Thursday, April 28, 2011

postheadericon Quality time in the studio with Carissa and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

Today I had some quality time in the studio with my daughter, Carissa and Annie Sloan Chalk paint!  It seems I never get a whole day to just paint and enjoy being with Carissa, so today I did just that!  Thought I would  share a few pictures of today's projects and a little bit more....

-"The Blues"  Different techniques and shades of blue from the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint the crackle, and the color over color....what am I saying....I love them all!

This is a view from the studio to the peaceful!  In front of window is another view of table just finished with Paris Grey crackled and gilded, and an old brass  lamp done in the Caromal Colours parchment color with a stenciled lampshade.

Carissa hard at work on an old chest of drawers that had seen better days.  When the knobs go on I'll post the finished pictures.  Funny thing is she NEVER liked to paint before, but Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has changed her mind!
A small little table I picked up from Craigslist and did in an afternoon (to be sold) ...don't think I had a before picture of it....didn't have the heart to tell the lady I bought it from I was going to paint right over her newly varnished table top!   This is Duck Egg Blue with gold leafing.
These are the sweet little boxes Carissa was working on today to give as a Mother's Day present to her mother-in-law.  How lucky she is!  Hope she isn't reading this!!

Just so you understand the salutation....moosh and smoosh is a term I say a lot when teaching with the Caromal Colours Country Living Artisans Collection, since you don't paint it, you simply moosh and smoosh the paint on!  Now with Annie Sloan it is a bit different, you paint, but you moosh and smoosh the wax on!  Gotta love it!   So now you know!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

postheadericon Chalk It Up!!

These are the color sample boards for the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on the studio least the 1st 18 of them!  I am waiting to get the other 6 up on the wall.  I found these frames at Michaels for cheap...thought it was a great way to show the colors and with the wax as well.

 An Annie Sloan Chalk Paint sample board done in Old White with a stencil done in the Rustic Wax....nothin but paint and wax!

Table - before - It had massive water damage and we took the belt sander to it and smoothed out the top the best we could.....pressboard - yuck!

This is the top of the table after painting with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I added a bit of bling to it around the edges with some gold leafing from Caromal Colours.  I love how the Chalk Paint crackles almost immediately when you dry it with a hair dryer.  
Now my hubby says he wishes the other furniture in the barn would start talking to me since I told him a piece has to "speak" to me before I start painting it!   Wait till you see what I scored from my cabinet maker friend!  Alas, he is moving to Oregon, but almost GAVE me two beautiful antique buffets which he already stripped.  Those are going to have to wait until after the 3 Speckled Hens show before I tackle those. In the meantime, I have lots of smaller projects needing my attention in addition to a Distressed 4 Success workshop on May 14th....I have a seat left if you are interested!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

postheadericon Hello! Let me introduce myself...

I'm Vicki and this is 3 Oaks Studio.  I invite you to join me in a creative journey where we refresh, repaint and repurpose using the best DIY materials on the market today!  Around here you will notice if it stands still long enough, it either gets painted, gilded, stenciled or all of the above.  

This is a view from the studio porch.  Now you can see one reason why this is my happy place!  The vineyard is Steve's happy place (hubby) and those chairs are where you will find us a lot at dusk watching the sunset with a glass of wine and sometimes crackers and cheese.  You are always welcome to join us!  
Until next time.....
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Clovis, CA, United States
Decorative paint educator and owner of Old Town Clovis newest DIY shop - repurpose - quality handmade - repainted furniture and so much more - located on the corner of Pollasky and 5th in Old Town Clovis, CA I have loved repainting furniture and repurposing since I can remember, I was a painting contractor for over 15 years and now I love to teach others how to enhance their world with paint, color and design.
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