Angie is the lucky winner of the ASCP Holiday Giveaway from
Lady Butterbug!

We would like to thank the over 400 people who entered for a chance to win! all are wonderful!


Angie will automatically go into the prize draw for a $350 gift card from
Annie Sloan Unfolded which can be used for a credit on the
Annie Sloan American Tour registration in March and April 2012
or $350 worth of product. 

~ Chalk It Up Stenciled Floor ~

The master bedroom floor started out a mess.  
The previous owner utilized a wheelchair and the chair was very 
hard on the floor finish plus there was water damage.  
I decided not to refinish because of the dust and cost. 

Before Floor

So I limed washed the floor with Chalk Paint™ Old White.  
I wanted a heavier painted look so I opted to paint 
with a can of flat paint I had in the paint cupboard.  
You can see that the paint has a pink cast to it...not sure of the paint name.

Painted Stenciled Floor With Chalk Paint™

Next I painted in the stenciled area with Chalk Paint™  Pure White
...I love this color...

Sponged on two coats of Annie Sloan's Floor Lacquer.
I just love the finished floor!!!

Such an easy and quick project thanks to Chalk Paint™ priming or sanding!!!

~ Annie Sloan Chair Redo ~

I can remember as a child Mom and Dad hiring an interior decorator. 
They purchased two chairs and had them covered in this beautiful golden velvet.  
I fortunately received the chairs when my parents moved into an senior community.

Before Chair

The upholstery is still in great shape and I love  the color.  
I wanted to paint the wood in Chalk Paint™ Old White without ruining the fabric.  
So I taped off the upholstery with the trusty blue painter's tape
How to Tape Chair

I painted two coats of the Old White, clear waxed, distressed, and clear waxed again. 
Next I took off the blue tape and not a drop or smear of paint anywhere.
I buffed with a soft rag....

...I just love the new look.

Chalk Paint™ Painted Chair

Watch out second're next!

Chalk Paint™ Painted Chair

What a simple and inexpensive way to
paint a chair without messing up the upholstery!!!

Maybe you noticed the stenciled floor...I will post about how I achieved this look soon.

~So Easy Slipcover ~

I wanted to make a slipcover for this French chair so the wood trim would show.
I used tissue paper to make a pattern,
cut out the duck fabric, and started sewing.
  A tuck here and there and the slipcover fit.

Chair Slipcover

I used Velcro to connect the arm sleeves and made support straps 
out of the fabric to hold the slipcover in place.

Remember to pre-wash the fabric before sewing.

Chair Slipcover

Now the room is looking lighter with the light color slipcover!!!

Chair Slipcover

So easy!!!

Reserve Your Spots Now for the November & December Chalk Paint Workshops

You may never have more fun than this again!!!

See...I told you!!!

~ Annie Sloan Pure White Dresser ~

I'm so excited to be updating the master bedroom.  
I completed Mr. Sweetie's dresser this afternoon in 
Annie Sloan's new color Pure White.

Chalk Paint™ Painted Dresser

I love the Pure White on this dresser.  
Just two coats of paint and a thin coat of clear wax.  So easy and fast!!!

Chalk Paint™ Painted Dresser

I decided to leave the hardware alone...just took it off during painting.  
The key holes I painted and sanded when dry.

Chalk Paint™ Pure White Dresser

My dresser that I painted in Louis Blue and Old White
needed something spiffy on the drawers

I stenciled an agapanthis leaf arch and crown with gold Gilding Wax.  
I just love the look!!!

I'm painting two wood frame French chairs with beautiful gold velvet fabric.  
My Mom gave me these chairs and I love the fabric but want to 
Frenchy the wood with Old White and clear wax.
I will do a tutorial soon on how to paint around fabric without ruining it.

Check this Out...Finally....

New High Quality Wax Brushes at New Lower Prices!
Now available in 2" and the New 1 1/2" sizes! 
You will love these smaller brushes ~ especially for applying Dark Wax! 

Quality Wax Brushes for Sale

Visit Lady Butterbug for all the details and Other Surprises!

~ Chalk One Up For Annie Sloan's Furniture Paint ~

On Saturday, August 27th, 
the Dallas Morning News featured an article about 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 
in the 
"Do It Yourself" 
section of the newspaper.
The article was written by Jamie Knodel.

Our new customers are so excited about the paint!!!
Workshops are filling up fast with eager to learn participants!

~ Hydrangea Wreath ~

I hope you are having a terrific Monday.
Teachers and students started back to school today in Texas.
I'm enjoying my retirement from teaching...this is my first year!!!

I have been drying hydrangea flowers from my garden..
finally had enough dried to make two wreaths.

~Hydrangea Wreath~

One hung from the china hutch key...

~Hydrangea Wreath~

...and the other displayed on the dough board with my vintage oil jar collection.

~Hydrangea Wreath~

~ Stenciled Lampshade ~

Happy Friday!
I wanted to show you a lampshade I made... ruffled
with tissue linen purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.   .

Stenciled Lampshade

I stenciled the lampshade using a portion of our wedding stencil 
that Maison de Stencils designed and made for us.
I stenciled with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™...Graphite.

Stenciled Lampshade In Chalk Paint™

I love the contrast of the shabby lampshade and the lucite lamp.

Stenciled Lampshade

Oh... I sell stencils and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
at My Favorite Room in Historic Downtown McKinney.

~ Floors Limed Washed with Chalk Paint® ~

Being a stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® decorative paint...I get 
several questions about how to lime wash hardwood floors. 
So I decided to lime wash my back hallway floor. 
Here is a before picture of the hallway with dark stenciled walls and the stained oak floor.

Before Floor

To prepare the floor for paint I vacuumed and mopped.
To lime wash the oak floor I mixed 1 cup Old White with 1 cup water to make the wash.  
I applied the wash with a small sponge roller and wiped off the excess with a cotton rag.

Limed Wash Floor with Chalk Paint®

I let this dry...this doesn't take long with Annie's Chalk Paint®
and applied a second coat using the same technique as the first coat.

Limed Washed Floor with Chalk Paint™

I want an imperfect worn look to the floor... it had been walked on for years and the paint was worn off in places.

Limed Washed Floor with Chalk Paint®

I allowed the floor to dry about half an hour.
Next I sealed the floor with Annie Sloan's Lacquer for floors.

Limed Washed Floor

This is the completed floor and the frechly painted walls.

Limed Washed Floor

Limed Washed Floor with Chalk Paint®

                                    I hope you like the finished look of the hallway and floor.
The floor project took about two hours to complete
and I used about 1/3 of a quart of paint.

The hallway is 4' wide by 11' long.

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Doors ~

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ came to the rescue again...
...I painted "eight" bedroom and closet doors in Chalk Paint™. 

All the doors were painted in oil base paint ... 
...Chalk Paint™ is the answer to painting
over the oil paint with no priming or sanding.
I gave both sides of eight doors two coats each
and only used 1 1/2 quarts of Old White.

The doors are very plain so we're adding glass knobs
as we can find them at a decent price.


~ Quilt Slipcover Chair ~

I wanted to change the look of this wing chair
by making a slipcover with a vintage quilt.

Before Chair

This is the vintage quilt I had draped over the chair for a long time.
I bought this quilt top several years ago...added the backing and machine quilted.

Checking for enough fabric

I painted the legs with Chalk Paint™...Old White.



Here is the finished slipcover.
The chair didn't have a cushion so I made one out of cotton linen...down filled.

Finished Chair

Side view of slipcover

I used the binding edge of the quilt for the edge of the easy.

Finished back

What do you think?

Now the couch is the next slipcover project.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to slipcover a couch?

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshops ~

Workshops are so much fun!  
You will learn multiple techniques using the most amazing paint in the world.

By the end of the class you will be inspired to transform those 
old brown pieces of furniture into amazing pieces you can be proud of.

Visit Lady Butterbug and sign up to join in on the fun and take advantage 
of the specials available only to class members.  

Hope to see you soon ~ Karla

~ Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets ~

I hope you're having a great Wednesday.
  The painting of our kitchen cabinets is done.

The cabinets are painted in Old White using a stencil from Maison de Stencils painted in Graphite
 Laura made this stencil especially for us of our wedding date of March 25th
We sell Maison de Stencils at Smitten on the Square in Downtown McKinney.

This cabinet painting project was especially easy using
Chalk Paint and one coat of clear wax.

I hope you love this look as much as I do!!!

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