Next CHALK PAINT® 101 Workshop

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CHALK PAINT® 101

Sunday July 21st

5:00pm-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.
All materials included.
$95.00
please call 614-935-6575 to sign up

Host: Debra from Wallartistry!

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Good leaf, Silver leaf, Aging Dust…OH MY!

It’s been a very busy month and I have been neglecting our blog….my New Years resolution was to blog once a week….I guess once a month is a step in the right direction!

Anyways…on 2/26 we hosted our first advanced Chalk Paint® workshop. It was a class meant for those who have taken a beginner class and wanted to learn more…AKA feed their chalk paint addiction!! Because we all know…for those who have started using this amazing product…that once you start, you just can’t stop painting!

During this workshop, Debra from Wallartistry taught us new techniques using gold and silver leaf, clear/dark wax and a super fun product called Aging Dust.

We all started with a plain decorative molding

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After lots of chatting and questions, we started.

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This is a quick overview of what we learned:

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Step1: We picked out our color and painted the molding completely. I chose Florence, my current favorite!

Step 2: Debra showed us how to apply the gold or silver leaf. You first apply sizing which is a clear adhesive liquid that the leaf sticks to. It is very watery and we all ended up covering more of our boards than we expected, so a lot of gold and silver stuck! It definitely takes practice…which is why these workshops are so great!

After applying the leaf to the molding, we sanded to remove gold/silver from areas we didn’t want covered. We then sealed our piece with Annie Sloan clear wax.

Step 3: Aging Dust!! Before applying the dust we put a heavy amount of clear wax on our boards and let it sit for awhile. Next part of This step was a little intimidating at first…especially when Debra told us to cover our boards like this: 20130315-005216.jpg

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I think we were all thinking that she was crazy and why would we cover our beautiful metallic/pretty boards with this dirty dust…but everything else she teaches us turns out amazing so we listened!

After the dust sat on the clear wax awhile we dumped off the excess and all that was left was aging dust that had stuck in the extra clear wax we had previously applied. We then took a buffing brush and buffed our piece. The excess dust really helps buff and polish the piece in a very special way. We were left with a gorgeous aged finished that cannot be achieved with other products.

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Everyone’s turned out great! I can’t wait for our next advanced class. If anyone has any ideas or requests for specific classes let us know!

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More Chalk Paint workshops scheduled!

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We currently have 2 Make and Take evening Chalk Paint® workshops scheduled and still have openings in both. They are Sunday evenings

March 10th, 2013 from 5pm-8pm

Or

April 14th, 2013 from 5pm-8pm

Cost is $95 and includes all supplies and a project you will take home with you. To register please call 614-935-6575. Spaces fill up very quickly!

After taking the class, turn this:

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Into this!

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This transformation was using Duck Egg Blue and Old White!

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Advanced Paint Class

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For anyone that has taken a beginner paint workshop at our shop or another, we will be offering an advanced class next Tuesday 2/26 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Using a similar decorative molding like pictured, Debra from Wallartistry will be teaching various techniques using gold/silver/copper leaf, aging dust, etc.
Cost is $95

Call 614-935-6575 to register!

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Upcoming Chalk Paint Workshops

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Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! Maybe you need one last Christmas present to yourself…a spot in one of our Make and Take evening Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshops! We currently have 2 scheduled and still have openings in both.

January 20, 2013 from 5pm-8pm

Or

February 10, 2013 from 5pm-8pm

Cost is $95 and includes all supplies and a project you will take home with you. To register please call 614-935-6575. Spaces fill up very quickly!

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Anniversary Weekend Sale!

Its hard to believe that its been 3 years since we opened! Come out and see us on our 3rd anniversary this Friday!

Entire store will be on sale this weekend!!! (sale excludes Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM) products)

Also Saturday is “Small Business Saturday.” We are a participating shop with the American Express program.  See their Facebook page for more details.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

 

A look back at our first shop: Grand Opening 2009 pictures!

 

 

 

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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!

BEFORE….

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!

AFTER

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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