Boutique Time!!!

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It is that time of year!  Our Annual Holiday Boutique is THIS WEEKEND!!!

I have been a busy mom these days working with clients, taking care of Baby Girl who just had 2 wisdom teeth pulled and getting ready for our Annual Holiday Boutique.  Three friends of mine and I have been putting on our Boutique for several years and each year it is more and more successful.  My girlfriend is so sweet to open up her home and host the event.

I have been collecting and painting furniture, painting canvas’, making (my much-loved) homemade hot cocoa mix, painting chalkboard trays…

Here is a small sneak peek of some of the goodies!

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Just think you could be all finished with your holiday shopping before the turkey is even in the oven!

I would love to see you this weekend!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

 

EASY Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Tutorial

IMG_3378I have had several friends asking me about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint lately.   If you haven’t heard about ASCP, then perhaps you are reading my blog for the first time (or you have been under a rock? hee hee!) .  I LOVE ASCP!!!

Yes, it is a bit pricey.  I pay $42 with tax for 32 fl. oz.at Pienture in Costa Mesa, CA. But trust me, the cost is so worth it!!!  A can of paint will last much longer than you would expect.  You do not need much paint to cover a piece of furniture and always work with a wet paint brush.  It keeps the paint from soaking into the brush.  How many times have you finished a project, cleaned the paint brush to see lots and lots of paint going down the drain?  Such a waste!

So why chalk paint as opposed to regular latex paint (which at Home Depot is about $25 for a gallon)?

1. You do not use very much paint.

2. When you sand the piece, the paint comes of in a powder (latex often wants to peal, or come off in small “clumps”).

3.  A baby bottom smooth finish- seriously, it is sooooo soft when finished!

4.  NO PRIMING NEEDED!!!

Yes,  you read that correctly!  Priming is not necessary when using chalk paint. No matter what you are painting- wood, metal, plastic…chalk paint will adhere to the item. I painted a small piece this morning and took pictures (and video) of the supplies needed and the steps I used.

{SUPPLIES}

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{Supplies I used}

{STEPS}

1. Clean item to be painted 2. Paint (1 to 2 coats usually) 3. Sand item (if you want a distressed look) 4. Wax the finished piece (this protects the paint and gives the finish a rich look.  Imagine a dry cement patio and a wet cement patio).

{My free "found on the curb" table}

{My free “found on the curb” table}

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{Baby Girl had covered this table with duct tape. Once I stripped it off, it left these marks. No worries, after I paint and wax, they will not be noticeable.}

{Wipe the item clean}

{Wipe the item clean}

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{First coat}

{First coat}

{First coat. messy is ok!}

{First coat. messy is ok!}

{Not very pretty yet, right?}

{Not very pretty yet, right?}

{First coat.  I usually brush paint on with the grain.}

{First coat. I usually brush paint on with the grain.}

{Don't forget to keep your brush "wet, but not too wet"}

{Don’t forget to keep your brush “wet, but not too wet”}

{Start of the 2nd coat}

{Start of the 2nd coat}

{2nd coat}

{2nd coat}

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{Notice the drip on the right side? Not to worry! It will sand right off}

{Another drip...}

{Another drip…}

{2nd coat complete.  I did do a 3rd coat on the table because I did 2 very conservative coats for example purposes}

{2nd coat complete. I did do a 3rd coat on the table because I did 2 very conservative coats for example purposes}

{220 grit sanding block}

{220 grit sanding block}

{Lightly sand areas that you want to have a "worn" look}

{Lightly sand areas that you want to have a “worn” look}

{This is my favorite tool that Mr. Cabana bought for me, my cordless power sander}

{This is my favorite tool that Mr. Cabana bought for me, my cordless power sander. I can sand a piece no time at all!}

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{All sanded, now time to wax}

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{With a soft cloth or brush, wax entire piece}

{With a soft cloth or brush, wax entire piece}

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{Once item is waxed.  Let dry and then buff for a super, duper smooth finish!!!}

{Once item is waxed. Let dry and then buff for a super, duper smooth finish!!!}

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{In this picture you get a bit of a preview of our new wall color and floors. Still working on decorating. Stay tuned for the “big” reveal coming soon!}

I hope you have found this tutorial to be helpful!  It really is as easy as these pictures describe.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here, or go to my Facebook page.

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

(PS.  I took video, but alas, it did not turn out…)

We are ALL Mad Here!

{Cocktails at the Fess Parker in Santa Barbara}

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I know I still need to post pictures from the Mad Hatter Party but this week has just gotten away from me! I can not believe that tomorrow is the 4th of July…2014!!!!! This year is flying by WAY TOO QUICKLY! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Surf City is known for having the largest 4th of July parade west […]

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The Mad Hatter INVITES you to a party!

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A few weeks ago Buddy had his Academy for the Performing Arts Theatre Guild End of Year Awards Banquet. My friend and I had signed on to Chair the event for a second year in a row. There were times when I would think, “Am I CrAzY for doing this again?” The answer lays somewhere […]

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Changes in store for 2014!

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Baby Girl’s 11th Birthday Party

{A sweet dessert bar}

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Come On In and Make Yourself at Home!

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If you have been following Butterscotch Lady since the beginning or have read my older posts, then you will know that we have a very small house (1,176 sq ft to be precise!).  With 3 adults (Buddy is now 16 and 6’1 so he counts as an adult!) a tween and a black lab, it […]

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Buddy’s fanSTACHEtic 16th Birthday Party

The day before the party, Buddy and friends left the chaos, and headed to D-Land.

It is difficult to believe that Buddy turned 16 this past weekend.  How is it possible?  Time just keeps flying by without my permission… Birthdays have always been a big deal at our house.  Mr. Cabana and I started a tradition when we were dating, to celebrate our birthdays for a whole weekend.   For […]

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