February 24, 2015

~ 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 ~

February 7, 2015

~ 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 ~

February 5, 2015

~ Chalk Paint® Graphite and Dark Wax Glaze Desk ~

I love the lines of this desk.  
It is a well made 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.

Before I started painting I used blue painter's tape to tape off
the drawers and top. 
For drawers or doors that fit into an exact opening it is important to
not add too much paint to the sides.  
If too much paint is added the drawers will not
 slide into the opening and the doors will not close.

Using blue tape on the inside of the drawers keeps the drawers looking clean.

Next I painted two coats of Annie's beautiful slate color...Graphite.
I wanted a smooth painted look so I used Annie's pure bristle paint brush
and straight line painted following the wood grain.
Painted one coat allowing to dry for one hour and painted the second coat
of Graphite.

When waxing and glazing a piece this size it is best to wax in sections.
Take the drawers out and wax the front frame first, sides next, and drawers last.
Remember the top has already been clear waxed before the painting began.

I applied the Clear Soft Wax first followed by a 
Dark Soft Wax glaze with Silver Gilding Wax.

To make the glaze I mixed 3 tablespoons of Dark Soft Wax,
3 tablespoons mineral spirits, and 1 tablespoon Silver Gilding Wax.
I mixed this glaze in a nacho boat and didn't totally
mix the Gilding Wax into the mixture.  You can see clumps of the Gilding Wax
in the picture.  I did this so I would have imperfect amounts of the silver on my
brush as I painted on the glaze. 

 Now the creative fun begins....the waxing and glazing!

Using a Premium wax brush I Clear Waxed 
the desk front and while the wax was damp I painted
on the glaze using a paint brush.  Apply the glaze following the direction
of the wood grain.  You should create a striated look with veins of silver
running through the glaze.  This is a very imperfect look.

I painted and glazed the hardware too.  Next Clear Wax each side
and paint on the glaze.  Insert the drawers into the desk, Clear Wax,
and paint on glaze.  Make sure all the drawers have a similar glazed look.
Allow the glaze to dry overnight
and polish with a soft rag.


This desk is showcased at our 
                                                    McKinney Lady Butterbug Shoppe.
We have more oohs and ahhs over this piece than any other
piece of furniture in our shoppe.

Thanks for spending time with me.
I had so much fun with this waxing/glazing technique.
Please feel free to ask me questions.  For information about Annie's
Chalk Paint® visit our website Lady Butterbug
and read the FAQ's at the top of the page.

February 3, 2015

~ 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

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
I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures ~ Karla