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I Painted a Ceiling Fan….

fancloseupOf course I did….right?!?!


After I finished my Kitchen Makeover, the ceiling fan was not really blending into my clean, white and gray theme.  I have pretty much blown my decorating budget on the bathroom remodel…so I’m trying hard not to spend anything on the house for awhile.


So, what is a girl to do when she suddenly has 12 hours at home with NO children needing anything from her?



I got a ladder, a few brushes, Graphite Chalk Paint®, Paris Grey Chalk Paint® and Pure White Chalk Paint®.  I wiped off the dirt and dust and started painting. Didn’t even mess with taking the fan down. I decided to do the Washed Zinc technique that I teach in my Chalk Paint® 101 Class.  Its a Graphite Base with Paris Grey washed over it.  I finished it off with some Clear Wax.

I dry brushed the paddles with some Paris Grey and Pure White and I did end up putting wax on them, not because they needed waxing, but because the wax softened the look a bit.

and then this happened….


The “browny” toned glass globe was soooo not working with my new look.  I really hated to spend any money on this project, so I thought perhaps I could work some more paint magic.  Nope, that was not happening….the picture does not do justice to the failure of this idea.  Yes, you can paint glass very successfully with Chalk Paint®, but, the look I was going for was not going to work on this.


I was super excited that for $14 at Lowes I was able to get a new Alabaster White glass globe!


Project Complete with minimal disruption to my life….and nobody destroying other parts of the house in the process!


How about this $349 fan from Ballard Designs? It also comes with white blades.  Ooh La La! I love it…but not for even 20% off $349…can’t splurge for quite awhile!  My fan makeover sure is not “perfect”, but it is “perfect” enough for me!


photo from Ballard Designs

Have I inspired you to paint something in your house that needs a makeover?

My Kitchen Makeover


 Give me a can of paint and I am Dangerous….

Dangerously Good!

My kitchen makeover is almost complete…is anything ever completely complete?

Here it the official before photo, taken on the day we moved in.


I love this kitchen!

I love it because it is really big and functions really well for us.  I know lots of you are ripping out the kitchen desks (mine is located on the wall on the left), but I love a desk in the kitchen! The kitchen is the central place in a home, especially with kids.  We have our computer in the kitchen.  I think with kids that is a very good idea! One of the biggest reasons we bought this house was for the kitchen.  I could see right past that outdated oak cabinetry because I knew that I could paint it and love it.  Also, the counter tops and appliances were fairly new.  Knowing I did not need to replace them right away really helped.

The first thing we did was have the popcorn ceilings scraped and the walls painted.  That alone was a huge improvement!  I lived with it like that for several months trying to decide how I would paint the cabinets.  I LOVE white cabinets, but I did that in the last house.  White cabinets are fabulous, but a pain to keep clean!

On a whim one day, I broke out the Paris Grey Chalk Paint….because I had about 20 million more pressing things to do…but oh well….


These cabinets are 21 years old, they did indeed need a super duper clean job.  ALL kitchen cabinets, regardless of age, need to be THOROUGHLY cleaned an prepped….no matter what kind of paint you are using.  I lightly sanded them with 150 grid sandpaper (to loosen the debris)…and used some child labor for this one.  I then SCRUBBED the heck out of them with TSP cleaner and a Scotch Brite Pad, and then wiped them down with Denatured Alcohol.


I applied 2 coats of Paris Grey Chalk Paint, lightly distressed the edges, and then wiped on some clear wax.

Look, I even painted over ALL of the hinges!  I did not want to invest the money and time in purchasing and installing new hinges for cabinets that I hope to replace in a few years.


I got all new brushed nickel hardware online from Cook Knobs and Pulls for $63 for the ENTIRE kitchen, and that included shipping!

kitchen2I painted the inside of the shelves above the desk in Pure White Chalk Paint.

kitchen4I removed the cabinet doors from this section, and painted the insides with Pure White Chalk Paint.

Kitchen1We also removed the wooden valance board that was over the sink.  It was hiding a super ugly florescent light.  We trimmed out the sides with the pieces we took off and had a pendant light ($89 from Home Depot) installed.  While we were having the bathroom done, I sporadically decided to do a white subway tile backsplash…that made a huge difference as well!!


The cost of the materials for the backsplash was only $200, plus the labor to install.  Very pleased with this decision!


I’m so, so, so in love with it!  It feels so light and bright!


I also installed a $29 brushed nickel barn light from Home Depot to replace the oil rubbed bronze one.

I still need to do something about that ceiling fan.  I will either replace it with a flush light or paint it white so it just blends into the ceiling.

If you want to read more about my fabulous kitchen table here is a post I did on that. 

Basically in 6 weeks, and not a whole lot of money, I was able to completely give my kitchen a whole new look and feel!

And because many have asked, my counter tops are actually laminate, although they look like granite, and I really love them! I’m surprised at how much I love them.  Many of my friends with granite have complained about the clean up of their counters. These wipe up great!  And ironically….we have the same countertops in our RV….CRAZY!  It was meant to be!

Now I can just kick back and enjoy the fabulous view from the kitchen window!


Here is a resource list for materials used and costs:

Paris Grey Chalk Paint® – Purchased 2 cans, used about 1 and 1/2 cans (I did not paint the inside of the cabinet doors so this saved a lot of paint and time)  $83.16

Pure White Chalk Paint® – Purchased 1 can, used about 1/3, for the inside of the cabinets – $41.58

Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax – I used about 1/2 a can, but still need to finish putting on a second coat – $28.78

The kitchen back splash was tiled by Andy Beach of Champion Tile, based here in the Triad area of NC.  Cost of tile $200 plus labor.

Walls are painted Snowbound by Sherwin Williams

Lighting was purchased at Home Depot

Sharing some of my home……

When we were in New Orleans we learned a lot about STYLE!
It really made me think about my own style and how I have decorated my own home.
 I get asked ALL the time when I teach class if my entire house is painted in Chalk Paint®?!?!
Is it?  Let’s find out…..
I snapped a few pictures of my living room…..I did not clean up or fluff….so this is pretty much is it….average ordinary day in my house….
Lanie is very happy that I put this old French Provincial dresser  that I painted behind the sofa….she uses it as a chin rest daily….I’m so glad its there for her… she crushes down my couch cushions further and further everyday!
So, yes I like the curves of French Provincial furniture, and I like turquoise blues……
I’m also very much like coastal things, shells and blue glass and rusty crusty things too….
Driftwood is also a big part of the decor in my house as well.  I collect tons of it when I go to the beach and use it all around my house…..and hoard it in the garage!!
I also like words and sayings……
So here is the big picture…..
not too much Chalk Paint® going on….at least in this room… ha ha!
The chair to the left of the fireplace is a $25 yard sale find….painted in a mix of French Linen and Old White and a grain sack cushion.  It has a cane back….I thought I had a better picture just of the chair, but I don’t…so sorry…maybe next time!
Ok, so what about that big glaring piece of wood on the left???  
I so can’t even believe that it even exists!  My husband has very little opinion on anything in our house and does not want it painted….but trust me….it will be!!!
I’m feeling some Pure White, Old White and French Linen in some combination on it….

Any thoughts???  Please share!!!


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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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