November 27, 2014

~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


November 19, 2014

~ How to Limewash a Brick House ~

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!




November 5, 2014

~Celebrating A World Wide Event~ #AnnieSloanLate


Please join us at the Lady Butterbug Shoppe in McKinney 
as we celebrate 
an event hosted by Annie's Stockists around the world! 

Join Steve and I on Fri. Nov. 21st from 6pm-9pm.
Refreshments and drawings for gift baskets of goodies.

A portion of our sales will benefit 
The Samaritan Inn of McKinney, Texas


July 10, 2014

~ The Unfitted Kitchen ~



The unfitted kitchen features freestanding, furniture like-cabinetry, 
often paired with handcrafted items or 
repurposed flea-market finds to create a highly personal look.

 My last three kitchens, unknown to me, have been unfitted kitchens.
I only recently read the description of an unfitted kitchen and
realized this style is what I'm drawn too.  
My present kitchen has
three furniture pieces used for cabinets, upper cabinets
doors slide like the old
country store cabinets, has a 1920's freestanding
stove, wood floors, and counter-tops made of copper, wood, and marble.

Several movies have featured unfitted kitchens.
 Movie: The Holiday

Movie: It's Complicated

Movie: Baby Boom

Movie: Julia & Julia

Movie: Sleepless in Seattle

Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun

In an unfitted kitchen pieces often can be
approached from more than one direction.  Various vintage
pieces are used as an island or table.  Farmhouse sinks are also used; or
sinks set into a vintage piece.  Stoves can be freestanding.
Sometimes there are no upper cabinets but open shelves
and windows all around the sink area.
To see French inspired unfitted kitchens visit Cote De Texas
Here
I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures ~ Karla



  

June 22, 2014

~ Lane Cedar Chest Updated with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan ~


Kelly Hayes came into my Lady Butterbug Shoppe 
in historic McKinney to purchase paint and wax 
to update this 1970's Lane Cedar Chest.

Kelly layered Chalk Paint® colors Coco and French Linen.
Next a tiny bit of color Old White.

 Touches of colors Coco and Graphite painted on the accent areas came next.
Kelly finished the piece with Annie's Clear and Dark Waxes.

This rare find includes the original tags and key.

Kelly's painted projects can be seen HERE
 Stop by Antique Co. Mall in historic downtown McKinney where Kelly has
a space where she sells her painted furniture.

June 4, 2014

~Fifi O'Neill and Mark Lohman Visiting Our House This Weekend~

Magazine editor, author and blogger Fifi O'Neill
 and photographer Mark Lohman 
will be doing a photo shoot of our 
home, garden, and Lady Butterbug Shoppe this weekend.
 

Fifi is the magazine editor of two magazines...
Romantic Prairie Style

 and the new magazine 
French Country Style.
  
She is also the author of Romantic Prairie Style.

Her blog is called Chez Fifi and can be found HERE

Mark Lohman, a California photographer, takes 
wonderfully creative pictures of home interiors, 
gardens, architecture and travel for books and magazines.

Steve and I are looking forward to their visit this weekend.  
We will share some pictures of their visit.