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What Do We Do At The Painted Bench?

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We hear that question daily in the shop.  What is it that you do here? Sometimes when I try and answer that question I feel like we run the Ottawa Street General Store!  So today I thought I would try and tell you exactly what we do at The Painted Bench.

Did You Know We Sell Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan?

This is the number one reason for opening the doors at 208 Ottawa St N here in Hamilton more than five years ago!  We sell the best and the original furniture paint and our customer service is second to none!  You have questions and we are here to answer them no matter how simple or complex.   You can explore Annie Sloan’s website for more information here.

We carry all of Annie’s colours and products and we try our best to have everything in stock at all times. …

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Upcoming Workshops at The Painted Bench

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What’s Happening at The Painted Bench?

We always have a good selection of workshops using Annie Sloan Paint on offer at the shop, in August we’re going to kick things up a notch!

Make It Your Own with Annie Sloan

As always we will be running our cornerstone workshop, Make It Your Own with Annie Sloan.  This is where we teach you the basics of Chalk Paint™ and how to use this wonderful paint to create your own masterpieces.  In three short hours you will learn several techniques, many ways to distress, stencilling, and finishing with Annie’s Soft Wax.

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Creating with Chalk Paint™ & Iron Orchid Designs Transfers & Moulds

This is one of the newest workshops we have on offer at the shop.  Annie Sloan Paint and Iron Orchid Designs products are a match made in heaven!  First off we will be using two of the most popular IOD design items, transfers and moulds to create some fabulous pieces you will love to display in your home. …

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Colour Trends of 2017 – Part 1

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We’re Keen on Green

For those of you who don’t already know Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017 is a vibrant spring inspired hue called Greenery. Pantone describes the colour as: “Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors”.  This was the inspiration for my next piece.

Take a Deep Breath!

I know what you might be thinking, green is bold and bold can be scary! When it comes to interior design and painting furniture many of us tend to stick to muted, neutral tones such as Annie Sloan’s Old White or French Linen.  We use brighter colours only as accents. There is no harm in remaining neutral, these colours are classics and will never go out of style.

Greenery, like the Chalk Paint™ colours Antibes, Florence or Amsterdam Green, challenges us to step outside of our comfort zone and get inspired. …

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How to paint a dresser with Annie Sloan Paint

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This beautiful dresser landed in our shop purely by chance. Hubby and Carolyn were out picking up a white French provincial bedroom set when Carolyn spied this beauty in another room. Before I had a chance to say YESSS I want it, it was on the truck!  I knew right away Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan would be perfect for repurposing this lovely piece.

At first glance I knew i wanted the top to be stained, there were many problems with the finish, so before the fun part started I had to strip and sand. This didn’t take long with a stripper we carry in the shop.  Dad’s Easy Spray works incredibly fast and I love the attached spray bottle that makes the job as neat as can be.

Colour is Everything with Annie Sloan

As soon as I laid eyes on this beautiful dresser I knew I wanted to use Annie Sloan’s Florence.…

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Get a Bandaid on that Bleed Through!

It doesn’t happen often but every once in a while we will get the dreaded “Bleed Through” on a piece when we are painting with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan. The most common problem is usually pine knots but sometimes you will get pink from old mahogany stain, yellow or brown splotches from walnut or little brown spots from oak.  Now sometimes we can ignore those brown areas if we are going to paint something rustic and we will be using Annie’s Dark Wax but if you are looking for the clean classic lines of Pure White the last thing you are looking for is this!


A mix of Old White and Pure White Chalk Paint™ over mahogany stain.



This is the point where our trusty shellac comes to the rescue because applying another coat of paint at this point will simply amount to two coats of pink paint instead of one.…

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A Lady Never Reveals her Age: But Your Furniture Does

Learn How to Date Your Antiques With a Few of These Simple Tips and Tricks

Let’s talk joinery, some of you may be able to spot authentic antique joint work from a mile away, others can’t tell a waltz from a tango, err… or in this case an antique from an… Ikea? It’s all about the intricate details of craftsmanship that expose history and more importantly tell a story. This blog will give you a brief overview of the different styles of joinery, once you’ve learned what to look for, take a few minutes and study the furniture around your home, you’ll be amazed at what you find when you look a little closer.

Knapp Joints: Also known as Pin & Cove, a Pin & Scallop or Half Moon, this is a visually unique style of antique joinery, its typically very strong and can be mass-produced in a factory using a special type of machinery.…

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The Painted Bench on the Road

Last week my hubby and I took a much needed week off and hit the road to Florida to take in some sun, watch some Blue Jays baseball at Spring Training Camp and of course visit some Annie Sloan Stockists! We visited 4 incredibly talented Stockists while we were in the Clearwater area, every one of them should be on your list of must visits!

The first stop we made was to Marcotte’s Salvage. Jenni and I have trained together twice and I love spending time with her, it was a real treat to finally visit her shop!





The next stop we made was to Buster’s Antiques located in an area populated with antiques, galleries and great food! Plan to spend a few hours in this neighbourhood and wear your walking shoes!





With a couple of Blue Jays games under our belts…



we were off to visit The Feathered Nest which just happens to be in a lovely downtown shopping district within site of the ocean! …

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Holiday Hours

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at The Painted Bench.


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Fit For a Princess with Chalk Paint™

It’s so satisfying to see our work in its new home! This lovely set was passed down from mother to daughter and we had the pleasure of freshening everything up with Pure White and Paris Grey Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan. A little extra special touch was provided with an Artisan Enhancements stencil, Venetian Damask.

All of these products are available in the shop or in our Online Store.  If you would like to recreate this look or have us do it for you stop in the shop or give us a call!  We are located at 208 Ottawa Street North in Hamilton, Ontario.  289-389-9281dresser night tallboy


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