~ Arbor Built with Architectural Finds ~


I don't know about you but I love vintage architectural pieces.and I especially love
the hunt to find them.  Vintage pieces are getting harder to find and they are getting very pricey.
 

The idea for this huge arbor has been dancing around in my head for some time.
I can explain my ideas to James Baxter, carpenter extraordinaire, and
he builds what my heart desires.  James gets me!!!

I wanted a beefy sturdy arbor embellished with my salvaged
architectural pieces that had been stashed in the garage. 

My husband has one side of the garage for his fishing stuff and tools
and I have one side of the garage for my treasures...which are many...hahaha!

So I used plinths, gingerbread, corner pieces, corbels, spindles, cool screens,
and a old Mexican light fixture from my Dad's stash.  Yes my Dad is 89 years old and he
has stashes too.  I guess the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.

The arbor itself is built out of treated lumber and cedar.




This arbor is located in my Secret Garden under multiple trees providing a
lot of shade. You can see the arbor in the background.
 Asparagus ferns, Begonias, Creeping Jenny, and Mini Petunias are so
happy in this calm shaded space.

I used thick flagstone for the flooring and vintage cast iron seating
which I have collected through the years.


The mantel over the settee is made from a vintage dresser mirror frame and two
salvaged wood pieces nailed together for the ledge.  The Ball jars, round table bases, 
mantel, and the lamp parts used as plant holders are all painted in
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® which I distribute in the Dallas area...locations in McKinney,
Plano, and Grapevine.
Annie's Chalk Paint® is an excellent paint to use in the garden...no need to wax...
just the paint.

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~ Stylish Dresser Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® ~


This beautiful Michael Amini dresser was restyled by my Lady Butterbug customer LORI SHARP 

Lori shares with us why she decided to paint this wonderful piece.

"The bedroom furniture was bought about 6 years ago and the maker is Michael Amini ~ 
original furniture designs.  
It has natural marble insets in the piece so Annie's Graphite was a perfect color choice. 
 I bought a condo in Florida and thought the pieces would be to heavy in the color I bought them 
so I decided to take your class and see if I could do the 
technique and keep my bedroom furniture since I loved it so much!  
Now it will be beautiful sitting on beach wood floors!"


Here are the steps LORI followed:

1.) applied color Graphite - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® - let paint dry
2.) applied a wash of color Coco - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® - rubbing some paint off with a damp lint free cloth
3.) applied a wash of color Old White - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® - rubbing some paint off with a damp lint free          cloth 
4.) applied Annie's Soft Clear Wax using a Premium Wax Brush
5.) while Clear Wax is still wet apply small amounts of Annie's Soft Dark Wax using a Premium Wax Brush
6.) allow the waxes to dry overnight and buff with a lint free cloth to create a lustrous look
7.) apply small amount of metallic Gilding Wax if desired


 I wish to thank Lori for sharing her wonderful project pictures and
steps she used!

Order all your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® supplies HERE from Lady Butterbug online sales.
Very low shipping cost!

Project Supply List:
Annie's colors Graphite, Coco, and Old White
Annie's Soft Clear and Dark Waxes
200 grit sandpaper
Blue shop towels (these are lint free; perfect for dabbing off paint)
Dropcloth and blue painter's tape





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~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Painted Fireplace Brick Surround ~


This fireplace surround was painted by my Lady Butterbug customer Dawn Rochelle.  
wanting to change the look of her red fireplace surround 
to a softer white.  
I explained to Dawn the steps and Chalk Paint® colors I used when painting 
my brick hearth and she liked the idea.  
You can find the steps I used HERE.


Dawn explained the steps she used to create her look using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.

 "First I painted the entire fireplace in color Coco (grout included).
 Then I dry brushed both colors Old White and Pure White onto the Coco giving it an uneven colorization. I tried to focus on the areas that naturally held more color. 
 After that I used a very course sandpaper to sand the entire brick surround 
 focusing on the areas that naturally took more paint off; or gave an interesting pattern.
 It led me...more than I led it as far as pattern and proximity of color. 
 We are actually still sanding every now and then as different lighting 
 can lead you to continue to perfect the look."


Dawn really likes how the new Chalk Paint® colors brightened the room.  
She emailed me these pictures and was so delighted I had helped her with this project.  
No need to wax a fireplace surround or use a topcoat product since the Chalk Paint® 
soaks into the bricks and once cured gives you a very durable finish.


Thank you Dawn for sharing your pictures and painting steps!

Order all your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® supplies HERE from Lady Butterbug online sales.
Very low shipping cost!

Project Supply List:
Annie's colors Coco, Old White, and Pure White (sample pot of each)
200 grit sandpaper
Blue shop towels (these are lint free; perfect for dabbing off paint)
Dropcloth and blue painter's tape
Vacuum for cleanup of dust from sanding paint




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~ Lady Butterbug Garden on Front Cover of Flea Market Outdoor Magazine ~


I am so excited my garden made the front cover of Flea Market Outdoor magazine.

~ March 2016 magazine on display now ~


Fifi O'Neill was the stylist and Mark Lohman was the photographer.
Fifi and Mark are so much fun to work with and be around.
They act like an old married couple but they are not married to each other.
They just spend a lot of time together taking pictures of beautiful houses
and gardens across the country.  I want to tell you these two work!!!


This garden adventure began in 2006 when I purchased a 1952 ranch style house surrounded by huge 
shade trees where no grass would grow.  
So I turned the yard into a flower garden with brick walkways, a few sitting areas, a garden shed 
and filled the garden with vintage finds and many many plants.


My husband Steve and I did our first garden project together in 2010.
We built the brick patio in the picture above...1500 bricks.
 It was a true test of how we would work together. Steve found out I'm
not the perfectionist that he is.
We met in 2009 and married in March of 2011.  Now we
work together in our Lady Butterbug home decor business being stockists
for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in McKinney, Plano, and Grapevine areas.

Many pieces in the garden are painted in Annie Sloan paint.
 Pots, greenhouse door and concrete foundation,
metal pieces, glider and metal chairs, fireplace mantel,
and corbel table.  No need to seal the paint
and no sanding, priming, or stripping
before painting.

I hope you will purchase a magazine and take a peek!!!

 




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~ Chalk Paint® Dresser with Scumble Glaze



My friend, Sharon, called me about purchasing this dresser before her garage sale.  I'm sure glad she did because it is a well constructed dresser...very heavy to move.  I wanted to
accent all the carved details so I decided to use Artisan Enhancement® Scumble Glaze,
 Chalk Paint® paint colors French Linen and Old White, and Annie's
Soft Clear Wax.


Of course when I decide to paint a furniture piece I make a few upfront decisions.  Such as:
1. color/colors
2. painting technique
3. will I leave the top stained or paint it
4. what to do with the hardware - paint, new, metallic finish, leave as is  
                                                                      5. wax finishes


Supplies/Products needed to complete this project
Chalk Paint® colors French Linen and Old White
Artisan Enhancement® Scumble Glaze
Annie's natural bristle paint brush
Annie's Soft Clear Wax
Premium Wax Brush
Blue shop towels
Paint trays
Blue painter's tape


I usually apply two coats of Chalk Paint®...French Linen is the color I used here.
The best temperatures to paint are between 55-85 degrees...this includes 
nighttime temps. For example if you're painting outside
with daytime temp of 60 degrees but it will get down
to 35 degrees at night this low temp will affect the curing time.
So I like to paint inside in a climate controlled environment which helps
the paint and wax to cure correctly.
Just put an old sheet or drop cloth under the piece to save the floor.


Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan dries very quickly...so apply the first coat with Annie's natural bristle
brush.  Allow the first coat to dry about 30-45 minutes and apply the second coat.  If you don't have time to apply the second coat until the next day it doesn't matter.


Now you're ready for Artisan Enhancement® Scumble Glaze.  
Scumble glaze is a clear glaze that you add to Chalk Paint® (any color) creating a mixture 
that you paint on and wipe off with a lint free rag. Scumble glaze is a clear extender that keeps the Chalk Paint® open so you have enough time to maneuver the paint 
to get the look you want. I like to use blue shop towels 
as my rags because they are absorbent and lint free and fairly inexpensive. 
Artisan Enhancement® Scumble and other AE products can be purchased 
at my online shop and also at my Lady Butterbug shops in
Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, and McKinney.


                                    Here I have mixed 2 parts Scumble with 1 part paint...
I used color Old White but you can use any color of Chalk Paint® to make a glaze.
To measure this mixture use dry measuring cups and a rubber scraper.
The rubber scraper helps to get all the Scumble and paint out of the measuring cup.
For this dresser I mixed 8 ozs.of Scumble with 4 ozs. of Old White....2/1 parts.


Paint on the Scumble mixture with Annie's natural bristle brush 
and immediately wipe off the mixture with a blue shop towel.  Keep turning
the blue shop towel to a clean spot to pull off the glaze.  You might
practice this technique on a sample board before attacking your
furniture piece.  This is not a difficult technique but you might
practice first to see how much glaze to take off or leave on for
the look you want.


I wanted the glaze to remain in the grooves so I lightly
wiped off the glaze allowing it to stay in 
the grooves.


As you can see in the picture I blue taped the sides of the drawers.  The drawers fit tightly into the drawer openings so I didn't want to add thickness to the sides with paint and wax as the drawers would not slide into the openings.  Please make sure you check to see how much clearance you have before you start painting.  I have painted the sides of drawers before and when finished the drawers would no longer slide into the openings and I had to sand the paint off...what a mess...
don't let this happen to you.


This dresser has two tops which I wanted to leave stained.  So I blue taped off the
edges of the tops to keep the paint off of them.


There are so many finishes to use on hardware.  Choices might be
Chalk Paint®, metallic finishes like Gilding Wax and Pearl Plaster (an Artisan Enhancement® product), leave as is, or purchase new or vintage hardware.  I decided to
paint the original hardware with Pearl Plaster.  PP will stick to most surface
materials such as metal and wood.  I painted on two coats allowing to dry between 
coats.  Put the hardware back in place and use Annie's  Clear Wax when you wax the dresser.


                 After the Scumble Glaze is dry apply a coat of Annie's Clear Wax.  Allow the wax
                    to dry overnight or 24 hours and buff with a soft lint free rag.  Now stand back
                                       and admire your creative work.  I just love this look!!!






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~ Artisan Enhancement Crackle Tex Clock ~




I have a thing for anything Gustavian/Swedish style.
The Swedish Mora clock is one of my favorite shaped clocks...
                        ...did I tell you I like clocks too.

           This clock is black...
                                           ...butttttt I prefer WHITE...

.....soooo you guessed it   ~   color Old White to the rescue.  Of course Old White is
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®


 I also wanted to add a lot of texture to this Mora clock so...
                                                    
              I used Artisan Enhancement® Crackle Tex to achieve the crackle chippy look I desired.

         Let me share with you how to achieve this chippy crackle look.

Needed supplies:

Annie Sloan® Small or Medium Pure Bristle Paint Brush (this is the best paint brush in the world!)
Old White Chalk Paint®
Artisan Enhancement® Crackle Tex
Sea wool sponge (must use this type sponge...do not go cheap on me here)



The first step is to liberally apply the AE Crackle Tex over your base color.  I left the original black color because I want a little of the black to show through.
             ....Now don't be shy with the Crackle Tex...apply it thickly!!!


                                       The Crackle Tex goes on white but will dry clear....


The Crackle Tex will dry in about two hours depending on the thickness.  If you don't have time to     continue to the next step until the next day that is okay.


For the next step you will need the Old White Chalk Paint®, Annie's small bristle paint brush and the sea wool sponge.  Liberally apply the Old White over the dry Crackle Tex....work one small section at a time. 


                              See how liberally I applied the paint?  You need a lot of paint so you will
                     have a chippy crackle look.


                                   Allow the paint to start drying but not all the way dry!
Take the DAMP sea wool sponge and press the sponge against the paint, slightly twist the sponge and pull up.  Reverse the twisting motion in the opposite direction and create the look you want.  If you press too hard the base color will come through too much.


Now go on to the next section, apply the paint, let it dry a bit, create your look with the sponge, and    continue until your entire project is complete.

I worked in small sections so the paint would not fully dry.  
Here is the order in which I painted the clock:
one side, top, other side, face rim, and front. 
Rinse your sponge out with water between sections.


                                                       I love this chippy crackle look...

                                                             ...I hope you do too!!!


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 to purchase Chalk Paint® and Artisan Enhancement® products.

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