Exciting news! The Color Inspiration Notebook is now sold in over half of the states in the US, plus our first shop in Canada. There is interest in Australia. Who knew?
I truly want to applaud my talented, passionate-about-painting-furniture friends who emailed their photos after I sent them a very vague plea for project photos. I wasn’t able to give them any details because I had NO idea what would develop!
The Notebook grew out of my diverse world-travel photos of architecture, countrysides, food, home décor, plus a few of my own painted furniture pieces and some very basic tips on color theory. But I wanted more. More from my wonderful fellow artists who get up every day conjuring up a project using paint.
After all, the Color Inspiration Notebook is about assisting folks when it comes time to make paint color selections for furniture projects. Who knows how to do this better than my friends from Annie Sloan stockist shops – and the bloggers who so prolifically spread the love?
So, in the order that they appear in the Notebook:
ON THE RED PAGE – Primary Colors
PINK BOMBE CHEST
LYNN WHITE & REBEKAH CARGILE of Chalk It Up Norcross in Norcross & Buford, Georgia
I first saw this piece when I visited Chalk It Up Norcross last year. It had been painted this glorious custom mix of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. I was immediately attracted to the floral details and the overall lines of the piece. After I left Rebekah added silver gilding paste to the pulls and switched out the knobs to these clear glass beauties.
The recipe for pink: One part Emperor’s Silk, one part Old White & 1/2 part Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint®. The recipe for the trim: Old White with Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster on top.
ON THE GREEN PAGE – Secondary Colors
I have known MJ for years. We bonded over painting furniture and blogging. And our love for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. MJ’s website is HueologyStudio.com where she shares her projects and inspiration. MJ also teaches workshops using Chalk Paint® and Artisan Enhancements products at Total Bliss, owned by another long-time friend, Nancy McKee.
This project was painted for another local shop called Splurges for one of their fundraisers. Love the unexpected combination of colors and the chevron pattern mixed with – bug hardware!
PETITE PAINTED & STENCILED DRESSER
CAROL HERRMANN, SUBMITTED BY ARTWORKS COEUR d’ALENE, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
There’s something about unexpected combinations that I love. Can you tell? This soft green coupled with red-oranges found on the opposite side of the color wheel works beautifully as a backdrop for the large Wallovers stencil and ornate, aged hardware.
Carol’s piece was submitted by Kim Smith of Artworks Coeur d’Alene, Idaho/Artworks Spokane, Washingon
ON THE BLUE PAGE – Primary Colors
CUSTOM BLUE TABLE
KIM YEAGER of LARK NEST DESIGN, Minnesota
Some of you may know Kim from Junk Bonanza, Flea Market Style AND her blog, LarkNestDesign.com. We met a couple of years ago at Junk Bonanza when I was working with Annie Sloan Unfolded. Kim is a super high-energy decorator, stylist and furniture re-purposer and collaborator with me on occasional projects when we can find time.
This piece began its journey when Kim unearthed it from the farthest reaches of a St. Vincent DePaul shop. It was a $2 rescue, and its two leatherette panels on top were scarred. Lots of issues beautifully overcome with a two-tone paint job in bright, beautiful colors. Sold but not forgotten.
PAINTED UNION FLAG DRESSER
NANCY CHACE of SEA ROSE COTTAGE, Bristol Rhode Island
Nancy Chace is also a Chalk Paint® stockist. She sent me this photo and I had to include it in the Notebook! The Union flag works perfectly on her piece which she showed at the Brimfield, MA show. A high-end Boston designer purchased it, so now I can confirm that I do have great taste!