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The Passionate ReStore Recap

Do you know what you get when you mix The Passionate Home with Habitat for Humanity…

THE PASSIONATE RESTORE of course!

What an outstanding event we had in April raising money to build affordable homes in the Upper Fraser Valley. 

20 pieces of furniture were recreated over a 3 hour time period thanks to 20 ticket holders, Habitat for Humanity Upper Fraser Valley, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ™ , 5 celebrity judges and 9 Passionate Home Volunteers.

The energy the participants brought to the event was contagious…the fun, the competition, the creativity and the generous hearts are forever memorable.

We cannot thank everyone enough for making this event a huge success…transforming lives together!

 

 

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.

 

 

Our #THPMonthly Makeover March Edition!

Our #THPMonthly Makeover March Edition!

Monthly makeover

This week our March #tphmakeover winner pick up her finished piece and in her words she was "blown away with how her Grandma's buffet turned out!" We are so glad she is happy. Elisa wanted a bright finish and mentioned two colours... read on to see the transformation and the steps we took to create this look. Thank you Elisa for trusting us!

We started by giving the whole piece a good solid coat of Florence Chalk Paint

monthly makeover

 

monthly makeover

Once that was dry we dry brushed two colours letting each one dry between coats.  As Elisa loved bright colours, we choose Giverney and Aubusson Blue. 

monthly makeover

monthly makeover

 

We gave the whole piece a gentle sand with a fine sanding block to soften the dry brush lines and followed with a coat of Clear Wax.

monthly makeover

We love how the colours make her metallic hardware pop!

monthly makeover

Transforming an old forgotten piece of furniture into a worthy centre-piece couldn't be easier with Chalk paint™! Stop by the store and check out our selection of Chalk Paint™ colours and anything else you need to start your own DIY project. Make sure to also follow us on Instagram for hints, tips and inspiration!

There is still time to enter April's #TPHMonthlyMakeover. Closing date for entries is the 14th April but any entries submitted too late for the April contest will be entered into the May edition! Click here for full entry instructions!

 

Breathe New life Into Your Kitchen With Chalk Paint™!

Breathe New life Into Your Kitchen With Chalk Paint™!

Annie Sloan’s newsletter is always an excellent source of inspiration for all things chalk paint and this month has not disappointed! She has so many great ideas to help inspire us to try new kitchen design ideas and techniques. Every kitchen should have a character. Some capture a style that’s sleek and cool, while others are more comfy and colourful. If you have fallen out of love with your kitchen, but are daunted by the idea of updating it, you are not alone! To renovate your kitchen to suit your style can be time consuming and incredibly expensive.

However, Annie describes a number of less disruptive, more affordable and fun ways to breathe new life into your kitchen – by refreshing it with Chalk Paint!

Cool & Urban Kitchens

Renovate your kitchen

If you like kitchens to be cool, urban and with an industrial twist, it’s best to stick with steely greys and neutrals. Photographer and Chalk Paint™ user Paul Massey used Chalk Paint to create this relaxed warehouse style in his kitchen in London.

To achieve something similar, try a colour palette of Old White, Paris Grey and French Linen, and Annie also offers up suggestions to pair it with industrial elements such as metro tiles and pendant lamps to really make your kitchen POP!

Country Cottage Kitchens

renovate your kitchen

For a more country-cottage look, try out the classic combination of bare wood with pale creams or whites. You can see this done here on a vintage sideboard, but you could also do the same on your kitchen cabinets or kitchen island. For the cabinet doors, you could use Original, Cream or Old White.

Remember, if you don't have the right type of wood for this look, you can always fake it! In fact, Annie Sloan confessed to cheating by using Chalk Paint Wax to give the orange pine that rich mahogany look.

Scandinavian Simplicity

renovate your kitchen

If you want something a little bolder, why not go monochrome? At once both modern and retro, sticking to a monochrome palette is also a beautiful way to add a slightly Scandinavian vibe to your kitchen.

Another fellow Annie Sloan Stockist in Gällstad, Sweden, Trendrummet has done this gorgeously in their kitchen, painting the wood panelled walls with Chalk Paint in Graphite. Pair the black with Pure for a crisp finish.


renovate your kitchenOne of the most frequently asked question when it comes to updating your kitchens is 'how do I seal it?' Regardless of style, you must finish the paint with either Wax or Lacquer. We much prefer the finish of Chalk Paint
Wax, where you can add two to three coats on top of the paintwork using one of our Wax Brushes and wiping away the excess wax as you go.



renovate your kitchenYou can, of course, use Lacquer on the cabinets instead. But do test the Lacquer over the paint on an inconspicuous area first to make sure there isn't any bleed through. Whether you choose Wax or Lacquer to finish your work, make sure that you give your kitchens a thorough clean before transforming them with my paint and products.


 

If a kitchen renovation is on top of your list, make sure to come see us at The Passionate Home! We are always happy to help with any hints, tips or techniques and of course we have everything you need to up your Chalk Paint game!

Easy Decor Ideas For a Chalk Paint™ Novice

Easy Decor Ideas For a Chalk Paint™ Novice

So you’ve seen what can be achieved with a pot of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint by your side and now you’ve decided you want to get in on all the fun! If you are a beginner to the world of Chalk Paint™ (or even a seasoned pro), Unfolded.com has compiled some simple but creative DIY decor ideas that’ll help get your DIY Chalk Paint game going!

 

DIY Brushstroke Painted Lamp

Easy Decor Ideas For a Chalk Paint™ Novice

First up and just like all the ideas here, have been created using Chalk Paint™. This brushstroke painted lamp by lifestyle blogger Bee of Windgate Lane is actually a recreation of a much more expensive designer lamp she fell in love with but couldn’t swallow the $400 price tag – and why should she when she could recreate the look on her own? Armed with a $12 lamp she found at the craft store, Bee painted the base with a few coats of Pure White before adding haphazard swirls of Aubusson Blue to complete the look. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

 

Cute Kitchen Utensils

Easy Decor Ideas For a Chalk Paint™ Novice

This idea was born out of pure tiredness from looking at boring old bread boards and wooden utensils on her kitchen counter. So Katrina Chambers, lifestyle and design blogger decided to give them a little hit of colour with a combination of Antibes Green, Antoinette, Barcelona Orange, Provence, Graphite and Pure White. Once completely cured, both Chalk Paint™ and Chalk Paint™ Wax are food safe so Katrina can continue to use these when entertaining at home!

 

Upscale An Older Piece

Easy Decor Ideas For a Chalk Paint™ Novice

The beauty of DIY projects like these is how you can take seemingly worthless old pieces of furniture and turn them into one of a kind pieces that become the centre of the room! Another easy DIY décor idea is to upcycle a TV tray like lifestyle blogger Tiffany of offbeat + inspired did. Tiffany used Paris Grey and Old White to turn this $1 garage sale into a one of a kind piece that really has a fresh and dare we say it, expensive look!

 

Use Chalk Paint Outdoors too!

Easy Decor Ideas For a Chalk Paint™ Novice

Last but certainly not least is a series of garden pots painted by one of Annie Sloan’s former Painters in Residence Beau Ford of Drip Designs Furniture in Western Australia. Beau took some old garden pots and used a very simple technique to give a striking finish! She used Coco, Provence, Greek Blue, Pure White, custom berry red and just painted very sloppily to achieve the finish she was going for - isn’t it awesome?

Hopefully you know by now that DIY projects don’t need to be difficult or detailed, in fact sometimes the most simple ideas are the ones that work out best (and get the most attention from guests). So now is the time to upcycle that coffee table or bench that you’ve always wanted to refresh!

Be sure to stop by The Passionate Home and pick up some hints and tips while choosing which Chalk Paint™ colours you want to use, we have everything you need!  

 

Discover Scandinavian Pink

Discover Scandinavian Pink

On trend colours come and go but the effect they have on your home is huge! Including that colour that just transforms the whole room is something that we all want to achieve and this is made that bit more achievable with the expertise of Annie Sloan. With everything from hints and tips, to the hottest upcoming trends and technniques, Annie shares her thoughts through her monthly newsletter.

Here, she discusses how terracotta hues are being tipped as one of the strongest trends for interiors in 2017 and we have already began to see some beautifully earthy pinkish tones cropping up all over the place!

Scandinavian Pink fits this trend perfectly.  Annie shows us a couple of examples of how to get the most out of this versatile colour...  

Introducing Scandinavian Pink

This chest of drawers was started by painting the piece in Scandinavian Pink and then accents of Barcelona Orange, Florence and French Linen were added to create a textured finish, full of depth.

Introducing Scandinavian Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This piece has been given a wonderful sense of history using ChalkPaint. Started once again by painting the piece in Scandinavian Pink, distressed the paint quite heavily in areas using sanding pads, and then applied Dark Chalk Paint Wax and details of Brass Leaf. 
We love how the inside of the piece is painted in Old Ochre and a pretty pattern using Annie Sloan’s Branches Stencil in Olive and Primer Red has been added. 

Scandinavian Pink is inspired by traditional colours found in Swedish interiors from the past. In some places this colour would have originally been a deep red oxblood and has faded to this beautiful colour over the years.

The most eagle eyed amongst you might have spotted another colour that has featured heavily in these projects, both in the background, and also on the pieces themselves...Graphite!

Introducing Scandinavian Pink

Pink and black is not a colour combination that we are normally drawn to, but using the background of a black wall to make a piece of painted furniture pop really works!      

The above piece by a fellow Chalk Paint stockist in Lisbon, Portugal, Atelier Auténtico is painted in Graphite and a mix of Scandinavian Pink and Old White, it looks amazing right?

We have everything you need for your next DIY upcycling project! Drop into the store of check out our online store for all your Chalk Paint needs!



Our Second #TPHMakeover Winner!

We were delighted to choose Bev as the winner of our second #TPHMakeover winner. This beautiful old cabinet was just waiting for some TLC to reinvigorate it and change it into a standout piece in the home.

Bev - February Monthly Makeover Winner

We decided on a coastal effect with a dusty style blue/green colour. We were so excited to see how the finished article would look and it did not disappoint! You can see how the bright colours really transform this from a dreary looking side piece to an energetic, attention grabbing cabinet!  

Bev - #TPHMakeover Winner February

We really love how the finished piece looks and we were delighted to see another smiling face leaving our store with her newly up-cycled cabinet!

Let us know what you think of the transformation in the comments and don't forget, there is still time to enter #TPHMakeover contest for March, just follow the instructions here!

You can also purchase all the materials necessary, like Chalk Paint, to complete a project like this of your own on our online store!

 

How To Use The Colour Wheel To Mix Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint™

Discover how to use the Colour Wheel to adjust the colour of your Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Annie works with two of her newest Chalk Paint™ colours, Giverny and Honfleur.

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August Inspiration: Get Inspired with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™

August Inspiration: Get Inspired with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™

In case you haven't heard, August is our Inspiration Month! In addition to special offers and contests, we're also sharing some of our projects and tips to inspire you to Create A Beautiful Life! 

We'll be adding new content each week so check back soon!

Week 1 Inspiration: Painting Outdoors

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Annie Sloan Transforms an Old Nightstand into a Vintage Treasure!

Annie Sloan Transforms an Old Nightstand into a Vintage Treasure!

As part of The Design Network's Paint Anything series, Annie Sloan transforms a mid-century modern nightstand—handed down from father to son—into a unique vintage piece in just 45 minutes using Chalk Paint™ decorative paint.

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