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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

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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

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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!



Join us at the Fraser Valley Women's Expo!!

Join us for this year's Fraser Valley's Women's Expo in March. We will be on hand to answer any of your home decor questions, and doing Chalk Paint™ demonstrations both on stage and in our booth so you can see how you can create a beautiful life! Save the date, March 4, 5, 6, 2016. Take a peek to see all the presenters. Scroll down to find a handy poster you can download and print at the bottom of this post. See you there! FV Women's Expo 2016 Poster FV Women's Expo 2016 Poster

Seven Years of Tweaking

2013-05-15 09.39.45This is when it all began...seven years ago on May 6th, The Passionate Home opened its doors to offer you ONE-OF-A-KIND FINDS!

Yesterday I was interviewed by a student wanting to re-enter the work force and she came armed with questions about running a business.  One of the questions I always struggle with is, "Can you describe The Passionate Home?" I always think this question has such a BIG answer.  Just looking back at some of my old advertising write ups made me chuckle.2013-05-15 09.41.01 2013-05-15 09.43.13 2013-05-15 09.44.072013-05-15 09.42.37 2013-05-15 09.44.22Another question that often comes up is, "How did your business get started?" Of course I  know the answer to that one, and it has not changed since I opened. Just take a look ...2013-05-15 09.51.53Another common question is, "Do you consider your business a success?"  Well, this one always makes wonder what the definition of success is!  Seven years ago, this was my future plan...2013-05-15 09.52.14Who knew?? In seven years I have expanded once and move twice.  Today, The Passionate Home is three times its original square footage, we offer workshops on Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, Basic Upholstery, and Upholstered Headboard workshops!

Today I describe The Passionate Home as a community effort.  From the people who have worked with me, the customers who have supported me, the pickers who have supplied me, my family who have supported me, the people who have believed in me, and the people that we have supported. 

As I am writing this I think I am having an "AH HA" moment.  I should not be so concerned on  how I am describing The Passionate Home in my advertising, but be thankful that YOU are describing TPH to your friends and that you are sharing the unique Passionate Home experience with them.  Word of mouth is the best form of advertising there is and without it I am sure we would not be celebrating today.

So, let's go back to how it all started...TPH is excited to host a Birthday FLEA!  We will transform the back of the store into a good old fashioned flea market with vintage finds and all things UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL! 

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SAVE THE DATE
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BIRTHDAY FLEA!
Sunday, May 26th

More details to follow

 

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