Painting Upholstered Fabric with Chalk Paint®

6th February
Sarah Drew
Painting Upholstered Fabric with Chalk Paint®

  Reupholstering furniture can be costly, but there are alternatives. This project uses Chalk Paint®decorative paint by Annie Sloan to give an old upholstered chair an updated look. Materials and Tools Needed: Upholstered Chair with a piled fabric, Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, Water, Annie Sloan Large Pure Bristle Brush (for painting fabric), Annie Sloan Medium Pure Bristle Brush (for painting the wood), Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax, Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax, Brush and/or lint-free cloth to apply wax, fine grit sand paper. Steps: 1. Dilute the paint with water so that it is thin enough to be absorbed into the fabric. If the paint is hard and crusty when it dries, then it is too thick and ne…


A Look Back at 2013…

26th December
Sarah Drew
A Look Back at 2013…

 


Happy Holidays!

23rd December
Lisa
Happy Holidays!

This year the Unfolded team celebrated the holidays at Antoine’s Restaurant in downtown New Orleans. The restaurant, established in 1840, is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant and is birthplace of some of New Orleans’ most famous culinary specialties. To begin the night, everyone gathered for drinks in the Hermes Bar and later moved to a private area near the restaurant’s wine cellar, which is the second largest above ground wine cellar in the southern hemisphere. We then took a tour of the restaurant and learned all about it’s amazing history. We finally dined in the Rex Room, a dining room named for the Krewe of Rex, who’s king reigns over the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orl…


SNAP & SHARE Your Stockist Holiday Contest

27th November
Lisa
SNAP & SHARE Your Stockist Holiday Contest

Our SNAP & SHARE Your Stockist Holiday Contest is underway! Be sure to enter your photo for a chance to win some amazing prizes! Click here to enter. See below for details.  CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS Visit your local Annie Sloan Stockist and take a photo of yourself in front of the Stockist’s Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan display. Upload the photo on our contest page for a chance to win! Entrant must add a brief note telling us a) the name of the Stockist’s shop & location and b) what they LOVE about the shop on the Caption or the Comments section. You can also use the hashtag #ASUStockistLove on Twitter or Instagram to automatically enter your photo in the contest. Entrant can submit on…


My Holiday Clutch Bags Created With Annie Sloan’s Paris Noir Fabric!

21st November
Debbie
My Holiday Clutch Bags Created With Annie Sloan’s Paris Noir Fabric!

A year ago you could not have convinced me that I would be pulling out my ancient Singer sewing machine for ANY reason. Then along came Annie Sloan’s fabrics and I have actually changed my mind a bit about sewing! Of course, you will soon see that my project had nothing to do with having to fit a garment on a human body, so my margin for error was doable! Back in May I made a tote out of four of Annie’s fabrics and posted about it. It was so much fun that another project was in order! Normally I am a big slouchy leather bag girl, but clutches are all the rage so creating one was my newest sewing adventure. Before heading out to shop patterns, I cruised Etsy and Pinterest because we all know they exu…


Creating A Blessing Bowl For Thanksgiving Using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!

13th November
Debbie
Creating A Blessing Bowl For Thanksgiving Using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!

Do you already know about Blessing Bowls? Some of my potter friends make them, but honestly I never got curious until recently. In October I was at the International High Point Furniture Market, strolling through my favorite showroom where rust and crust and dust are king. While there I was instantly struck by the wonderful properties of a wooden vessel in my path. It spoke to me in all of its rustic and very dirty glory. I walked away from it. Then walked back. Then it left the store with me. Back at Unfolded Studio I researched blessing bowls. I found many descriptions, but in a nutshell they are a gift to a loved one on a special occasion that celebrates joy and gratitude. Sometimes there is a scroll tied wi…


A Stockist’s Story: Of Love, Dedication, Hope and Passion

7th November
Teryl
A Stockist’s Story: Of Love, Dedication, Hope and Passion

Tami Fandrei has lived in the North San Francisco Bay area for 13 years where her husband is stationed with the U.S. Air Force. In 2002, Tami’s friend asked her to help paint her bedroom. They were both pregnant. “I now realize that neither of us should have been painting up on ladders” said Tami.  As Tami’s obvious love for painting was evident, Tami’s friend encouraged her to pursue it as a career.   Throughout the following years, Tami took many courses to develop her skills. Painting was her passion. Tami recalls, “I remember being elbow deep in one of my early cabinet jobs in a custom home. The job took forever as my customer kept changing her mind on colors and style. Five weeks into it I remember thinkin…


Exciting Color and Furniture Finishes Exude Annie Sloan’s Style at the High Point Furniture Market!

29th October
Debbie
Exciting Color and Furniture Finishes Exude Annie Sloan’s Style at the High Point Furniture Market!

  Absolutely no surprise – Annie Sloan’s English Yellow Chalk Paint® decorative paint color was big at the recent International High Point Furniture Market this year! And, I have so many more Annie-related goodies for you… …I am so privileged to live and work right near the “Market” as we locals call it. Our world stops for a week. The hotels are full a year in advance, neighbors rent out their homes, and there is NO going out to eat due to the zillions of hungry Market-goers. We love it. It has a tremendous impact in our local economy. For years, I spent untold sleepless nights (after working my day job) creating faux finishes on focus walls in giant showrooms. Upon com…


Introducing Annie Sloan’s Découpage Varnish!

17th October
Debbie
Introducing Annie Sloan’s Découpage Varnish!

It’s here! If you have been an avid reader of Annie Sloan’s books, and you were not able to purchase her Découpage Varnish because it was only sold in Europe, good news! Shipments are making their way to North America, Australia and New Zealand stockists right now! Enthusiasts of découpage know that it is the art of decorating an item by gluing paper cutouts on to it. Common objects include small boxes or a piece of furniture. What’s needed of course, it the perfect medium. Annie Sloan Découpage is a water-based fast-drying glue and varnish. It builds up layers quickly. It is extra thick and easy to apply, but Annie recommends applying it thinly. With a paper, such as gift wrap, about six laye…


Bywater

29th August
Lisa
Bywater

This past May, I received an email from friend and blogger Suzonne Sterling inviting me to spend the day at the beautiful and inspiring home of Mary Cooper and Tomio Thomann. Suzonne thought both Mary and Tomio would appreciate all that Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan had to offer.  It was an amazing experience and I was thoroughly impressed with Mary’s eye for color. Mary Cooper is an artist, designer, and one of few expert chair caners in the city.  Mary and her partner Tomio began the restoration of their two-story Creole cottage in 2002 when they took the project over from Mary’s daughter.  Their home was built in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood in the 1830s, and now serves as a s…