Don’t Forget The Details!

Hi all! A couple weeks back I posted about this fun dresser I did with help from my Fairy Godmother… The Graphics Fairy! Do you remember this?

The Graphics Fairy was who I was able to get inspiration from on this when I saw her typography image with this vintage French sign on it!

Anyway- when painting a piece, try to go the extra mile and really wrap up all the details! By this I mean:

1. Paint the back of the piece! (if you sell furniture- this will make the whole piece cohesive- and why not!)
2. Paint inside of the drawers a complimentary color or give it an unexpected pop of color. Then, apply a clear wax top coat after the paint has dried.

I also love that with a damp cloth you can clean it. (because have you ever noticed how much dust can collect in the corners of a drawer?) Especially a silverware drawer in a kitchen! If you use fabric, that is nice too ~ but I prefer wall paper primarily due to ease of clean up.

4. Paint the underside of the base if it curves up! Okay- probably only a mouse will ever see it, but sometimes- depending on the angle you are standing at- an unpainted base may be visible. Also, when your customer loads their new beloved piece into their vehicle- they will notice these details and will really appreciate all that you did!
5. If needed- get new hardware that compliments the revitalization you just completed on the piece.

I hope that my posts are helpful to you. If you read them and enjoy this information- please make sure to LIKE my Facebook page and leave me a note! If there is something specific you would like to learn more about- share your request with me! Perhaps, I could be your Fairy Godmother by helping you out!

To end this post- I would like to share this quote below that I love because I truly live my life like this. No matter if it is regards to painting, my business, my family ….and well, I guess everything I do!

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
― Hunter S. Thompson

I loved this quote so much- I even painted it around the perimeter of my powder room back in 2004. See the crescent moon painted on the powder room door in the mirror? Too funny!

Have a wonderful night all!
I hope you are living the type of life where you can say someday, “Wow! What a Ride!”

Falling For Florence! The NEWEST Chalk Paint™ Color!!!!

Annie Sloan has done it again! Welcome to our newest Chalk Paint™ color that was inspired by the colors of the copper green mineral and semi-precious stone, malachite, and from the same family of stones as azurite and turquoise. In the 17th and 18th century it was used as a color made with verdigris but as it is a very fugitive color turning black with time so we are not aware of how it was used on woodwork in many houses. It is a classical color found in classical Italian furniture.
(Information and photo courtesy of Annie Sloan)

How To Make A “Wash” with Chalk Paint® & Stencil Tips

I have received a bunch of questions pertaining to the Bombay dresser that I posted on my Facebook page back in Feb. 2012 where I did a Coco wash over Antoinette. (see photo below)

You might remember this one since it had that pretty pale gold French poem stencil across the front! Ooh la la! Anyway- back to the wash “how to”…the type of paint you use for doing a wash is VERY important.

I am focusing on Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan here because that is my favorite paint and because of that….. it is what I sell in my shop and use when I want a velvety, silk-like finish. (Now don’t get me wrong- I still use Latex and love it depending on the end product I am going for – but try making a “wash” with latex…I would like to stress the sarcasm meant with that comment!)

This dresser was probably purchased at Sears back in the 1970’s. You know this style …because every little girl had a bedroom suite like it. And these pieces often had a laminate style top- which this one had. So, without any sanding or priming- I first painted the French Provincial dresser using Chalk Paint® in the color Antoinette. You can see what the surface looked like originally in the photo to the right.

I love pink- but felt this piece needed a bit more. So, the stencil, “Spring Time in Paris” from Royal Design Studio is fantastic!
Springtime in Paris Stencil Set

And since this is a French Provincial style dresser, painted in Antoinette- it seemed appropriate to use a stencil written in French.

Now this is a big stencil. It is really meant for the wall or floor. The dimensions are 51.75″ w x 21.5″ h. Made from reusable 10 mil mylar which is very substantial and can take long term use! Now, this stencil comes in 2 parts. Use both parts to complete the whole stencil. Based on the size of my dresser- I only used the first half- which means if you speak fluent French- you will read only partial sentences. (but shh! Since most of us won’t ever know that)

Using a little Modern Masters Metallic Gold- (Click HERE to purchase) I carefully blotted the lettering and stenciled the front. Just a small amount of Modern Masters Metallic Pale Gold will do it! I use an inexpensive stencil brush that you can pick up at any craft store. 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.

Stenciling Tip 2: Work from The Outside

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.

After finishing the stencil- I still felt the dresser needed something. So, at this point- I thought I would do a wash using the Coco.

To make a “wash” – I first pour some Chalk Paint® into a plastic cup. A “wash” goes a long way in regards to coverage. For this dresser I used about a half cup of the Coco Chalk Paint™. I then took my Sharpie marker and made a line on my plastic cup noting how high the paint was in it. I did this in case I needed to make more.

Next…using a teaspoon add water to the paint-one teaspoon at a time (remember to measure and note the amount you add)….less is best since you can always add more water. The mixture of water and paint should begin to thin out. (Keep your paint:water ratio written down in case you need to make more!) The thinness or viscosity of the paint will be based on your preference. No recipe or rule here- but remember this is a “wash”– if you wanted to paint the piece- no need to add water. I added only a few teaspoons for my Antoinette painted dresser.

When I applied the Coco wash to the Antoinette dresser- I brushed it on with a cheap chip brush versus a heavy Purdy bristle brush. I laid the brush in its normal position…but used more of the tips versus the whole brush. Immediately next, I used a clean, lint free rag and wiped off the excess. That’s it- pretty simple, huh?

You do not want too much of the wash on the brush= enough to cover but not enough to cause dripping. I took the drawers out of the dresser and set them individually on their back as so to not have gravity work against me….like I show in this photo:

Bourbon dresser with drawer out

You can make a “wash” that goes on over a piece that has already been waxed or not waxed. I prefer doing the wash before I apply a coat of wax…but that is just my preference.

A wash makes for a real beautiful translucent effect! Let dry and then wax as normal. This is a great way to make a piece richer- which I think I did to this dresser.! OR…perhaps you want to try a bold color like Barcelona Orange, but are too chicken to “go for it”…I would suggest trying it in a wash first. It seems to be a more conservative approach and feels safer! And why buy glazes when you can do something similar but in any Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan!


Try this “wash” effect with a color like Duck Egg over Old White….or French Linen over Graphite, Provence over Old Ochre OR just Old White “washed” over natural wood! There are no rules- but I hope the following helpful hints make this project idea more do-able for you! Please keep in mind the following….

1. Always note the water to paint ratio in case you do not make enough to finish the whole project. (can I stress this any more? But I learned my lesson once and ended up goofing up a piece over this simple rule! Learn from my mistake!)

2. Brush on the wash in strategic brush strokes–meaning keep your lines straight and clean

3. Be cautious not to drip on areas of the furniture you are not currently washing

4. Put a drop cloth down if doing this in your home…you will drip some on the floor.

5. Place your cup with the wash on a paper plate to keep work surface clean

6. Apply wash in small sections and wipe off – then move on to the next section. During the wiping off process- be careful to not have “rag blotch marks.” Start at the top and wipe off in clean, even pressured strokes all the way to the opposite side. Do not stop half way or go against the direction you want the streaks in. Never go in circles with the rag. If your rag becomes too saturated- get a new one.

7. I used a chip brush to apply- I like the streaky effect from the bristles.

8. Plan twice, “wash” once. Meaning- know your piece and your plan on how you are going to approach the project…top first, then sides.

9. If you are just trying a wash for the first time (or 2nd or 3rd) – it is best to do this on a piece that is smooth across. Meaning- not raised panels, or with carved details.

10. Always wipe off your wash in the direction of the brush strokes. Never do it in circles- it will look a mess.

11. Never place your rag down in the middle of a wash. Gently wipe from one direction to the other- otherwise you run the risk of leaving an imprint of the rag in the middle of your painted surface.

12. If you get a wash in a spot that you did not want…don’t fret. Let it dry- then gently sand it off using some 400 grit sandpaper.

And lastly- if you purchase the stencil I wrote about above – let me know your thoughts. I guarantee you will love it! And if you try this- please post a photo of your before and after on my FB page!

Here is another project I did a little wash on- for this project however, I was a bit more strategic in the location of where I applied the “wash.” I was going for the quintessential “Beach” feel – so a I used Old White to make my wash. I literally- dipped the tips of my brush into the paint that was on the paint can, and then dipped the bristles into a bit of water. I strategically brushed on the “wash” over the Duck Egg Blue dresser and then- using a cheesecloth, wiped some off. Always wipe in the direction you painted. (ps….the camera on my phone is quite mediocre – this looks much nicer in person!)Thanks for reading!



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Scatter Mats Arriving in June! LOVE, Love, love these!

I am in LOVE with these floor coverings! Just a little preview below of some of the coolest scatter mats ….arriving at The Purple Painted Lady this month! I test everything I buy before selling. I purchased one of the 6 X 10 lettered mats a year ago. I have 2 BIG Rottweilers and they run & play on this mat- and it looks just as nice today as when I brought it home. I am very impressed! I also love that these come with their own non-slip bottom-so there is no need to buy a pad or non-slip base! Funk it up a little and get a fresh look! I will post their arrival on my Facebook page! So stay tuned.

Two NEW Workshops at The Purple Painted Lady

I am so excited! We have added TWO NEW WORKSHOPS to our offerings! (and stay tuned- because we will be adding more fun & unique art classes this summer)

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Workshop

Ready to freshen up your kitchen but not interested in spending $1000’s to have it gutted or overhauled by a private contractor? Then this class is for you! Using Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan we will teach you in this hands on workshop how to transform your cabinetry. You bring one cabinet door and by the time the workshop is over- you will have a finished piece and the skill to complete your whole kitchen.

This is a group workshop so as so to maintain a balance of my time among all students- the scope of your project needs to be within the duration of the class. Cabinet doors should be 16″ X 16″ or smaller.

CLASS SIZE: This class capacity would be for a maximum of 4 people and a minimum of 2- exceptions may be made based on my schedule- however, this would not set a precedent.

DURATION: 4 hours

If interested in inquiring – please email me at (please use the @ sign where I have AT in that email address) and NOTE “Kitchen Cabinet Painting Workshop” in the subject.

COST: Pricing for the 4 hour workshop is $100 per person, $50.00 deposit at booking to hold your spot and the balance paid at the workshop. Pricing includes all materials and instruction to transform your cabinet door.

SINGLE SWIPE Painting Workshops! ~ STROKE OF GENIUS! (this would make a GREAT bridesmaid party or Girl’s Night Out!!!!! – BYOB of wine and munchies and make a party of it!)

You asked for it- and I am delivering it! ~(this would make a GREAT bridesmaid party or Girl’s Night Out!!!!! – BYOB of wine and munchies and make a party of it!) See the upside down large square pattern clay pot on the table??? Come and learn the basics, tips and tricks to get this effect and take a completed pot home. Pots will be primed and lay out completed – so you can focus on just learning & painting. Single swipe painting adds depth and interests to anything you paint! This can be done in any color combination- so please let me know prior so I can have the correct colors available! And this technique is perfect to expand on to create flowers, leaves, or to paint diamonds or stripes (set your imagination free and paint whatever you would like) This will be a 2 part workshop- about 2 hours for each class. …. $140 total. Interested? Contact me via -note “Stroke of Genius” in subject. : )

CLASS SIZE: This class capacity would be for a maximum of 8 people and a minimum of 4- exceptions may be made based on my schedule- however, this would not set a precedent.

DURATION: This will be a two class workshop- 2 hours each in length.

COST: Pricing for the 4 hour workshop is $140 per person, $50.00 deposit at booking to hold your spot and the balance paid at the workshop. Pricing includes all materials and instruction to create your own painted planter pot.

If interested in inquiring – please email me at (please use the @ sign where I have AT in that email address) and NOTE “ONE STROKE Brush” in the subject. More details will be shared when you write me.

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