This is one of Rhonda's latest custom painting projects! These cabinets were refinished in a client's new construction home using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, wax, and gold foil. Rhonda first applied a base coat of Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, then color washed and stippled French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® over it. Next she applied a coat of Artisan Enhancements Leaf and Foil Size (for directions on how to use Leaf and Foil Size, click HERE). Once tacky, Rhonda began rubbing on the gold foil. To seal the cabinets, she mixed Clear and Black Wax together, as well as Clear and Dark Wax, and applied them simultaneously and inconsistently, to create a weathered look.
I started by painting the base with a mix of equal parts of Florence and Antibes Green. Once the paint dried I lightly distressed the table using a scotch brite scouring pad. I chose to use the scotch brite over sand paper because even when I used 1000 grit it was taking off the original finish, going down to the bare wood. Then Clear Wax was applied.
For the top of the table, I painted the entire top of the table with Graphite. Once the paint dried, I taped off the sections I wanted to paint white. I applied 2 coats of Pure White. After the paint dried I sanded the top and distressed the edges of the table with 500 grit sand paper. Clear wax was applied first, followed by Dark Wax.
When Shelley was in high school she entered into a program redoing furniture for a silent auction. Little did she know that this was a creative outlet that would stay with her for years. She still creates beautiful pieces of furniture but doesn't miss the sanding and priming of old techniques. Shelley's pieces are usually more neutral but enjoys a little color now and then. Her favorite Annie Sloan color is Duck Egg Blue.
Sometimes I get so excited to start a project that I forget to take before picture... That is what happened with this project! This cake stand started it's life as two separate pieces– a wooden tray and a candle holder. The first thing I did was sand down the tray. I had seen a lime wash and I was trying to re-create it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. After sanding, I wiped the wooden tray down. I then mixed 3 parts water to 1 part Old White. I brushed the mixture on, let sit for about a minute, then wiped. Once the painted dried I clear waxed followed by dark wax in random spots.
For the base I took Duck Egg Blue and set it out uncovered, to let the paint thicken, because I wanted that beautiful natural crackle that chalk paint makes when applied in thick coats. I did apply heat from a hair dryer to get it to dry quicker and crack a little more. Once dried I applied clear wax followed by dark wax.
After both pieces were dry I glued them together to create this adorable stand. I am very happy with how my trash to treasure find turned out.
We are so excited to announce that our Boerne location is now carrying bath, body, and beauty products byBeekman 1802! Beekman 1802 offers a variety of natural bath, body, and beauty products that are sure to leave you feeling fresh and fabulous!
"When Josh Kilmer-Purcell (advertising executive and NY Times Bestselling author of I Am Not Myself These Days & The Bucolic Plague) and his partner Brent Ridge (physician and former Vice President of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Omnimedia) purchased the historic Beekman 1802 Farm in 2007, they had no idea that it would launch one of the “fastest growing lifestyle brands in the country.” (source: Nasdaq) Originally just a weekend getaway from their hectic NYC lives, the farm became their lifeline after both men lost their jobs within one month of each other during the recession of 2008. Faced with possible foreclosure, the pair made a decision – if they were going to save their farm, they would have to make it profitable."
"After taking in a neighboring farmer and his herd of beloved dairy goats, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell began producing soaps and cheese. As other neighbors taught them how to farm, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell shared their city-honed skills – starting a website and Mercantile. The men began working with several other local farmers and artisans to market their goods, and the entire village came together to host seasonal festivals, which are now attended by thousands of visitors from around the globe."
"Soon the press began noticing this little farm and village that refused to give up. (New York Times, Daily News, USA Today) A television network launched a reality show about their effort – The Fabulous Beekman Boys (now airing on Cooking Channel) – which spread the Beekman message of hard work, living seasonally, and neighborly sharing around the globe.
In 2012, the duo competed and won the grand prize in CBS’s The Amazing Race. Over 10M viewers watched for 12 weeks as Josh and Brent beat 20 other competitors in a 45,000 mile race around the world through 12 cities in 9 different countries.
Beekman 1802 has proven that a farm can be much bigger than its fences. The farm might just be one place on a map, but we count as our neighbors folks from all around the world."
Ready to try Beekman products for yourself? Come see us at 312 River Rd. Boerne, TX, 78006 or call (830)-331-8102 to place an order over the phone!
These frames looked like a reproduction of old ceiling tile. There were very new looking and more of a rusty brown.
I started by painting them with a coat of Old White. Once the paint was dry to the touch, I lightly sanded with 250 grit sand paper. Next I applied Artisan Enhancements Crackle Tex. Once the Crackle Tex was dry, I applied Provence and let dry. I then took 250 grit sand paper and sanded to show a little of the original color and some of the Old White. To finish them off, I applied a coat of Clear Wax followed by a coat of Dark Wax.
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Everyone at Rhonda J's Shoppes loves to paint! We also love to share and inspire our customers to transform their lives with just a bit of paint. Here is a recent transformation from Heather in our Buda TX Shoppe!
To learn more about Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan or stenciling visit our one of three locations!
In celebration our 25th anniversary, Chalk Paint® will be transforming 25 community spaces worldwide. The spaces are nominated by customers (that means YOU)! Nominate your local community space athttp://www.anniesloan.com/25project
Nominate a beloved town hall, school, library, youth club or any communal space that’s in need of a new lease of life and a fresh lick of paint. We’ll provide the brushes, tools, expertise and of course plenty of Annie Sloan paint – all coordinated by your local stockist.
Rhonda has been missing in action the last couple of months! She has been busy transforming homes all over Texas. Here is a sneak peak at one of her recent projects. In this home Rhonda used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, Clear Topcoat Sealer by Artisan Enhancements®, and a custom tile design to create one-of-a-kind painted tile surfaces.
Using the same custom stencil pattern, Rhonda added a little "pizzaz" to a plain concrete floor.
If you want to learn how to use stencils with Chalk Paint® sign up for a one on one with Rhonda J!
In a previous blog post we shared one of Rhonda's method for staining wood using Annie Sloan's Dark Wax.
Using the bed previously stained with Dark Wax, Rhonda completes the transformation using Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.
Supplies and Tools:
Annie Sloan Waxes & Quality Lint Free Rag
Rhonda used the Annie Sloan Pure Bristle brush to apply a even thin coat of Old White Chalk Paint®. Since the desired look for this bed would be a distressed finish, the paint was applied thinly but evenly.
Using a distressing tool, Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scour Green Pad, Rhonda lightly distressed the painted surface. The distressing technique reveals the stained wood below the painted surface to add weathering and dimension to piece.
Rhonda sealed the paint with Annie Sloan's Clear Wax and added aging using Annie Sloan's Dark Wax.
Project Start to Finish Gallery
To learn hands-on how to create an authentic distressed finish accented with Clear and Dark Wax, take a workshop at Rhonda J's Shoppes.
Another technique getting a lot of attention recently is staining wood using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!
In a series of videos, Annie Sloan shared her step-by-step method of staining unfinished wood with Chalk Paint® to achieve a faux-mahogany wood tone.
If you want to try this technique, here is fun little How- To project from the team at Annie Sloan Unfolded, the US distribution company for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.
One of the newest trends in the world of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is staining unfinished wood with Annie Sloan Waxes or Chalk Paint®.
Staining Unfinished Wood Part 1 - Staining using Dark Wax
Recently on a faux finishing job Rhonda got the opportunity to use one of her favorite techniques on an unfinished wood bed. Here is quick overviewof staining wood with Annie Sloan's Dark Wax.
Supplies & Tools
-Annie Sloan Dark Wax
-Low Odor or Odorless Clear Mineral Spirits
-Inexpensive Chip Brush
-Quality Lint Free Rag
Prepare unfinished wood by removing any excess saw dust or debris that may be present.
Create a "stain" mixture using a small amount mineral spirits mixed with dark wax. Add enough mineral spirits to "loosen" and slightly liquefy the wax. The wax mixture should be smooth, not too runny, and easy applied with brush and rag.
Be cautious when adding the mineral spirits to the dark wax. Start with a small amount and add more if needed. The amount of mineral spirits to dark wax will depend on the look you are trying to achieve. Always note your recipe and test your mixture on a sample piece before doing your whole project.
Use your chip brush to apply the dark wax stain mixture. Rhonda prefers to work in linear strokes in the direction of the wood grain.
To blend and spread your stain mixture, use a cloth to really work the stain into the surface of the unfinished wood. The stain mixture will need to cure at least 24 hours before using the piece. The cure time will allow the stain to soak deep into the wood fibers.
If you wish to do an additional painted finish over the stain allow the stained surface to set-up at least 24 hours before applying paint.
The gift giving season is right around the corner! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at any Rhonda J's Shoppe location and NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
We've got a little something for everyone...even the fellas!
1. Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, 2. Mulled Cider by LuBella Candle Co., 3. Owl Mugs by Natural Life, 4. Honey Heel Glaze by Farmhouse Fresh, 5. The Giving Platter by Natural Life, 6. Dickens on Main by LuBella Candle Co., 7. S**t Seasonings by Big Cock Farms, 8. Whipped Honey Fine Grain Salt Scrub by Natural Life
We love when our customers send us their completed Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan projects. Here is a lovely submission from a student who recently took a Chalk Paint® Workshop with Rhonda.
The console table was finished in French Linen Chalk Paint®, Clear & Dark Annie Sloan Soft Wax - accented with German Silver Gilder's Paste.
Sign up for a Chalk Paint® workshop with Rhonda to learn the Annie Sloan method of painting.
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Our last painted chest of drawers was a very popular posting! So we figured we would share another! This chest of drawers was also transformed by the very talented Shelley in our Shoppe in Buda, Texas.
Here is her simple process!
Shelley began by painting the drawers in Country Grey Chalk Paint ® by Annie Sloan.
To create a beautiful fresh look to the piece , Shelley decided to paint the body and hardware of the dresser Pure White Chalk Paint ® by Annie Sloan.
Using a 500 grit sand paper Shelley distressed the piece.
The piece was sealed and finished Clear Soft Wax by Annie Sloan.
Join the Rhonda J's Shoppe team at the San Antonio Ultimate Women’s Expo!
COME PAINT WITH US in the Rhonda J's Shoppe Pavilion! Enjoy Free "Do-It-Yourself" Workshops all weekend at the San Antonio Ultimate Women’s Expo. The experts will also be doing LIVE Painted Furniture Transformations!
SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2015
Saturday 10AM - 5PM and Sunday 11AM - 5PM
Tons of vendors and additional guest speakers include: Melissa Gilbert, Nancy Grace, and Mario Lopez. Purchase your tickets online to save 50% on Admission with our 2-For-1 Special at only $5.00 per person.
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We are really excited to introduce another great line to Rhonda J's Shoppes!
"Iza Pearl" creator Melissa designs the prints that make Iza Pearl sleepwear and PJ's for the kiddos completely unique.
Iza Pearl uses the highest quality fabrics that are super soft, and hold-up against the test of time. Slip on a set of happy and fresh Iza Pearl pajamas and settle in for a night of awesome dreaming.
Melissa's designs are created in her studio in Dallas, TX and she prides herself on being made in the USA.
You won’t find sleepwear as fun or comfortable anywhere else.
We love sharing all the amazing Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan projects completed by our wonderful customers. Last week we were sent a gorgeous painted concrete floor from a customer in Buda, Texas.
The customer was inspired by an image of a stenciled floor that she really loved. Through a bit of research, she located the exact same stencil from Royal Design Studios Stencils. After watching a quick tutorial she got to work stenciling the concrete floor with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!
The space was truly transformed into a fabulous mix of "Modern Rustic" through the use of the graphic stencil, industrial concrete, and beautiful warm timber.
The space is currently being used by a Women's fashion boutique in Buda, Texas named Stella's Women's Fashion Consignment Boutique.
See the floor at Stella's Women's Fashion Consignment Boutique - 304 S Main, Suite 101, Buda, Texas 78610
Artisan Enhancements makes some the most versatile artist and decorative paint mediums on the the market! Too learn more about Artisan Enhancements visit any of our locations. Want to see more of Rhonda J Designs' faux finishing projects? Visit www.rhondajdesigns.com.
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