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31 Days of ASCP,Day 15…Provence!

My first purchase of ASCP included one can of Povence, one can of Duck Egg, one can of Old White!
I popped the lid as soon as I got home and knew I had to paint something with this delicious shade creamy turquoise blue immediately!!
I grabbed up this chair from my “stash” in my garage and painted her with 2 coats of Provence, clear wax and some good old distressing!  
Love her!
Happy Saturday!!

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31 Days of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint….Day 8….Pausing for a good "Pick"

Today’s post is LATE!  Why?
Because we were picking….good picking here in the country of Summerfield, NC on this beautiful Saturday.  
Sign of a good pick?  A very dirty car!

Here is a sneak peak at some of the lovelies that were acquired!
Yes, there is another car full as well!
If you picked up something good give it a brag today in the comments section!!!

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Day 2….How It All Began

So how did we become completely obsessed with this paint?  It is really quite a simple story…..

While trolling the internet I {MJ from “One Nutty Girl“} happen to notice that a few bloggers were talking about this stuff called chalk paint and were showing off some of their pieces.  About 5 seconds later I was desperately trying to find out where the heck I could get my hands on this stuff!  Of course I was not going to do this alone!  When taking on a new adventure there is nothing more exciting than doing with a BFF!  Not just any BFF, but one that says “I’m in” before you even finish your sentence! Trish from “Life to the T” was my side-kick and off we went for our newest adventure together…

We found the paint at a store about 45 minutes from where we lived and set out for our first score.  We bought 6 cans of paint, one can of dark wax, one can of clear wax and a wax brush and this….

This is the Annie Sloan Bible!!!
Everyone should own this book!  If you see one somewhere GRAB IT!  This book is HOT!  It sells out in no time and then you have to wait to get your hands on one!  I just did a search on Amazon and they have new ones listed from $136 all the way up to $300!  Crazy!  It retails for $19.99.  Hold your horses because there should be more coming soon at that price!
Anyway, I dug right into the book on the ride back home.  The lids were popped and we just started painting!  Yeah, we are crazy like that.  Sure we made a few mistakes and had to keep referring back to the book over and over, especially on the waxing part.  But, Annie’s step by step instructions with amazing pictures were very helpful.  
Here is a look at our very first completed piece of furniture!  We nailed it and even accomplished mixing a custom color!  
It was like crack.  Within days we were scouring places for more pieces, trying to decide what NOT to paint in our homes!  Suddenly our cars were not being parked in our garages anymore.  We needed this stuff and needed it BAD!  Our minds spun out of control.  Every waking thought was about painting.  We knew we needed a closer place to home to score our weekly habit.  
Within a few short weeks we had convinced our favorite local store Total Bliss to sell the paint and our “source” was now in our hometown of Summerfield, NC.  In exchange owner Nancy McGee gave us part of her store to work out of creating and selling our lovelies!  Thank you Nancy!!!  
So there you have it…the beginning of the journey….

See you for Day 3 tomorrow!
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Welcome to 31 days of…

What?
Welcome to “31 days of …”!!! Well, lets see here… I think we are just going to go with PAINT, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that is!  For 31 Days, yes every single day in October people, we will be doing something to showcase paint and it won’t just be paint on furniture. We are going to go beyond furniture and stretch ourselves into other subjects all related to paint somehow. Colors, brushes, tools, surfaces, etc.  The door is wide open!
Why?  
Well, one of our favorite blogs, Nesting Place, {we’ve been fans since the beginning of time, that is blog time} is hosting its 3rd annual “31 Days of….”.  This year she invited others to join in and link up and we are taking the challenge!  So, everyday this month make sure to come to our blog and see what we are up to in the world of PAINT!  Shocking huh?
Who?
One thing we can ensure is that you will be seeing a lot of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!  We are head over heals with this stuff.  We have recently completed all kinds of awesome training from amazing people like Barb Skivington of Faux Works Studios.  Barb is first generation Annie, that means Annie trained Barb.  We consider ourselves 2nd generation Annie’s because Barb trained us!  If you want to be 3rd generation Annie’s you can take one of our Workshops in our local town of Summerfield, NC at Total Bliss {the store we work out of!} or you can visit the website Annie Sloan Unfolded to find a local stockist in your area to purchase this paint or take workshops from!
When?

See you tomorrow for Day 2!


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What we learned for YOU…

Kate, Trish, Lisa & MJ
Last week (Well, maybe a bit over a week ago), we had the privilege of going to a “Train the Trainer” workshop for all the Annie Sloan Paint Stockist & Mini-Stockist able to attend. “Stockist” (English term for folks who sell Annie Sloan Chalk Paint directly to the public in their cute little shops and boutiques) from all over the country met at Faux Works in High Point, NC where the classes were led by Barb Skivington and Lisa Rickert Jolie
Barb Skivington
We had the opportunity to learn several techniques to pass along in our workshops… in other words to help educate our clients and customers in the wrongs-n-rights of how to paint & wax with Annie Sloan products properly. There are some truly GREAT bloggers and folks out there doing incredible jobs on their pieces (trust us, we happily blog hop through the day), but PLEASE make sure to check out your local Stockist to ensure you are applying ASCP properly. Annie wants to make sure everyone loves her products as much as we do and that you understand how to make your piece a valuable addition to your home and business for all to enjoy for years to come.
Wondering why the cans are upside down? Leave a comment asking so!

We learned tips, tricks and techniques, but we also made connections and had the opportunity to meet other folks who had the same passions as us. We had the chance to help each other with business ideas of things that work, things that didn’t work so well and were able to meet “in person” (which is rare, but still valuable in this day & age!). I wish I could name all the GREAT ladies that were met, but that’s a whole post in itself!!!

Are you wondering where you too can purchase ASCP? Make sure to check out Lisa Rickert Jolie’s site for a shop near you (in North America)!!! If you must order on-line, we understand… but Stockist & Mini-Stockist are popping all over the country every month, so look first then take a workshop to learn what all the hoopla is about!!! (It’s worth a weekend drive or girls “get-a-way” to take a workshop…trust us, we did it before we began selling & teaching too) Think you’ve got what it takes to open a store if there’s not one in your vicinity…Check out Lisa’s information on this as well!

Barb did a FINE job (for TWO days mind you) of teaching the class, keeping Chatty Cathy’s at bay and sharing her knowledge and love for painting. Lisa was able to interject and let us know of all the rules and regulation (we as business owners) needed to know, give us the “scoop” on what’s coming next from Annie Sloan Products coming to the states ::GIDDY::, to educate us how to help run our businesses (because Lisa is one super savvy business women herself) and to share the love of this incredibly unique company & all it has to offer!!!
And yes… a bit of funny from our favorite camera junkie (MJ smiling) and our lovely Kate from Total Bliss. For those of you who aren’t aware, Total Bliss is located in Summerfield NC where MJ & Trish a.k.a. “Hueology” help Nancy & Kate teach their workshops, sell their paints and share our love of Annie as well 🙂


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The New COLORS are Here!!!

Annie Sloan’s NEWEST colors!!!

We’re sure you’ve heard ALL the buzz about the NEWEST colors by Annie Sloan!!! And we have our messy little hands neat little brushes in it and can’t wait for you to try it too!!!  There are some BIG plans at Total Bliss for some of the dreamiest items to cover with these lovely cans of liquid gold.

We have Pure White…

We have Coco…
We have French Linen…

Photo found on ASCP site

ALL our ASCP can be found at Total Bliss in Summerfield. What are you waiting for? What are you dreaming of painting with the NEWEST colors by Annie Sloan Chalk Paints?

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Giving New Life

Our latest project involved making over a bedroom set! We started with a maple bedroom set by Bassett. It was over 10 years old, well made, and hard for the owners to part with this great investment.

Hueology to rescue! We gave this plain jane maple a whole new look! The furniture is for a 16 year old girls bedroom makeover done by local interior designer Julie Jersey of Jersey Designs. Without the expense of adding new furniture, Julie was able to do a lot more in the room!

We used Old White, Clear and Dark Wax to achieve a whole new look!

We still have the desk to paint and then we will show off the entire room!

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