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.


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 Sample Board

Arles Sample Board

Aubusson Blue

Aubusson Blue Sample Board

Barcelona Orange
Barcelona Orage sample board with clear and dark wax


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 Sample Board - Copy

Country Grey

Country grey Sample Board with Clear and dark Wax - Copy


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 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 Sample Board

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


Graphite Sample Board - Copy

Greek Blue

Greek Blue Sample Board - Copy

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 Sample Board - Copy


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  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 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 =>

: ) 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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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!

Dining Room Transformation

Do you have an old dining room suite that you don’t like? Check out below what our customer Julee Sarno did with her Pure White Chalk Paint​® by Annie Sloan and a set she inherited from the previous home owners!

The Purple Painted Lady really LOVES this dining room transformation that took Julee’s space from a little dated – to totally fresh and current! Julee is a one of our wonderful customer’s who wrote us to share the details of her project.
Julee Sarno Raw Hutch The Purple Painted Lady

Amee Sarno The purple Painted Lady hutch 2

Julee wrote:

I couldn’t have done it without your tutorials and the the info pages you sent with the product.

My husband kept making fun of me for watching the videos on YouTube but I liked to see the process and research before attempting it myself.

The whole cabinet was painted with one coat of pure white, with the exception of the top doors of the cabinet which had two coats and the inside of the cabinet.

Then I distressed the edges of each panel randomly with a soft sanding block. Finally I used clear wax (after at least 15 Pinterest tutorial videos of how to wax) all over, giving each flat surface two coats.

I used the fabric that I had covered my chairs in as the middle panel for a pop of color and to tie my dining room together.

I also soaked the hardware in salt and white vinegar to bring out some shine (this set was left to us by the previous homeowners who couldn’t take it with them) and it actually brightened up quite a bit.

My only words of wisdom are – that less is more!

When I went too heavy with the wax I could immediately tell. You want a nice, even coverage that doesn’t feel sticky and, once you wipe the excess, reminds you of smooth wood or glass. It’s exactly the feeling of waxing a car..keep rubbing until it doesn’t have any resistance.

And don’t be intimidated! I was nervous setting out with my first piece being a huge cabinet, but it was totally worth the effort. Thank you so much for all your guidance and help! I couldn’t have done it without finding the Purple Painted Lady and now I want to paint everything :)

Amee Sarno The purple Painted Lady Close up doorsFinished Dining Room Julee Sarno The Purple Painted Lady

julee Chalk Paint The purple painted lady dining room collage

FREE Kitchen Cabinet Q & A in Macedon (Saturday, February 28th at 11am)

Interested in painting your kitchen cabinets, but need some advice and direction?

The Purple Painted Lady in Macedon will be hosting a FREE Kitchen Cabinet Q & A seminar on Saturday, February 28th at 11am.

This seminar is ideal if you are feeling:

* Intimidated
* Don’t want to mess it up
* Want them to look beyond beautiful and professional

Make sure to bring a cabinet door with you also so we can be specific! If you need help in selecting a color, please bring a few photos of your kitchen to reference.

Also- if you would like to get an estimate on how much paint you will need- calculate your square footage. Reference the diagram below if you are unsure how to do that.

Calculating square foot footage for cabinets chalk Paint The purple painted lady

The Purple Painted Lady is located at 77 Main Street, Macedon NY 14502.

Please call 585.750.6056 to rsvp your FREE spot!

Please note that we will NOT be painting your cabinets at this seminar.

Are your Kitchen Cabinets dated?

Hey neighbors!

If every time you walk into your kitchen you get the feeling that:

* It is too dark and it is like a cave.
* You really, really dislike the dated cabinets.
* You dread hosting an event at your “home” since you are embarrassed of the way it looks.
* That the thought of the expense to change your cabinets is just not a possibility.
* You like the cabinets, just not the color or wood stain.

If you can relate to any of the above- then check out The Purple Painted Lady this Wednesday, February 18, 2015 tune in early tomorrow morning with Hannah Welker on Good Day Rochester, DIY Wednesday on WHAM ABC 13 News, Rochester, NY. Hannah will be at our Macedon store location starting at 7am airing live. Once the initial broadcast is shown- I believe we switch over to their affiliate channel Fox Rochester WUHF.

The Purple Painted Lady Kitchen BEFORE AFTER SUsan Old White 1The Purple Painted Lady Kitchen BEFORE AFTER SUsan Old White 2

We will be talking DIY affordable, professional cabinet projects! This applies to more than just kitchens too! Think ugly powder room, bathroom or even dated laundry room cabinets.

We will be sharing information on how to use a specialty paint that requires no stripping, sanding or priming. The product is called Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and it is celebrating its 25th year anniversary!

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

And that old bathroom vanity? Freshen it up!

The Purple Painted Lady Vanity Before & after Chalk Paint PicMonkey Collage

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.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets Courtney Crabb MY CUSTOMER The Purple Painted Lady

* 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!

Kitchen Cabinet Stephanie Kapral MY CUSTOMER The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

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

Facebook Give-a-Way! WIN a quart of General Finishes Gel Stain! (2/13/15)

Are you on Facebook?

The Purple Painted Lady often has giveaways on her Facebook.

In fact- this week you could WIN a quart of General Finishes Gel Stain in the color of your choice!

I love the look of a stained top and a painted base. It is a style that is very “in” right now! And it is the best of both world’s…wood and painted furniture.

Front Anna Pang Seattle Paris Grey Old White The Purple Painted Lady

It does not matter if we are talking about a table or a dresser. I love this look on both, and buffets, or chairs!

Check out the dresser above that Anna from Seattle did using Java Gel on the top, and then Paris Grey Chalk Paint® on the base with highlighted details using Old White. Then Anna applied Clear Wax, finishing with a Dark Wax glaze (mixed with mineral spirits.)

Java Gel The Purple Painted Lady PINTParis Grey  Sample BoardOld White Sample Board

If you share your painted and stained combo pieces on our Facebook Page HERE - and include a brief description of the colors you used and the process that you followed- The photo with the MOST LIKES on Friday, February 13th at noon eastern time (my Birthday by the way) – that person will win a quart of General Finishes Gel Stain.

Also if you LIKE the post announcing this giveaway on our Facebook page – you will also get an opportunity to be a winner!

Winners must live in the continental USA.

Interested in General Finish Gel Stains? Just click HERE to see them in our on-line shop.