Chalk Paint Beginner Class 101…

SO we decided to jump in and start some classes to teach our LOVE for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. What do you do in a beginner’s class with Hueology (located at our local mini-stockist in Total Bliss)? You learn about Annie, her some of her techniques and walk away with the confidence to paint whatever comes your way!!!

What do you need to bring to class? NOTHING, but a willingness to learn!!!

What do we provide?
1. The sample wood boards.
2. The brushes.
3. The distressing tools (ie: sandpaper, Scotch Bright, hairdryer, etc.)
4. Handout of class outline.
5. Snack, drinks and YES a bit of chocolate too!
6. And MOST important the samples of Annie Sloan Paints!!!

MJ Taylor

You will be taught by one of our incredible team members from Hueology. Each one has been taught the “Annie Sloan” way from our local Stockist, Barb Skivington, at Faux Works Studios in High Point, NC (who was taught by Annie herself… yes, there is truth in 6 links to someone “famous”…he he he!). There will be an assistant for extra hands-on and help with clean-up, pictures and yes… passing out of the ever so valuable chocolates.

Duck Egg Blue Crackle with Dark Wax

You will walk away with at least 5 techniques to use at home. You will have the opportunity to try several different paint colors. Also, You will love your new ideas and latest addiction to the world of Chalk Paint. It’s all about YOU learning at Hueology!!!

We hope you join us at our next class. Keep posted of our updates on Facebook. Want to be added to our e-mail list of what’s coming soon? Send us an e-mail to be added to our mailing list.

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Our First Sign…


Some things are just meant to be. We are LUCKY enough to know the incredible Janelle from and she knew exactly what we needed to make our new business complete!!! She is ever so talented and we simply LOVE our sign to show off who we are. Make sure to check out Janelle and all her goods on Etsy, Facebook and/or her blog at Sodderbug.

Don’t you just love it? We sure do…THANKS J~

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Green with Envy…

Close Up of Antibes

So, once again…Antibes Green from Annie Sloan is screaming greatness scratching the surface of beauty!!! This chair is a true antique, my mother was the one to point that out after I acquired it from my cousin, from her mother, from her mother, from well… you get the point. The great part is, I have two, but only painted one… I will save more greatness for a rainy day!!!

Yummy Details

This chair is a bit on the small side, but now stands tall with it’s texture and color. It’s always fun to see how each pice of furniture shows a new personality after you start. NEVER FAILS… I start with one color or technique and end in another. From the distressing to the waxing, each piece is unique to itself!

Green w/ Envy in ALL her Glory

Below you will see a chair which we did the imposto (I think that’s how you spell it) technique. It’s thick and rich… and I am dying to try on an entire piece of furniture!!! I was wanting you to see the difference that one can of paint (and color wax) a can make. Annie Sloan, once again, is rocking the ideas!!!

TWO techniques and styles… ONE color.

Want to learn this technique? Take our class at Hueology!!!

Have you painted something green? Share it with us via e-mail and maybe we will post it on our blog!!! Or go to our Hueology Facebook page and post your pics there… We LOVE to share!!!

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Light it up…

This was one of this unique pieces that has been in need of something for a while. I still feel that the shade would be beautiful in a caramel shade of brown, cork or burlap of sorts. But it is, what it is and we have this “simple” shade in white on it still… but at the price we are selling it for (see last picture below) you can afford to go get that extra special shade that fits your style and not ours 🙂

Who doesn’t love a little grey and tan for that neutral, go-any-where kinda floor lamp? Beats that old boring metal look we see in every “big guy” shop in town… and I’m not talking the shop for “tall men”!!! You know, the ones where they are cookie cut in another country?

This lamp was hand made and carved by a neighbor of mine several years ago… it’s value is much higher than we marked it, but we also want someone to buy and love it as we have for years 🙂 Don’t you love the swirl in the base middle? That’s one piece of solid wood!!!

The funny thing about this lamp… I just wanted to take fab pictures to show it off. What do you think?

Do you have a lamp you have painted? Do you love it, do you hate it or are you indifferent?

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Whimsy Frame Fun…

Okay, this time we decided to share a little something different!!! Who doesn’t have one of those old gold frames, you know… the ones that look like they came out the 18th century, the ones that some company in China is trying to make look like they are cast of 24 carat gold, or the ones that folks think came from some Italian Gallery in the canals of Venice. Yep, we’ve all owned one or seen them at Michael’s Craft Store (no bad vibes towards Michael’s! We love your store, just your frames are lacking color from Hueology…he he he)!!!

So what did we do? We painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint of course!!! We used Old Ochre for a nice base  and neutral canvas. Then we used the dark wax to stain it a darker shade of brown. After that, a mix of dark wax and mineral spirits were brushed and allowed to “cure” for a couple days. 
Little blue details make the difference!
I almost forgot… Provence was painted on with a small painter’s brush to show the inner framing detail. {LOVE those little dotted bumps} Clear and dark wax were applied after that.  A little buffing the next day and all was good in the world :). Instead of simply using the frame as a… FRAME, we decided to make it a bit more whimsical and add some cork from an old piece laying in the attic (Trish has an attic full of treasures awaiting their debut)!!!

Fun photo shoot with my son.

When it came time to shoot a few final “after” pictures of the latest ASCP project, my oldest son (who prefers to be behind the camera) took a couple funny photos of Mommy. And yes, that’s my everyday paint pants… they are just getting broke in!!! Maybe I’ll show a photo of what they look like at the end of the year…ICK! But golly, they fit and feel FABULOUS!!!

A beautiful board for any occasion!!!

Sooooooo, what do you think? Do you have an old icky frame that could use a bit of Hueology whimsy? It doesn’t have to be a hideous gold one either. Yep, it can be done in a matter of minutes and treasured for years…ENJOY!!!

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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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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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Tiny Prayers…

tiny prayers

I couldn’t help but share this picture of the tiniest praying mantis I’ve EVER seen, he couldn’t have been 3/4 of an inch big… even the smallest of things make such a big impact when you really take the time to look {including prayer}.

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It’s not just another pretty color…

Duck Egg/Old White/Dark Wax

Here at Hueology, we love more than the luscious colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints! We love the texture her paints create to the final project! Yes we are very tactile… we rub and feel everything we paint before, during and after. We’ve even been known to touch it before it dries by mistake a time or two as well!!!

Antibes Green
Old White
Olive {painted by Kate McKee}

Emperor’s Silk {painted by Kate McKee}

Chateau Grey/Old Ochre

SO, next time you paint a piece, what does your undertaking feel like to you? Does she speak to you and tell you what to do next? Does she make you feel more finished and give you that sense of accomplishment when you put the brush down? Do you think we are crazy? That’s ok… we do too!!!

{Special thanks to Kate McKee at Total Bliss for adding a little texture to her beautiful pieces for others to see touch!}

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Seeing Red…

At first glance, this color scared me…It came out of the can in a hot shade of pink!!! I was trying to figure out what the fuss was all about of the Annie Sloan CP Emperor’s Silk.

Well, it didn’t take long after two coats and a brush of clear/dark wax to richen this hue up to all it’s potential!!! No distressing even needed. Don’t you love it? You have to admit… even if you don’t favor red everyday, there is a boldness in this color in every way!!! Want to see this chair in all it’s glory? Come visit us at Total Bliss in Summerfield.

Question of the day… Do you like red? If so, what would you paint this color if you had a can?

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