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A Fun and Inexpensive Kitchen Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

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Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan can help completely transform your kitchen. In this post, we’ll show you some quick and easy professional tips for painting your kitchen cabinets with Chalk Paint®.

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The perfect combination… Chalk Paint® and the holidays!

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The holidays are such an amazing time to get your creative juices flowing! Using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is a great way to elevate your furniture to get ready for holiday festivities and create gorgeous gifts. That’s why for this month’s Facebook contest, we want you to tell us how you are using Chalk Paint® during the holidays! Visit our Facebook page for a chance to win one (1) quart of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

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Facebook Contest: Get inspired by Annie Sloan Stockists!

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Annie Sloan Stockists hold a wealth of knowledge and inspiration in their stores! Visiting your local stockist can provide you with the necessary creative concepts to tackle your next project. That’s why for this month’s Facebook contest, we want you to tell us what your favorite thing is about visiting your local stockist for your chance to win one (1) quart of Chalk Paint®!

Fall window display created by Annie Sloan Stockist Carte Blanche Upcycle, located in the Greater Moncton area.

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Create an Original Piece of Paddle Art With Annie Sloan Products

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Summer is over and the cooler weather is coming in. Annie Sloan Stockist Katrina Barclay of Malenka Originals in Ottawa, Ontario wanted to bring memories of warmer, sunnier days into her home with some beautiful paddle art.

There’s a lot of beautiful paddle art out there and we love the geometric patterns we’ve been seeing, but Katrina wanted to create something more personalized and unique to hang on her wall. Something that – even in the middle of winter – she could look at when craving those summertime feels.

This paddle project hit all the right buttons for her. It blends together her love of canoeing with a picture of one of her favorite places in the world. Plus, it uses bright and uplifting Chalk Paint® colors.

If you don’t have a paddle – no problem! These techniques can also be used on furniture. Let’s take a look!

Time: 2 Hours Cost: $60 Difficulty: Medium

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Inspiring ways to use the new Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan color, Lem Lem™!

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It’s probably been hard to miss the news that Annie Sloan’s brand new color, Lem Lem™, has arrived!

Every pot of Lem Lem™ sold will raise vital funds for Oxfam, helping people beat poverty worldwide.

This limited edition color is so versatile, and there are so many different ways people are using it on their projects. Keep reading for Lem Lem™ inspiration and to see some of the amazing ways people are using this new, amazing color!

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Fall projects with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

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Autumn leaves and pumpkins please! For all our followers in North America, fall is in full swing. What better way to celebrate than to show you all the various ways you can use Annie Sloan products to create amazing fall pieces. Read on to see a roundup of our favorite fall-inspired projects…

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Fall Pallet Pumpkin DIY Decor Fun With Chalk Paint®

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We’re getting ready for Fall with a fun Pumpkin Pallet DIY project done with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. Annie Sloan Stockist Vicki Shoemaker of 3 Oaks Studio created a pumpkin project with 5 unique finishes that look great together on this project. They can also be used on their own for any of your other paint projects this season. We can’t wait to share the how-to with you. Let’s take a closer look!

Time: 3 Hours Cost: $40 Difficulty: Medium

  • fall pallet pumpkin diy decor fun with chalk paint
You can use old pallet wood cut into a pumpkin shape, or as we used for this example, plywood that was cut with a jigsaw and routed to mimic the look of wood planks. Wooden pumpkin shapes can also be purchased on Etsy or arts and crafts stores near you.

  • fall pallet pumpkin diy decor fun with chalk paint
We’ve broken up each numbered section on the pumpkin to correspond to its own finish. For each number, you can find the techniques, products, and colors used to create the look.
1)    Gold Foil over Chalk Paint®
Materials needed:
– Chalk Paint® in Honfleur
– Annie Sloan Gold Size
– Gold Foil
– Annie Sloan Pure Bristle brush
– Sea Sponge
– Annie Sloan Stencil Brush
Using an Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush, apply Chalk Paint® in Honfleur in a stipple motion to ensure there are no brush marks. Let dry. Apply Annie Sloan Gold Size with a sea sponge to create a broken pattern. Let dry. Lay gold foil on section and with an Annie Sloan Stencil Brush, dab and rub gently.  The gold will come off the paper leaving the gold broken pattern and stick to the gold size.
2) Chalk Paint® used as an embossed stencil
*See photo below for example
Materials Needed:
– Chalk Paint® in Graphite
– Chalk Paint® in Old Ochre
– Annie Sloan Flat Brush
– Annie Sloan Wax Brush
– Clear & Dark Chalk Paint® Wax
– Stencil of your choice
– Old credit card or hotel room key card
– Annie Sloan Sanding Pad
– Lint-free cloth
Pour a small amount of Chalk Paint® in Graphite into a bowl and set aside to thicken. This is a wonderful way to use Chalk Paint® to create texture on your project. Choose a stencil and lay it down over section #2. Tape if necessary. With an old credit card, Starbucks card or hotel room key card, (etc) scrape thickened Graphite paint over your stencil. Let it dry slightly and remove the stencil. Allow the texture to dry completely. Once dry, with an Annie Sloan Flat Brush, apply a layer of Chalk Paint® in Old Ochre over the Graphite, just enough to cover, but not too thick. Let dry. With your Annie Sloan Sanding Pads in medium or coarse grit, dip the pad in water slightly and towel dry. Sand over the Old Ochre to reveal Graphite edges around the stencil pattern beneath.  Using a small Annie Sloan Wax Brush, apply Clear Chalk Paint® Wax and wipe back excess with a lint free cloth. In the same way, apply Dark Chalk Paint® Wax and wipe back. Lastly, Apply Clear Chalk Paint® Wax with a rag to remove some excess Dark Wax and reveal more of the Old Ochre color.
3) Crackle Effect with Chalk Paint®
Materials Needed:
– Chalk Paint® in Arles
– Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush
– Clear & Dark Chalk Paint® Wax
– Lint-free cloth
– Hairdryer
In a slip slap motion, with your Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush, paint this section in Arles. Allow to dry and lay another thicker layer of Arles on – in a haphazard motion. Immediately dry with a hair dryer, holding hair dryer about 12” away. As paint dries, cracks will appear in a random pattern. Let dry completely. Apply Clear Chalk Paint® Wax in the same manner as section #2. Apply Dark Chalk Paint® Wax in same manner as section #2. Wipe back with a soft cloth and use a bit of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax on the cloth to reveal more Arles color and make cracks more pronounced.
4) Decoupage
Materials Needed:
– Chalk Paint® in Old Ochre
– Annie Sloan Image Medium
– Decorative napkins
– Annie Sloan Stencil Brush
– Annie Sloan Flat Brush
– Plastic wrap
– Clear & Dark Chalk Paint® Wax
– Lint-free cloth
Paint a thin coat of Chalk Paint® in Old Ochre with your small Annie Sloan Flat Brush. Let dry. Gently remove backing layer (white part) from the top decorative part of your napkin. You will just use the colored section.  Apply the Annie Sloan Image Medium over the entire section with a small brush. Gently lay your sections of napkins over the image medium and cover with plastic wrap. With your Annie Sloan Stencil Brush, gently pat and rub over plastic wrap to ensure there is a tight bond with napkin and image medium. Remove the plastic wrap and let dry. Sand edges to remove any excess napkin. Apply Clear Chalk Paint® Wax same as section #2 and wipe back. Apply Dark Chalk Paint® Wax same as section #2 and wipe back. Remove excess dark with a soft cloth and Clear Chalk Paint® Wax.
5. Gold Gilding Wax Over Chalk Paint® in Barcelona Orange
Material Needed:
– Chalk Paint® in Barcelona Orange
– Annie Sloan Bright Gold Gilding Wax
– Annie Sloan Flat Brush
– Annie Sloan Stencil Brush
– Clear & Dark Chalk Paint® Wax
– Lint-free cloth
With your small Annie Sloan Flat Brush, apply Chalk Paint® in Barcelona Orange over section 5. Let dry and reapply if necessary for full coverage.    Next, apply Clear and Dark Chalk Paint® Waxes in the same manner as section #2. Once the wax is dry, lay your stencil down and with your stencil brush, gently apply Annie Sloan Gilding Wax to stencil your pattern. Here’ a tip when stenciling anything with the Annie Sloan Stencil Brush: A little goes a long way! Be sure to “off-load” your brush to remove as much excess product from the bristles before stenciling. You can use a folded paper towel or paper plate for this.
Optional – We added stenciled lettering to the bottom portion of the pumpkins. This can be done either before or after waxing. We used Graphite for these stencils.

  • fall pallet pumpkin diy decor fun with chalk paint
*Chalk Paint® used as an embossed stencil

  • fall pallet pumpkin diy decor fun with chalk paint
Bonus: Optional Spiderweb
While playing with Chalk Paint® and using a small tipped bottle, we poured out a spider web pattern onto our Annie Sloan MixMat™. Since the paint will not stick to the MixMat™, it’s a fun way to create a spiderweb pattern that can be used on a variety of decor surfaces this upcoming Halloween. Just let the paint dry completely (overnight) and gently roll mix mat to remove the dried paint in the pattern of the spider web. Now you can drape it over your pumpkin or other decor items around the home. We’ve tied a small store bought spider to the neck of the pumpkin with clear thread. The spider was painted in Graphite with highlights in the Annie Sloan Gilding Waxes in both Bright and Dark Silver.

  • fall pallet pumpkin diy decor fun with chalk paint
We hope you’ve enjoyed this multi-finish how-to and have been inspired to try one of these techniques this fall season!

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Facebook Contest: Your Go-To How-To with Annie Sloan

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How-to videos can be so helpful, and they are great resources for inspiring some of our most creative projects. That’s why in this month’s Facebook contest, we want you to tell us what your favorite or most helpful Annie Sloan YouTube video is for your chance to win one (1) quart of Chalk Paint®!

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Facebook Contest: Two’s Company with Chalk Paint®

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Each of the 35 colors of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan will look beautiful in your home, so we know it can be hard to choose just one go-to. That’s why in this month’s Facebook contest, we’re asking you to tell us your two favorite Chalk Paint® colors for your chance to win two (2) 4 oz. Chalk Paint® Project Pots!

Chalk Paint® Sample Pots

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Beautifully Distressed Finishes with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

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We’re excited to share how you can create a lovely distressed finish with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan! It’s a wonderful way to add depth and interest to your furniture, cabinets and more. Let’s get started.

Time: 1 Hour

Cost: $30

Difficulty: Easy

Start off with a new, raw wood cabinet door. Since you’ll be using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, there’s no need to prime first. Just open the can and start painting!

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