~ Chalk Paint® Dresser in Colors Coco and Old Ochre ~

I have a love for vintage dressers with carved wooden handles.  So when I spotted this dresser I just had to buy it especially since it has a wonderful marble top in very good condition.

This dresser did not have legs...looked very short for my liking...only 27" tall.  I found these legs in the leg bucket and I liked their profile.  So now to attach them to the dresser.  Of course no picture to show you  how I attached them but I will try to explain as best I can.

I used a 4" long double ended wood screw to attach the legs to the underneath corner bracket of the dresser.  First I used a drill bit and drilled a pilot hole into the leg.  Next I put the leg in a vice to hold in place and screwed one end of the wood screw into the leg.  Next I lined up the top of the leg screw to the dresser bracket and marked with a pen.  Drilled a pilot hole and screwed in the leg.  Repeated the procedure for the other three legs and this dresser is now 38" tall...
perfect height to be used as a sink or island.

As you can see the leg wood is different from the dresser wood but this doesn't matter because I'm painting the dresser with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.
I selected Annie's Coco and Old Ochre colors...this is a great color combination I just love to use.
Annie's color Coco is a warm greyed brown and Old Ochre is a nice warm neutral color.

I like to paint outside the can so the can top will remain clean.  Nacho boats are the perfect container to pour the paint in because they has a plastic coating which prevents the paint from soaking into the paper.  I also use wax paper because paint will not stick to the paper and it is cheap to buy.
I painted the entire dresser in two coats of Coco...letting each coat of paint to dry for about an hour.

My favorite brush to paint with is Annie's natural bristle brush...small size fits my hand the best.
This brush is perfect for getting the paint into the handle and leg details.

Next I dry brushed the handles and drawer parts with color Old Ochre.  Dry brushing means having a small amount of paint on your brush...almost DRY of paint.  Using a long bristle brush feather the brush over the base color allowing the base color to show through.  This technique is very easy and uses very little paint.

I dry brushed a little Old Ochre on the rings of the legs too.

I applied one coat of Annie's Soft Clear Wax, allowed the wax to dry overnight, and buffed with a lint free rag for a nice lustrous finish.

Please remember that all furniture waxes are not created equal.  Annie's Soft Waxes have been used with her Chalk Paint® for 25 years.

This dresser is one of my favorite pieces I have ever painted!!!

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~ How I Transformed My House for Under $10.00 ~

How I transformed my house for under $10.00. 

Follow along with me as I explain this
very very simple and inexpensive project!!!

When I purchased this house in November eight years ago I had the painter's paint the ugly orange red brick in the green you see in the above picture.  Little did I realize this now dark green house would be lost in the shade produced by the large oak and pecan trees in my yard.
Sorry I don't have a picture of the house when it was painted a solid green.  

This is how the house looks today.

Now I had just spent a pretty penny on having a professional painter to paint this house.  So I had to come up with a very inexpensive way to paint the house a lighter color and I needed to paint this house myself.  I wanted the brick to look like it had chippy paint that had weathered many years.

So I purchased a 50 pound bag of Hydrated Lime from Lowes for around $8.00.  
I  made a slurry out of the lime and water in a 5 gallon bucket.  The
slurry was about the consistency of lumpy pancake batter.  If you
want the mixture to be thicker and have a chippy look add less water.
Sorry I didn't measure just mixed my concoction.  I used about 2/3's
of the bag of lime for the whole project. 

Now you're ready to start painting on the lime mixture.  Use a large 3"-4"
paint brush.  If you mixed a thin mixture and want a washed look
apply the mixture going with the grain of the brick.  If you made a thicker
mixture and want a chippy look apply the mixture in a criss cross fashion.
I practiced this technique with the thick mixture on the back of the house seen in the picture above.  After the mixture dried I sprayed the brick using a hose end sprayer to chip off
some of the lime mixture.

Not sure I liked the chippy look I mixed in more water to the lime mixture and
applied it going with the grain of the brick.  I did not spritz with the hose.
I decided I liked this technique better and continued to paint the rest of the house.

Lime washing a house doesn't take a lot of skill or time because the mixture is thin,
 flows and sticks easily to the brick.  To allow the green paint to show through 
the wash I sanded off some of the thin lime wash with a dry SOS pad.  Yes I
used a SOS pad not steel wool.  Steel wool was to abrasive.

Lime washing the house allowed the house to be a bright background to
 the colorful plants in the yard.

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~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® ~ How to Store and Use Leftover Paint ~

Sometimes you will have leftover Chalk Paint® no matter the size of your painting project.
You will probably want to keep the leftover paint for future projects or for touch-ups.
Not everyone wants to store leftover paint in their house but extreme temperature changes can wreak havoc on your leftover Chalk Paint® and other paints!

~ Annie Sloan's Painter in Residence ~

Agnieszka Krawczyk is one of Annie Sloan's Painter in Residence.

This is what Annie's says about her "Painters in Residence" artist program. 

 "My 'Painters in Residence' runs on a three-month cycle giving three artists three months in which to explore the ‘what ifs?’ and ‘why nots?’ of using Chalk Paint and other Annie Sloan products."

Agnieszka used Chalk Paint® colors Provence, Pure, Old White, Napoleonic Blue, Antoinette, Louis Blue and Antibes Green on the outside of the chest.  By layering one color on top of the other she created a blend of colors and great texture. Some of her colors came straight 
out of the pot and others she mixed. As soon as the paint was dry she used a scraper, 
sandpaper and putty knife to begin chipping in to the paint. 

Here is another piece painted by Agnieszka in Chalk Paint®colors Florence and Graphite.

You can see Annie's Painter's in Residence pictures and read about each artist
on Annie Sloan Paint and Colour Blog

~all pictures taken from Annie's Blog~

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~ Lady Butterbug's Garden Featured in Country Sampler Magazine ~

Our garden is being featured in this April/May Country Sampler Magazine.

Stylist Fifi ONeill and photographer Mark Lohman visited our house last June
taking many pictures of our garden and home.

I hope you will visit a Lady Butterbug shop and purchase a magazine
and take a walk through our garden.

Fifi's new book Praire-Style Weddings is available for purchase.  Fifi will be at
our McKinney Lady Butterbug Shoppe in June for a book signing.

Steve and I are looking forward to her visit.

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~ Muscari Blue Hyacinths Blooming in Texas ~


Muscari is one of the first bloomers in my Texas yard.
Really Lenten Rose is the very first plant to bloom its soft pink flower
and the daffodils are blooming too.


Plant Muscari bulbs inside to add SPRING to your house.

I wonder if you're looking forward to SPRING as much as I am.

My garden will be featured in Country Sampler Magazine
in the upcoming April/May issue.

~ Annie Sloan and her Chalk Paint® in Magazines ~

There are seven  magazines on the 
US newsstands this month featuring
 Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan!

 picture via Artisans by Design

Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint® is celebrating 25 years!!!

~ Congratulations Annie for your continued success ~

~ Chalk Paint® Free Cabinet Deminar via Lady Butterbug ~

We hope you have an opportunity to join us for this FREE
fun cabinet deminar event!

~ No reservations needed ~

~ How to Turn Annie Sloan's Dark Wax into a Glaze ~

I love the lines of this desk.  
It is a well constructed piece with great hardware.

This is the perfect piece for me to try my
 hand at mixing a Dark Soft Wax glaze and Silver Gilding Wax.

I decided to leave the top stained but it needed Annie's Clear Soft Wax 
to bring back its luster.
I applied a thin layer of Clear Wax with my Premium Wax Brush,
allowed the wax to dry overnight and polished using a soft rag.

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is 25 ~

Here is what Annie says about her Chalk Paint®

Exactly 25 years ago, a chance meeting in Holland 
led me to create a new kind of decorative paint. 
I called it Chalk Paint® because of its velvety matt finish. 
I had dreamed of making this paint for many years and, 
in 1990, that dream finally became a reality.
 Now my paint is sold in over 1,250 shops
 and loved by millions around the world. 
And Chalk Paint® has come to mean so much more than paint — 
it represents integrity, heritage and a 
wonderful community of like-minded people. 
 Chalk Paint® is Annie Sloan paint! 
Steve and I are very proud to be Stockists 
for Annie's wonderful paint and products.

Stop by ladybutterbug.com to purchase paint 
and for our shop locations and hours in the Dallas area

~Annie Sloan Book Giveaway~

I'm happy to team with Oh So ShAbBy By Debbie Reynolds 
and offer you a chance to win 
Annie's wonderful book "Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More"! 

 To purchase Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and 
Artisan Enhancement® products 
please visit my website here: http://ladybutterbug.com/catalog.htm

~ How I Limewashed the Exterior of My House for Under $10.00 ~

We live in the historic district of McKinney in a 60 year old ranch style house.
 A few years ago I lime-washed our green painted brick to give it a lighter look.
Our lot is filled with trees creating a dark shaded yard. Well when I initially
painted the original ugly reddish orange brick green I didn't realize
 the green brick would fade into the shaded green landscaping.
 So I decided to lighten the house by white lime-washing the brick.
This solved the problem.

There are many ways to lime-wash a house but this is the method I used. 
I purchased a 30 pound bag of lime from a big box store at the cost of around $7.00. 
 I mixed about 2 parts lime to 1 part water in a 5 gallon bucket...
about the consistency of pancake batter.
I painted on the lime-wash mixture over the painted green brick in a 
random pattern allowing some of the green brick to show through. 
If you want the lime-wash to be chippy looking add more lime
to the mixture.

After the lime-wash dried I took a SOS pad and sanded off
some of the lime-wash where I wanted more green to show through.
Lime-washing is a very fast project and it only cost me $7.00 for the whole house.
This is a very easy do-it-yourself process.
The lime-wash on our house is four years old and still looks great.
I hope you enjoy your lime-wash project!

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