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Answers to Readers Questions about Chalk Paint®

I’ve been getting lots of questions lately and I thought I’d take a few a break from my house stuff to address a few of them….I did personally answer them, but I thought I’d share a few with everyone.
Question:  I am confused about the order in which you paint, wax and distress.  Does it matter which order you do this in?
Answer:  If you have read any of Annie Sloan’s wonderful books, or watched her You Tube video’s, you will notice that Annie paints, waxes (clear and dark) before she uses sandpaper to distress.  After she distresses she will then add back some wax to the area she removed it in during distressing.  This method is known as the Annie Sloan Method.
However, it seems that most American’s paint, distress and then wax.  Both ways are perfectly fine in my opinion.  I prefer to paint, distress and then apply my wax.  I think it is a personal preference as to which method you choose to do.  I don’t see much of a difference between the two.  In my class I have my students do it both ways so they can understand the way Annie prefers, try the other way and pick which method suits them.
Distressing before you wax creates a lot more “chalk” dust.  However, distressing after you wax takes a lot more muscle and you use a lot more sandpaper!
Question:  My husband and I painted our kitchen cabinets with Pure White, but it just seems too “textured”.  Do you have suggestions to make the Chalk Paint less “textured”?
Answer:  I do have experience with this for sure.  I used Pure White Chalk Paint® on my kitchen cabinets in my old house.  I wanted a clean white look with no distressing.  I wanted White White! When I painted my cabinets Pure White had just hit the states and it was my first time using it.  Since then I have learned a few things about Pure White.
1.  It had no pigments in it.  It is PURE White.  I love it!  I’m a white white girl.  However, with no pigments the consistency of this color is a tad different.  Using it will require an additional coat for the best coverage.  A tip I’ve learned is to use a base coat of white primer (I use Zinsser).  This will cut down how much Pure White you will have to use.
2.  Unless you are willing to use a very fine grit sandpaper and sand ALL your kitchen cabinets smooth after painting, you will not get a smooth look with Chalk Paint®.  No matter what you are going to have brush strokes with this paint.  If you are going for a smooth, clean, all white look on your kitchen cabinets it is my opinion that Pure White Chalk Paint® is not the right paint for the job.  I would use Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams Pro Classic.
3.  Another tip is that you can mix some Old White into the Pure White to give it a little thicker consistency.  I love a 50/50 mix of Old White and Pure White!!
I hope these tips help!!  If you have questions feel free to ask!

A Twist on Provence….

I was beyond giddy when a friend of mine asked me to paint this antique oak dresser she had recently acquired!  Of course I forgot to take a before photo!
The oak was natural and beautiful and thirsty for some paint….
Does that make sense?
What I mean is that it is a treat to paint real natural wood.
I was even more thrilled when we decided to go with a 50/50 mix of Provence and Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  Provence is one of my favorite colors and I think I loved it even more with the Old White in it!!
The natural grain of the oak was beautiful so we decided to keep some of it showing through by doing a wash of Old White on top, and sealed it with some Clear Soft Wax.
The original handles were a great aged bronze.  So instead of Dark Wax we used Royal Designs stencil creme in Bronze Aged and rubbed in areas to add an aged look.  I then sealed it all with Clear Soft Wax.  I was super pleased at how the stencil creme finished this piece off.  The “predictable” outcome of distressing and using Dark Wax just would have been too “predictable”! Ha!
My friend is using this as a nightstand on her side of the bed!

Driftwood Wash Look Table

 I recently had the chance to makeover an old oak pedestal table for a client.  It is an incredibly well made solid table with some great detail on the side….here is the before….
{note: the above picture does not really do the table justice…sorry!!)

I loved the grain in it and could not envision it covered up completely with paint.  Thankfully my client did not either!  She had seen a few pictures on Pinterest of some similar tables, so I had those to guide me on her desired end result.
We decided to use Graphite, Coco and Old White colors of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan to bring together her color scheme in the room.
I started by randomly applying Graphite first and then layered over a random layer of Coco.
When I finished it looked like this. I then began to to apply my Old White….and then a bird decided to add a little design element as well!!
It got a little complicated at this point I must say!!  Apparently Bird Poo is one of the “substances” that will remove Chalk Paint® from furniture! Ugh!!  As I scrubbed off the offending Poo I also removed the paint!  After fixing that little area I was apply to continue my Old White/Wax application.
After rubbing in some Clear Soft wax on the entire table, I then wiped on the Old White.  I do this because the Soft Wax provides a great working surface for the Old White.  I could rub it into the grain and remove any extra paint I did not want in specific areas.  I then finished it all off with a light coat of Clear Wax again as a final layer of protection.
I’m calling this a Driftwood Look.
It is super easy!
 A few other colors that would have looked great in this look would be French Linen and Paris Grey

Southern Ideal Home Show….it’s almost here!

I’ve been a little absentee from blogging!  Myself and the rest of the gang at Total Bliss have been SUPER busy preparing for the Southern Ideal Home Show!
The Total Bliss team will be showcasing our talents in one of the 5 Designer Showcase Rooms….your much overlooked Dining Room!
Of course Chalk Paint® is very much a part of our makeover on an outdated Dining Room Suite.  We used a palate of Old White, Country Grey and Florence.  We also used some Barcelona Orange and Provence in the room as well!

Come see our fully accessorized room and visit us in our second booth in which we will be doing Chalk Paint® demo’s and selling the paint as well!!

Show Location:
Special Events Center
Greensboro Coliseum Complex
1921 W. Lee St.
Greensboro, NC  27403-2699
Hours : 
Friday: 10am-8pm


Saturday: 10am-8pm


Sunday: 11am-5pm



Working the Work Shops!

Last week we rocked a serious amount of Chalk Paint® at Total Bliss!
We started last Sunday with a packed full {smile!} Chalk Paint® 101 Class.  Look how brilliant Antibes looks in my photo!  I upgraded to newly remodeled PicMonkey and I’m still trying to navigate my way around it, there is so much to choose from filter wise, etc.
We did 2 sessions of Work Book Club last Tuesday.  One at 10 am and another at 6 pm.  We did some serious mixing and recording of color in our Annie Sloan Work Books.  I gave each member an assignment….they had to custom create a signature color and record it on a sample board and name it!
We came up with some pretty combo’s….I hope to get a blog post up with all those!  My very favorite was French Linen and Paris Grey mixed together at a 1:1 ratio!!
We ended the week painting and stenciling old wooden trays!

I ended the week feeling so blessed that I met all these wonderful ladies who came to attend my Work Shops!

Color Mixing with Chalk Paint®

Yesterday I got serious about mixing up a large batch of a custom green using Chalk Paint®.  I have a client who is decorating a beach house.  She has found 6 different chairs to go in the home and requested a fun green to finish them in.  I played around with several versions using teaspoon amounts of Antibes, Arles and Olive.
This involves deep thinking and math at the same time! Yikes!
Here is a bigger look at the mad chemist at work!
I bought a few clean new paint cans at Home Depot to mix in.  They are only a little over $2.00 each and so worth it!
My original formula was 2 teaspoons of Antibes, 2 teaspoons of Arles and 1 teaspoon of Olive, a 2:2:1 ratio.
I next had to figure out my overall amount of paint (plus extra…remember always make extra!!)  Thank goodness we are doing fractions in 5th grade math and I’m up to speed.
I mixed 1 1/2 cups of Antibes, 1 1/2 cups of Arles and 3/4 cup of Olive
Here it is…I managed to get 2 chairs done with 2 coats….
I’ll share them when they are complete!

Annie Sloan Work Book Club

We hosted our first Work Book Club meeting at Total Bliss a few weeks ago!  Check out the Asian Style Colors!

Who says you have to use a paintbrush to paint with?
We got messy with our fingers as we worked with the bold, deep rich hues in the Asian Style Group.
We also talked about how to mix color and how to add Old White to any of these colors to get lighter versions of the original color.
One of our favorites was adding Old White to Arles to get a lovely softer yellow!
Everyone left SUPER excited about our next Work Book Club Meeting!

February 12th at 10 am and at 6 pm!

Things I’ve Learned – Custom Mixes

I’ve got a few words to say today about custom mixes….
and when I say custom mixes I mean
mixing colors together
making waxes and glazes
mixing color and wax
and so on
and so on
Here is my unofficial rule….which still has failed me on occasion….


I have screwed myself a few times over.  I’ve estimated how much I will need and I RUN OUT before finishing up my piece! I’ve tried to duplicate what I’ve made and I’ve failed, causing 2 and 3 times the amount of work I ever would have had to do if I had not made TWICE AS MUCH as I had estimated needing!
I know it can seem wasteful.  You are thinking “why waste what I don’t use?” “Will I ever use this shade again?”  Chances are “No”.  But, you have saved your self a lot of additional product you may have to use trying to recreate your original formula.  Plus, you save yourself a lot of time!
Time is MONEY!  
I charge more for custom mixes knowing that I will be making more than I need.  I’ve learned the hard way too many times!


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