This is my first piece done with Old Town Paints and let me tell you…it’s amazing paint…I can’t wait to start my next project…If you haven’t tried this chalk style finish paint yet, you’re really missing out….The Old Cypress House is now selling all 53 colors….come check it out…. you can also order online at http://www.oldtownpaints.com/Online_Store.html
Found this great piece in New Orleans a few weeks back…I fell in love with it, especially the pretty little legs…I decided to try something a little different with him…I used 4 different colors of paint along with clear and lime wax…I stripped and re-stained the top. With the distressing and variety of color, he came out looking very rustic and beautiful…$400
ASCP Greek Blue, Louis Blue, Napoleonic Blue, and Graphite
everyone who knows me and my work, knows that I absolutely LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint…seriously, I’m in love! However….I am not opposed to trying other lines to compare…step out of my cozy little box, so to speak…I have been hearing about this new line called Maison Blanche Paint Company…it’s supposed to be just like Annie Sloan…who is the inventor of and claims to be the only true “chalk paint”…in fact, she has it copyrighted and no one else can call their paint “chalk paint”…….I decided it was time to step up to the plate and give another line a try….how can I be objective if I really don’t have a clue, right? Yesterday, I traveled to Baton Rouge ~ Central ~ to Junk in the Trunk (which if you haven’t been by, you definitely need to check out her store…and try this paint out for yourself Brittany was there and listened to me go on and on about my infatuation with miss Sloan and her line of paint…answering all of my questions and doubts about how anyone could possibly compare….She was very helpful and explained how the paints work and how the waxes and all the other accessories work with the paint, and why she chose MB over ASCP…I was a bit overwhelmed and at the same time, I wanted to buy it all…I finally cooled my jets and chose a can of Confederate Gray, with a lime wax to go on afterwards…Price?? pretty much the same as ASCP….(price varies from store to store…shop around) I raced home and immediately started painting (yes, I know…my house is already busting at the seams with all my other pieces I’m currently working on…but, hellllloooo…this was like a new piece of candy…I just couldn’t wait!! I opened up the can and dipped in my brush….here is what I thought…..The paint was VERY thick…thicker than any ASCP I have used…but, I figured, that’s ok…I’ll just add a little water…and that worked…I put on the first coat and it dried very fast…just like ASCP…For the second coat, I watered it down just a bit and it went on very smoothly and completely covered the end table…and I was loving the color! I was very anxious to test the sanding and distressing to see how that compared to ASCP…Once it was dry…like in 30 min…i just ran my hands over it to see how it felt…it felt semi smooth…not chalky like the ASCP…and there wasn’t a lot of brush strokes…which was nice…it seemed to settle in well…so I went straight to sanding it down with my fine sanding block……nothing….no chalk dust…as compared to ASCP…I look like a ghost that rolled around in chalk dust after sanding some big pieces…ASCP is a true chalk paint, therefore, when you sand, the dust goes everywhere…I keep a shop vac next to me to keep the dust down…remember when you were little and helped your teacher clap the erasers after school??? Anyway, I was a bit miffed by the lack of chalk dust…and my sanding didn’t really make it any smoother…as with ASCP, it’s like glass when you finish sanding…so, I started the distressing…it distressed nicely…not really as nice as ASCP and what I’m used to…like the paint looks like it wore down naturally after years of use…it didn’t distress like that…but, it was still good…I wasn’t completely displeased…Next…the wax….I chose Lime Wax (Maison Blanche has at least 5 different waxes, as opposed to ASCP, who only has 2..and her dark wax isn’t actually a wax..)…The wax soaks into the paint, just like ASCP does, to seal and protect…The Lime Wax though, is a white wax and actually gives the appearance of white wash…I couldn’t wait to see how it came out….ASCP wax is like vaseline…MB is harder, but, silkier if that makes sense? I used one of my thicker paint brushes and applied it in the direction of the grain of the wood….it went on very nicely and you could tell you were sort of white washing the piece…I literally already loved the way it was looking…I let it set for about 15 minutes then took a clean soft t-shirt and started buffing it out…it was awesome…the light sheen came out immediately…a little of the white wash or lime wax came off, leaving a beautiful look to the confederate gray…I was definitely sold on the wax and will be using that again! Overall?? MB has many more colors than ASCP…different…not better or worse…just more…I like them both….MB has many more choices of wax…I LOVE that….MB is not chalky like ASCP…doesn’t sand or distress the same…I like ASCP much better that way…so, I guess I like ASCP paint better than MB…but, would still use MB because its a very nice paint…and I LOVED the outcome overall…There is a LOT more accessories to MB as compared to ASCP…fun things to work with and try out….What I’m going to try next is to see how MB wax works ‘with’ ASCP….WOW…that would be an awesome duo….so, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!! Hope this helps anyone who was wondering about Maison Blanche or Annie Sloan or how they compare…feel free to ask me any questions…and like I said…check out Junk in the Trunk…Brittany can definitely give you tips and she has the entire line of Maison Blanche Paints for sale in her store..! Happy Painting….
Happy New Year!!!
Our first class of the year is gonna be on Saturday ~ February 1, 2014….10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. for $95. Bring your own small piece to work on during class. The workshop includes learning techniques like PAINTING, DISTRESSING, paint mixing, WAXING and how to apply stencils. We provide all the materials and refreshments! It’s a great opportunity to LEARN and have FUN! You can pay through Paypal by posting your email and I will send you a Paypal invoice. Spaces are limited, so sign up TODAY to reserve your spot! Thanks! Colleen and Mamye
The Old Cypress House has been super busy this Fall with custom orders! Everything from small coffee tables to an entire kitchen re-do…it’s so much fun watching the transformation from old and outdated to newly refurbished and beautiful!!!
Hi friends….Just got this great tip from the Purple Painted Lady…she is extremely awesome and I just love her…She is also an expert on using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I always go back to her when I have a question or some weird issue arises…anyway….if you buy a new piece, or if you have done one yourself, please try to stick to the guidelines below to make sure your furniture stays beautiful and lasts a lifetime….
Your newly finished painted piece needs 21 days for the wax to cure. Please treat it with care and avoid excess handling during this time.
To clean your painted & waxed piece, use a mild soap & water. Never use a degreaser soap that can effect the wax.
Avoid all contact with furniture polish, sprays, excessive water, alcohol and anything acidic.
If this is a table or desk – consider using a blotter pad to avoid pressing into a finished piece when writing on top of it.
HOPE THIS HELPS 🙂