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Upcoming Chalk Paint® class schedule


You all asked for it, so we have scheduled 4 upcoming Chalk Paint® 101 workshops! Here are the dates, if interested call and register soon. They fill up fast!!

Sunday 10/13 5:00-8:00pm

Monday 10/14 6:00-9:00pm

Sunday 11/17 5:00-8:00pm

Sunday 12/8 5:00-8:00pm

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn all the basics of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and Soft Wax. You will learn different painting techniques, distressing and how to wax.
Learn how to paint a project that includes both wood and metal and take it home. After the workshop you will be able to transform all of yor projects with the greatest paint in te world, Chalk Paint®!
All materials included.
please call 614-935-6575 to sign up


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Yes, we even paint fabric!

Wood, laminate, brass, marble, iron….we paint everything! And we never do any priming or sanding prep! That is the beautiful thing about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, the possibilities are endless! Even fabric!

If you remember the pair of chairs we scored from our pick in our previous post, they are vinyl shop chairs.

Before we used Annie Sloan Paint products, this chair would look like a huge upholstery project! Now it looks like a couple of hours of painting and then done!

First thing, we cleaned up the steel and vinyl with soap and water to get off surface dirt. That’s all the prep that is needed before painting!


another BEFORE view….

I like the metal the way it was, so just needed to figure out which paint color….how about our current favorite, Country Grey! Our first piece we finished in this color was a two toned buffet with Country Grey and Old White and after that it was love!

Country Grey Buffet with Old White Accents. Photo taken at the September Vintage Marketplace at the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market.

Back to the chairs….so we took off the top and bottom vinyl pieces (I need to get better about taking in progress pictures…but I just get so excited that I forget and keep painting!) and painted them all Country Grey. We wanted to add a little pop of pattern and we have this great distressed diamond pattern stencil. To keep it monochromatic, we chose French Linen for the diamonds. I LOVE the end result!


We didn’t want to cover the entire seat with the stencil, so we just did the sides inside the piped edges. It keeps it simple but gives it a nice little pop of detail.

Vinyl is painted in “Country Grey” and diamond pattern is stenciled in “French Linen”

I purposely didn’t let the paint soak into all of the vinyl because I love the worn look.

No that we have painted vinyl and we’ve done a small leather stool in the past, I want to tackle an upholstered fabric chair! I’ve seen it done before but have been skeptical. I recently came across the before and after pictures below and was so impressed with the transformation:

Before Paint…

After being painted!


They said “You obviously can’t tell from this picture, but the fabric had the feel and texture of fine aged leather. The cushion was still soft to the touch and comfortable to sit on. The paint didn’t leave any residue on your clothes either – and we tested it with someone that was wearing black pants! The way it was cracked and weathered looking yet soft, reminded us of an old bomber jacket…


I CANNOT wait to try this….




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Major Chair Makeover!

One of my favorite things to makeover are vintage chairs! They have such great lines and shapes but usually the fabric and wood need a major update!

So when I saw this chair,  I didn’t see the horrible pea green velvet fabric, I saw potential!




I wanted to make it bright and fun, so I made my way to Sew to Speak…aka…the greatest fabric store EVER! (If you’ve never been, its a must see…4610 N. High St in Clintonville)

I painted the chair is Annie Sloan Old White and used clear wax to finish it off. Then I added the bold, fun floral print fabric. The finished product is adorable!

I used a coordinating orange houndstooth print for the tufting buttons and trim. Mixing fabrics gives chairs a little extra pop!

My first attempt at tufting! Success!


Burlap on the back, gives it a special rustic touch!

Now that its finished its the perfect backdrop for a special message from my daughter, Charlie:

Happy Birthday Auntie Carmen!! Hope you have a great day!!

This sure is yummy!



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