Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s October

October is breast cancer awareness month and as a 12 year survivor I am currently obsessing over the color pink. So is everyone else in the world I might add.

And I am loving the pairing with green. Not the Lilly old style but the new softer style. Years ago I had a pink living room, with chintz couches. That’s not the look I’m dreaming of today.

All of these images have sent me racing to Craigslist looking for new things to paint in pink.

First, the gorgeous bath from Architectural Digest. In the London home of model and actress Poppy Develigne, it is simply to die for. The wall paper is had painted and that’s not the only room in this  home with pink! See the story here.

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I love how these chairs in this home office are done in pink and I especially like the gold accent.

So… for our version of pink, we took this lovely dresser from the Ave Home collection and used Annie Sloan Antoinette.  Finished with white wax this dresser is a dream and not just for little girls. Rather than use green as the accent we paired it here with a Duck Egg Blue mirror and twin beds in Old White. Yes, we used plenty of Efex on the mirror, the bed and the dresser is sporting our latest new trim.

More fun things next week

Caio for now

xoxox Lydia

Efex and Fabric

Efex and Fabric

Efex on Fabric

Our clever friend in Montreal is at it again. This time with some striking and different uses for our appliques.

You see Johanne had this old sofa. Great french bones but the fabric was very outdated. Not in bad shape, just old fashion.  Hmm… what’s a creative to do?

Well she started out painting the sofa. As an Annie Sloan stockist, she knew that to paint fabric successfully you need to water down the paint and put several coats on. The actually painting time is not that much, but you do have some drying time on a project like this.

Because she started with a dark green and textured fabric she had to take her time and let the project progress on it’s schedule.

She clearly had some time to think because her clever idea of adding Efex to the side of the fabric was wonderful.

After several coats of paint she finished the project by waxing the wood. No need to wax the fabric especially if it is textured.

Voila, a wonderful and unique sofa saved by Chalk Paint® and Efex

xoxox Lydia

Industrial Efex

Industrial Efex

Efex Are Not Just French

See how to add Industrial Style with Efex

Spent my snow day working on an industrial table for Maine Country Home.  It’s a palette we found with a weathered worn top. The base is painted in graphite and made of old 2 x 4’s.

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 The sides are where it gets interesting. I wanted to stay with the industrial feel and still use Efex. After all they are more than French!

First, the sides which were new pine, were washed in graphite Chalk Paint®. Then we used the Circles stencil from the Annie Sloan stencil collection.

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Now to add the Efex. Again we wanted to keep the industrial feel, so we went with a small rosette, R72. We left the dots on the stencil on every other pattern and then added the embellishment.

Both the stencils and the Efex are painted in a mix of Graphite and Old Ochre.

Voila… Industrial Efex.

XOXO

Lydia

Gilding Wax and Efex: A Perfect Pair

Gilding Wax and Efex: A Perfect Pair

Efex and Gilding Wax

Gilding wax and Efex go together like a hand and glove. One is the form and substance; the other is the design and glitz.

This week we worked with several colors of gilding wax mixing them together and with paint to see which combinations we liked the best.

Of course, there is always an easy starting point: Kings Gold. This shell CC 13 has a simple coat of wax over the top. Not even any paint – just waxes.

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 This set of scrolls (SC 49) was waxed with a two-step process. Start by mixing Tin gilding wax with mineral spirits to dissolve the wax, and paint with an artist brush.

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For a second coat, mix Tin and Kings Gold with mineral spirits.

(Psst. I got this recipe from my friend Stacy’s Cabinet Recipes)

Gilding M

It turned out we needed a new set of pictures of our medallion, M, so two of these lovelies began a transformation from buff colored to faded patina.

One medallion’s transformation used Tin gilding wax and Florence Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

Silver or Tin Finish on M

The process for is very simple. Mix a diluted gilding wax and mineral spirits and pour out a small sample of paint. Dab your paint brush in the Florence and into the Tin, then, starting at the top of the moulding and working in sections, paint and wipe back. Repeat all steps with different amounts of wax and paint until you have the desired look. Note: use tiny amount of paint to larger amount of wax. Doing this rather randomly I discovered that  the Florence would go in the cracks and then by adding extra wax and lightly brushing and rubbing this is the effect you make.

Having finished the Tin medallion, I moved on to Copper and Florence. Using the same process, work your way around the piece rubbing and adding here and there to get an aged copper patina:

Copper Patina on M

Our last example we  painted straight Tin on the rosette R 77.  Paired on a black background it looks stunning:

Rosettes with Tin Finish

You can get your gilding wax at most of our Efex retailers or The Southern institute of Faux Finishing.

Paint Passion Is Always In Fashion

Paint Passion Is Always In Fashion

Painting with Passion is always in fashion with Patty Seaman.

It is what she does and teaches.

Talent and creativity are contagious at her store in Red Bank New Jersey. My friend, mentor, and Efex Stockist Patty is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her classes are insightful and never boring.

From my personal experience, she is a great teacher! We first met when she trained several of us how to use Chalk Paint®. Sitting around her dining room table, the four trainees learned and laughed as Patty and her sister Karen took us through a wealth of techniques and information.

During our class Karen even thought us how to shake up a can of paint. How boring you think? She lined us all up in a row and had us to the Macarena while shaking the can! Did I mention there was a lot of laughter?

A decade before Paint Passion, Patty founded Classic Wall Finishes. Professionally trained in applying Italian plasters and an assortment of faux-finishes, she provides beautiful, high-quality, and durable finishes to her clients.

One of her best classes is kitchen cabinets. Today we are so lucky to share the samples that her students recently created. They’re awesome. Here are five great new ideas for kitchen cabinets.

1 – If the beach is in your blood, how cute is this?

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2 – Or this elegant coastal living example.

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3 – Shabby chic doesn’t get much better than this bow.  Adding the Efex appliqué to this cabinet doors can make your piece. Versailles with an Old White Wash and some gilding wax accents.

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4 – Totally trending today this Graphite and Renaissance Gold gilding wax sample just pops with the addition of the Efex E5.

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Ahh..  just elegant.

5 – Saving the best for last, a custom backsplash. A wash was applied to match the travertine backsplash. Chalk Paint® in a custom color was applied directly over the glazed accent tiles that were dark grey. Using  Fleur-de-lis on 9 of the tiles completely transformed the backsplash.

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Patties Passion is Paint. And her sister Karen Donnelly is also a painting force to be reckoned with. When Patty wants to embellish something she turns to Efex. Our flexible moulding that are so versatile. They can be used anywhere.

This Before and After is not an Illusion….

This Before and After is not an Illusion….

This Before and After is not an Illusion…

Her store name in French loosely translates into painter of illusions, but this is not an illusion. This makeover from Peintre del llusion will amaze you!

My friend Johanne is not a simple painter. Trained as a faux finisher she knows more great tricks than anyone I know.

Last winter she, her husband (who is a wine merchant) and model beautiful daughter came to visit us in Maine over Easter.

We shared fun times and a lot of laughs as she tried to teach me how to create faux marble. I learned a lot but I’m not as talented as she is. Of course between painting and touring around midcoast Maine we shared some great wine.

Let’s look at what the talented Johanne as done today.

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This little chest was just a wreck. Most people would not have even touched it. I would have gotten rid of it as it was. In my eye it was beyond repair.

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Not our Johanne, Frist she added some Efex. The trim is T42 and 2 B9’s on the side.

She began painting with a coat of Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

While the first coat was still wet, she wrapped silk paper over the entire piece to hide the damage. Would you have thought of that? Never in a million years would it have crossed my mind. Then she second coat of old white. Finally, she dry brushed French Linen and waxed with clear and dark wax.

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Lets toast to this stunning makeover.