Mar 14, 2015

Provence Desk

Check out this gorgeous desk I just painted!  It's done in Annie Sloan Provence... a gorgeous teal!  

The drawers are lined in an awesome houndstooth shelf liner that I bought from Canadian Tire!  Crappy Tire has the BEST shelf liner!! Who knew!!

Here are some more Before & After shots...

Feb 21, 2015

Antiqued Union Jack Table

This piece took FOREVER to finish!!!
The good news - it sold right away.  
Bad news - after all that work, I got 2 crappy pictures and that's it.

Union Jack side table finished in Annie Sloan Graphite.  Flag painted with Old White, Napoleonic Blue and Emperor's Silk.  Finished with clear wax and dark wax.

Feb 11, 2015

Gold Dipped Hall Table

A huge trend I've been seeing this year is Gold Dipped accessories and furniture.  It's all over home decor sites like Pinterest, Apartment Therapy and trendy stores like Anthropologie.

I decided to take a go at this trend, and transformed a boring Bombay Co. hall table, to a chic, trendy show stopper that's already getting a ton of attention at The Painted Bench Oakville.

I started off by using painters tape and taping off the legs about half way.  Next, I painted on Artisan Enhancements Leaf & Foil Size.  I just used an old chip brush.  The stuff is stiiiiiicky, and there is no point in trying to save your brush!!! I let it dry for an hour, and next, I cut a fair size piece of gold foil and pressed onto the sticky surface.  It comes right off.  Super easy!  I wanted the legs fully covered, so I repeated the whole process a second time to make sure I got full coverage with the gold.... I did the same thing to the handles!!  The foil needs a top coat to be sealed, so I used General Finishes Top coat in Satin.

I'm very happy with how this piece turned out.  I think it's awesome and I'm now totally hooked on gold foil.  I want to gold dip everything!!!

Feb 8, 2015

Aubusson Blue

I just finished up this awesome table in Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue with Dark Wax.
I know, I know... horrrrrible pics!!!  As usual.

Jan 29, 2015

My First Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Project

One of my best buds gave me this old, gorgeous wash stand for my living room.  I loved it as is, but every night it would stare at me and whisper "paint me.... paint me".  Argh, so I did... and I ended up painting it 4 times until I got it right.

I wanted to give it the "chippy" look, but the only way to get a true "chippy" look is to use milk paint.  I'm so anti-milk paint.  I hate that you have to mix it yourself, and I hate that you only mix what you need, because you can't store it.    So, I researched a few different ways to achieve the chippy look with chalk paint, and a few people suggested using Vaseline or candle wax.  

I coated all the edges in candle wax and gave the piece a coat of Old White.  I tried scrapping off the paint and yea, nothing happened.  Then I covered the edges in Vaseline and gave the piece a coat of Arles.  When I started scrapping off the paint, it literally just scrapped off.  In chunks.  It looked horrible,  So I sanded the crap out of it and gave the piece a fresh coat of Arles.

I caved and brought home some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Boxwood.  I gave the piece 2 coats of Boxwood, waited for it to dry, and started chipping away with an old Star Bucks gift card!!!
It was the exact results I wanted.  I love the finished look.  The piece looks old and weathered in this awesome army green colour.  I just love it.  

And no, I will not post any pics of my failed "chalk paint chipping".  It was that bad.

Knobs are from Pier1.

Jan 1, 2015

"Ombre" Dresser from Annie Sloan's New Book!

In Annie Sloan's new book Room Recipes for Style and Colour , she showcases a stunning dresser, done in colours created with different mixes of Barcelona Orange and Greek Blue.  The dresser caught my eye right away, and I really wanted to replicate it... but, of course, with my spin!!!


Here's a pic of the dresser - Luckily for me, it was also featured on the cover of Fresh Style magazine.  I didn't want to take a picture of inside Annie Sloan's book.... I know nothing about copyright this and that blah blah blah.... but a magazine cover is fair game, right?!?!

Anyway, Nicole, from The Painted Bench in Oakville, had the perfect dresser for the project.  I can't believe this green, monster dresser was headed for the trash.

The key to getting this sucker right, was the colours.  I spent a looooong time mixing and playing with combos of Greek Blue and Barcelona Orange.  I wish I had taken pictures of all my trials, because it is truly amazing just how many colour variations you can get with just 2 cans of paint.  The possibilities are endless with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  

Here it is... All complete!  The top drawer is blue with a touch or orange.  And the bottom drawer is orange with a touch of blue.  I wish I could share the formula for the other drawers, but I had no method to my mixing.  I just kept playing until I got it right!!

Sooooo...Whose do you like better?!?!??! Annie or Cait?!?!?! hahaha

Dec 3, 2014

Making your Uggs Look Brand New with Chalk Paint

I have no idea where or when I came up with the idea to chalk paint my Uggs... but one day, I got it stuck  in my head, that one - my Uggs are my most favourite thing ever to wear and they look like crap, and two - you can chalk paint anything.  So today, I got a little brave and tackled them.  The result is AMAZING, and I am so excited:)

Here's how I went from my old, nasty, stained and worn Uggs... to the FABO new kicks!!

First I gave my boots a good wipe down with nothing but a dry scrubbie.  I wanted to get off as much dirt as possible, and loosen whatever fibers were left... 

Next, I taped off the "Uggs" logo because I still wanted to be cool.... I used scotch tape rather than painter's tape, because I wanted good adhesion to avoid the paint bleeding.  Painter's tape wasn't tacky enough.

Next, I taped off the bottom sole, spongy part.  I didn't want to paint that part juuuust in case it didn't wear well outside.  I have 99.9% faith that the paint will adhere and wear well outside, but since it was my first time painting Uggs, I decided just to leave it as is.  Next time, I'll paint it... It'll look better.  I may even go back and paint the bottom on these guys!! hehe (Oh, and again, I used scotch tape)

Next, I got my paint ready.  I painted this pair with Annie Sloan Graphite.  I thought about doing Aubusson, or Emperor's Silk, but chickened out...
I added just a wee bit of water to loosen the paint.  I'm so awesome, I even took a video to show you the consistency...

Then I painted my boots with a small Annie Sloan brush.  I just brushed the paint on in a back in forth motion, making sure to cover all sides of the fibers with paint.  I never had too much paint on my brush at once because I didn't want it to soak through.  It's always easier to add more paint, then to take it off.  Always, be patient and take your time.  These pics are after one coat.

The boots looked great after one coat, but I did 2, just to get perfect coverage.  Annie Sloan recommends waiting overnight between coats to be sure the fabric is completely dry.  Shhhhhhh, don't tell her I only waited an hour.

Next, I used a lint free cloth to apply Annie Sloan clear wax.  Just a thin layer.  The clear wax gives it a bit of a leather, shiny, look, and also makes the boots water repellent.  So YES, I can wear them outside and not worry about the paint dripping off and puddling at my feet.

And here is the final awesomeness...

Happy Feet...