~Annie Sloan's Soft Wax versus Poly Products~

Read Amanda's post HERE about Annie's Soft Wax versus Poly products.

Annie Sloan Soft Waxes are durable, so easy to use,
 and give your furniture pieces a beautiful lustrous finish.

Go to http://www.ladybutterbug.com/ for all your Chalk Paint® needs.

Wall Faux Finish Technique with Chalk Paint®


Come watch our friend Paulette Esselman do this wonderful 
faux finish painting technique with 
Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

  Monday Dec.2nd @ 10:30a.m.
at Frisco Mercantile Suite 600
8980 Preston Rd.
Frisco, TX.

~ Be there or be square ~ 

Your Chance to Win $1,500. in Annie Sloan products!!

Beginning Monday November 25th
Visit one of our Shops (see the locations here) and take your picture
in front of our Chalk Paint® display.
Then visit the Annie Sloan Unfolded Facebook page and upload it to enter.
Have your family and friends vote for your picture and you could
win $1500 worth of Chalk Paint® products!!
Good Luck & Hope to see you in the Shops!

~ Chalk Paint® Snap & Share Contest ~

Snap and Share Contest

Beginning November 25th, all you need to do is visit your local 
Chalk Paint® Stockist and have your photo taken in front of their 
Chalk Paint® display.
Then go to the 
(to be announced very soon)
and post your photo on the
 Contest Photo Gallery.
Now the fun part will start...
All you need to do is enlist all your family and friends to go to the 
Snap and Share Contest
 Facebook page and vote for you and your photo!
The photo that gets the most votes will be eligible to win a mega Grand Prize from 
Annie Sloan Unfolded.
  You will have an opportunity to win just about one of every product Annie Sloan offers
(minus the fabric line)
Imagine winning all 31 quarts of paint...the waxes....brushes...books...etc!
Just look at the photo of wonderful Chalk Paint® products!
So get ready for this contest to go viral with excitement.
Now remember...the contest won't begin until November 25th!

~ $500.00 Visa Card Giveaway ~

Our Christmas $500.00 Visa gift card Giveaway has started.
Then click the link below and follow the instructions carefully.

On Black Friday we will draw one winner for the 500.00 gift card...

You must share this then follow the link...http://www.ohsoshabbybydebbie.com/blog/2013/11/14/christmas-giveaway-500-visa-gift-card/

Best wishes to all that share and enter.

~ Annie Sloan's Rustic Style ~

~ Country - Rural - Simple - Homey ~
The feelings you get when decorating 
with Annie Sloan's simple French rustic style.

Create this look by decorating with red and blue gingham fabrics used for curtains and pillow.
Use simple white linens for bed sheets or bedroom curtains.
White lace borders work well on pretty armoire shelves.
Old kitchen pieces, such as blue and white china, create a relaxed feel.
Vintage French dish towels used for their original purchase or repurpose to make pillows, lampshades, or to upholster chairs.
Color wash plain pine furniture with French Linen, Paris Grey, or Old White...
all Chalk Paint® colors.
Whites of all sorts are essential for this look...use Old White, Pure White, and Old Ochre.
Blues and Reds are a must but also consider Coco, Country Grey, Versailles, and other warm colors.
Keep textures matt using terra-cotta tiles, roughly hewn stone floors, and distressed ceiling beams.

Enjoy creating your version of the Annie's Rustic Style!

Go HERE to purchase all Chalk Paint® products
 and for our Dallas,TX shop locations.

~ Chalk Paint® Cabinet Deminar ~


                                             Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan
                                                   FREE  DEMINAR (demo.+seminar)

                                             STOCKIST: Lady Butterbug aka Karla Ritchey

                                                   PLACE: High Street Antiques & Design
800 N. Central Expy. ~ Plano, TX.
                                      (NE corner of Plano Pkwy. and Hwy. 75 behind Olive Garden)

                                                               DATE: Sat. October 19th
                                                              TIME: 10:00am - Noon

Cabinets painted in Pairs Grey with clear and dark wax.  
Painted by Lisa Rickert of Annie Sloan Unfolded

~ Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan 1880's Walnut Dresser Makeover ~

A couple of weeks ago I came home and let Mr. Sweetie know I had purchased a dresser to use for display at one of our shops. 
It was a gorgeous walnut dresser hand made in the 1880's.
His comment "So I guess you won't be painting that!"
WRONG! Of course I was going to paint it!
I knew this piece was perfect for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.
I wish I had taken "before" pics...I am so bad about that!

                                                    Here is a picture of the finished piece.
The dresser is painted in color Old Ochre
and the wooden drawer pulls and accents are painted in color Pure White.
I did not paint the walnut top.
I painted 2 coats of Old Ochre thinning the second coat with water
which makes the paint go further and it glides on smoothly.
The drawer pulls and accents were painted the same way using Pure White.

After the paint dried...which doesn't take long, I applied
Annie's Soft Clear Wax over the painted surfaces.
I distressed slightly using #3 steel wool while the wax was still "wet".

I applied Annie's Clear Wax directly to the natural walnut finish on the top which really brought it back to life. After giving the wax 24 hours to cure I buffed and the piece was done!
This dresser turned out so well that I cannot part with it. It will be moved to our house someday.

For right now you can see this dresser at our Lady Butterbug Shoppe in McKinney.
By the way this is Mr. Sweeties favorite piece now too! Hope you love it too!

All of the products used in this project are available for purchase
online thru my website at ladybutterbug.com 
Workshop information is available HERE

~Chalk Paint® FREE Deminar~

Hope you get the chance to attend this Deminar!
I will be demonstrating how much fun you can have with
Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan!

~ Artisan Enhancement Armoire Project ~

Here is a beautiful painted armoire created by Wonderfaux Studio using 
Artisan Enhancement® products and Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. 
The AE product line along with Chalk Paint® 
are available at Lady Butterbug's five shop locations in the Dallas area.
Here's the steps to replicate this look:

1. Chalk Paint ® decorative paint in Country Grey
2. Crackle Tex (use "pull off" technique)
3. Chalk Paint ® decorative paint in Pure White & Old White
4. Wash technique using Chalk Paint ® decorative paint in Duck Egg Blue
5. Clear and Dark Wax

~Copper Leaf Tub~

I am loving the Boho Chic look and here is one reason why!

Instead of purchasing a copper bathtub, ooh that just sounds expensive,
Annie first painted this roll-top enamel tub in Florence Chalk Paint®.
This helped soften the copper leaf which has a very warm and rich,
gingery red color and its shiny metal emits light.
In her latest book Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More 
Annie gives step by step instructions of the technique
she used for creating this gorgeous tub
along with 39 other must do projects!

Annie's books and all of her wonderful products are available at
Lady Butterbug
For a retailer near you go to: anniesloan.com

~Fireplace Hearth Makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®~

I love my fireplace....but I was really tired of the red brick hearth!
   So I cleaned the hearth with soap and water and broke out 
I chose color French Linen as my base color.

I applied the paint directly to the brick and let it dry.
After the first coat dried I dry brushed on
colors Country Grey and Paris Grey. 
Then I dabbed on color Old White and spritzed with water
blending the colors together to get a stone look.

I didn't use wax or a sealer...just the lovely paint!
This entire project took about an hour...drying time included!

I love the new look and my fireplace has taken on
a whole new charm!

A Weathered Wood Look from Annie Sloan's New Book

No doubt, the weathered look is gorgeous!
And...Annie Sloan has a new book out called
Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More.
Within its pages are “40 step-by-step projects to transform your home.”
This is one of my favorite projects from the book called
Distressed Armoire. in Chapter Two, featuring French Style.
Annie used French Linen then brushed on a layer of Clear Wax.
Over this she added a mix of Paris Grey and Old White, thinned down with water.
Before the paint was completely dry she brushed on another layer of
Clear Wax and wiped it over with a clean, dry cloth to create a
washed, dragged, and distressed effect.
The inside is painted in Greek Blue...BEAUTIFUL!
Annie’s book is a best seller.
Scoop it up and enjoy the 39 other projects including...get this....
 Dying Fabric with Chalk Paint®

~Annie's Chalk Paint® on Fabric~

Look at this sweet French chair that a friend of mine
asked me if I could paint the fabric with Chalk Paint®
decorative paint by Annie Sloan....
Well heck yeah!

So this is the before Damask green and pink fabric.

I spritzed the fabric with a little water before painting.
Then lightly applied the paint using Annie's natural bristle brush
in a circular motion
keeping my brush slightly damp with water.

This is what the fabric looks like after painting
with Chalk Paint® color Versailles.
Versailles is a pale grey green color that looks
great on painted upholstery.  A small sample pot
of Chalk Paint® is plenty to paint this dainty chair.

The thin one coat layer of Chalk Paint® accented the texture in the
Damask fabric and it remained soft and supple.  I choose
not to wax because the fabric remained soft.  I painted the
nail heads too and lightly distressed with sandpaper.

Give this a try!
It was quick and easy and I love the look...hope you do too!

My company's name is Lady Butterbug and I would love to ship Chalk Paint®
to your front door.
Go HERE to make your purchase.
For our greater Dallas locations to purchase all Chalk Paint® products go HERE.

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~Chalk Paint® Tutorial Series for Outdoor Pieces~

PROJECT #5 (The Finale)

Pat you were right!  My glider is the last of the projects in this Chalk Paint® series. 
This is what it looked like before painting with Provence Chalk Paint®.

All I did was dust it off with an old wide paint brush and slapped on one coat of paint.

By the time I finished painting the back the front was dry
 and ready to be sanded with 220 grit sandpaper.

This is a close up before sanding....

...and after sanding.  I found several layers of paint...brown, yellow, and some white.

This is another close up before sanding....

...and the finished project.  It took me all of 45 minutes from start to finish. 
For two metal chairs and the glider I used 1/2 quart of paint. 
You're going to LOVE this paint!

~Chalk Paint® Tutorial Series for Outdoor Pieces~


Metal chair painted with Provence Chalk Paint®
decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Distressed after one coat of paint and I found yellow under the red and green paints. 
Really looks good...sorry the picture doesn't do it justice.

The next project just happens to match the chair but a little larger in size...
...guess what it is?

~Chalk Paint® Tutorial Series for Outdoor Pieces~


This was a brass light fixture in its day.  I painted it with Paris Grey Chalk Paint®
decorative paint by Annie Sloan...no priming or sanding.

I hung the fixture on the white fence and found a pot to fit the opening.

Filled the pot with oxalis, phlox, and dusty miller. 
I put dirt in the bottom hole and planted English Ivy.

For a different look I planted Diamond Frost in the other fixture. 
I love the easy and quickness of painting with Chalk Paint®. 
This was a ten minute project.


~Chalk Paint® Tutorail Series for Outdoor Pieces~


This ironwork piece came out of a church.  
Over the years it has lost its white color and rusted.

I scraped of the chippy paint and painted with Old White right over the rust.

Sanded a little and the weather will add patina over time. 
Remember no wax needed outside.


~Chalk Paint® Tutorial for Outdoor Pieces~

This is a re-post from May 2011 I thought you might enjoy


This neglected piece of bric brac hanging on our front porch needed some attention.

I scraped off the chippy paint getting ready for Old White Chalk Paint®.  No sanding needed or priming for Chalk Paint®.

Painted with Old White in different directions for a vintage look.  I distressed with coarse sand paper.

The whole painting process took about 45 minutes including drying time. Annie recommends not waxing outside pieces. This is truly a wonderful paint.


~ Painting Upholstery with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan ~

You don't want to spend the money to have your upholstery pieces recovered...
well neither did Dana and Brooks Tucker 
at Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes. 
Let them show you how it's done here.

We are so excited! 
Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in  
~English Yellow~
is headed to Lady Butterbug® 
and will be on the shelves at the shops next week! 
It's a fantastic color for summer, 
allows greater flexibility when mixing colors, 
and bright Yellow is currently very popular 
in both fashion and interior design.

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