~ 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. 

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