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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!

Painting Bathroom Cabinets – Master Bath Makeover

I’ve been wanting to redo my master bath for quite sometime.  I’ve been loving all the gray and white bathrooms all over Pinterest….of course….aren’t you??
There are two reasons I have not tackled this bathroom in the last few years and it original everything since we moved in 11 years ago…
#1….time
#2….cost
oh, and lets throw #3 in, ….we have been looking at houses to buy
So, the big question has been major renovations? or just a makeover?
Here is what we had to work with…
A mural that was painted before we moved in by the builder and thermofoil cabinets in which the outer plastic coating had completely come off.
People are shocked when they found out I had not painted over this mural years ago.  My reasons, because #1, I don’t like to pay people to paint rooms (I only have twice in 11 years because they were 2 story rooms!) and #2 the mural was oil paint and there was texture to it, which would involve dsanding and priming and lots of work!!!
So, last month I finally decided the budget could not handle my grand Pinterest dream remodel quite yet. I decided to just paint the walls and cabinets.  The sanding of the walls sucked, the priming of the mural sucked, and the climbing on cabinetry and ladders really, really sucked!  Add in the fact that I decided to do this in bare feet and got a nasty case of plantar fascitis in BOTH feet from climbing all over for days on end!
Goodbye mural!
2 coats of primer and 3 coats of Benjamin Moore Simply White
The cabinets were the easy part!  The thermofoil  peeled off the drawer fronts in seconds.  The only place I left it was on the sides of the cabinet and the cabinet boxes.  I sanded this part with 150 grit sandpaper for a few seconds to rough it up.
Next, 2 coats of Paris Grey Chalk Paint® brand decorative paint by Annie Sloan.
I was not in the mood for waxing.  Plus, I had just discovered a new product by Artisan Enhancements called Clear Top Coat and I’m loving it.  I painted on 2 thin coats of this matte finish that works beautifully with Chalk Paint®, attached the old knobs, plus two fun whale tails I had gotten at Anthropologie and called it DONE!
I added an old door from Habitat Humanity that I painted with some Paris Grey and French Linen Chalk Paint® and chipped it up, and an old ladder from a flea market.
It is amazing how just paint and a few vintage finds can completely transform a space??
 It feels so much lighter and brighter in there!

Summer Chalk Paint® Classes at Total Bliss

 
 
SUMMER CHALK PAINT® CLASSES AT TOTAL BLISS
Instructor M.J. Taylor 
 
 
Spend your Tuesday Mornings at Total Bliss this summer.  Each Tuesday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm we will be teaching a class using Chalk Paint®.  We will also be teaching Chalk Paint® 101 and our newest class, The Next Step, on select Tuesday evenings!
July 2 – 10-12Painting Brass and Metals with Chalk Paint®
        Bring a medium sized metal or brass lamp and learn how to transform it in a few simple       steps.   $35
July 9 – 10-12Mixology
Expand your palette beyond the 30 premixed Chalk Paint® colors.  In this class we will explore    color, the color wheel, and how to mix custom paint colors.  $25
July 16 – 10-12Stencils
Come play with our stencils, brushes and stencil cremes.  $25
July 16 – 5-8pmChalk Paint® 101
Aug 6 –  5-8 pmLearn 4 techniques of paint application:  Smooth/Modern, Rustic, 2 color distressed, and Soft Gilded.  You will also learn distressing paint, and applying the Clear and Dark Soft Waxes to achieve different looks on your painted pieces.  All supplies for class are provided. You will leave with a full set of skills, sample boards and instruction guide. $165
Aug 20 – 10-12Kitchen Cabinets
Learn how to transform all types of cabinetry in your home with Chalk Paint®.  We will show you the proper way to prep, paint and finish your cabinets for a long lasting and durable finish. $95
Aug 27 5-8pmThe Next Step – Artisan Enhancements
This class is designed for the person who has mastered the basic Chalk Paint® techniques and is ready to move to a new level of finishes.  This is our debut class featuring a new line of products by Aloha Coatings called “Artisan Enhancements”.  This is a 3 hour class in which we will create 4 sample boards using this line of products.  $175
Private Lessons/Project Consultation
Don’t know where to start?  Having trouble deciding on color, texture, etc?  Book a private lesson/consultation with MJ.  She will custom design the lesson to your specific needs.  A typical consultation lasts 1-2 hours and guides you step by step through your particular project.  It also includes helping you decide all the supplies you will need for your project, and can include custom color mix recipes.  Pricing starts at $65
ALL CLASSES REQUIRE REGISTRATION AND PREPAYMENT
 
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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

New Orleans with Annie Sloan

Yep, last week I was blessed to be able to spend the week in New Orleans with the brilliant artist Annie Sloan!  The creator of the most amazing paint I have ever gotten my hands on, Chalk Paint®!  She is the real deal….talented, smart, funny and very genuine!
We were greeted with this lovely vignette staged at our hotel.  The walls are Paris Grey with clear wax.  the chairs on done in Old White and are covered on one of Annie’s new fabrics, the Pastoral Toille.  I’m very inspired to paint a wall now!
I really just kicked back and enjoyed it all and did not take very many photos.  Sometimes I get so worried about the photos that I lose out on a little of the experience!
This is a photo I took of the street just as we started a fabulous treasure hunt on Royal Street!  We we welcomed into 12 fabulous stores and galleries and given clues to find an item.
The colors and crust in NOLA rock!
No pictures of food but let me assure you that I was WELL FED!!  Thank you to the Annie Sloan Unfolded Team who hosted the party for a stellar job on everything!!
One of the high lights of the time with Annie was that she talked a lot about her amazing new book Color Recipes for Painted Furniture that was just released.  It is available for purchase at your local stockists shop.  If you don’t know where that may be check out Annie’s website to locate one!
Annie talks a lot about color in the book and I learned so much!  All the photos in the book are from her home in France that she spend last summer at doing all sorts of projects with her paint and fabric.  The biggest thing that blew me away was the painting of fabrics!!
Can’t afford to recover a chair?  PAINT THE FABRIC!!
or get some of hers….
My head is still spinning from it all!
I’m super excited to incorporate some new things into my workshops at Total Bliss!!!
I heard the work piled up at the shop while I was gone so I’m off on the Monday morning to dive back into the paint!!
Have a blessed day my friends!!

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
SHAZAM!
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!

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