more paint with water- you do not need to thin it quite as much.

The Purple Painted Lady Painted Chalk Paint Fabric Couch Rhonda Banton Vaughn  English Yellow picmonkey

6. Once everything is totally dry- and you are happy with the coverage- apply a thin coat of clear wax using a rag. This helps in keeping the fabric soft and subtle and protects it. Some people do not add the wax- but I think it is nice and again, it seals the fabric like a Scotch Guard protector. Again- I strongly recommend waxing, but you may want to watch THIS funny video of a gentleman named Perry doing the “wiggle test” on a chair painted using Chalk Paint® that has not been waxed. If you watch the video, leave a note that The Purple Painted Lady sent you.
PicMonkey Collage the purple painted Lady Reclaimed and lovely furniture fabric chair chalk paint

Sill unsure of about painting your furniture, check out Annie Sloan herself painting a chair on national television HERE.

I have customers who have painted their furniture who also have dogs that get on their furniture and teenagers! They have been extremely satisfied in the longevity and how the paint can withstand the use. With that said, I think it is important to say- it is important that your pets nails be clipped and not be daggers. I also would not guarantee the outcome if you have little ones who use your couch as a trampoline. I always share that Chalk Paint® is incredible, but it is not a miracle. : )
The Purple Painted Lady Painting a couch chalk Paint fabric before after 2

If you have painted your furniture- please feel free to share your photos on my Facebook page! OR- email them to me at takuntz AT (AT – @)

And don’t forget The Purple Painted Lady sells Chalk Paint® here on line

: ) And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!

Thanks so much!
Trish ~
Tricia Migliore Kuntz ~The Purple Painted Lady ~
Design/Consulting, Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing, Custom Painted Furniture, Chalk Paint® & MMS 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

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

Our Syracuse, NY location at 2017 Milton Avenue in Solvay, NY 13209

Painting A Linoleum Floor

Although some of you have the awesome ability to tear tile out and gut a bath, there are many of us – who sadly, are just not as talented as you. That- or some of us- just want a quick fix to change the look of what we have till maybe we budget for someone else to come an do the job, correctly.

An example of changing the look of something you have in your home via an untraditional way- is painting it. Specifically, paining old linoleum flooring.

Painted Linoleum Floor bathroom Annie Laquer  The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

The Purple Painted Lady was impress by the amazing job Cindy did!

Here is what she shared, “First, I cleaned the floor well with non-phosphate TSP but I have since heard it can take up to days to completely dry but that’s usually with furniture. (Some now some are using Simple Green.)

Most important, The Purple Painted Lady wants to add regarding cleaning: **Make sure to thoroughly rinse the floor after cleaning with any product though! Any residual cleaning agent will cause the paint to NOT adhere.

Next, Cindy put on 1 coat of the Old White straight from the quart. I recommend giving this first coat 24 hours to really set up before doing your next step.

Then she mixed 1 part Old White to 3 parts Coco for the stenciling project. She purchased a spray adhesive specifically for stencils, I think off Amazon. (she sprayed it on stencil outside; so it was easy to lift up and move to another area without leaving any residue and could move several times before having to spray again.)

She then put on 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Lacquer (non-yellowing). It is important to always use 2 thin coats and apply with a foam/ sponge roller.

Annie’s Lacquer is meant for high traffic areas and is water repellant, but not water proof. That means if you have water sitting on it for long periods of time, it can effect it. Annie Sloan Lacquer is a clear matte water based varnish for painted floors or heavily used furniture items, particularly for those painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan (as in Cindy’s case). It is a strong penetrating Lacquer meant to be used over wood or concrete floors painted with Chalk Paint® that are interior floors only. This Lacquer is NOT intended to be used outside. Again, this is for INSIDE use only. Note- this is not recommended for outdoor use.

Whether the paint is applied as a wash or applied solidly with a foam roller, this robust Lacquer will seal it perfectly. It dries quickly – but allow your floor or furniture piece to cure overnight. It will slightly darken the color beneath it with a matte finish that has a slight sheen to give it strength.

Often customers will state after the first coat they see some slight lines in the Lacquer if using a roller, but after the second coat is applied- it looks wonderful. (just sharing this so you do not panic)

There is no need to sand in between either! The Lacquer will slightly darken the paint beneath it. Something to keep in mind…is that Graphite (and dark Chalk Paint® colors) are notorious tattle talers! Meaning if the Lacquer is too thick- it will appear to be streaky or cloudy. It is the flattening agents in the Lacquer that give it its matte sheen create a cloudy or milky effect when the Lacquer is applied too thickly and this is more noticeable over darker colors. I hate to write this- but often repainting and then thinner layers of Lacquer applied with a sponge roller or brush is the correction. So, since you are reading this- I would hope that you would not apply it too thick.

Some people will sometimes take a wide sponge brush or bristle brush to even out the rolled out Lacquer immediately after rolling it – as so to make sure it is thinned enough. Also- it is important – to make sure that the Lacquer was incorporated well before using it. Again- this is done either by stirring- or- tipping it upside down and rolling the container in your hands.

The varnish is quick drying, non-toxic, low odor, and non-yellowing. The Lacquer will give you a very durable scuff resistant finish. Note though, it is not recommended in areas where there will be a lot of water. Annie’s Lacquer is ring resistant- meaning it can tolerate hot cups. It is also resistant to alcohol spills, which if using wax as a top coat- is not.

The liter will cover approximately 107 square feet (depending on how porous the surface and how thickly the Lacquer is applied.) Two coats are recommended for areas of high traffic (never substitute one thick coat if in a hurry- it will not dry uniformly and you will just have issues- this rule applies to paint and for that matter – ANY product on the market!) I applied it on the top of a heavily used dresser and it was dry to the touch within minutes!

How to Use:

Before use, turn the container upside down for about 1 to 2 hours since all the “good materials” that may have sunk to the bottom get well incorporated again to the top and is well dispersed.

DO NOT SHAKE since this will cause bubbles to form in the varnish which you do not want to happen! It is best to gently mix the Lacquer by rolling the containers around in your hands or pouring the contents into a bucket to stir.

Apply the Lacquer with a high quality sponge/foam roller and using a sponge brush to cut in at the edges.

Apply two THIN coats for areas of high traffic such as a hallway, stairs, or sitting room but you can consider only one for a bedroom if you like the look after the first coat. Again- it is best to apply two thin coats rather than one thicker one. You never get a head taking shortcuts!

An average coating needs to dry 1- 2 hours before another coat can be applied. Leave it overnight to “cure” before walking on it. Wash brushes/sponge rollers thoroughly in water.

Note that Annie Lacquer is NEVER applied over waxes! However, you can apply Annie Sloan’s soft waxes over the Lacquer.

Cindy purchased her stencil through Cutting Edge Stencils Check them out here =>

And, The Purple Painted Lady sells all of Annie’s product on line too! I hope you give us the opportunity to do business with you! I ship out every week day all over the US. I included a link below to my on-line shop below. 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. 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) wink-wink! Link to Our On-Line Store =>

: ) 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:

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Thanks so much!

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

PHONE: 585-750-6056

Come visit us:
77 Main street with phone number

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

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

Our Syracuse, NY location at 2017 Milton Avenue in Solvay, NY 13209

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(How did I get that business name you ask?……I started the business in my 1885 purple painted Victorian – and I LOVE to paint – so the business name just fits perfectly!)

Workshop – Chalk Paint® Basics Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 STARTING @ 10AM in Macedon

This Workshop is happening on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 starting at 10AM

(Parking in the back of the building!)

Register HERE

Basics Workshop june11 2013

In this casual hands-on introductory workshop you will not only have FUN! But you will learn the “basics” of using Chalk Paint® Decorative Paints and Waxes by Annie Sloan. This paint is not one dimensional and there is so much functionality in it- let us show you how to take advantage of that and create pieces that will be drop dead gorgeous!

All supplies will be provided. First you pick out a sample pot of Chalk Paint® of your favorite color that you will use when learning how to wet distress. But from the very beginning, you will learn about making a glaze/stain using Annie’s soft, dark wax. Then you will be painting a one and two-color technique- showing you how to add a little dry brushing for effect and creating a wash. A very important finishing step in regards to distressing – sharing our tips & tricks and making sure you can create a professional effect. You will create a wash and learn the fundamentals of how to apply it properly. Lastly- we will focus in on using the wax! Hands on training on how to age and tone your finishes with clear and dark waxes and the proper application process. (applying the wax is often the biggest issue Chalk Paint® users have- what is learned in this workshop will eliminate that from happening to you!) And hands on experimenting with “polishing” the Chalk Paint® using sand paper.

Lauren BASICS Gilding Wax Glaze

You will leave the workshop with your own sample boards, a sample pot of Chalk Paint® in the color of your choice, …and most importantly – you will leave with the confidence and skills to tackle your own projects at home.

CLASS SIZE: We like to be able to help you one on one- so we have a class maximum of 6 people- with a minimum of 3- exceptions may be made based on my schedule- however, this would not set a precedent.

DURATION: This workshop runs around 3 hours- but has gone longer based on the amount of questions asked- which is very positive. Please try to get here 15 minutes prior to class starting. * This is a casual painting party so bring a light snack or even your dinner and your favorite beverage to enjoy.

LOCATION!!!: The Purple Painted Lady, 77 West Main Street, Macedon NY 14502

By purchasing this Workshop you are acknowledging the Workshop Cancellation Policy which is => In the event you cancel with more than 2 weeks notice from the date of the start of the workshop, you may: 1) request a refund of your payment OR 2) choose to transfer your deposit to a later scheduled class.

Due to fees and losing the opportunity of placement of another student- you will incur a $15 processing fee for either choice.

In the event you cancel with less than 2 weeks notice from the date of the workshop, $40 will be forfeited.

FREE 1 Hour Informational Seminar on Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Have you been wishing your kitchen cabinets looked different?
Would you love to replace them- but the cost involved will just break the bank?!
Well then- you should spend some time at The Purple Painted Lady and we can help you transform your kitchen into the room you wish it was – and with minimal cost.


purple painted lady chalk paint

On Tuesday, March 25th at 7pm we will spend an hour discussing using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and the results you achieve in your kitchen. ARRIVE at 6:45, since we will begin promptly at 7pm and not have time to re-visit material if late arriving.

You should consider bringing:

1. one of your kitchen cabinet doors with you
2. a drawing of your cabinets with calculated square footage
3. a photo on your phone or ipad – that is very helpful too.

This evening is INFORMATIONAL ONLY…so if you are afraid someone will be pressuring you to buy product- think again! In fact- you will have to practically beg us to sell you product- since our mission this evening is to only expose you to the best option on the market to transforming your cabinets.

Beautiful finish, incredibly durable, extremely reasonably priced, and user friendly. So…what are you waiting for?
Register by clicking on the Facebook EVENT link HERE, OR calling 585-750-6056 OR emailing us at
Hope to see you there!
The Purple Painted Lady

Creating a Diamond (Harlequin) Pattern

Cute Little Dresser- Basic Painting How To and Harelquin (Diamond) Pattern

On my Facebook Page I like to post notes about what I am doing in my shop- here is a flash from my past!

It was an adorable little dresser that I painted in many Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan colors: My color choices? Well…..I was a bit indecisive so I selected Paloma, Old White, Country Grey, Versailles, Emile, Henrietta & Old Ochre.

There are many reason why I love Chalk Paint®…one of them is the ease of use of the paint. It is exactly like how Annie Sloan describes it – it is a kind paint. First of all- it is super easy to apply. And – the process is super quick. All I did to “prep” this piece was wipe it down with some Odorless Mineral Spirits and I shop vac the drawers out. I started by painting the top in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White..which took a whole 5 minutes.

There was specs of dark “stain” on the top…and the Old White covered it all. Next I started to paint the body of it in Annie Sloan’s Emile- which is a beautiful warm soft aubergine color with pink red undertones giving it a rich complexity that makes a sophisticated lilac tone. I LOVE this color!!!!! I started the whole process at 11:03 am and finished painting the entire skeleton of the dresser within 15 minutes. (Now keep in mind- my store is open on Saturdays and I am doing this all the while I have visitors.) I didn’t use anything fancy to paint the dresser – in fact- I used one of my handy old brushes.

Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful for you.

First- I always put whatever I am painting, up on scrap blocks to elevate it off the floor. You can see my blocks in the photo above. It will make painting the ends of its legs easier, especially if you have a drop cloth on the floor. For some reason- drop cloths always bunch UP and get in the way of painting.
Second- If you paint pieces to sell or if this is for your home…please don’t forget to paint the back of it. I like to use the analogy that when a woman goes to the hair dresser she still gets a cut & color on the back of her head…even though she cannot see it. The same applies to furniture. And this includes painting inside the drawers. By putting in this little extra effort – it gives the piece double duty in case you want to use it to divide a space in a room or, depending the size of the dresser, if it is small enough, place it at the foot of the bed. The back can be kept the same color, or use a surprise color! But definitely paint it. A piece that is painted all the way around – conveys that it has more value and commands a higher price)

That whole surprise color idea- applies to inside of the drawers too. Use a fun accent color for a bit of whimsy. Or- if this is for your teenage daughter who insisted she wanted her walls of her painted in bright neon orange, but you compromised on a different color- use the orange in the drawers! She will love it!!! Annie Sloan likes to refer to this surprise color inside as, “Quiet Riot.” I think that is so cute!

Now I know we are all in a hurry and time is of the essence- but go to the effort and take the knobs off the drawers as shown below. : ) It will make painting much easier- and besides- now you can decide to use the existing knobs or purchase new ones without the worry of having to match the shape and size. Also, you won’t have the existing hardware painted on- which prevents switching them later. Seems elementary, but thought I should write it.

For the top of the dresser, I love whimsy. So, how about a little Harlequin design? I think….yes!

So many of you tape this pattern…and I often wonder why? That takes so much time and you run the possible risk of pulling up your previously painted base.

I personally like to create a template and then a simple grid…and map out my diamonds.

This process works great on dresser tops, the side of dressers, on buffet doors, front doors, seats of chairs, you name it! Keep reading below and you will understand!

To begin this “harlequin” step, first I determine what size I personally think would look good for the diamonds. I take a ruler and place it from the front to the back dresser and measure the depth. From this – I decide that three FULL diamonds or close to it would look best. (I do not like seeing a diamond pattern on a piece of furniture where the diamonds are not centered and one side of the pattern is cut off, OR where the last row is cut off half way. This looks very…amateur to me. (I apologize- if that offends you, but that is really what I think when I see a poorly planned pattern) So, if you plan and measure twice, you can create a layout that looks cohesive and professional.

So- I take the measurement using a ruler and divide it by 3. (Find your old yard stick – and just make sure that the ruler is not bending or warped)

The rule of thumb for a Harlequin diamond (now that is a bit redundant isn’t it) is that the height of the diamond should be twice the width.

This is just a guide- if you prefer more of a square shape- do that instead, this is your dresser.

Next, I create a template using card stock or some heavy paper. I map out my diamond, draw the shape using a pen, and then cut the shape out. I like to leave the lines visible inside my cut edge.

I then find the center point on top of my dresser and using water color pencils – I draw my lay out. Remember that watercolor pencils will blend once wet- so make sure to use a color lead that is similar to the color you plan on painting. Why is this helpful? Well, if you are doing a layout and plan to paint pink diamonds on a white base- choose a light pink watercolor pencil. Once you paint over the pink lines- they will blend in perfectly with your design, versus the grey from a graphite pencil.

So, just in case you missed what I was trying to stress above…..never use regular lead / graphite pencils since the lead smears and is difficult to cover. And although Chalk Paint® has wonderful coverage qualities, keep it easy for yourself – and do not use your kid’s school pencil. The Graphite pencil is a very stable material. It does not fade in light. It does not bleed in water unless other dyes are added and for other reasons, lead from “traditional” pencils can just be messy.

I typically buy my watercolor pencils from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s Crafts, but I think you can find them at WalMart too.
watercolor pencil

How I approach this is that I make a grid to find the center point easily. I place my “diamond” template centered on top of the dresser and begin my layout always using either a watercolor pencil (some people use a piece of chalk- but I don’t – they tend to smear a little)

Again…never use your run of the mill lead or graphite pencil because depending on the paint you are using- it can be a bear to cover and the lead will smear in you paint and alter the color.

When I painted the diamonds in using about 6 different colors- to get more interest- I would thin out the paint- almost to a “wash” consistency just to get variation in hue and depth of color. It gives the piece more of a water color feel. I personally- like to make sure that the brush strokes always go in the same direction. Also- use a “Flat Bristle” artist’s brush. Click HERE to see an example of some at Hobby Lobby.

Flat Brush Hobby Lobby

When I was doing all of this – my shop was open and I had multiple paint sales and people coming in with questions about Chalk Paint®. So- I did not finish the piece that day. Below are some additional photos of how it looked through the progress. I painted out the front panel on the drawers in a cream because my next step after finishing the harlequin pattern was to add a pretty landscape of one of our beautiful NY Finger Lakes.

Side of buffet

  • HandPainted Buffet
    Buffet and chairs PORTRAIT
    Slide 10 2nd table top view
    Harlequin kitchen backsplash with name

    Harelquin website picmonkey

    Lisa Close up of door

  • The Purple Painted Lady 4th Annual Barn Sale & Junk Jubilee- September 20th, 2014 from 10 – 5pm

    Hope you will save the date for us! We are hosting our 4th annual Barn Sale & Junk Jubilee on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 10 – 5pm. This will be a great artsy event with 80 unique artisans, bakers, junkers, wineries, cheese business, bee keepers and more!

    All are welcome to come – NO INVITE necessary- but if you RSVP on are Facebook Event Page you will be kept on announcements: Click HERE to visit the EVENT Page
    Barn Sale Sept 2014

    The Show Goes On…… RAIN OR SHINE!

    This event besides being fantastic- is a benefit! The Palmyra-Macedon Rotary, the grass roots organization that saves animals from “kill shelters” called “Joyful Rescue” and the Boy Scouts, Venturing Crew 313 will be just some of the organizations that receive 100% of the money raised.

    The Barn Sale & Junk Jubilee will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 10 to 5pm at our home in Macedon on 20 acres with 10 acres dedicated to off road parking. (NO Parking permitted on the street due to safety.)


    We have doubled the parking lot and guarantee solid ground to drive on! Look for the great volunteers from the Palmyra Macedon Rotary who will be directing traffic. (see map below with directions- we are EASY to find!!!) Again- this is a benefit and the parking is $5. 100% OF THAT MONEY goes right back into helping the community. The Rotary has over 20 volunteers who work ALL day to earn this money and then they turn around and re-invest that in t.


    There is a $1 entrance fee to the Barn Sale & Junk Jubilee, and again 100% OF THAT MONEY will go the charitable organization called Joyful Rescues.

    All 80 vendors will be donating a creation- and raffles will be held every hour on the hour this year! We will be sharing a FREE printable Raffle Ticket here on Facebook and our website as we get closer to the event. The Purple Painted Lady will be giving away a quart of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and a tin of wax and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint (alternating) every hour too!~ Look for the “Raffle Booth” which will be located near the entrance to the sale this year! We have the Boy Scouts, Venturing Crew 313 managing the raffle- and all sales from raffle tickets will go directly to their troop.

    We will have a chicken dinner barbeque, wineries, a micro-brewery, farmer’s market and an incredible selection of artists joining us to make this day amazing for you!


    Again – this event is happening at my home on Saturday, September 20th from 10 to 5 at my HOME – located at 845 Yellow Mills Road, Palmyra NY 14522.

    Just a reminder that everyone get’s ONE FREE raffle ticket and since EVERY artist has donated something – you can inexpensively buy more raffle tickets there too!

    Barn Sale 2014 Directions with curve in road


    If interested in being a vendor (sorry – no jewelry vendors needed) – please email Trish at and note in subject title, “I want to be a 2014 Barn Sale Vendor.” Include all of your contact information and your Business name in the email! Photos of what you create is required too! We will fill up and close out accepting artists around June!

    Thanks so much!

    Purple Painted Lady Barn Sale house

    Why Buy Chalk Paint® From The Purple Painted Lady?

    Click HERE to access our on-line store to buy Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint or Artisan Enhancements products.

    If you are considering ordering any of the above products on-line- here are 5 attributes that set The Purple Painted Lady apart from other options.

    1. Our Level of Customer Service:
    If you are a customer of ours…..when it comes to customer service- The Purple Painted Lady will go above and beyond.
    That means if you have a question in the middle of your project, something is not turning out the way you expected it to or are looking for some advice on how to approach your project- all you need to do is call me! Yep, that’s right! By purchasing from The Purple Painted Lady- you get a “Chalk Paint® Concierge” if you will! Or- if you are using any other product that we sell- do not hesitate to contact me for help.

    Just type my digits into your phone- and voila- you get a real person to talk to. (And yes- it will probably be me, Trish ~ The Purple Painted Lady!) 585.750.6056 My phone number is also noted on every piece of paper that accompanies your package to make it easy for you to find my contact information. (did you ever order something from a place and then you get it- and there is no contact information included on anything? That so annoys me. Thus why my phone number is on everything!)

    And- since it seems many of our customers have “9-5 jobs” and are evening or weekend warriors- the probability of you having a problem after most shops are closed for the day can be pretty high. Since you cannot tell your wet paint to “hold on” and wait till the following day to dry till you can speak to someone – having a source that offers customer service that is almost 24X7 can be pretty helpful. (I do ask however, that if it is after 10pm Eastern Time, please email or text me) But by placing your order through me- The Purple Painted Lady, all you need to do is give me a call and mention your order number (and yes- I do check my ordering system) At that point- I am all yours! 585.750.6056

    2. The Purple Painted Lady Always Has EVERYTHING In Stock:
    In one of my past lives- I was a software consultant for a Supply Chain company. What does “Supply Chain” mean? Basically, it means the management of goods through the whole cycle from distributor to you, the end customer. You want this flow to move without stops or bottlenecks or more importantly, delays! My focus in this past life was to help Fortune 500 companies (like Cisco, Subaru, Dell Computers, HP, Canadian Department of Defense to name a few) strategically forecast so they always had the right part in stock. I took this experience and apply it to how I run my business and manage inventory. But what does this mean to you? (see Item 3 Below)

    3. SAME DAY Shipping:
    If you place an order- be confident in knowing that The Purple Painted Lady has everything in stock! What does this mean in the end? With the team we have in place- your order ships the same day as you placed it. (note however, this is as long as your order came in before UPS picked up our packages)

    4. Awesome Instructions Are Included With Your Products:
    Have you ever ordered product from a business and are all excited to receive it, then your package arrives and all that is in it is a quart of paint. You ask yourself, “what do i do now?” Well, when purchasing through The Purple Painted Lady every package goes out with 2 page instructions on the products you just bought. Why do we do this? Because the money you spend on your order- you worked hard for. We want you to get every single ounce of fabulous functionality out of the products we ship to you. We also want you to use the product correctly the FIRST time you try them!

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    Do Your Kitchen Cabinets Look Tired?

    Do your cabinets look tired?
    OR, are you tired of your cabinets?

    The easy, affordable and beautiful solution is to paint them using Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan…the “No Stripping, No Sanding, No Priming” “World’s Best Paint!”
    PicMonkey Collage The Purple Painted Lady Painted Caninets susan Old White

    If interested in painting your cabinets but are afraid to- please don’t be. All of us at The Purple Painted Lady are here to help you through your project.

    Check out the amazing transformation that my customer Marian Harrison completed in her kitchen. Between the two Before & After photos, nothing changed, other than the cabinets were painted and waxed.


    purple painted lady chalk paint

    Amazing transformation, yes? I think so!

    Many customers want to paint their kitchens but have questions, such as:

    * What prep is there when painting a kitchen?

    ANSWER: Before painting, it is necessary to clean your cabinets. When you cook, fry, broil or boil whatever you are making, even with a fan- steam goes into the air. It eventually settles on your cabinets. If you have children or a dog, who knows what else might be stuck to them. Get some Odorless Mineral Spirits and wipe down the cabinets using a rag or even a ScotchBrite Scrubbie. Note that the image of the Mineral Spirits shows different packaging that is available. The key thing here is to purchase the regular Odorless Mineral Spirits. NOT the environmentally green Mineral Spirits which is shown in the white packaging in the right of the photo. Mineral Spirits The Purple Painted Lady - Green vs Odorless regular

    * Will the Chalk Paint adhere to the sides of my cabinets, they are made of a laminate material?
    ANSWER: YES! You do not need to do any additional prep- but if you feel more comfortable doing a light sanding using 200 grit sandpaper- you can. I however, have painted many laminated cabinets and have never sanded them.

    * I have old cabinets and the protective top coat is worn, especially around the hardware. Is there anything I should do?
    ANSWER: YES! You will most likely need to apply shellac to your doors. Shellac is a “sealer.” that means it seals in the surface – preventing stain or wood tannins from bleeding through to the paint.

    We prefer the clear Zinsser shellac. Again, note that shellac is a sealer so it will seal the surface preventing stain or wood tannins from bleeding through your new paint. I recommend getting the quart of shellac and using a rag, wipe down all the doors and the cabinet frame just like you would wipe down your kitchen table when you clean it. You want the rag moist but not dripping. I cover the whole cabinet in a linear fashion, making sure to NOT miss any spot and to catch the edges also!

    Spraying the shellac using an aerosol can is also an option. I have done this many times. On a small job this is good, but remember to spray 2 coats. Aerosol cans of shellac will cost more than buying the quart, so for large jobs- I recommend the quart.
    Kitchen Cabinets shellac Zinsser

    Zinsser shellac comes in quarts and aerosol containers. If you have a well ventilated space and take your doors down- you can use the spray, but I feel the quart and a rag will give you better coverage. I usually will do 2 coats.

    If you already started painting and did not shellac prior, and then realize that you are getting bleeding- you can still apply the shellac. Just allow the paint to dry thoroughly and then apply the shellac. when to use shellac on kitchen cabinets bleed tannin

    * Do I have to take the doors off to paint using Chalk Paint?

    ANSWER: NO…you can leave the doors hinged and on the cabinets when painting. Many do this! However, when I am painting a kitchen- I typically take the doors off and will number them. I then lay them down flat and process them a bit like a production line. If you choose to paint them while they are hanging and plan on painting the hinges, just lightly dry brush the hinges so they are not “caked” with paint.
    Raw Cabinets

    * How do I calculate how much paint I need?

    ANSWER: I will take a piece of paper and make a drawing of the kitchen layout. Literally drawing out the each section of cabinets. I then note the height, width and depth of the cabinets. You need these measurements in order to determine the square footage.

    Calculating the square footage is very easy. For each section, multiply the height times the width. The result is your square footage for that section.

    Once you have this initial number- understand that this would be for only one coat of paint. A typical kitchen project will take 2 coats. Sometimes, even 3 coats of paint depending on the color you select and the color of your cabinets.

    Because you will probably need 2 coats of paint- you will need to double your square footage in the end. Also- don’t forget to paint the underside of your top cabinets. This is the part that is directly over your counter top. And- are you planning on painting the inside of the door? If yes, (and most do) account for that in your total.

    A quart of Chalk Paint® will roughly cover about 150 square feet. So take your total amount of square footage and divide by 150. The number from this calculation will be how many quarts of paint you need. And always error on the side of an additional quart so you have enough for your project.
    Old Ochre Cabinet with name

    * I want durability- will this paint work?

    ANSWER: Yes! Chalk Paint® is extremely durable and when you finish the paint with the wax- it becomes even harder. Something I suggest to my “kitchen Cabinet” painting customers is to apply a uniform – thin even coat of paint and then wait 24 hours before painting the second coat. There is a lot of science that goes into paint products in general. In the first 24 hours- the paint will really bear down and tighten its grip to the surface. I was once told to think of the paint molecules as floating around with space between them, then as it dries over that first 24 hours- the space between them gets smaller and the paint gets tighter against the surface. Allow science to do its thing and for the first coat of paint to have 24 hours.

    * What is the process when it comes to painting cabinets using Chalk Paint®?

    ANSWER: If you are looking for texture, use the Chalk Paint® directly from the quart in the consistency it is made in. However, if you are looking for a more traditional smooth finish, consider applying your first coat directly from the quart. Once the first coat is dry, pour some of your Chalk Paint® into another container and add some water to thin it. I would say add about 10 to 15% water in comparison to your paint. Use a cheap measuring cup so you can easily reproduce this thinned mixture. Apply your second coat of pant with this thinned Chalk Paint®. This will allow to get a smoother finish and it will even stretch your paint a bit.
    The Purple Painted Lady apply chalk paint thinned with water to cabinets during second coat kitchen bathroom

    * Can I paint the cabinets outside in my garage?

    ANSWER: Maybe! You should only paint pieces, cabinets or any furniture for that matter if it is at room temperature consistently. The same goes for all of your paint products. Never let them freeze or sit in a 100 degree garage. Temperature will effect your products. This recommendation applies to even while they are drying, curing and the time in between!

    A space heater is not adequate and definitely not sufficient if only being used while you are in the workspace.

    The best thing to do – is set up a painting area in the house where you know the temperatures will be within normal range consistently and that there will not be any excessive dust.

    * Should I paint the inside of the cabinets?

    The answer to that is really totally up to you. I always paint the back of the door, but not always do we paint inside the cabinet box. It will add more time and cost to the project and many people are fine with leaving them as is…so consider what is best for you. Consider though when it comes to the resale of your home- having the inside of your cabinets finished nicely is a plus!

    * What type of brush should I use?

    We recommend using a natural bristle brush. Annie Sloan has amazing brushes available-but I still like to use a 1.5 inch Purdy brush that has an angled brush. These are very nice if you are “cutting” an edge.

    * How many coats of wax do you recommend?

    I always apply two coats of wax on cabinets that I am doing. Three if I need to add a dark wax glaze.

    Here is some additional high level information / steps to reference if planning on doing your kitchen.

    Lastly- please consider using The Purple Painted Lady if needing to purchase your chalk paint on-line.

    Kitchen Cab ReFAB workshop Facebook 2014

    The Purple Painted Lady Kitchen BEFORE AFTER SUsan Old White 1

    The Purple Painted Lady Kitchen BEFORE AFTER SUsan Old White 2
    The Purple Painted Lady Kitchen BEFORE AFTER SUsan Old White 3

    FREE T-Shirt Scarf Workshop on Feb. 12th (Registration Reqd)

    Free Workshop? Why yes in deed at The Purple Painted Lady!

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 starting at 7:00pm – ending around 9:00pm.

    Come and meet Annette – who is an up and coming children’s author! She will be hosting this event at The Purple Painted Lady.

    Come and make a funky – fun scarf that you up-cycle from your husband’s shirt (or for that matter….any one’s shirt.)
    Make your own scarf Annette

    Please bring a cotton t-shirt that is similar in size to a men’s size XL. Other than that- all other supplies provided.

    Registration is required by emailing Trish at

    We are capping this off at 10 guests- so please do not register if you are thinking you “might” make it. : ) Make your own scarf Annette Portrait image

    Minimum age – 12 years old and up

    Plenty of parking is behind the shop.

    ** The top image shows the scarf wrapped twice around the neck.

    FREE Hands On Chalk Paint Demo THIS Saturday, Jan. 25th at our Macedon location!

    FREE Hands On Chalk Paint Demo THIS Saturday, Jan. 25th at our Macedon location!

    Have you wanted to learn about Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan?

    Come and watch, listen and then help me paint a dresser!

    Paint demo happens at NOON!

    We are located at 77 West Main Street in the village of Macedon.
    We have plenty of parking around back of our building!

    And……we have some guest vendors that will be joining me too from 11- 3pm.

    Indigo Moon Fibers
    Indigo Moon Fibers- March 16

    The Griffen Bakery
    griffen bakery

    K. Higgins & Co.
    K Higgins

    The Traveling Vineyard (Wine Tastings)

    Critters 3D
    Critters 3D

    Betty Lou Designs
    Betty Lou Designs

    Sweet Pea Felts
    Sweet Pea Felts