~ Annie Sloan's Color Recipe Book for Painted Furniture ~

Whether you're new to the world of painted furniture or a seasoned pro,
Annie Sloan's Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More
makes a great addition to your artist's toolbox.

Featuring 40 inspiring step-by-step projects, Annie demonstrates
the easy way to upcycle furniture and transform your home.
You'll learn how to work with color and undertake projects in lots of different styles, including French, Boho Chic, Swedish, Country and Modern Contemporary.
You'll also learn several techniques such as distressing, colorwashing, gilding, decoupage, stencilling, dyeing fabric with paint and creating limed oak
and faux marble effects.

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~ Arbor Built with Architectural Finds ~

I don't know about you but I love vintage architectural pieces.and I especially love
the hunt to find them.  Vintage pieces are getting harder to find and they are getting very pricey.

The idea for this huge arbor has been dancing around in my head for some time.
I can explain my ideas to James Baxter, carpenter extraordinaire, and
he builds what my heart desires.  James gets me!!!

I wanted a beefy sturdy arbor embellished with my salvaged
architectural pieces that had been stashed in the garage. 

My husband has one side of the garage for his fishing stuff and tools
and I have one side of the garage for my treasures...which are many...hahaha!

So I used plinths, gingerbread, corner pieces, corbels, spindles, cool screens,
and a old Mexican light fixture from my Dad's stash.  Yes my Dad is 89 years old and he
has stashes too.  I guess the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.

The arbor itself is built out of treated lumber and cedar.

This arbor is located in my Secret Garden under multiple trees providing a
lot of shade. You can see the arbor in the background.
 Asparagus ferns, Begonias, Creeping Jenny, and Mini Petunias are so
happy in this calm shaded space.

I used thick flagstone for the flooring and vintage cast iron seating
which I have collected through the years.

The mantel over the settee is made from a vintage dresser mirror frame and two
salvaged wood pieces nailed together for the ledge.  The Ball jars, round table bases, 
mantel, and the lamp parts used as plant holders are all painted in
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® which I distribute in the Dallas area...locations in McKinney,
Plano, and Grapevine.
Annie's Chalk Paint® is an excellent paint to use in the garden...no need to wax...
just the paint.

Purchase all your Chalk Paint® needs HERE from Lady Butterbug.

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~ Stylish Dresser Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® ~

This beautiful Michael Amini dresser was restyled by my Lady Butterbug customer LORI SHARP 

Lori shares with us why she decided to paint this wonderful piece.

"The bedroom furniture was bought about 6 years ago and the maker is Michael Amini ~ 
original furniture designs.  
It has natural marble insets in the piece so Annie's Graphite was a perfect color choice. 
 I bought a condo in Florida and thought the pieces would be to heavy in the color I bought them 
so I decided to take your class and see if I could do the 
technique and keep my bedroom furniture since I loved it so much!  
Now it will be beautiful sitting on beach wood floors!"

Here are the steps LORI followed:

1.) applied color Graphite - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® - let paint dry
2.) applied a wash of color Coco - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® - rubbing some paint off with a damp lint free cloth
3.) applied a wash of color Old White - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® - rubbing some paint off with a damp lint free          cloth 
4.) applied Annie's Soft Clear Wax using a Premium Wax Brush
5.) while Clear Wax is still wet apply small amounts of Annie's Soft Dark Wax using a Premium Wax Brush
6.) allow the waxes to dry overnight and buff with a lint free cloth to create a lustrous look
7.) apply small amount of metallic Gilding Wax if desired

 I wish to thank Lori for sharing her wonderful project pictures and
steps she used!

Order all your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® supplies HERE from Lady Butterbug online sales.
Very low shipping cost!

Project Supply List:
Annie's colors Graphite, Coco, and Old White
Annie's Soft Clear and Dark Waxes
200 grit sandpaper
Blue shop towels (these are lint free; perfect for dabbing off paint)
Dropcloth and blue painter's tape

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~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Painted Fireplace Brick Surround ~

This fireplace surround was painted by my Lady Butterbug customer Dawn Rochelle.  
wanting to change the look of her red fireplace surround 
to a softer white.  
I explained to Dawn the steps and Chalk Paint® colors I used when painting 
my brick hearth and she liked the idea.  
You can find the steps I used HERE.

Dawn explained the steps she used to create her look using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.

 "First I painted the entire fireplace in color Coco (grout included).
 Then I dry brushed both colors Old White and Pure White onto the Coco giving it an uneven colorization. I tried to focus on the areas that naturally held more color. 
 After that I used a very course sandpaper to sand the entire brick surround 
 focusing on the areas that naturally took more paint off; or gave an interesting pattern.
 It led me...more than I led it as far as pattern and proximity of color. 
 We are actually still sanding every now and then as different lighting 
 can lead you to continue to perfect the look."

Dawn really likes how the new Chalk Paint® colors brightened the room.  
She emailed me these pictures and was so delighted I had helped her with this project.  
No need to wax a fireplace surround or use a topcoat product since the Chalk Paint® 
soaks into the bricks and once cured gives you a very durable finish.

Thank you Dawn for sharing your pictures and painting steps!

Order all your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® supplies HERE from Lady Butterbug online sales.
Very low shipping cost!

Project Supply List:
Annie's colors Coco, Old White, and Pure White (sample pot of each)
200 grit sandpaper
Blue shop towels (these are lint free; perfect for dabbing off paint)
Dropcloth and blue painter's tape
Vacuum for cleanup of dust from sanding paint

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~ Lady Butterbug Garden on Front Cover of Flea Market Outdoor Magazine ~

I am so excited my garden made the front cover of Flea Market Outdoor magazine.

~ March 2016 magazine on display now ~

Fifi O'Neill was the stylist and Mark Lohman was the photographer.
Fifi and Mark are so much fun to work with and be around.
They act like an old married couple but they are not married to each other.
They just spend a lot of time together taking pictures of beautiful houses
and gardens across the country.  I want to tell you these two work!!!

This garden adventure began in 2006 when I purchased a 1952 ranch style house surrounded by huge 
shade trees where no grass would grow.  
So I turned the yard into a flower garden with brick walkways, a few sitting areas, a garden shed 
and filled the garden with vintage finds and many many plants.

My husband Steve and I did our first garden project together in 2010.
We built the brick patio in the picture above...1500 bricks.
 It was a true test of how we would work together. Steve found out I'm
not the perfectionist that he is.
We met in 2009 and married in March of 2011.  Now we
work together in our Lady Butterbug home decor business being stockists
for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in McKinney, Plano, and Grapevine areas.

Many pieces in the garden are painted in Annie Sloan paint.
 Pots, greenhouse door and concrete foundation,
metal pieces, glider and metal chairs, fireplace mantel,
and corbel table.  No need to seal the paint
and no sanding, priming, or stripping
before painting.

I hope you will purchase a magazine and take a peek!!!


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