September 18, 2011

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop--A GREAT Find!

I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint...
It dries in no time, no need to prime, there is NO smell so you can paint your piece in your home, clean up is EASY- it distresses to PERFECTION and a little goes a LONG way....You can combine colors to  achieve the look you are going for and when you apply the wax for protection--it brings the piece to LIFE!
So I decided to drive to Chicago to attend a workshop hosted by 
Michelle Green of Di Lucca Designs--
Michelle is a doll and VERY knowledgeable in the different painting techniques- and made us all feel right at home--Added Bonus--she is a one of those people you feel like you have known FOREVER once you meet her...another bonus of the workshop --meeting great, fun peeps and

 So fun being able to experiment and try different techniques with all of the colors and seeing the benefit of combining different colors to achieve the EXACT look you are going for...For me the exact look I was going for was something to dress up this little vintage bench...That is the GREAT part about Michelle's workshop-you bring a piece from home to transform! Here is my piece BEFORE the workshop....

First I trimmed out the edges of my bench with a color called Primer Red....

And then I applied 2 coats of Duck Egg Blue....

Once dried I started distressing - which is so easy - it just rubs off....and the red lightly shows through...then I applied my


and after........

i love it!!!
......tomorrow more workshop talk!


  1. Nice job Chris! Way to go, getting pictures of your work. We had such a great time, delighted to meet you! I plan to follow your posts too. Love the mirrored closet doors! Carol

  2. Love it Chris! Great bench. :)

  3. I know that was so much fun for you. The bench is adorable.

  4. I can't believe there was a workshop here and I didn't know about it. :(

  5. Looks great in the room Chris! It was such fun having you and the other ladies in the workshop. It was a pleasure teaching those with natural talent.

  6. ooooo! I so love it! I tied Annie Sloan and it didn't work well for me. It got clumpy. Since I've been blogging, I think I used the wrong brush and the made too long of strokes. Thanks for the help. Thinking of you and praying for you during this time of transition.


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