Archive of ‘Hueology’ category

2016 is HERE!!!

imageHappy New Year from my home to yours!  Check out my squeaky clean kitchen floors? I started the new year out by giving them a super good clean….I might not even clean them that good for the rest of the year!

2015 was SUPER awesome!  I was overly blessed with tons of painting for clients….mostly kitchens!  I’ll try to get some photos up soon of some of the wonderfully transformations that took place.

I’m super excited for 2016!  I’ve got a few projects planned in my house and lots of work for upcoming clients, so don’t give up on checking the website!!  I’m going to try to be better at keeping the website updated.

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The Studio is OPEN!

studioafter4Come on in and take a look!  The studio is open and has already hosted 2 events!!!

studioafter2Welcome to the entry…and the “wash up” station!

I found this triple bar sink at an Antique Mall and paid $195 for it…I contemplated trying to do the plumbing myself.  I even watched a few You Tube videos, etc.  Something did not feel right about it and I ended up calling a plumber…pretty glad I did…it ended up actually being a complicated install, and the most expensive part of the studio.  If you look closely you can see that I had to raise the sink height to accommodate the new trap.  I bought some decorative wooden legs for $5.00 each at Home Depot and painted them to match the stainless steel!  I also purchased from Home Depot some faux tin panels to fashion the sink back splash. Just glued them right to the wall…super easy!  Now I have the perfect station for washing brushes, stencils and hands!!

studioafterI love my office nook!

studioafter3I spray painted an old brass chandelier with oil rubbed bronze spray paint, hung it, and then stapled draped burlap for the “ceiling”.  I painted the floor with Graphite Chalk Paint®, stenciled it using the Large Moorish Trellis Stencil from Royal Design Studio, and Old White Chalk Paint®.  I sealed the floor with Annie Sloan Lacquer.

I scored the rusty base of the desk from one of my favorite places, Shoppes on Patterson, in Greensboro, NC, and the perfect barn door from Simply Janelle Designs in Summerfield, NC.

This space is perfect for meeting with clients, and looking over sample boards!

studionightschalkboardI made a chalk board wall here….

wine + furniture+paint= Studio Nights

The next Studio Nights is February 27th from 6:30-8:30…or later….because who wants to go home that early after a night of FUN?!?!

studioafter6I’ve got a great food and beverage station and a fab refrigerator I painted with Provence Chalk Paint® and stenciled with the French Menu Lettering Stencil from Royal Design Studio using Old White Chalk Paint® and sealed with a Clear Finish from Artisan Enhancements.

studionightsHere are some photos from last months Studio Nights!

studionights2If you want in for the next one sign up ASAP!

It is designed for anyone who wants to have fun!  It is incredibly therapeutic!  Come learn, be inspired and find your inner creativity!

Painted Stairs and Doors


When you walk in the front door of our house there is a staircase  immediately in front of you.  Lots of oak huh? Never bothered me for a second.  During our first showing all I saw was beautiful wood that could be painted.  Of course I did!  That is how I think….I imagine everything with paint on it.  The stair case is beautiful!  The design is perfect! I loved that the spindles were wood.  In my last house they were black iron and I was getting a little tired of it. Black Iron is nice, but not “changeable”.

 I like changeable elements.

Good classic bones go a long, long way!


It turned out exactly how I imagined it would!

A black handrail and white everywhere else!


We also painted the front door (previously white) and all the doors off the hallway black!

The walls are Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.


I’m continuing the black doors into the kitchen.  Today I was able to get the first coat on these two doors.  I’m using oil based paint and I’m HATING using the oil paint!  The doors were previously painted in white oil, so I had no choice but to go over oil with oil.  But, I know for lasting durability it is the right choice.  The smell is killing me and I’m so impatient with the dry time! Not to mention I’m a messy girl when it comes to painting and I’m covered in it.  Pretty sure I’ll just throw the brush away when I’m done too!

kitchendoorHere are some great black door inspiration photos from Houzz….catch the black door fever!

Farmhouse Entry by Edina General Contractors REFINED LLC
 The next photo has me thinking I’d like to add some waincotting in my hallway!
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Before and After in the Studio…



Now that the kitchen makeover is done, and the master bathroom is complete (reveal coming soon!) I’ve been back in my studio doing some custom work!  I just completed a lovely headboard using Old Ochre and Napoleonic Blue!  I am LOVING Napoleonic Blue and was so excited my client wanted it on her headboard!

The before was not bad at all…it just did not match her decor and she was ready for a change.


I sketched out a idea and got to work…


I was thrilled when the only guidance she gave me was color and let me do what I felt the headboard needed!


I painted it all in Old Ochre, highlighted it with Napoleonic Blue, finished it all with Clear Wax and then added some Dark Wax.


Sleek Dresser Makeover

This dresser was given to me last week in need of a makeover.  It was a donation from a furniture company for a fundraiser for our local youth football league silent auction.  When it arrived it had been damaged on the top.  There was a rumor on the team that MJ could work some paint magic and fix it!  
I only had a few days so I had to work fast!  While waiting for the wood filler to dry, I picked a “glam” palette of Graphite and Paris Grey Chalk Paint™and some silver metallic paint I had.  
I painted the entire dresser with the Paris Grey Chalk Paint™ and then hit the decorative embellishments and hardware with the metallic paint.  

I painted the entire top with Graphite Chalk Paint™ and washed over it with some Paris Grey to soften the look.  I love how the Paris Grey grabs the imperfections and brush marks in the top!
And here you have it!  The glammed up after shot!  
I hope she found a lovely new home!
I can picture this piece in an entry way of a home with a fun lamp on top!

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Fall is here!  
I’ve purchased some live mums, which I do every year about this time.  It is comical that I do this every year.  I put them on the porch, forget about them and then find them dried and shriveled when it is time to put out the Christmas Decor!  
It is also pumpkin time too!

In preparation for the Fall Open House we had at Total Bliss and the Pumpkin Painting class (October 16th and 10 am and 6 pm) I broke out the Chalk Paint, some stencils, some shiny metallic paint and creams!  My palette consisted of Old White, Graphite, and Paris Grey.  
A few hours later I had a fun pile of pumpkins!!

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31 Days of ASCP, Day 13, Our Shop is Total Bliss!

We are blessed to have a retail space to call our own!  
We recently spruced up our space!  
We work out of a FABULOUS store in Summerfield, NC, called Total Bliss.  We discovered this shop about a week after it opened a little over 2 years ago and it has been one of our favorites ever since!  We were overjoyed when Nancy, the shop owner, said yes to selling Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and yes to having us {aka.} sell our painted pieces and teach classes!
The makeover is just about complete!
We started by purchasing these bookcases {that had been on either side of a massive media center} at a local consignment shop.

The received two coats of CoCo and the detail was highlighted with Pure White and distressed.
What about the fabulous chalkboard between the bookcases?  
Here is the before on that one!  It was a huge picture that hung in my kitchen for years.  It has been sitting in my garage for at least 2 years now.  Almost taken to Goodwill on numerous occasions.
We did a simple makeover by painting 3 coats of CoCo right over the picture.  The frame was painted Pure White.  Without wax the Chalk Paint is just like a chalkboard!  So, we now have a custom made chalkboard to keep everyone informed of all the latest classes and events at Total Bliss!!
We have also made sample boards in each color and displayed them on the wall!
We’d love to have you stop in and see it if you can!  There is a lot more besides Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Hueology furniture! 

To find out where you can purchase Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes
 visit Annie Sloan Unfolded!
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31 Days of ASCP, Day 12… Emperor’s Silk

We will both admit that when we first popped open a can of Emperor’s Silk we were not fans.  We bought it to try to make orange {as we desperately wait for the arrival of Barcelona Orange!} and played around by mixing it with Arles.  The result was a funky “flesh” color.  We gave up and cast our can aside for a bit.  But then, we discovered that if you dark waxed Emperor’s Silk without clear waxing first you get an amazing deep red!  
We gave this table base more of an asian flare with the ES and the Dark Wax
The table is ready to be reunited with it’s top!
This little table caught my eye as I was on my way to my son’s baseball game.  I pulled over and paid $5 to a precious old lady in a short pink bathrobe!
Two coats of Emperor’s Silk and one coat of Dark Wax and she was a brand new table!  If I wanted it even darker I could have added a second coat of dark wax.
Red chairs are FUN!  I have a whole new appreciation for the color red now!  
If you have not used Emperor’s Silk yet… are you going to now?
Play with it and HAVE FUN!!

To find out where you can purchase Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes
 visit Annie Sloan Unfolded!
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Louis Blue Kitchen Island…

An incredible new look!!!

When we were hired to paint this lovely kitchen island (see the before picture below), we were so excited when our client picked Louis Blue!!! We presented her 3 sample boards with different variations of the Clear-to-Dark wax from Annie Sloan.

We love the look of the bead-board waxed!!!

Shannon immediately went with the Dark wax and wanted to make sure it looked aged, different and that it was a separate piece of furniture in the kitchen… NOT like it had been set there from the cabinet maker to match the rest of the cabinets. We loved her combo and quickly got to work. Don’t you LOVE the detail the Dark wax gave this island?

The handles were simply the icing on the cake…

The groves and detail.

The wine nook is extra cool!!!
MJ was super happy we were painting one of her favorite shades of blue! We had a fun time helping this kitchen transform into a  more comfy, cozy and loved living space! Thanks Shannon for allowing to be apart of your home for 3 short days 🙂 We hope you get many years of happiness out of it.
MJ Taylor ~ a.k.a. Hueologist

Here’s a peak to what the island looked like before. What’s your vote… Before or After?

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Combining Waxes…

Green/Grey Combo

It’s obvious that green is a favorite of Trish, but grey is pulling through as a top contender in the mix…It’s seems to be as neutral as the browns, beige and tans have been for years!!! It obviously goes with all the beautiful blues from Annie Sloan, but using it with green simply shows off it’s vibrance and beauty as well.

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This fabulous piece was done in a matter of minutes (well, ok… maybe a couple of hours), but what a difference it made to this ho-hum dark brown table (shown above). After a bit of distressing, the final touch was clear wax on top of the green and dark wax added to the grey.

Table of Lovely Shades

For Sale…Sweet!!!

Don’t you love the richness? What have you done with your wax from Annie Sloan? PLEASE share so we can have fun too!!! Interested in buying this pretty little jewel? Drop by Total Bliss in Summerfield, NC or e-mail us about shipping.

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