Painting a Harlequin / Diamond Top Piece

One of the best parts of creating my business The Purple Painted Lady, is seeing the proud faces of customers who accomplished a furniture transformation using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and how they are excited to share their experience.

With that said- let me introduce you to Karen Meadows!

Karen is an artist and lives in Maine. She wrote me the nicest email with some photos, and I thought I would share them with you regarding this piece she completed with a black and white harlequin top.

Karen Meadows Harlequin The Purple Painted Lady 4 polka Doat drawers pic

“HOW TO” INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING A HARLEQUIN TOP:

Karen used Graphite, Pure White and Provence on this piece.

Graphite Sample Board

Old White Sample Board

***  On a side note- HERE is a post to explains the differences in Annie’s “white” Chalk Paint®.

Provence Sample Board

*** On a side note-  HERE is a post that shows the difference between Provence and Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®.

She referenced our post with HERE that is all about HOW TO CREATE A DIAMOND PATTERN TOP.  It has detailed instructions on how to create this harlequin pattern also.

Diamond Harelquin dresser Full shot with logo

LETTER FROM KAREN:

I have recently turned my focus towards furniture and Annie Sloan paint and waxes from the Purple Painted Lady namely Trish!
The piece shown below was found in a garage sale. She said it was $20 and the challenge was on. Well… First challenge was to stuff said bureau into my beetle!

Karen Meadows pic

 

I cleaned it with a warm damp cloth. I fixed the drawer ‘ gliders and I was on my way. There is a picture when the Harlequin design penciled on and painters tape on the diamonds that I won’t paint. The easiest way I have found to paint a Harlequin design is to mark a large X from corners to corners. Then just draw lines parallel to those original lines, remembering the smaller the space between your parallel lines the smaller your diamonds. These diamonds are made with 3 inch spread.

Karen Meadows Harlequin The Purple Painted Lady 3 Layout grid pic

At this point I have already remove the drawers and apply two coats of old white to the entire Bureau. The diamonds are painted with Annie Sloan old white and graphite. There are two coats. I found a small flat angled brush works best.

On the side I use painters tape for the stripes. The teal color is the Annie Sloan Provence. I love it!

Karen Meadows Harlequin The Purple Painted Lady 4 polka Doat drawers pic

On the hardware I used my dry stencil brush with a tiny bit of old white. Thank you for looking. I hope you enjoyed it as much as the new owner of the piece. XO Karen

Karen Meadows Harlequin The Purple Painted Lady 5 painted floor

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

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 FOUR LOCATIONS!

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

77 Main street with phone number

OR

STARTING LATE July 2016 ~ Village Gate in Rochester, NY 14620

Village Gate The Purple Painted Lady Goodman Ave OUTSIDE

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 inside The Savvy Chick

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

 

 

 

More Typography or Image Transfer FYI

I love inspirational quotes on pieces of furniture.  Especially, in a kid’s room or a front vestibule.  Making a statement seems, …cool to me.

The most recent quote I am painting is “Life Moves Pretty Fast. If you don’t stop & look around once in a while, you could miss it!”  Are you a “Ferris Bueller” fan- because if yes- you know this quote and you may want to – click here.

A couple weeks ago- I painted this “Love” dresser.  The shot below shows it almost dine.  There was still a little bit of painting left on it…..

Typography LOVE quote The purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint annie sloan dresser

When it comes to typography on painted pieces, it is very popular!

The dresser below is still in the works.  First we painted the dresser with Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.  Graphite is reminiscent of Gun Metal.  It is a soft charcoal black – which I like to compare to a dark slate color or a vintage slate chalk board in an old school room! It is made with purplish blues, browns, and it is not completely black.

Graphite is a popular color, especially when I am detailing a piece with vintage typography. I receive a lot of emails about this color. But again– I want to clearly state again though – this is NOT black.  

The Purple Painted Lady Graphite Chalk Paint open lid

Once my dresser was painted and dried- I then followed the steps I have noted in another post here on my website.  So, in case you are interested in trying this yourself- check out an old post I wrote called “Typography! How does she do it?”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST ON STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

The main thing is that Chalk Paint® is ideal for this technique.

 

As you will read- I like to use a projector and push an image up on to my dresser.

Using a water color pencil in the color I plan on using to fill in the design- I copy the design onto my piece.

Typography Life Moves Fast quote The purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint annie sloan dresser

In the photo I have here- I used a white water color pencil.

I will typically take the drawers out to paint the design, and then- using sandpaper- I distress my painted letters.

This will create a super smooth finish. Note the white dust on the Graphite paint on the upper drawers from sanding over the white letters.

Do not worry about that because once I go over this with my Annie Sloan Clear Wax- the residual dust will disappear.

Stay tuned and we will post soon showing the results using Annie’s Clear Wax over this piece.

 

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

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 FOUR LOCATIONS!

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

77 Main street with phone number

OR

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 inside The Savvy Chick

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

Modern Masters Give-A-Way (Transforming a Cement Floor in to a Patina’d Copper and Rusted Iron look)

The Purple Painted Lady is so excited about opening our 4th location in the city of Rochester, NY.  It will be located at 650 South Avenue- which is in the heart of South Wedge and we will open our doors later in August.

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

We have literally gutted the space.

Here is a BEFORE photo of where we started: (take note to even the check out counter.  Below you will see what we have done with it to spruce it up.)

 OKay- just a reminder – the image BELOW is a BEFORE PHOTO!

650 South Ave BEFORE restoration The Purple Painted Lady

We have since done the following to the space:

* tore out the tan leopard print carpet and replaced it with wood.

* pulled about 1,000 nails out of the wall and ceiling, patched the dry wall, and painted the walls a pretty silvery grey/blue. (I like how it compliments the ceilig!)

* put in all new electric and hung new chandeliers (actually, Brett- the buff guy standing next to Judy in the photo above did all of our electric.)

* installed a full prep sink and work counter and the bathroom has been gutted with a new vanity installed.

* and everything else has been scrubbed…multiple times over!

Phew!  It makes me tired just writing it all out. (which is kind of pathetic since I hired contractors or promised champagne and caviar to Judy to do most of this work for me. LOL!)

IN PROCESS Photo below:

South Wedge In Store South Avenue The purple Painted Lady 650 floor paint

Check out the cash counter below!

650 South Ave skid covered counter top The Purple Painted Lady

We even decked it out using skids from paint deliveries!  See it above?  I love it now! (Thanks to our Annie Sloan distributor)

This week Judy will be transforming the concrete bathroom floor into something amazing using Modern Masters Inc. products!    The Modern Masters products we use will make the floor look like patina copper and rusted iron!

The Purple Painted Lady Modern Masters Copper Iron Rust Green Blue activator Hoity Toity Peacock

MATERIAL LIST TO CREATE A LOOK LIKE ABOVE:

Modern Masters Metal Effects Acid Blocking Primer

Copper Reactive Metallic Paint

Iron Reactive Metallic Paint

MODERN MASTERS GREEN PATINA AGING SOLUTION FOR COPPER

MODERN MASTERS BLUE PATINA AGING SOLUTION FOR COPPER

Modern Masters Rust Activator

Modern Masters Permacoat Xtreme

Spray Bottles 12 ounce

You will also need:

Either a 2″ or 4″ roller with a tray

Chip Brush

Hydrogen Peroxide (just a tablespoon – amount depends on the size of your project)

Small plastic spray bottles to mist aging solutions or rust activator (we used travel size shampoo dispencers)

Papertowel/rags for clean up

 

Anyway- this effect is pretty cool stuff, huh?

Anything will be better than what the floor currently is.  See the image below.  (waah, waah, waah)  : (

 

Bathroon floor south wedge The Purple painted Lady Modern Masters

Using the Iron Reactive Paint and Copper Metallic Paint– you can make virtually any surface look like patinad copper or rusted iron!

PREP WORK ON CONCRETE FLLOR:

So, Judy and Anne started the process of painting the bathroom concrete floor. First- since this location was rented prior- the floor needed a good cleaning.

Judy  cleaning the floor The Purple Painted Lady Modern South

Judy is super fast when she is on a mission,  In fact- she was so excited to start this project- I could barely get a photo of her cleanig the floor.  Now keep in mind- she bartered a bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne and caviar for doing this for me!

So, using Mineral Spirits and Krud Kutter and a bunch of sponges- the floor was santized!  A clean water rinse was done and then – the floor was left to dry thoroughly.   The Purple Painted Lady Krud Kutter

The Purple Painted Lady Mineral spirits

If there had been flaking paint from a previous project- all of that would have been removed.

 

 

 

 

 

Next- Judy used plain old Elmer’s Glue and created a beed across the door way to build up a slight little dam.  She let the glue dry and then – did a second beed. She did this because most of the products we will be using are VERY fluid- this will help keep them contained into the bathroom.

Modern Masters Copper Rust Iron Bathroom floor concrete Elmer glue DAM The Purple Painted Lady

Once the glue was totally dry- then Judy moved to Step 1 below.

STEP 1 – Use the Modern Masters Metal Effects Acid Blocking Primer:   Modern Masters Metal Effects Acid Blocking Primer 4 oz  The Purple Painted Lady

We have the gallon size of the Modern Masters Metal Effects Acid Blocking Primer that had been sitting for a while so we needed to mix it really well until all the thicker components at the bottom got stirred in. (see image below) This “Acid Blocking Primer” is very importantbecause it creates a base or barrier for the all of the other products to sit on top of.  It also gives either the Copper Metallic Paint or the Iron Reactive paint something to grip to, depending on what it is you are doing and the type of surface it is.  Since most of you would be using a 16 ounce or 4 ounce container of the Acid Blocking Primer, just check the plastic container by hand.  It is doubtful you will have as much sitting on the bottom as we did with the gallon sized packaging.

Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer sludge open quart The Purple Painted Lady south 650

APPLICATION OF ACID BLOCKING PRIMER:

Judy then poured the Modern Masters Metal Effects Acid Blocking Primer into the small roller pan that came with the roller.  Using the roller she applied two uniform.   coats of the  Modern Masters Metal Effects Acid Blocking Primer.  Make sure the first coat is thoroughly dry before applying a second.  In the hard to reach places- she used a chip brush. 

 

Modern Masters Acid Blocking Primer The Purple Painted Lady

For this product to work well, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO LAY THE SURFACE FLAT.  Since we were doing a floor- this did not apply to us. But FYI for most of the looks of these products because we are dealing with fluids, if you do not lay the section you are applying the products to, you will end up with an effect that looks “runny” vs the images we show here.  So, lay a hutch down on it’s back.  OR, flip a dresser over onto its side.  You have creative options to make this work.

STEP 2 – Use the Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint:   

WE DID 2 COATS
Pour some of your Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint into the tray of your roller.  Be careful to only pour a small amount at a time.  You do not want to be pouring left over copper paint from the tray back into the original container and risk contamidating the remainder.  This stuff is a bit pricey, so don’t waste any of it.  Have Syran Wrap available to cover your tray in-between coats.
Judy rolled a layer of the copper paint onto the floor and let it dry.  Once dry- she applied a second coat.
** What is important to know – is that you apply the Patina Aging Soltions over the Copper paint when it is wet.  So, since we we do two coats.  Let the first  coat thoroughly dry- then after the second coat- you immedaitely apply the Patina Aging Solutions.
While the first coat of copper was drying…  Judy poured the MODERN MASTERS GREEN PATINA AGING SOLUTION FOR COPPER and MODERN MASTERS BLUE PATINA AGING SOLUTION FOR COPPER from their large containers into smaller spray / squirt bottles.
While the copper was drying, they poured the green and blue patina into 2 clearly marked spray bottles and 2 of the small travel-sized containers. They also poured rust activator into a spray bottle and hydrogen peroxide into a travel-sized container.
The Purple Painted Lady 12 ounce spray bottle
Judy spooned the iron into a small container and mixed it with water.
Judy worked in manageable sections – approximately 12-18 inches, working her way from the far back corner – around the vanity — to the exit door.
It takes a while for the copper to dry, so don’t paint yourself into a corner.
She started this series of steps by painting a second layer of copper paint.
Remember, the copper paint needs to be wet for the activators to work.
The Purple Painted Lady Modern Masters Copper Rust Bathroom Floor
Judy sprayed or squeezed the green patina activator in random spots on the wet copper. While waiting for it to start to turn green, she flicked iron on the wet copper floor in a cohesive swirly line and then sprayed the rust activator on the iron.
When she could start to see green patina, she sprayed and squeezed the blue patina activator.
In some places she let the green and blue meet but in others kept them separate.
She also took care to leave some of the copper exposed in little spots.
She squeezed some of the hydrogen peroxide onto the blue patina activator to make it look lighter.
She created a dam with blue shop cloths where the activators started to run in sections that did not have wet copper since the floor they were working on wasn’t completely level.
If after doing this step of the project- you would like more of the copper aged, just paint over those small sections and re-apply the aging patina solution.
Initially our floor looked like it had a Cheetah pattern, so we went back over some spots to make it more uniform.
It takes a while for all the activators to do their magic and dry, so Judy and Anne cleaned up for the day.

Modern Masters Rust copper bathroom floor concrete south wedge the purple painted lady

BELOW IS THE FINISHED FLOOR ONCE ALL THE PRODUCT HAD DRIED:

The Purple Painted Lady Bathroom floor copper and iron South wedge finished floor

 

So, now…for the HUGE GIVE-A-WAY of a basket of all the Modern Masters products you would need to do this yourself on a smaller project!

The winners are……… Becky Kennedy and Meami Craig! Hurray!!!!! Please email Trish at takuntz@rochester.rr.com with your ship to address & phone number.

Make sure to LIKE our Facebook page, to be part of all future Give-A-Ways!

Here is a link to the Modern Masters products on our shopping cart. 

The Purple Painted Lady Bathroom floor South wedge Modern Masters collage

 

If you are interested in staying in 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™:

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 on the black MAIN MUNE bar here on our website and come and meet us!
Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.
Again- 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 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! (don’t believe us?  Please read some of our 400 Facebook reviews.)
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 NOTED BELOW!<p>

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)

The shops on west ridge pic 3200 The Purple Painted Lady

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

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!  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 wrote that 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

PROJECT TIP FROM ANNE:
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!

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

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

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

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

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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.

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

 

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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.

 

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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!  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
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*  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.
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Trish

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