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She Made It Her Own with Annie Sloan

Oh my goodness! Our very own Kerry Russell from Blue Butterfly Renew right here in Hamilton has won first prize in the “Made It My Own” with Annie Sloan contest! Congratulations Kerry we are so excited for you! Kerry is no stranger to winning contests, you may remember that she also won the grand prize in our Canadian 31 Days of Chalk Paint™ contest last year! Where will she go from here???

Kerry used Graphite Chalk Paint™ and Dark Wax and lots of distressing to create this beautifully rustic look!

KerryThere is still time to enter Annie’s “Make It My Own” with Annie Sloan Contest by posting your picture here!  The possibilities are endless!

Happy Painting!…

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Good To The Last Drop!

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Everyday while chatting with customers we talk about how far a can of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan will go.  We tell you a quart will cover 150 sq ft and a sample pot will cover 18 sq ft, but its hard to imagine that as a dresser or sideboard or stool.  So, we thought we would see just how far that 4oz sample pot could go!  With that in mind we went searching in our stash of furniture for something that we thought would really stretch that theory to its limits.

To put things into perspective this bookshelf is 24″w x 29″h x 10″d and had originally been painted for a spring window display with Antibes and English Yellow.  We were a little nervous, could we really cover these colours and this size with a scant 4oz of paint?

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We hadn’t used Country Grey for anything in a while so that would be our colour! …

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Two Years and Counting

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This past weekend marks the second anniversary for The Painted Bench in Hamilton. My journey down this path made much more beautiful with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan started long before that.

For over twenty years I worked with several dance studios creating and sewing costumes. I loved working with the children and enjoyed being my own boss, but about four years ago I decided it was time to move on. Fortunately for me I thought that maybe my bedroom set could use some sprucing up and since I had some time on my hands I went searching for the perfect method for accomplishing that. It took a while but I finally stumbled upon a fabulous store called Diamonds & Toads in St Thomas, Ontario that sold Chalk Paint™ by someone called Annie Sloan! I spent the better part of an afternoon with Michelle Gallant, who was the most gracious hostess and answered all of my crazy questions.…

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Easy Peasy Smooth Finish

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We really do love our Chalk Paint™ here at The Painted Bench and we love it even more when Annie Sloan creates a video using her decorative paint.

We have pretty rustic taste in the shop and use a lot of crackly, crusty & distressed finishes, but every once in a while someone asks for a smooth as butter finish.  What you say?  You can get a smooth finish with Chalk Paint™?  We say of course you can!!!!

It really is very simple to create a lovely smooth finish by adding a little water to your paint and using one of Annie’s beautiful flat brushes.  This is the perfect finish for all of the wonderful mid century modern pieces that are turning up at local thrift shops and garage sales.

Let’s take a look at how Annie Sloan guides us through the process of choosing and mixing a colour, painting a smooth finish and finally waxing with ease.…

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Happy Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day All!  This day seems to sneak up on me every year.  Just when I think the Earth will always be grey from winter something like this surprises me and I remember the beauty that surrounds us and why we celebrate this day!

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First violets of spring

One of the things I love most about owning a vintage store is that we reuse, recycle and relove something everyday!  From old dressers to discarded pallets we will find a use for it.  We carry products that have a very low impact on the environment such as Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint which contain no chemicals at all and Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan with zero VOCs.

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Why not join us today at The Painted Bench in our goal to reuse an old piece of furniture, recycle some old hardware to a new project, or relove something with a new coat of paint? …

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What Have You Been Creating?

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Did you know that our favourite messages from all of you is your before and after results?  We just love to see what you’ve accomplished with a little paint, stain or paper and glue!  Take a look at some our customer’s latest works of art.

 

Lindsey has been busy renewing a tired but beautiful chair by painting the frame and the fabric!  Did you know that you can paint fabric with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan?  Its so easy and quick and so much more economical than new upholstery!  Lindsey used French Linen on the wood and Emile on the fabric.

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Perfect painted fabric with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan

 

Nicole also refurbished this beautiful fabric covered bench with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan.  A little Duck Egg and either Old White or Pure White is a classic combination to freshen up any project but on fabric its a sure winner!…

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What Are You Doing This Weekend?

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This weekend we will be at The Vintage Marketplace and we hope you can join us!  The Hamilton Convention Center will be home to this fabulous all things vintage show Saturday & Sunday.

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Join The Painted Bench at The Vintage Marketplace

If you like to shop for vintage anything this is the place for you!  You will find everything from clothing to barn board, jewellery to original art, cool kitchy kitchen items and of course, painted vintage furniture and the best decorative paint in the world, Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan!  Which of course you will find in our lovely booth!

This joint is jumping! The Painted Bench’s booth at The Vintage Marketplace

 

This is the third year for The Vintage Marketplace and the second time we have participated.  If last year was any indication, this year will be sensational with lots of new vendors and lots of  fabulous new treasures at The Painted Bench booth. …

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