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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

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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. 

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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.

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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!  

 

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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How to Create French Elegant Style

IMG_5496 The Inspiration Photo: inspiration image For the perfectly imperfect antiqued look that remains en vogue with furniture, finding just the right piece done the way you want can be a challenge of time, funds, and patience. However, creating your ideal piece is easier than you think and the best--and most fun--way of ensuring you end up with exactly what you want. Now combing antique markets or furniture sales isn’t limited to the finish; falling in love with a piece of furniture can be all about the bones of a piece. With the right supplies and a little bit of technique, you’ll be finishing it to perfect imperfection in no time. The Before Photo: Image 1 We suggest starting with an inspiration image, and your choice of  Annie Sloan paint colour. We went with one coat of Louis Blue, using Annie’s brush, for a French-inspired
final product. Apply one coat of paint to the entire piece. Quality brushes truly make a difference and, if kept clean and taken care of, will accompany you through many painting projects. Don’t be afraid of the brush: use it with gusto and in differing strokes to encourage texture. As most of Annie’s colours are one-coat coverage, we covered the entire piece with one, fairly thick coat of the Louis Blue. Once dry, we followed up with  a second coat on the top and used a blow dryer to create a cracked appearance. Image 2 Next, we highlighted the piece’s detail with Pure White to match our inspiration photo. Dragging your brush through the carved detail gives that extra hint of colour and depth. Don’t be too concerned with coverage in this step. IMG 3
IMG_5Using a fine sanding block, 220 grit is ideal, we distressed and exposed some of the natural wood. Always go with the grain of the wood, and hit the high points of the design where “natural wear-and-tear” would happen with age to give it that faux-antique finish.

We then applied Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax to the entire piece as it is the perfect partner to Chalk Paint, developed to work together and used for protection and to give a beautiful mellow finish. Next we added gold gilding wax here and there for a IMG_6dash of sparkle and elegance. Using only a very little bit on your finger, smooth it in the grooves to create a patina. Again, we’re not overly concerned with being exact or coverage; it’s all about highlighting beauty. Next we add Annie Sloan Dark Wax to highlight all of the texture we’ve created and the carved details, and take down the gold gilding. It’s our preference to use a  Wax Brush here, and one for each colour: a dark wax is applied with a dark wax brush and another for the clear wax as you do not want to cross-contaminate your wax brush! :) Once we love our finish, leave it overnight to cure and buff with a clean, soft cloth in the morning, and then attach your hardware.The soft wax produces a shine that is lasting and lustrous. Beware: this process can get addicting, especially with the world of colour Annie Sloan paints opens up, it’s easy to change up the entire feel of your space with one piece of furniture. We’d love to see your “Before” and “After” shots! Feel free to leave them in the comments below. The entire piece can be a intense day project for the seasoned DIYer, or a comfortable weekend project. If you’re looking for further guidance, sign up to take one of our Basics + More workshop!

 

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