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How to Dye Fabric with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan

Dyeing fabric is super easy and fun to do so we thought it was worth
revisiting the first time Carrie tried dyeing fabric:
I did it! It's something I've been wanting to try for quite some time - ever since the Color Recipes for Painted Furniture book by Annie Sloan came into the store - dyeing fabric with Chalk Paint™.
I wasn't sure what was going to happen or how it would turn out, so I was a little nervous. I should have known better - it's Annie Sloan, of course it's going to turn out! I started with my Nana's vintage lace table cloth and chose to follow Annie's lead with Aubusson Blue paint.
Here's what I used as per Annie:
  • Aubusson Blue paint (or any Chalk Paint™ colour)
  • Water
  • White linen sheet (a natural fabric such as linen or cotton works best)
  • Large, old metal tub (I used a Rubbermaid tub)
  • A wooden stick for stirring
  • Rubber gloves (optional)
The recipe is simple:
  1. Ratio is 1 part paint to 20 parts water, but you can adjust depending on how dark you'd like the colour to be
  2. Pour the paint into the tub
  3. Slowly mix in the water and stir with the wooden spoon
  4. Place the fabric in the tub and let soak for about 30 minutes
  5. Once colour intensity has been achieved, pull the fabric out and hang to dry
It was really so easy! Here's how my project turned out:
It really is as easy as it sounds. Stop by the store to pick up your copy of Color Recipes for Painted Furniture or ask us for more details on how to DIY this easy project.
I was thinking about how we often put away these special items we inherit and don't use them too often for fear of ruining them. Well, I've decided that's just silly – they should be enjoyed. So, I took a customer up on her offer to make a beautiful jacket out of this special piece of fabric. We've made the table cloth into a very sweet jacket and made several more so you're welcome to stop in and see it.

 

 

Win Your Hearts Desire Winner!

Win Your Hearts Desire - February 2017
February was the month of LOVE and we wanted to celebrate with our 'Win Your Heart's Desire'. So we gave you, our loyal customers and friends red hearts with every purchase in-store and the opportunity to label anything valued $100 and less with these personalized hearts. At the end of the month we had so many entries and the lucky red heart to be picked out as our winner was Claire.
 
We are thrilled that Claire's hearts desire was a Basic Upholstery Workshop which she will attend for free, congratulations Claire!
 
February may be the month of love but love is an emotion we feel all year round. This beautiful video shows the power of love and the need to show others around us love all year round, not just for the month of February! 
New Year, New You: The Passionate Home Sponsors The Total Makeover Challenge

New Year, New You: The Passionate Home Sponsors The Total Makeover Challenge

Life is so busy that we often forget to look after ourselves and it is not easy to make changes like health and fitness without some support.

At The Passionate Home, believe in supporting and encouraging personal development. That is why we have decided to sponsor the Total Makeover Challenge by Shape Your World. This group is inspiring and supportive and celebrates the participant. They are helping people create a beautiful life. 

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