Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s New Color! (and other paint updates) June 24, 2012

Hello y’all!,
That’s how I talk, now that I’m back from Atlanta! I really wish I had a southern accent! I think they sound so soft and pretty.

I think I’ll spend this week, telling you about some of the great product info I learned, at the Haven conference. Today, let’s talk about paint! Are you good with that? Hope so!
This sweet little table has been painted in Annie Sloan’s newest chalk paint color, Florence. I also saw a couple of very cool techniques, using ASCP. 20120624-194915.jpg
I learned about a technique called wet distressing. Once the ASCP has dried, you simply take a clean and soft, wet cloth (even a baby wipe!) and distress the paint where ever you like. Instead of using sand paper, you’ll create no dust, and get the same results.
I also love this technique, when a piece of wood, painted in a gold or silver metallic, is then painted with chalk paint; in this case I believe it’s “country gray”. Once the chalk paint is dry, you wet distress the piece, letting the metallic color show through.
Marian, better known as Miss Mustard Seed, introduced her very own line of milk paint. She explained the kind of results and options available, using her paint. 20120624-200105.jpg
One big advantage is that the paint is shipped in powder form, so you don’t have to pay the higher cost, of shipping a water added product.

This is the new color palette. Looks pretty nice! You can even mix the colors, for your own custom colors!
Rust-oleum has a new 4-step cabinet painting system.

Even though no sanding is involved, its still a four step process, so I don’t plan on painting kitchen cabinets any time soon!

It seems like spray paint from Rust-oleum is “selling like hot cakes”. Even though I hear black is still their number one selling color, the color choices are multiplying! One of Rust-oleum’s sweet reps painted these simple bottles and jars using spray paint. My favorite color is Sea Glass. She says if you’re going to try this yourself, wipe the glass down first with nail polish remover first, to make the paint stick.



Well, that’s the paint update. I’m looking forward to trying some of these things for myself!

We’re you at Haven? Did I miss anything in my paint update? There was so much to see!

Until next time,

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  1. classic • casual • home on June 25, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Really fun post. Are you going to try out Miss Mustard’s Seed’s paint?

    • Barbara Bussey on June 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Hi Mary Ann! Yes, I certainly am going to play with the milk paint. From what I learned, it behaves quite a bit differently than other paints, unless you add a bonding agent. Without that, the paint will “self distress”, Marian calls it. I just need another day or two in the week to do all of this!

  2. Becka (The Girasole Lady) on June 25, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Hi Barbara,
    I’m stopping by to say ‘Hello’. Nice to meet you. Your link was on MMS FB page this morning. I’m very pleased to know you live relatively close to my area, I’m in Oroville CA. I’m always on the look out for local business/friends that love to share a creative spirit.
    I had been admiring ASCP for some time, and recently purchased a can of Old White, and some dark wax, to play with. I LOVE it!
    I travel down to the Sacramento area every couple of months for a good shopping trip, indeed I will be adding your shop to the list.
    Have a good day, and Thank you.
    Becka (The Girasole Lady)

    • Barbara Bussey on June 25, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Barbara Bussey Reply:
      June 25th, 2012 at 7:54 am
      Hi Becka! Since I don’t work every day at Veranda, (we’re only open Thursday-Sunday), give me a call, next time you’re in the area, and hopefully we can meet. By the way, I recently learned that you should put clear wax on first, before the dark wax, or else the dark wax stains the paint and can’t be controlled as easily. It really is a great paint! I’m anxious to try out the milk paint, as well! Thanks for stopping by!

      • Becka (The Girasole Lady) on June 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        Thank you Barbara for the wax advice.
        I will call in advance on my next shopping trip to the Sacramento area.
        Looking forward to reading your blog.

  3. Gayle @ Cumming GA Real Estate on June 25, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Wow… did this post give me a few great ideas. I agree that the “Sea Glass” has a pretty look!

    • Barbara Bussey on June 25, 2012 at 8:45 am

      It’s so fun to learn little tricks that make a big difference! I just need more time to try out all the new techniques! Being in real estate, I’m sure you know what I mean!!

  4. Susan Allen on June 25, 2012 at 7:50 am


    Your blog is always fun to read. You inspire me to be more creative – thank you! Hope you had fun in Atlanta; it must have been warm there this time of year.

  5. Susan Allen on June 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I’d love to get on your mailing list.

    • Barbara Bussey on June 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Hi Susan! So glad you stopped by! Subscribing to blog posts is a 3-step process that can be a real pain! First you enter your email address, then you have to fill out a confirmation that you really do want to subscribe. THEN, you’ll get an e-mail, saying, “are you really sure?” and you have to click on that link! It’s amazing anyone goes through the process!

  6. Ann on June 25, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I wish I have the skill and patience you have
    to tackle such projects.

    • Barbara Bussey on June 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Trust me, patience is not one of my attributes! I just started small, painting a picture frame, slowly trying larger pieces. There’s something relaxing about furniture painting, for me. But if you had told me I would be painting furniture a few years ago, I would have said “you’re nuts”! Anyway, never say never and thanks so much for stopping by!!

  7. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on June 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Barbara..I do not think you missed a thing…love the sea glass color too…now I love the tip about the nail polish remover…and I love the “wet sanding” technique…..I have to take the furniture outdoors to sand as it does become a mess!….Great post Barb!

  8. on June 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm


    It was fantastic meeting, and getting to know you a bit while at Haven. You are such a warm, funny person!!

    I love the way you covered the paint and painting techniques we saw at the conference!

    You have a lovely blog! Maybe soon mine will be pretty like yours!

    Have a great week!!

    • Barbara Bussey on June 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Lisa! Let’s stay in touch…looking forward to “meeting” Spencer!

  9. janet metzger on June 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Hello Barbara,

    So glad you stopped by the Annie Sloan Unfolded booth at Haven. I really enjoyed meeting you and showing you the ‘wet distress’ technique. It was a great weekend, wasn’t it?

    Love Marian’s milk paint and I will be one of her retailers in my new shop. Very exciting! Chalk Paint™ and Milk Paint….how lucky can a gal get!

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  10. kim on June 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Funny I have been wet distressing for a while. I accidentally found out that could be done. So sorry I missed you in Atlanta. I met some other girls for dinner. I would have loved to met Janet, too. Darn.

  11. Matthew on January 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hello, these items are lovely – just wondering if you would mind sharing with me how you achieved such a flat/consistent colour on the table? Whenever I use Annie Sloan paint and apply wax I get a very vintage, washed out, blotchy kind of appearance. I know this is what they are intended for, but I like the appearance they give when first painted. My problem is knowing how to protect this colour.



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