Using Chalk Paint® as a “Stain”

The Purple Painted Lady has a very dear friend named Michael.  Michael and Trish have never met in person, but through the magic of the internet and their shared love for painting and creating- they found one another.

Michael has an amazing business called Lizzie White Vintage Chic.  He named his business after his very special grandmother.

He will often tell people, “No, I am not Lizzie White! I got my business name from my grandmother, who’s name was Elizabeth White Herrmann. I also got any bit of talent I may have from her, and my grandfather, Robert, or as I called him, “Pop Pop”!The best grandparents a kid could ever have! Lizzie taught me about antiques, furniture, sewing, cooking, interior design, mixing color and pattern – she had such style! Pop Pop taught me how to restore and finish antiques, how to paint, build things, work in the garden, and so much more! I learned all of these wonderful things as a child, and they have stayed with me all of my life!”

Now, isn’t that the sweetest thing you have ever heard?!   If you are on Facebook click HERE to visit his page- you will not be disappointed that you did!

Lizzie White Vintage Chic is constantly pushing the envelope and creating, one of a kind pieces.

Check out this table’s “before & after” using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

The Purple Painted Lady Lizzie White Vintage Chic Before and after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael created this unique piece by:

1. First he stripped the top since he wanted the wood grain to show through.  He felt the mahogany was just too dark for the look he was going for.

2. So, as he calls it, he “stained” the top using Old Ochre Chalk Paint®.  Old Ochre is the color of bleached muslin.  He thinned it with water and then brushed it on, and then immediately- wiped it with a damp sea sponge to get uiformity.

Old Ochre Sample Board - Copy

3. Next, he drew on the artwork for the center of the table.  He used a #2 pencil…(naughty Michael!) …because if you ask The Purple Painted Lady – she will recommend using a water color pencil , just to be safe so the lead in the pencil does not smudge into lighter color paints.  In Michael’s case- he was fine since he outlined it in a dark color.

WATERCOLOR PENCILS  Annie Sloan CoCo and Old White vintage sign tutorial

4.  Then, Michael painted the starburst using the colors Graphite and Old White and a dash of Provence.  Graphite is the color of dark slate.  It has a depth to it and it is a ‘
“cool” slate grey/charcoal color.  It can sometimes reflect a blueish hue.  And well, Old White is the quintessential color.  We believe it is the most popular colors in Annie Sloan’s pallette!  It is a soft white that has a ver, very light touch of yellow to it.

The Purple Painted Lady Graphite Chalk Paint open lid

Old White Sample Board

Once the painting was done and all of it was dry, Michael sanded the top using 320 grit sandpaper.

He finished the table with two coats of Annie’s Clear Wax.  A day or so later- he buffed the whole table top.

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We really love the pieces that Lizzie White Vintage Chic creates.  Check out their Facebook page.  Show Michael some love by liking his page and let him know, The Purple Painted Lady sent you.  I think you will be impressed with his originality!

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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!
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 OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  If you order before 3pm EASTERN TIME anyday 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 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

 

 

 

Using Artisan Enhancment Transfer Gel- Full Proof Success!

Using Artisan Enhancment’s Transfer Gel-  A “How To” for Full Proof Success!

One of our wonderful Barn Sale Junk Jubilee artisans makes these decorative terra cotta pots that sell out in our shop all the time!  Amy, who owns a business called, “Rachel’s Garden” – which is sentimentally named after her daughter.

Rachels Garden Barn Sale set up

Amy recently wrote up a little post to help all of you re-create what she does using Trasfer Gel.

 

How to transfer an image using Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel

You will need:

Transfer Gel

– Inkjet printed graphics (make sue to print in reverse if there are words)

– Scissors

– Smooth surface to transfer to

– Paint brush

– Brayer (optional)

– Water (spray bottle works best)

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1.  Cut out graphic leaving about 1/8″ around edges.  This helps to ensure edges of graphics adhere well to surface (and prevent that dreaded “Halo” effect some people get.).

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2.  Apply a thin coat of Transfer Gel to surface transferring to.

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3.  Apply a generous coat of Transfer Gel to printed side of image.   Tip:  Be sure to lay image on a flat solid surface when applying gel.  I like to put a piece of scrap paper under image to protect my work surface. Also, try to apply gel in one direction – Do not go over image repeatedly or ink may smear.

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4.  Adhere image to surface.  Smooth and work out any air bubbles or wrinkles.  You can use a brayer to do this.  In addition, I go over the surface several times with my hand and fingertips applying pressure to ensure good contact.  Be sure to go over all the edges applying pressure as well.

 

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5.  Let dry for several hours.  I prefer to leave it overnight.

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6.  Thoroughly wet paper with spray bottle.  Pat to soak through paper.  Using one finger, begin to rub to loosen paper.  Top layer will roll/peel off easily.

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REMOVAL TIP:

I have found it best to work from the center out.  This helps to ensure edges of image don’t peel.

Continue to work a small area at a time by rubbing back and forth lightly with fingertip.  It’s not necessary to rewet surface at this point.  It works best when just damp.. even close to dry.  When most of the paper is off, I soak one or two more times and rub again very lightly to get last bits of paper off.

And…that’s it!

Here are a couple finished projects by Amy Weiner from Rachel’s Garden – Handmade.

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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!
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 OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
*  If you order before 3pm EASTERN TIME anyday 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 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

 

Chalk Paint® and General Finishes Products- Stunning Piece by Nicki!

The Purlple Painted Lady loves a good “Before & After” story.
Here is one worth the time to check out that was done by Nicki.  Nicki has a Facebook page called The Grateful Painter.  Hop on over to her Facebook page and show her some LOVE by LIKING it-  it will be worth your time because she is very talented and puts a new spin on using Chalk Paint®.
The Purple Painted Lady General Finishes Glaze High Performance Chalk Paint Nicki whole dresser
Nicki wrote me saying one of her favorite Annie Sloan colors is Duck Egg.  And The Purple Painted Lady totally agrees because it is a universal pretty color.
CHALK PAINT® COLORS USED:
Nicki wanted to try a “faux finish” with Duck Egg– so this is what she wrote me:
I chose Annie Sloan Old White and French Linen to compliment it.  
Duck Egg Blue Sample Board Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  The Purple Painted Lady
French Linen with both Clear and Dark Wax Sample Board - Copy
Old White Sample Board - Copy
PAINT BRUSH USED AND PROCESS:
Annie Sloan’s paint brush works well for this technique because it has a bit of a “domed” flat top.
The Purple Painted Lady small Annie sloan Chalk Paint brush domed top
First, I poured a small amount of each color onto separate paper plates.  
(Paper plates, wet wipes, plastic spoons- have lots of these in your “painter’s tool box.”)
This is important because you only need a small amount of paint on your brush (and clean up is a breeze… just toss the plates in the garbage when you’re done!). 
I dabbed a bit of each color on my brush at the same time and kind of stippled it into the wood. Rather than brushing it on where you use the sides of the brush in a swiping motion- instead I used the top of the brush and a stabbing motion (that sounds kind of scary!). (think of stipplingor pouncing like when you are stenciling)
It took about two “coats” of this technique to cover the piece.  I even painted right over the drawer pulls!   
Once it was dry I used steel wool to slightly soften the paint.  I didn’t use sand paper because it was important for me to keep the texture created from stippling. 
TOPCOAT:
I sealed the piece with three coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat using a Foam Brush.  I like using a foam brush because there are literally NO brush stokes!!! 
General Finishes FLAT Top Coat The Purple Painted Lady
Once the top coat was dry-  I added the glaze.  I chose General Finishes Glaze Effects in Pitch Black.  (ps The Purple Painted Lady sells this)
Run a foam brush along the edges (only do small sections at a time.. NOTE!!! This can get messy!) and then wipe away the excess using an old t-shirt. 
The Purple Painted Lady Foam Brush General Finishes
This product spreads easy so a little goes a long way!  After wiping most of the extra glaze off I buffed the rest into the surface.  The small crevices created while painting grab a hold of the glaze giving it an “antique” look.  This product is quite fool proof!  It may look intimidating but if you feel like there is too much on your piece just wipe it off with a wet rag (I did this a lot with this piece!)  Make sure to put the glaze into every corner, along each line and in every little crevice!  
INSPIRATION:
I had seen a dresser that Tricia, The Purple Painted Lady had posted with big gorgeous lettering on it.  (HERE IT IS)
CoCo dresser with Dark Wax and email
In fact- if you want to read on how The Purple Painted Lady created the dresser immediately above- click HERE.
When I say it was gorgeous, i mean GORGEOUS!!  She inspired me to try a bit of stenciling.  I ordered mine on Etsy from a shop named Drexart for only $35! 
The Purple Painted Lady Nicki Counahan  Raw Stencil
Not only are her designs beautiful, she changed the wording for me and emailed me samples before sending it out! 
The Purple Painted Lady Nicki Counahan  2 CLOSE UP
Finishing the GLAZE PROCESS & STENCILING:
Let your glaze dry overnight before using your stencil.  I applied stencil adhesive that I bought from a craft store— this made it so much easier!  I taped the edges (use blue painter’s tape, NOT masking) onto the piece just to make sure it was extra secure. 
Next, use a flat top sponge and dap it into your paint (I used Annie Sloan Graphite).  It is important to have VERY LITTLE paint on the sponge (bleed through happens when there is too much paint!).  I lightly dabbed the sponge onto my stencil and then removed the it promptly after.  This gave me time to clean up the bit of bleed through I had while the paint was still wet.  I found these amazing little Qtips in the beauty aisle that have a pointed end and they were PERFECT for evening out the lettering.  This piece had a lot of wood detailing between the drawers so the scrolls from the stencil were definitely not perfect!  I used a tiny paint brush to fill in the details where the stencil couldn’t reach.   Once I was happy with the finished product I let the piece dry overnight and then added one last coat the General Finishes High Performance Top Coat to seal in the glaze and Chalk Paint from the stencil. 
LESSON LEARNED:
If I share any advice on Chalk Paint with a new painter it would be to JUST GO FOR IT!  One of the things I love most about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that it is so easy to wipe away or paint over.  Using simple techniques like distressing, waxing and glazing has camouflaged so many of my screw ups and made them look intentional!  Don’t be afraid to ask questions!  There are a ton of experiences painter like Tricia, The Purple Painted Lady on Facebook forums that love to help newbies!  Be confident, have fun, and enjoy what you are doing!  The most beautiful pieces I’ve seen are from people that genuinely love what they do!!
Here are some additional STENCIL TIPS from The Purple Painted Lady:
Get paint on the brush and then blot some off…remember we are stenciling and do not want to have that much paint on our brush that it squirts under the stencil. Then with a vertical up and down motion- I blot the stencil. When it comes to stenciling- here are some tips to help you:

Stenciling Tip 1: Use a Professional Tool
Stenciling brushes are round with short, stiff bristles. Use it in a quick up-and-down movement to dab paint onto your stencil. This helps prevent paint getting under the edges. Never apply in a circular motion. A sponge or small roller works well too, but I prefer the brush.  As Nicki stated above, Annie Sloan’s domed top brushes are ideal also.

Stenciling Tip 2: Work from The Outside In

Start panting on the edges of the stencil, working into the center, rather than from the center outwards. Again this helps prevent paint getting under the edges as you’re less likely to accidentally bump the brush against an edge.

Stenciling Tip 3: Less is More
Don’t overload a brush with paint as it will bleed under the edge of the stencil. Load the brush lightly, so that the ends of the bristles are covered evenly- blot or wipe off any excess on a piece of paper or cloth.

Stenciling Tip 4: Think Thin
You will get better results by applying two thin coats rather than one thick one. Wait for the first to dry before applying the second. Do not remove your stencil until you are absolutely sure you are done.

Stenciling Tip 5: Get Sticky
Keep a stencil in place by taping it at the top and bottom with a piece of tape. Painter’s Tape works best as it’s very easy to remove and should not pull off any paint from the surface.

Stenciling Tip 6: Go Multi-Colored
To use more than one color in a stencil, use tape to mask off areas of the stencil you don’t want in a particular color so you do not forget and get carried away with the wrong color.

Stenciling Tip 7: Practice Makes Perfect
If you’re using various stencils together, first try it out on a piece of paper. It’s far easier to find out that something isn’t working at this stage versus having to try to correct it when you’re painting on your final surface.

Stenciling Tip 8: X-rated Stencils
Old x-rays are great for cutting stencils, so if you were unfortunate and have some – put them to good use.

Stenciling Tip 9: Wash Regularly
If you’re doing a repeat design, wash your stencil regularly in warm water to keep the edges free of paint. If there’s some paint on an edge, you won’t get a crisp edge to your painted stencil. As paper stencils don’t lend themselves to washing, acetate stencils are better for repeat designs. With a paper or card stencil, wipe off the excess paint, then leave the stencil for a bit so the paint on it dries, before using it again.

Stenciling Tip 10: Store stencils Flat
A stencil, obviously, needs to be flat to be usable. To stop it from buckling, put it between two pieces of cardboard and store it somewhere flat.

The Purple Painted Lady is so proud of Nicki (The Grateful Painter) and what she accomplished!  I am also honored that she shared with me that a piece I did inspired her.
When her and I started to correspond- it made me think about a video I saw on how sometimes- there are things we do, say or an event we participate in- that in general – is something we process in our history and just an ordinary moment.  But, to someone else- that “moment” could have impacted them in a great way.  Hopefully- the way we impact people is always for the better.  I watched a quick video the other day about basically just this.  It was called a “Lollipop Moment.”  If you have a second and want to see it – check it out HERE.

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

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 ARE CUSTOMER SERVICE IS BEST:
*  If you order before 3pm EASTERN TIME anyday 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 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

Dated Dark Paneling? Not Any More using Chalk Paint®!

Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan has so many uses from revitalizig your childhood furniture, painting ugly bathroom vanities and kitchen cabinets – to that dark paneling you inheritated when you bought your home.

Check out what Becke accomplished in her dark, cave of a laundry room with a little help from Annie Sloan!

Becke T The Purple Painted Lady Panel Before Chalk Paint

Becke applied two coats of the color Old White.

Old White Sample Board - Copy

Here is what Becke thought about the process:

Becke The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

APPLICATION:

Ideally – thin your Chalk Paint® with a little water. Maybe add about 20% water to the amount you are using.

Use a foam roller to apply. As you prcess from one side of the wall to the other, use a paint brush to get in the grooves of the paneling. Then, immediately- roll your sponge roller vertically over the seams, to remove any brush storkes and to create a uniform finish.

Becke T The Purple Painted Lady Panel AFTER  Chalk Paint

Once done painting and the wall is totally dry- apply a coat of the clear wax per normal instruction. I would apply with a soft, lint free rag versus a brush.

Here are some additional tips regarding painting paneling.

1. Consider applying your first coat of Chalk Paint® that was thinned with water, and once dry- WAIT 24 hours before applying your second coat. During this time, don’t try to take your thumb nail and do a scratch test because guess what? You will probably be succesful! Let the paint have time time to do the chemistry that is built in it- and that is the time to really bear down and grip. I promise- if you respect this “curing” process (and this applies to ANY paint products you are using) – you will be very happy in the end.

2. Some paneling is quite old and the factory finish has worn over time, OR – there was not real finish to begin with.

IF -after the first coat of Chalk Paint®, you see bleeding of wood stain or wood tannins (and remember, there is a difference between “bleeding” versus you not applying a thorough coat of paint and seeing the paneling beneath) – reference THIS POST ABOUT USING SHELLAC.

3. When painting, stay within the lines of the paneling. Be strategic and “clean” in the sections that you paint. I have seen some people and while they are painting a wall- they start in one spot and then move somewhere over on the other side of the wall, then they move to a whole new section and soon- there only spots painted.

Don’t do that.

Always start painting on one side of the wall, and process across it working off your wet edge.

4. If you start a wall- plan on having enough time to finish the WHOLE WALL. Never stop for the day on a wall that is partially complete. This applies to ANY paint products you use and also- if you are painting furniture.  Always finish the whole side or top that you start before quiting for the day.

Available Chalk Paint® colors:

Annie Sloan has 32 beautiful colors to choose from for a project like this.  See a list of painted sample boards in all her colors HERE.  

In case you need to purchase your paint products on-line and do not purchase through me, or you would like to benefit from being our customer (which means you have us to use as a resource to call anytime you have a project question)…..then, I hope you give us the opportunity to do business with you!

BUY PRODUCT FROM THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY™:

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.
Thanks so much!

Trish —

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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.)
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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.

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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

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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®

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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.”

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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

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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.
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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

Welcome to The Purple Painted Lady™!

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 versus a super slippery surface.

Some people may recmmend that you sand the laminate. I did not sand mine- but if you do- do it in the SAME direction you plan to have brush strokes.

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

 

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: )  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!)
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