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Classes: Using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan

July 19, 2013 | Leave a comment

10/7/13 UPDATE: We are no longer carrying Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. It’s a fabulous, wonderful, lovely product and we hope you’ll continue to seek it out.

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We’re getting into a groove here at the new Nest Vintage Modern location. Whew!

So our new class schedule is going to be every other Sunday, then every other opposite Monday. We’re doing classes outside of our regular hours so everyone can work uninterrupted. Then having a weekend afternoon and a weekday morning should help with fitting this fun event into your schedule. Class sizes are limited to 6 people, so you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention. We use only trained and certified instructors. Only the best for you! 

If you’d like to learn how to tackle those thrift shop finds and turn them into real treasures using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, be sure to book your seat today! Just click here.

Classes are held in our La Grange, IL store location.

Free demonstrations of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan at Nest

January 16, 2013 | Leave a comment

10/7/13 UPDATE: We are no longer carrying Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. It’s a fabulous, wonderful, lovely product and we hope you’ll continue to seek it out. 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

So what the heck is this Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan stuff? Is it for making chalkboards? Can you paint outdoor stuff with it? Do you have to seal it? Can you eat it?

ANSWERS TO THESE MYSTERIES AND MANY OTHERS on Saturday, January 26th. Stop by for day-long demonstrations of this wonderful paint. Get inspired! Pick a color! Go home and make something fabulous!

Word to the wise, once you start using Chalk Paint®, you won’t want to use anything else. I haven’t since I began. I love the finish, the way it feels when you’re painting with it, the complete lack of smell…it’s pretty wonderful stuff. I’m in love and I just know you will be, too.

Where: Nest Vintage Modern 3750 Grand Blvd., Brookfield, IL
When: All day, from 10-6 on Saturday January 26th, 2013
Why: So you can get inspired and have some fun!
How: We’ll demonstrate basic use on scraps of wood or odd pieces of furniture. If you have a specific project in mind, bring in a pic and we’ll help you with colors and ideas.

Click here to learn more about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint »

I’m a furniture painting machine!

December 21, 2012 | Leave a comment

Whew! My right arm feels like Jell-O.

Typically I paint at least one piece of furniture a day in the shop. It’s relaxing for me after spending 15 years as a graphic designer. I enjoy the fact that I’m unplugged and the chalk paints I use have a sculptural feel to them. They’re thick and full of wonderful texture.

If you have a piece sitting around that’s not thrilling you, why don’t you bring it in? Let’s look at it and see if we can make it into something fabulous! [Click here for more info on furniture painting services]

Here are some of my favorite pieces in the shop right now:

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That time I painted a Victorian sofa…with PAINT.

October 5, 2012 | 14 Comments

I recently got into using chalk paints at the shop. I saw a video where another retailer had painted a sofa hot pink, which made my eyes open extra wide as I thought, “NO WAY”. So when Sara showed up one day with an amazing sofa she picked up at a favorite haunt for $20, I kinda figured there was nothing to lose in experimenting.

This is what we started off with. Unfortunately you can’t see how gross the fabric was. Eugh. The paint was going to serve both as visual refreshment and sealer of gross yuckiness.

I chose a teal/green. It took 1 coat for decent coverage, but 2 for perfect, solid color. In the shot below you can see where the paint is still wet. It dries much lighter, but you get that color back when you seal it with wax or the brand’s satin finish.

I painted the wood trim (don’t hate, anti-wood painting people) in dark gray, then did a dry brush of the teal over it so I wouldn’t lose the details in the carving. Then I sealed it with a coat of soft wax.

Once I gave it a coat satin finish, the color really came to life. It changed so dramatically I was literally grinning ear to ear. I love it so much. It reminds me of an old pair of vintage cowgirl boots. The stitching makes it look and feel like worn embossed leather.

Bummed that I had to use a flash on this, but the real color just wasn’t coming through with my camera otherwise.