Free Cookies!

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

 

Visit our on-line store HERE!

Girl scout cookies

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

 

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

Thanks for being our customer!

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

French Linen & Java Gel Stain Table- ooh-la-la!

French Linen Chalk Paint® & Java Gel….a match made in heaven!

We are loving this dining set that was done by Retique 2 Chic, Inc.!
The Purple Painted Lady Retique 2 Chic Java Gel French Linen Chalk Paint TABLE

The wood was mahogany, so a coat of clear Shellac went over the whole set to prevent that red stain from bleeding through.
The Purple Painted Lady Retique 2 Chic Java Gel French Linen Chalk Paint TABLE Close Up
The Purple Painted Lady recommends two coats of shellac and remember – shellac dries quick and is somewhat sticky. (read more about Shellac HERE.)
Shellac The Purple Painted Lady can code expiration date
Some will use a brush to apply shellac, but The Purple Painted Lady suggests using a clean, lint free rag and wiping it on.

Next- everything was painted in French Linen Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, which was thinned slightly with water. By thinning the paint, it glides on the surface, and covers well and gives a smoother finish.

A second coat of French Linen was applied once the first was dried. After the second coat dried, clear wax was applied.
French Linen with both Clear and Dark Wax Sample Board

Then dark wax was mixed with mineral spirits to create a consistency of a glaze. This was applied and lightly wiped it back.

The top was completed using General Finishes JAVA Gel Stain.

An important aspect to application with Gel Stains is making sure the surface has been thoroughly cleaned to remove the old oil build-up. The Purple Painted Lady always suggests using Mineral Spirits (since other products often require a second step of a clean water rinse that many people forget to do.)

They applied about three coats of gel stain with a foam roller. This gives the best coverage and the straightest lines in their opinion. They wiped the coats back very gently with paper towels. They allowed several hours for dry time with each coat. After the last coat, they waited 48 hours before sealing with a Genral Finish gel top coat. The coverage was wonderful.

The table had some pretty good scratches, which they could have sanded, but did not and the gel stain covered them and they were unnoticeable.

Hop on over to Retique 2 Chic, Inc. page and show them some LOVE by LIKING their page.

If you need to purchase your paint products on-line, and do not purchase through me…I hope you give us the opportunity to do business with you!

* We sell Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart.

* We 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 3pm eastern time.

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) Link to Our On-Line Store 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 customer service and what you should expect from us – click HERE.

Thanks so much!

Trish —

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Chalk Paint® on Your Concrete Floor

Use Chalk Paint® to cover that concrete floor you dislike so much. Jen, from Jen’s Furniture Rehab did and look how awesome it turned out!
Jen said her space was approximately 165 square feet. She used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in the color Graphite as the base. She used 2.5 quarts – even with diluting it with water in a 4:1 ratio (paint to water.) She applied two uniform coats with a 3/8th inch nap roller.

The Purple Painted Lady Jen Furniture rehad  Concrete floor chalk paint annie sloan Picmonkey

For the checkerboard pattern, she chose the colors Coco and Country Grey. Total amount of paint used for the stencil project, was 1/2 quart for each. When applying the paint in the stencil, Jen was strategic choosing not to go with full opacity so it would have a rustic appearance.

Once it was completely dry, she sealed the floor using Annie Sloan’s Lacquer- which she stated is drying clear with a low sheen!

Her one tip for this project was to keep a moist towel at the doorway to clean her bare feet prior to stepping on that unsealed Graphite, She didn’t want any “dirty toe prints” on the finished floor! wink emoticon Total labor hours: 6-7 Interested in Annie’s Lacquer made for interior, high traffic areas? Click HERE

If you need to purchase your paint products on-line, and do not purchase through me…I hope you give us the opportunity to do business with you!

* We sell Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart.

* We 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 3pm eastern time.

 

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) Link to Our On-Line Store 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 customer service and what you should expect from us – click HERE.

Thanks so much!

Trish —

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge choose Chalk Paint® for their Royal Baby

Facebook Give-A-Way!

Chalk Paint® is in the house……. as in the “crib” of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that is!

The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Royal Baby Kate middleton Annie Sloan

Have you heard?  Three Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan colors have been royally requested.

Henrietta, Antoinette and Emile~ only the best will do for this royal baby!

To read a description of each color, click on the names above.

Henrietta Chalk Paint®

Henrietta Chalk Paint®

Antoinette Chalk Paint®

Antoinette Chalk Paint®

Emile Chalk Paint®

Emile Chalk Paint®

 

This week in honor of this announcement – The Purple Painted Lady will do three pieces in the Union Jack in each of these colors…so stay tuned!

 

“HOW TO” PAINT  THE UNION JACK?

Make sure you get the stripes orientation correct!  Check out my post HERE on “how to.”

To participate in our Facebook Give-A-way- hop on over to our Facebook page HERE.

If you have painted any pieces in a Union Jack theme, please post your photos on my Facebook page linked above.  The photo with the most LIKES on Tuesday, April 7th at noon eastern time will win a copy of Annie’s newest book~ Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style And Color (Hard Cover.)Annie Sloan Room Recipes Style color The purple Painted Lady BOOK

If you need to purchase your paint products on-line, and do not purchase through me…I hope you give us the opportunity to do business with you!

* We sell Chalk Paint at $34.95 per quart.

* We 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 3pm eastern time.

 

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) Link to Our On-Line Store 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 customer service and what you should expect from us – click HERE.

Thanks so much!

Trish —

Like us on Facebook too! Click HERE!

 

Love How Dark Wax Was Used On This pIece!

WOW! Check out this piece by Laurie Davis. <br>Laurie Davis Dark Wax The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

Funny story- I saw a photo of this piece earlier in the day and was so impressed. <br>

Then later last night- my husband (Mr. Purple Painted Lady) ~ Steve, actually brought his cell phone over to me and was like “You have to look at this!” (Now for a guy to take the effort to do that over a painted piece of furniture- says something!) I<br>

In my opinion, from an overall composition perspective- not only did Laurie hit a home run- she hit a Grand Slam! <br>

The colors she chose, the image & typography and then the strategic use of dark wax are like a Trifecta. I asked Laurie to share some project words of wisdom for you regarding using dark wax.<br>

“I love how it defines this piece…the whole piece was painted in graphite, then I painted the front old white…when I painted the old white I didn’t go for full coverage ( the same for the graphite) one coat of each.<br>

I stenciled, then distressed.<br>

I applied clear wax to the front of the dresser gently rubbed some off then I went for the dark wax! I like to “blend” it, I start on the outer edges first….work my way in, wiping and buffing as I go….<br>

Here is what The Purple Painted Lady thinks this was the BEST TIP LAURIE SHARED:<br>

This is funny…I take a picture of it while I’m working on it…to see where I need more dark wax or do I need to remove a little with clear wax….To me looking at it in a picture verses while I’m working on it is different. I’m not “afraid” to use the dark wax.<br>

Please don’t be afraid of the dark wax! Here is a quick link to it in our shopping cart.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets- Effects of Dry Winter Air (and then humidity over summer)

Here is a topic you may not really think about – Kitchen Cabinets-(or wood panels) and the effects of dry winter air and also – the reverse- humidity over summer has on them. It is not a widespread issue, and in fact- most people will not have this problem~ but I want to address it and talk about how to avoid it.

Most importantly- keep in mind- that this issue that may happen during the winter months- will not be an issue once the warmer and more humid air returns. 

Ok- on with my post:

First- when buying a classic 5 piece constructed cabinet door- if you can inquire if the wood used has been kiln dried- that should be your preference. The center panel of a classic 5 piece constructed cabinet door is designed to float and is not glued to the stiles or rails. This is to allow for normal shrinkage and expansion of the woods, and it also prevents the center panel from cracking. The amount of humidity in your home will influence shrinkage and expansion. So, let me just preface that depending on where you live in the world and the type of weather you experience ~ humidifiers and dehumidifiers in your home are important.

You may have seen a cabinet door where the paint may have cracked slightly.Slide2

Depending on where you live in the United States, during the winter months- the lack of humidity – causing dry air is an issue. Hot, humid summers can be just as much of an issue too. (although I am fantasizing about warm weather at the moment since it is cold here in NY.)

The winter weather – causes the dry winter air to leech moisture out of anything leaving your skin as dry and cracked as a salt flat and your sinuses as parched as the Sahara in summer.

The dry air also contributes to that jarring static shock that practically propels you across the room every time you pet the cat.

Having significant differences in humidity levels in your home through the four seasons, over time- will effect everything. In my old 1880’s home, when we bought the house back in 2003, it had one of those very old oil furnaces. The furnace looked like an octopus and was very inefficient. It also, did not have a humidifier. After we had it removed and installed a gas, high efficiency furnace that had a built in humidifier – my husband set the humidifier to 50%. This caused many things to improve. Our skin was not nearly as dry, I would no longer get shocked when I pet my dog. But the evidence of the years of dry air through winter, and sticky humid summers remained. One example of this is left visible in some of the wood doors. The closet door in my kitchen entrance in fact has a crack down the center of one panel where it bowed slightly due to humidity making it swell.

The Purple Painted Lady Cracked door humidity 2

Some of the doors on the second level of the house- have these cracks too. The wood panels would expand and contract depending due to the level of humidity, and sometimes- that causes cracks over time. Think about it, in NY during the winter- humidity could be as low as 20%. In the summer, there are unbearable times we experience humidity that is 90% or higher. That expansion and contraction effects wood, and the paint on top of it.

So, the wood kitchen cabinets that are painted may show the signs of this situation. The paint is not the problem, but rather evidence that there is this issue.

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Again- it is not totally the way you heat your home, but rather the lack of a humidifier- which puts moisture back into the dry winter air – which most of the newest gas furnaces do have.

This same issue can be the result of not having a dehumidifier over the hot, moist summer months.

I would recommend that you proactively manage this as best as possible. Consider getting a Relative Humidity Monitor and measure the level of humidity in your home. I think you can pick one up for $11 at any of the big box stores. There are more expensive ones, but our is just a basic elementary dial indicator and it works fine. It is important that you understand humidity levels should be kept at a reasonable rate (between 40 or 40%.)

This Old House, the television show and magazine has a great post where Norm explains why this happens….again the focus is that no moisture because of heat and winter weather is the culprit. Click HERE to read it.
The Old House logo The Purple Painted Lady

Rose Wilde, another Annie Sloan stockist here in the United States advised, “One way to prevent this from happening is to score the paint and glaze along that line before and after the paint drys. This way you have the separation that will not be as much of an issue down the road.”

I read on-line from Thomas Richard at “TRS Designs” Pro;

“Your kitchen designer should be advising you of this fact, but he/she should not be discouraging you.
What they are describing is, in fact, quite normal and will occur on all cabinet lines from the least to the most expensive. Real wood, like most materials, will expand and contract with changes in humidity levels. Since cabinetry doors are comprised of multiple pieces of wood, with the grain running in different directions, these boards expand and contract at different rates. This movement is called humidification and can be quite extreme, depending on several factors, the major ones being your local climate and the actual HVAC system in your home. When you paint a real wood door, the paint hardens and then when the wood moves, the paint can develop visible lines or cracks at the seams of the cabinet doors. These ‘cracks’ may be more noticeable on “stile and rail’ type doors. Miter doorstyles will experience this too, but because the miter joint is usually more noticeable anyway, it tends to be easier to accept visually.
These ‘cracks’ are actually present on all cabinetry, but with stained cabinets, and their visible woodgrain, you just can’t see them as readily, but they are there. Just drag your fingernail across some cabinetry joints and you will find some.
If you really like the look of paint, but would like to virtually eliminate the ‘cracking’ you can either try to control the humidity levels in your house all year round, OR you could consider a cabinet door made from painted MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). I personally prefer the strength and solidness of real wood, and I also accept that it is a living material, so the little cracks don’t bother me… In fact, they are proof that you have real wood cabinetry! Sorry if I ran on a little bit, but I wanted to try and be thorough.”

Another person recommended, “if you already have the cabinets your best solution is to sand the joints bare again and apply a very thin bead of painters caulk w/ silicone. It will shrink a little as it drys and should be barely noticeable once painted while still allowing for some minor expansion and contraction. It’s not an ideal situation, but it should be better then the cracked paint.”

The answer I received from Brandy Budzaj Siemens who is another stockist here in the USA and who owns Vintage Style and Designs was, “I was a kitchen designer prior to this. I always had a disclaimer in my contracts of solid wood painted cabinets, that is is LIKELY to happen. It’s the wood and Mother Nature. Solid wood moves. The paint (any) will crack. It should be less noticeable when the humidity comes back.”

So, there is a suggestion in itself- to leave it alone since if the cabinet has expanded- – we will soon be in a season where in is going to contract.

I feel the most important part of this post I want to share with you is that dry air and then the opposite- being humidity take their toll on wood. Managing humidity levels in your home is important. Then this issue is no longer a problem.

Painting Laminate or Formica Tops of Dressers

I am often asked- can you paint Formica or laminate?

Yes- I have painted Formica top dressers many times.

My favorite bedroom pieces to paint are from sets that were in many little girls rooms in the 1960’s and 1970’s. You know the set- the white French Provincial style.

French Provincial Bedroom set

These sets almost always have a Formica top. If you are going to paint a piece like this, please follow these directions.:

1. Make sure to clean it with low odor or odorless Mineral Spirits first. (read more about prepping furniture HERE)

The Purple Painted Lady Mineral spirits

2. Apply your Chalk Paint®:

The most important thing during your first coat of Chalk Paint®- is to thin the paint with water slightly.

Painting formica laminate

Add about 20% water to whatever amount of paint you think you will be using. Then paint your first coat. Apply a uniform coat, and remember to lay your paint in the finish stroke so you have one cohesive – smooth stroke.

Then WAIT!

Wait at least 24 hours…the longer the better. Can you be patient? Wait 2 days – then apply your second coat. There is LOTS of chemistry in paint products and stains.

Union Jack email

That statement applies across the board – no matter what product line you are using.

So, by waiting a day or two- it gives the paint the time it needs to really grip and bear down. Once all done with painting- wax as usual.

Remember the products will continue to cure for about 3 weeks (just like all products do) during this time- use of the piece is fine- but take caution to save the abuse for a month or two down the road.

dresser with just antoinette and stencil

Remember = this wait time is not necessary when painting “normal” wood furniture.

All piece shown in this post were sold to customers over 2 years ago now. Let me know if this helped you!

Old Violet Annie Sloan dresser - Copy

French Gilding Wax Empire Antoinette Dresser

The Purple Painted Lady How to Paint Formica Laminate Pic

Chalk Paint® Sample Board Colors- all in a row

Chalk Paint® Colors- all in a row

I hope this page will be helpful – seeing all Chalk Paint® sample boards in one spot. I am going to work on this through out the day (Friday, 2/27) and then- create a link on my main menu to this post for you. Thanks for being patient while I get it done today.:

Antibes Green

Antibes Green Sample Board

Antoinette

Antoinette Sample Board

Arles
Arles Sample Board

Aubusson Blue

Aubusson Blue Sample Board

Barcelona Orange
Barcelona Orage sample board with clear and dark wax

Burgundy

Sample Board Burgundy  Emperor's Silk  Primer Red Chalk Paint The Purple Painted Lady

Chateau Grey
Chateau Grey Sample Board with both Clear and Dark Wax - Copy

Coco

Coco Sample Board - Copy

Country Grey

Country grey Sample Board with Clear and dark Wax - Copy

Cream

Cream Sample Board with both Clear and Dark Wax - Copy

Duck Egg Blue

Duck Egg Blue Sample Board Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  The Purple Painted Lady

Emile

Emile Sample Board with Darl and Clear Wax - Copy

Emperor’s Silk
Primer red Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Antoinette Emperor Silk Close up Chalk Paint

English Yellow

Sample Board The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint English Yellow

Florence
Florence Sample Board

French Linen
French Linen with both Clear and Dark Wax Sample Board - Copy

Graphite

Graphite Sample Board - Copy

Greek Blue

Greek Blue Sample Board - Copy

Henrietta
Henrietta Sample Board

Louis Blue
Louis Blue Sample - Copy

Napoleonic Blue

Napoleonice Blue Sample Board - Copy

Old Ochre

Old Ochre Sample Board - Copy

Old Violet

Old Violet Sample Board

Old White

Old White Sample Board

Olive

Olive Sample Board - Copy

Paloma

Paloma shown in front of Paris Grey Buffet

Paloma shown in front of Paris Grey Buffet

Paris Grey
Paris Grey  Sample Board

Primer Red

Primer red sample with clear and dark wax

Provence

Provence  Sample Board

Pure White
Pure White Sample Board

Scandinavian Pink
Primer red Sample Board Comparison The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint Scandinavian Pink Chalk Paint

Versailles

Versailles Sample Board

Chalk Paint® for outside projects!

Yes! You can use Chalk Paint® for outside projects!

As in shutters, doors, porch floors, staining concrete, painting barns, outdoor furniture, swingsets, birdhouse, concrete benches, mailbox posts, (and I can go on and on…)

One of our amazing customer’s who owns a local consignment shop near us called Lu’s Back Door loves the color Napoleonic Blue.

Napoleonic Blue OPEN QUART

If interested in buying Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® on-line- visit HERE. (We ship same day and offer the lowest flat rate shipping fees)

Napoleonic Blue is a deep true blue that is the color of fresh picked blueberries. And is a great color for your painting pantry since it is – by default – a primary color!

So, Teresa used Napoleonic Blue to paint her front door and house shutters a year ago. What do you think?

Napoleonic Blue pic Lus back door Chalk Paint The Purple Painted Lady

 

The Purple Painted Lady is also so impressed with this pool/deck transformation done using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

The Purple Painted Lady Deck Pool Transformation Chalk Paint Annie Sloan Freeman

 

the painted penny completed this using 5 quarts of Graphite and 1 quart French Linen for the deck around pool and upper deck. Great coverage and great results. Next, she is moving onto the fencing, planter dividers, bar and pool.

When painting decks- please make sure to power wash off any loose paint or old stain prior to your project. Thinning the paint with water is also suggested. If painting an outside area like this- do it when there is no rain in the forecast for at least 24 hours too.

So see…..Yes- Chalk Paint® can withstand the crazy weather elements in northern NY!

Actually to read more about using Chalk Paint® outside, its durability and to see my exterior porch floors that I painted….- click HERE.

The Purple Painted Lady sells all of Annie’s product on line! I really hope you give us the opportunity to do business with you!

We sell Chalk Paint for $34.95 per quart. If you do not have a stockist near by- we ship out every week day all over the US and WE SHIP THE SAME DAY THAT YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER! So, if you are like me and are inpatient, give us a try!  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! So, if you like to call me for help- consider buying from us too!  Click HERE to link to Our On-Line Store => 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!

Here is a little post about what I mean when it comes to what you should expect from us: http://www.thepurplepaintedlady.com/2014/02/why-buy-chalk-paint-from-us/

Like us on Facebook too! Click HERE!

Thanks so much!
Trish

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 1 West Genesee Street, Baldwinsville NY 13207

How did we get our business name?

I had the cutest thing happen at the store today.

A woman came in with her daughter – who was probably around 6 or 7 years old. As I was cashing them out- the little girl looks at her mom and with a slight disappointed face, whispers, “she’s not purple.”

It was the cutest thing!

So, I thought I would let the cat out of the bag to all of you.

I am not painted purple!

How I did get my business name was actually kind of funny. We created it way back when I was only painting murals and worked out of my home.

My husband Steve, daughter Danni and I- all live in a big OLD country Victorian farmhouse that was built in 1885. The house is white with various hues of purple, and is otherwise known as a “Painted Lady.”

the purple painted lady HOME pic

One late night around 11:00pm, Steve and I were throwing business names around. I have always thought that “The Painted Lady” was perfect! But when we googled the name, there was already a website with it taken. sigh! I was so disappointed.

So, we started to play around with iterations of other “p” words. Steve suggested adding “Purple” to the name.

I sat there and kept saying, “The Purple Painted Lady.”

I didn’t love it- but it sure was unique and described our home. So, I agreed, secured our website domain name- and voila~ The Purple Painted Lady was born!

Here are a few of the 350 murals I painted in western NY.

Bar scene with name

monkey elephant the purple painted lady
Octopus The Purple Painted Lady

Here we are – almost 7 years later and we have three shops and many awesome customers!