~ Beautifully Painted Armoire ~

Beautifully painted armoire located by Debbie Dion Hayes
of Annie Sloan Unfolded
  in the French Quarters

I don't know if this is Chalk Paint®...similar to Louis Blue and Old White

~just beautiful~

~ Lime Wash with Chalk Paint® ~

To duplicate the look of this dresser...make a lime wash.

 Take one of the 30 colors of Chalk Paint® and 
dilute with 30-50% water to make a lime wash. 
 Brush lime wash on your piece of furniture or floor...
wipe off extra wash with a rag. 
Seal with Annie Sloan Soft Wax, 
Annie's Floor Lacquer 
or Artisan's Clear Topcoat.

picture credit to Chantal Nijhof

~ Chalk Paint™ and Pearl Plaster ~

Dresser painted in Graphite Chalk Paint™ 
Next dry brushed with Pearl Plaster by Artisan Enhancements™. 
Then wax with Annie Sloan's dark wax.  

Notice how the Graphite looks like two different colors. 

Michelle Delgado was going for a Restoration Hardware look she had seen.

You can purchase all Chalk Paint™ and Artisan Enhancement products
at my four locations listed on the right side of this blog.

contact me at lady.butterbug@yahoo.com if you have questions

~ How to Care for Painted Furniture ~

                                  Caring for Your Painted Furniture

Please treat your newly finished piece of furniture as you would a fine fabric or antique - with respect!
You will continue to enjoy the look and feel of your finely finished furniture for years to come.
·         All water-based and oil-based furniture finishes need 21 - 28 days to cure (or even longer if there are several layers of wax); treat it with care during this period and avoid excess handling.
·          Do not place water glasses, sharp or scratchy objects on it.
·          When cleaning, use a soft dry cloth.
·          To obtain best results when removing unwanted stains, use a slightly damp cloth or   chamois with mild soap and water; do not use any abrasive products or tools.
·          Avoid all contact with liquid furniture polishes and spray polishes.
·          Avoid excessive water; wax is by nature water resistant but will spot if not wiped immediately.
·          Use place-mats and coasters on tabletops.
·          Wax is alcohol soluble and should not be used in bar areas.
·          A moderate climate is best; avoid extreme heat or air-conditioning, as well as excessive moisture or dryness.
I hope this gives you some tips on taking care of your painted furniture! 

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~ Our Chalk Paint™ House ~

Arbor on the north side of our house

Front windows decorated with fresh garland and bows

 Front door area

The shutters and front door are painted in
Chalk Paint™ decorative paint...

~Front door painted in Provence and Old White~
~Shutters painted in Duck Egg, Olive,Country Grey and Old White~

~ More Christmas Decorations ~

More Christmas Decorations from Country Living

Glenn Holley's Virginia Home

Texas Hill Country Home

Kevin Reiner's Ohio Home

Lisa and Dan Tiemann's Chicago Home

Montreal home of Rollande Vachon

New York home yuletide reverie

More to come soon!

~ Christmas Decorations ~

...Christmas Decorations in Country Living Magazine...

~ Enjoy ~

1777 home in Connecticut

1815 Cape-Style Cottage

1890's New York City

Blue-white Christmas

Southern Style in Alabama...Billy Reid

Chicago Suburban

Connecticut home of Frank & Andra Collica

Folk Art mountain home in Vermont

~ Artisan Enhancement Products at Lady Butterbug ~

Elevate your painting style with

products now available at Lady Butterbugs four locations

 ARTISAN ENHANCEMENT products were designed 
for both beginners and experts. 

  AE has created earth friendly, easy to use, innovative decorative mediums.

This is a tin ceiling tile painted by Michelle Delgado 
and then cracked with Crackle Tex an AE product.
The Crackle Tex was rolled on after the Graphite base coat. 
 French Linen and Old White were painted on top.
LADY BUTTERBUG carries the full line of 
Chalk Paint® and Artisan Enhancement® products.
 Have fun! Experiment! There are no limits to what you can create!

~ Gilding Wax Giveaway Winner ~

 to Kris Knight of Lucas Texas 
for winning the Giveaway! 
 She chose the Empire Gold Gilding Wax. 
The new name for the color 
to be used in Workshops is "Moody Bleu"...I love it! 

A big THANKS to all of you that entered, 
all of your suggestions were fun, 
and keep checking back for more Giveaways!

~Gilding Wax Giveaway~

I have combined two colors of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan and I need suggestion for a name so I can use it in my Workshops. I combined 1 part Arles & 1 part Napoleonic Blue. So use your creativity & help me out with a GREAT name. 

~ Chalk Paint™ on Upholstery ~

This sweet Princess Chair with brocade 
upholstery was begging for an update.

So out came the Chalk Paint™ decorative paint color Versailles.  
I thought Versailles would compliment the gold frame.

 I applied a thin coat of Versailles 
using a round brush in a circular motion.  

 Applying the paint in a circular motion
caught the paint in the texture of the fabric.

I also painted the nail heads 
and sanded back after the paint dried.

I painted two of these chairs...such a fast and inexpensive update.
One sample pot of Chalk Paint™ would easily cover two chairs.
I love how the pattern of the fabric shows through the paint.

I didn't wax the chairs but you can wax if you like.

Give painting upholstery a try with Chalk Paint™ 
and save the cost of reupholstering.

Leather can be painted too!

~ Slipcovered Ottoman ~

Take a look at this homely looking little blue ottoman :(
I couldn't pass up the great deal I got on it...but it really needed help!

I decided to give it a chance at a good life...lol!
Taking a nice linen I sat down at my sewing machine
to make a slipcover for the little fella!

I think it turned out great and I really love 
the pleated box ruffle.
A nice match to the chair in the background.
This was a fun easy project you should try sometime!

~Wonderful Dallas Morning News Article~

I am so proud to be able to offer these wonderful products to all my DIY friends! 
Thanks for your continued support...you all are the BEST!!

~follow the link below the picture to read the article~

DIY pro Annie Sloan helps amateurs with new workbook
Source: dallasnews.com
Also, a North Texas entrepreneur introduces Annie Sloan’s popular Chalk Paint

~ Chalk Paint™ Newest Location ~


Our newest store location is in Grapevine

Beginning Sun. November 4th

For all things CHALK PAINT™
decorative paint
by Annie Sloan

Come see us at:

Grapevine Antique Mall
1641 W. NW. Hwy.
Grapevine 76051

Opened seven days a week!
 Mon. - Sat. 10-6
Sun. 12-5

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ Deminar ~

WOW!! I would like to thank the 50+ people 
 that showed up for the 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ Deminar at 
High Street Antiques & Design yesterday! 

What a fun time! 
Congratulations to Terry Hooper the lucky winner 
of the drawing for the Annie Sloan item of her choice!
And a special thank you to Jean 
and all the staff at High Street 
for their generous hospitality in hosting the event!

Keep an eye on my website for upcoming 
events, workshops, and all things Annie Sloan. 
Thanks again! ~ Karla

~ Free Deminar Featuring Chalk Paint™ ~

Free deminar featuring
Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan

Given by Lady Butterbug~stockist Karla Ritchey
High Street Antiques & Design
800 N. Central Expwy.
Plano, TX
(northeast corner of Plano Pkwy & Hwy. 75)

Sat. Oct. 27th

~ Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan Wood Handle Dresser ~

I love this dresser with the curvy mirror and wooden handles...
sitting on the back porch

Dresser painted in Old White Chalk Paint® and Annie's Clear Wax

 Look at the details on this dresser...
~wooden handles~
 ~keyhole on each drawer~
~ two little jewelry drawers~

This is my favorite dresser I have ever painted!

~Hey Mister! What are Those?~

~Trash to Treasure~

So I walked out of the house one afternoon to meet Mr. Sweetie
when he got home from work and he had two really cool
heavy industrial valves that came off of one of his jobs in the back of his truck.

They were headed back to his shop as trash!
WELL...hold on there!
I love the industrial look and with a little convincing we unloaded them
off his truck and set them on the patio.
I had the galvanized tops with the crimped edges made
for them at our local sheet metal shop and....

Transformed them into some really cool plant stands!

Projects like this are fun & easy...you just have to keep
your eyes open to those one of a kind pieces that may be
headed to the trash unless you save them!

Please visit My Garden...My Passion pinboard here

~ Awning Creation ~

I'm so excited to finally find a place for this awning in my garden.

What awning...I'm looking at old window screens!
Keep reading...

Old window screens

I came across five vintage screens ...the perfect shade of green...
today at Frisco Mercantile while I was stocking Chalk Paint™ in my booth.
If you happen to need Chalk Paint™ stop by my booth #603!

I painted this double wide metal awning with 5 colors of Chalk Paint™ several months ago.
It has been waiting to be used somewhere in the garden.

So I attached two vintage screens high on the fence and hung 
the awning on the screens.

Now the sink area has a cover and the awning finally has a home.

One awning off the driveway...now three more awnings to find a home.
Stay tuned...I have a plan!

My husband is soooo glad one awning is
not hanging out on the driveway anymore!!!

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