I Might Look Like I Am Listening, But In My Head I’m Painting MUG

What a great gift for the painter in your home!  (or for yourself)  Or- if buying a gift certificate – think about having one of these added to your purchase to be sent to.

Not much needs to be said to describe these- other than what a cute idea if you have someone who loves to paint OR for you.  They retail for $8.00.

Buy yours HERE.

The Purple Painted Lady Painting Coffee Mug


The Annie Sloan MixMat™ – NEW!

Chalk Paint® NEW Product Release! ….The Annie Sloan MixMat™ is a first of its kind furniture-painting accessory that provides the perfect surface for being inventive with Chalk Paint®.

The Purple Painted Lady Annie Sloan MixMat

It can be used for charging rollers, color mixing, stamping and so much more! What an easy way to experiment and create new Chalk Paint® colors using the Annie Sloan MixMat™.

It is a washable, re-useable pre-printed flexible artist palette that retails for $29.00!

And The Purple Painted Lady has them IN STOCK for you! Hot off the UPS truck! Stop in to our locations OR check them out on-line HERE!

The Purple Painted Lady MixMat Rolled up

The Purple Painted Lady Annie Sloan MixMat BACK

Paint Your Fireplace, Mantle or Surround with Chalk Paint® (Including the Brick surround)

Painting a Fireplace:

The littlest change can make such a big impact! Check out what Anne, who is part of The Purple Painted Lady® team did to her fireplace.  Note that this same application can be applied to the outside of your house if you have brick that you would like to paint since Chalk Paint is both an interior and exterior paint.  And, no, you do not need to seal it!

The Purple Painted Lady Pure White Chalk Paint Annie Sloan Fireplace brick

A little watered down Chalk Paint® in Pure White got rid of that orangey-red brick and now plays well with Anne’s decorating style!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:    Before painting your fireplace surround, check with your Fire Marshall or Code Enforcement Officer regarding code in your area…it can vary by city/state.

Have you painted your fireplace?  If yes- please send examples to Trish at takuntz@rochester.rr.com and you could win free stuff!


How you approach painting brick may vary based on the desired end result you are going for. 

Some things to consider when doing this project:

PREP:  If you have a shopvac or vacumm and that “broom” attachment…go over the brick facade to remove any little spider webs or dust.  This is not super critical, but if you are OCD like me….do this.  

  1.  Use a drop cloth.   If painting over a porous surface, like wood, or concrete – it is better to safe than sorry.   
  2. I would suggest not painting your fireplace brick if you literally – just lit a fire.  : )  Do it when it is at room temperature.    
  3. KNOW what the end outcome you want is.  Do you want a subtle wash effect?  (then you will be adding water to your Chalk Paint®)   Do you want solid color over the brick?  (then maybe you will NOT be adding any water)   Your answer will determine how to approach your project.   

If going for a translucent appearance- pour a small portion of paint in to a separate container and add about 25% water to it.  So…if you have 1 cup of paint…that would be a 1/4 cup of water.  : )   Don’t thin all your paint from the get go!!!   You do not know yet how much water is needed for the effect you are trying to achieve.  So, start by mixing a little amount and ONLY paint one brick initially so if you don’t like it- you are not as committed then if you start right in the middle of the brick facade.  And be careful NOT to add too much water. 

  1.  Remember – you can always apply another coat of the “wash” to make the white pigment heavier.
  2. If you used a “white” to do a wash, experiment with painting some random bricks in more of a solid topaque coverage to give dimension.  Or consider painting some random bricks using a different color, like  Paris Grey Chalk Paint®.  You could even use the Paris Grey to cut in the mortar joints …if you have the patience.

We have never top coated the paint over the brick.  It is not necessary at all!

With that said….goodbye dated red/orange brick…..Hello fresh and Current! Look what Linda Crawford did with a little Old White Chalk Paint®️ by Annie Sloan that was thinned with a little water. No top coat needed at all!

Debbie Ballo totally transformed this baby!  Primer Red Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and Java Gel by General Finishes. Debbie Ballo used both and transformed her fireplace surround. We love it! Debbie used Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax over the Primer Red and the General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin over the Java Gel. We love it!

Jasmine Hagan did an amazing job with her fireplace surround.  She stained over the pink brick with a dark walnut stain, then used watered down Old White Chalk Paint® to dab a white wash over the stain. I then painted the mantle in  Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint® and sealed with Clear Wax. Jasmine wrote us, “No regrets!!!”

The Purple Painted Lady Jasmine Hagen Fireplace Duck Egg Chalk Pant Annie Sloan

Lisa Sells

Painted her brick around her fireplace using the color Original from Annie Sloan’s suite of Chalk Paint®.  She thinned the paint with water to get more of a “wash” technique.  She said, they purchased a house with heavy, dark, dated fireplace that did nothing for our family room. After a bit of playing around with chalk paint in “original”, we are very happy with the result! We will be adding a gas fireplace insert and spiffing up the mantle with a fresh coat of shinier earner white paint after the holidays. 

Roxanne Serritos

Roxanne and her dog used Paris Grey Chalk Paint® – straight out of the can!  Then they made a wash of Pure White with some water and another wash of Graphite thinned with water.  After she painted the Paris Grey all over the fireplace and it had dried, she took the Graphite wash and applied it over the ridges in the rock to show off the texture. Then, she used the Pure White wash to tone it down where needed.  Roxanne wrote, “When you start it, your inner Annie Sloan kicks in and you just kinda work it…If you hesitate you will never do it…Tag me if ya need help…Or awesome Trish”

And isn’t her dog cute too?!

The Purple Painted Lady Roxanne Serritos Fireplace Paris Grey Chalk Paint

Kristin Belsito Sherman

A little Coco Chalk Paint® and voila!

The Purple Painted Lady Fireplace Coco Chalk Paint Kristin Belsito ShermanSuzanne Bagheri from at The Painted Drawer

Suzanne did a whitewash using Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan mixed with water.  About a 1 part paint to 3 parts water ratio.  She stippled the paint on in sections and then used paper towels to lift and remove excess strategically.  Check out Suzanne’s blog HERE!

The Purple Painted Lady Whitewashed Old White Brick The Painted Drawer

Susan Chamberlin

The Purple Painted Lady Fireplace Old Ochre Chalk Paint Susan Chamberlin

Eileen Carney:

Eileen used a watered down version of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Pure White, followed with Old White to soften the brightness.  Then, randomly rubbing to show texture and color of brick. She loves it now!

The Purple Painted Lady Eileen Carney Fireplace


Mary Roach Kleps

Mary did a great job!  She used French Linen Chalk Paint® on the floor tiles and then ran a wash of Pure White and water (1 part each) over the dried French Linen and immediately wiped off the excess. I used the same wash on the brick fireplace.

The Purple Painted Lady Mary Roach Kleps Fireplace French Linen Pure White before after

Kristin Young totally transformed her fireplace surround using Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan! 

Chalk Paint®️ by Annie Sloan helped Andrew transform an area of his home that he did not like. He was over the traditional red brick shown above and wanted to lighten up the space so he used Paris Grey Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan all over and then the color called Pure (white) on random bricks to break up the solid color of Paris Grey. Take a peek at this before and after of the brick surrounding his wood burning stove.


Andrew used swept and vacuumed his brick surround to remove any dust and debris first. Depending on how dirty your brick surround is – will dictate to what degree you will need to clean it. Also, depending on how shiny your bricks are – which means, if they had been sealed prior or if they are a flat, and unsealed….. On shiny bricks, soot will not stain as easily and usually comes off sealed brick with just soap and water. Use caution with using stronger cleaners on sealed brick to avoid stripping off the oil sealer. Brick that has a dull, flat appearance is unsealed brick and that is harder to clean because soot, dirt and grime can penetrate easily into cracks and crevasses.

One suggestion for cleaning bricks, is:
Put 4 cups of hot water in a spray bottle.
Add 1/2 cup of Ammonia and 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and swirl to mix.
Spray a section of bricks with the cleaning solution.
Scrub each brick with the nylon bristle brush. …
If the bricks are especially dirty, you may need to apply more pressure.

MAKE SURE TO ALLOW FOR A COUPLE DAYS FOR THE WET BRICKS to thoroughly dry if using a cleaning agent.


Andrew used Paris Grey Chalk Paint®️ by Annie Sloan and an Annie Sloan Small Dome Top Paint Brush – and painted all over the brick surround. This paint brush is wonderful for this type of application because the large head of the bristles, are able to work like a mop and really get into the nooks and crannies of the brick and grout lines.

Keep in mind, some brick may be thirstier than others and will really suck up the paint. Depending on how opaque of a look you are going for, you may need more than once coat.

Then, Andrew took his Pure Chalk Paint® and thinned some of it by adding a little water to small amount to thin it and then selectively chose specific bricks to lighten to get more subtle effect. This allowed for the look to be more interesting versus being all Paris Grey.

NO TOP COAT is needed, but if you want to apply a top coat, we strongly suggest that you check with your local fire marshall because every city and state have different restrictions and requirements.

Annie Sloan Black & White Waxes NOW Available!

The Purple Painted Lady® are so excited!  Annie Sloan has a NEW RELEASE of Black and White Waxes….and we have them in house!

Annie Sloan BLACK WAX The Purple Painted Lady

Annie Sloan WHITE WAX The Purple Painted Lady

Visit our online store to order for shipping out to you TODAY!


Annie Sloan White Chalk Paint® Wax can be applied directly onto wood to create a limed look, and it also has a wonderful effect on painted pieces. “Think of a piece which has been gracefully, subtly faded by sunlight – a piece left in a sunny spot, a terrace in Tuscany,” says Annie. See Annie Sloan White Chalk Paint® Wax in use HERE.

The Purple Painted Lady is extremely excited about the White Wax.

Napoleonic Blue with White Wax:

Napoleonic Blue with White Wax Frame The Purple Painted Lady

French Linen with White Wax:

The Purple Painted Lady French Linen Chalk Paint White Wax Frame

Graphite with White Wax:

The Purple Painted Lady Graphite with WHITE Black Dark Clear Wax Sample Board Chalk Paint


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Annie Sloan Black Chalk Paint® Wax gives a cool, dark finish to your paintwork, bringing out texture in brushwork and moldings, as well as darkening and enriching colors. Where Dark Soft Wax ‘antiques’ pieces, Annie Sloan Black Chalk Paint® Wax toughens them up! See Annie Sloan Black Chalk Paint® Wax in use HERE.

Order your 500 ml WHITE WAX HERE

Order your MINI WHITE WAX (120ml) HERE

Order your 500ml BLACK WAX HERE

Order your MINI BLACK WAX (120ml) HERE

WHITE WAX The Purple Painted Lady Annie Sloan

BLACK WAX on Antibes Green The Purple Painted Lady Annie Sloan

Can you Paint Metal with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan?

Can you paint metal with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan?

Oh, YES you can!

The Purple Painted Lady® found an article in Better Homes and Gardens in March 2015. It was the last page of the magazine. It featured a blogger,Ciburbanity (Charlotte Smith) I kept it because I was impressed with her project! She painted a metal office cabinet. She noted in the article “I wasn’t sure the {Annie Sloan} Chalk Paint® would adhere to metal as well as it does to wood, but there is not a nick to be found.”


MIX WITH WATER:  A tip when painting metal or anything super smooth with Chalk Paint®.  Thin your paint with water.  Maybe add 20 to 25% to your paint.  So, if you had 1 cup of paint- you could add UP TO 1/4 cup of water.  (it does not matter the unit of measure- just keep this ratio the same)


Then, paint your first coat.  Make sure it is uniform and light.  Not a dry brush, but you do not want to apply it heavy.  Then…..WAIT!  Wait 24 hours before applying your second coat…and …..don’t try to scratch the paint off because you will be successful.  There is a lot of science in paint products and give the paint the time it needs to allow its chemistry to happen.  After 24 hours, then paint your second coat.  You can either thin your paint again, to create a smoother finish – OR…use it straight out of the can.   Your choice!

Once your piece is all painted and you love the look of it- apply your wax.  Note though- don’t be aggressive when applying or removing the wax on the corners of your piece.  You do not want to rub hard enough where it ends up acting like a wet distress.    OK?!

The Purple Painted Lady Painting Metal Chalk Paint Better Homes and Gardens


The Purple Painted Lady® LOVES seeing “before & after” photos from her customers!  And in fact- we always send a thank you gift if we use your images and story.  So, please feel free to share your photos and a little write up by emailing them to Trish at takuntz@rochester.rr.com!  Remember to include a few details of your project, any tips/tricks that you like to do that help you, or even something you learned through the process that another person could benefit from!


First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have two 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:
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
*  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer low 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!
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