Sunday, March 20, 2011

What a wonderful "perk" Annie Sloan Chalk Paint received from Miss Mustard Seed's Blog

Wow....what a pleasant surprise when I received lots of emails and orders coming from two blogs Miss Mustard Seed wrote about Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and Products.
Please go to Miss Mustard Seeds blog to see her before and after photos....she did a great job.

I copied the following from Miss Mustard Seeds blog to share with you....this paint is MAGIC and I can't brag enough about the techniques, beauty and forgiveness the applications allow.

Cruel and Unusual 

"OK.  I need to explain something, so you don't feel like I'm just going, "Neener-neener-neener.  I know a cool paint and you don't!"  I am going to share everything about the paint I used on my desk as soon as I get the green light.  My source asked if I would hold off for a few days until they are ready to handle lots of orders.  You know, when I posted my glitter letter tutorial my source, Meyer Imports, sold out of my glitter and I had to wait to get more!

So, I sent my source an e-mail today, letting them know my readers are dying and can I please share.  I'm still waiting to get the "OK".  Since I have not gotten the thumbs up, yet, I was going to post my next installment of the slipcover series.  Well, the video didn't upload and it's going to take another 2 1/2 hours.  Ah!  The only thing I have to share is another before and after with the mystery paint.

Hopefully this will just whet your appetite and not make you totally hate me.

Just keep in mind...I love all of you and I'm going to share the paint, techniques and answer all of your questions.  OK? " 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is MAGIC...NO SECRET pure fact! (Anne Skougard's photo)

"Mystery Paint Revealed!

Jane, Lee Gamble and a few others guessed it right!  Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint is the mystery paint.  I received an e-mail from a reader a few weeks ago, telling me I should try chalk paint.  My first thought was, "Duh.  I know what chalk board paint is."  I was being a little high and mighty at that moment and then I clicked the link she kindly sent me.  I was an idiot.  A high and mighty idiot.  Chalk paint is not chalk board paint, but something entirely different.

I loved the colors available and was intrigued by this product, so I thought I would contact them to see if they would send me some samples.  I would try it out and review it on my blog.  Well, I spoke to one of the best sales woman alive, Patty Seaman of Classic Wall Finishes.  She went on and on and on about how wonderful this paint was and I was ready to commit to it for life without ever having tried it.  She slowed me down and said, "Just try it.  If you don't love it, don't write about it."  I felt even more confident after hearing that statement.  If she didn't believe in this product 100%, she wouldn't say that.  A few days later, I received some paint and Annie Sloan's Quick and Easy Paint Transformations Book to guide me along.  I couldn't put my brush down.  I painted five pieces of furniture in two days, starting with my corner cabinets.

I really wanted to paint these and this was the perfect push to make me do it.  The greatest part?  This water-based, low odor paint bonds so well that it doesn't require sanding or primer.  I applied the paint directly onto the factory poly finish. No expensive bonding primer required!

 Louis Blue.One of my other favorite things about this paint is how well it distresses.  When you distress latex paint, it rolls and peals off unless it has cured for over a month.  I sanded this hours after I painted it and the chalk paint comes off in a fine powder, so it looks natural.  The finish is flat and chalky, but shine and protection can be added by applying a coat of wax.  A darker wax was then applied to my corner cabinets to tone down the vibrant  

...a secretary, mirror frame and a bookcase.  I started out with a quart of Louis Blue, a quart of Old White and a sample of Paris Gray and still have plenty of paint for more projects.  Even with three colors, I've been able to achieve a variety of shades and tones by mixing the paint.  

So, where can you buy chalk paint?  

Here are some "stockists" you can order from:

House of Anne
Anne Skougard in Canyon Lake, California
Phone: 951-244-9968    951-385-6745

Patty Seaman
Classic Wall Finishes
Little Silver, New Jersey

Southern Institute of Faux Finishing
Virginia Weathersby in Brandon, Mississippi
Phone: 601-919-FAUX

Faux Works
Barbara Skivington in High Point, NC
Phone: 336-841-0130

WonderFaux Studio
Michelle Delgado
12919 Southwest Freeway
Suite 120
Stafford, Texas 77477
Phone: 281-242-4937

WonderFaux Studio
Michelle Delgado in Houston, Texas
Phone: 281-242-4937

Lily Lane Home
Robin and Brittany Lynn Muller in Waco, Texas
Phone: 281-702-2866

You may experience a little sticker shock when you see that the paint is over $34+/quart depending on geographical locations, but it goes a long way, no primer is required and you'll love the results.  And don't worry!  I am going to post all about my painting and distressing techniques, how to work with the clear and dark wax and all of the other exciting things I'm learning about this product.  You'll definitely hear more about chalk paint.

For more information from Annie Sloan herself, you can check out her website  

As one final comment for this post, I want to tell you that I did receive free to paint to sample, but this is not a paid advertisement.  I do not make any money from any paint purchased.  I fully believe in this product and wanted to work with chalk paint stockists, who are mostly decorative artist like myself, to promote my new very favorite paint in the whole wide world. "

I want to let you know that there are more U.S.A Stockists that have come on
board than the list posted above. Vicki Shoemaker in Clovis, CA joins me in
representing California for events and workshops and I think there are two or three
more and I apologize for not knowing where they are located, Robyn Story of Story Designs in Tampa, Fla...New Orleans and two locations and South Carolina.....but go to Jolie Design, our U.S. Distributors web site for
clarification. Also Kelly Smith from Bella Bungalow has joined as a Mini-stockist in the Pacific N.W.

Ok everyone....I have orders to fill and workshops to prepare for as well as spend some time with my three neglected boys, my husband Roger and dogs Gus and Amos.
Happy Sunday and I wish you a beautiful week.

Keep on painting........

Kari Caldwell of Encinitas, CA and me painting up a storm last weekend!

Pam...a beautiful faux artist, Diane...back to learn more and Linda and Linda from the Urban Barn in Escondido, CA

Four students and 48 brushes later.........oh well, it's my JOB as a Stockist :)