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Consider White or Light Walls….


The smartest thing I did when we moved into this house was to have all my Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen painted Snowbound {SW 7004} by Sherwin Williams.  Doing this has made decorating so easy and really made our home feel simple and clean!

fanafterI tell people all day long when I work at Total Bliss that “the hardest thing about Chalk Paint® is picking a color!”  I do my very best to assist every customer to ensure that they are picking the best color for what ever item in their home they are painting.  For most, this precious can is a significant investment of time and money.  Who doesn’t want to feel good about how their project looks in your home when they are done??

It seems the biggest factor involved in so many decisions is their current wall color….not to mention the fact that many have a different color in every room of their house!  I’ve been there….I know!!

I do believe that outdated wall colors are crippling us in updating our homes and accessorizing them when deciding to paint furniture for these rooms.


Do you dream of painting your bed a fun bright color like this fabulous turquoise? It is so much more of a wow factor against these white walls! Not to mention all the other colors brought into the room are so much easier and appealing when they are not competing with a dark wall color.

If you really must have a color on a wall…consider painting just one wall like they did in this room.  Imagine if all the walls were painted red in this room….it would just be too much!


Traditional Kids by Cambridge Interior Designers & Decorators Susan Reddick Design, Inc.
Transitional Living Room by Cambridge Architects & Building Designers LDa Architecture & Interiors

Another great thing White Walls do is bring the outside in!

This is my favorite room in our house….our sunroom.  White walls, off white slipcovered furniture and a few pops of color.
Here is my coffee cup view every morning from this room!
My point is …. if you are really struggling with bringing it all together in your home, painting your walls a very light color, and even white can really make a HUGE difference and make things much easier!

CONSIDER IT….Just sayin’!

I’d love to know if any readers have gone to white walls! If so, is it working for you??

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.


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!

Prepping Surfaces for Paint

We all love Chalk Paint® because there is minimal prep work.  No priming, sanding, or striping.  Beautiful, beautiful words in a painters world.  Music to our ears.
I’m admitting to painting over, dirt, cobwebs, stains and even mold many a time in my life.
But, I’ve been burned a few times too because I did not take the time to clean and “prep” items I have painted.  The cost….TIME!  Sweet and very precious TIME.  And often times a lot more paint, which equals MONEY.
With a super easy, very quick {and cheap!} cleaning protocol you can eliminate any potential “situations” that occur.  “Situations” you say?
The number one cause of a Chalk Paint® “situation” is GREASE and it often comes disguised in the form of this….
Yep, Pledge, aka Furniture Polish.
I remember every Saturday morning Mom handed me a rag and some Pledge and I “dusted” all our furniture.  That is a lot of furniture polish over the years!
Don’t freak out people….It is OK!! I’m going to give you my standard cleaning protocol I use on pieces I feel MAY give me a fit. That means I don’t do this every time, or on everything I paint.
 What happens is that grease repels the Chalk Paint® and it will not adhere to the areas grease has built up on.  It usually happens after the second coat of paint has been applied.  You will notice that the paint begins to crack and peels away from the surface.  To avoid this I suggest the following “prep” steps:
Gather yourself some Scotch Brite Pads, TSP (Tri Sodium Phosphate Cleaner) and some Denatured Alcohol.  All these products are cheap and available at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.  Scrub (firmly!) down your furniture with the TSP and abrasive pad first.  Next, get a soft cloth and use the Denatured Alcohol to wipe any residue left behind from the cleaner.
Generally, after doing this you should be ready to pop open your paint and move on.
Generally?  Yes, because there is always an exception to everything right?
Meet my latest challenge….
She looks pretty unassuming right? Well, after my cleaning protocol, she felt very “sticky”, especially on the top, probably where she had been “dusted” with furniture polish over the years.  So, I sanded the top with some 150 grit sandpaper and for the second time I scrubbed her down really really really good with my pad and more TSP.  Still sticky.  This is when I break out another super cheap time saver….
Clear Shellac….Zinsser is my brand of choice.  Paint one or two thin coats of Shellac on the sticky areas, or the entire piece if necessary.  Now you have “sealed” that area and created the perfect surface for your Chalk Paint® to adhere to!
Easy Peasy right?
So, what if you skip the cleaning and you find yourself in a “situation” of cracking and peeling paint?
DON’T FREAK OUT…it is very fixable….
Scrap your peeling paint off, sand down the areas, seal with the Shellac, repaint and move forward!
I’ve painted and waxed this nightstand with no “situations”!  I’ll post some afters soon!

I hope this information was helpful to you!!!

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!