~ Chalk Paint Workshops ~

Wow...we have such a good time in the workshops!
I love meeting new people and seeing them enjoy Annie's paints!

Check the workshop calendar on ladybutterbug.com for future workshops.

Also check the calendar for upcoming "Make and Take" workshops and "Deminars"
I will be holding in the McKinney area.

I promise when you leave you're going to want to paint
 that old brown piece of furniture and make it that
special piece you have always wanted!

~ Mr. Sweetie's Table ~

This is the table that Mr. Sweetie built last summer that I finally finished painting today.
Duck Egg Blue and Old White with a little dry brushing of Provence.

Mr. Riddle, the local metal shop man, created the top out of galvanized metal...only $75.00.
The legs are old corbels I purchased in Round Top a couple of years ago.  Mr. Sweetie cut the corbels down to table height...added a little trim on the ends and salvaged bead board on the sides...
and presto you have a table.

Oh I forgot, the top is 3/4" plywood under the metal.

I've been wanting to set the table since last year.  So since I finished painting it today, I will show you two table settings.  Of course I decide to do this staging in 100 degree weather!

Blue and red enamelware is the first table setting.

I used a galvanized roofing crown as part of the center piece...not a very good picture.

For the second setting I used my Grandmother's dishes that my Mom gave me.  
They are marked Victory by Salem China Co., Salem Ohio.  
Does anyone know anything about these dishes?  

As you can tell from my pictures...I'm still learning about my new camera.
Oh well I will keep trying!

~ Chalk Paint Spindle Table ~

This is a spindle table that has a center leaf...

maybe a handmade table

The top is Old White
Bottom is Duck Egg Blue

Clear and dark waxes

Some of the many layers of paint show through

~ Chalk Paint Coffee Table ~

I love this coffee table with the marble insert and Frenchy cabriole legs.

This piece had some water damage on the side.

The chalk paint covered this easily with no preparation.

that is right...no sanding or priming!

I painted the first coat with Old Ochre Chalk Paint

and dry brushed Old White for the second coat.

Put on clear wax first before distressing.
I used steel wool, sandpaper and a scraping tool to distress.
The clear wax is best to use before distressing to keep down the dust 
and the wax helps you to know where to distress.

I brushed on dark wax ,using a circular motion,to some
of the indented spots and scraped areas.
I love the way the dark wax gives a lustrous vintage look to furniture.

End with clear wax and buff when dry.

An easy one hour project including drying time!

~ School House Cabinet ~

This is a school cabinet that I found at a garage sale for $50.00.

It sits in my Chalk Paint stockist room...so I wanted to use many painting techniques.

The cabinet is painted in Paris Grey and Old White.

I used a grain sack stencil...very important to use a long level to center stencil when both doors are not level.

You can purchase great stencils at Maison de Stencils.

Use a torpedo level to level the top of the stencil.

I used Graphite for the stencil

I mixed Old White with the Clear Wax...waxed over the Paris Grey.
Scraped, sanded and used steel wool to distress all over the cabinet.
Waxed the cabinet doors with Dark Wax and wiped away the excess wax.
Next ...waxed over the stencil with the Old White wax mixture and distressed some more.  

Today I will buff the cabinet to give a lustrous look.

What do you  think?  Do you like it?

~ Cabriole Legs with Chalk Paint ~

I love this chair with its cabriole legs

It is covered with a leopard print and has a needlepoint center

I painted right over the original paint with Old White Chalk Paint

Applied Annie's Clear & Dark Wax

Then Mr. Sweetie said it needed something

So I highlighted with Rub 'n Buff Gold Leaf

AND...I just love it!!!! 

It looks really pretty with the brown transferware and vintage picture

~ Summer Mantel ~

Fresh mantel look for summer

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