December 7, 2011

The 2012 Annie Sloan American Tour is Coming to the DFW Metroplex & Chalk Paint Giveaway!

The holidays are nearly here, so here's a gift giveaway that will keep on giving throughout the year. If you're a DIY enthusiast, you'll already know about the fun you can have with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Soft Waxes. Lady Butterbug is holding a special holiday basket gift giveaway. The basket includes two cans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, one each can of clear Soft Wax and dark (antique) Soft Wax, and a copy of Annie's amazing book, in paperback, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations. The total value of the gift basket is $150, so it's a wonderful gift for you to keep, or to pass on to a dear friend or loved one.

AND the lucky winners of the gift baskets will automatically go into the prize draw for a $350 gift card from Annie Sloan Unfolded, which can be used for a credit on the Annie Sloan American Tour registration in March and April 2012 or $350 worth of product. Tickets for 8 one-day events across the country are very limited, and cost $350. Annie will talk and give advice during hands-on painting and waxing technique training, sign books, and at the end of the day, you'll have a chance to mingle with Annie and fellow DIY enthusiasts. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to enter to win. Places for the workshops sell out fast.

The giveaway starts NOW and LADY BUTTERBUG will announce the winner on this blog on New Year's Eve.

Sound Good? Great! Here is how you get started to win BIG in the Annie Sloan American Tour and Chalk Paint Giveaway here at LADY BUTTERBUG.


1. Become a follower of LADY BUTTERBUG'S BLOG and leave a comment
    letting me know you did.  If you are already a follower, leave a
    comment letting me know you are. 1 ENTRY
2. Become a follower of ANNIE SLOAN'S BLOG and comment here with    
    "American Tour 2012". 1 ENTRY
3. Come into one of our STORES and tell us you read about
    the giveaway on the blog and we'll enter you. 1 ENTRY
4. "Like" us on FACEBOOK and make a comment on Facebook
    letting me know you entered! 1 ENTRY

 Find out more about Annie Sloan’s 2012 American Tour at: "The Tour"

November 28, 2011

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at Canton Trade Days ~

I am so excited to be bringing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to

A Feathered Nest 
 Dry Creek Landing
Canton, Texas

December 29 - January 1

November 11, 2011

~ Chalk It Up Stenciled Floor ~

The master bedroom floor started out a mess.  
The previous owner utilized a wheelchair and the chair was very 
hard on the floor finish plus there was water damage.  
I decided not to refinish because of the dust and cost. 

So I limed washed the floor with ASCP Old White.  
I wanted a heavier painted look so I opted to paint 
with a can of flat paint I had in the paint cupboard.  
You can see that the paint has a pink cast to it...not sure of the paint name.

Next I painted in the stenciled area with ASCP Pure White
...I love this color...

Sponged on two coats of Rejuvenate.
I just love the finished floor!!!

Such an easy and quick project thanks to priming or sanding!!!

November 8, 2011

~ Annie Sloan Chair Redo ~

I can remember as a child Mom and Dad hiring an interior decorator. 
They purchased two chairs and had them covered in this beautiful golden velvet.  
I fortunately received the chairs when my parents moved into an senior community.

The upholstery is still in great shape and I love  the color.  
I wanted to paint the wood in ASCP Old White without ruining the fabric.  
So I taped off the upholstery with the trusty blue painter's tape

I painted two coats of the Old White, clear waxed, distressed, and clear waxed again. 
Next I took off the blue tape and not a drop or smear of paint anywhere.
I buffed with a soft rag....

...I just love the new look.

Watch out second're next!

What a simple and inexpensive way to
paint a chair without messing up the upholstery!!!

Maybe you noticed the stenciled floor...I will post about how I achieved this look soon.

October 19, 2011

~ New Location for Smitten ~

Smitten in McKinney will be closed Sun. 10/23 & Mon. 10/24
Opening Tuesday 10/25 as "the smitten flea" at the new location 
203A E. Virginia 
(between Ambrosia & Chase Hall)

October 12, 2011

~So Easy Slipcover ~

I wanted to make a slipcover for this French chair so the wood trim would show.
I used tissue paper to make a pattern,
cut out the duck fabric, and started sewing.
  A tuck here and there and the slipcover fit.

I used Velcro to connect the arm sleeves and made support straps 
out of the fabric to hold the slipcover in place.

Remember to pre-wash the fabric before sewing.

Now the room is looking lighter with the light color slipcover!!!

So easy!!!

October 6, 2011

Reserve Your Spots Now for the November & December Chalk Paint Workshops

You may never have more fun than this again!!!

See...I told you!!!

~ Annie Sloan Pure White Dresser ~

I'm so excited to be updating the master bedroom.  
I completed Mr. Sweetie's dresser this afternoon in 
Annie Sloan's new color Pure White.

I love the Pure White on this dresser.  
Just two coats of paint and a thin coat of clear wax.  So easy and fast!!!

I decided to leave the hardware alone...just took it off during painting.  
The key holes I painted and sanded when dry.

My dresser that I painted in Louis Blue and Old White
needed something spiffy on the drawers

I stenciled an agapanthis leaf arch and crown with gold Rub N Buff.  
I just love the look!!!

I'm painting two wood frame French chairs with beautiful gold velvet fabric.  
My Mom gave me these chairs and I love the fabric but want to 
Frenchy the wood with Old White and clear wax.
I will do a tutorial soon on how to paint around fabric without ruining it.

September 14, 2011

Check this Out...Finally....

New High Quality Wax Brushes at New Lower Prices! 
Now available in 2" and the New 1 1/2" sizes! 
You will love these smaller brushes ~ especially for applying Dark Wax! 

Visit Lady Butterbug for all the details and Other Surprises!

September 3, 2011

~ Chalk One Up For Annie Sloan's Furniture Paint ~

On Saturday, August 27th, 
the Dallas Morning News featured an article about 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 
in the 
"Do It Yourself" 
section of the newspaper.
The article was written by Jamie Knodel.

Our new customers are so excited about the paint!!!
Workshops are filling up fast with eager to learn participants!

August 22, 2011

~ Hydrangea Wreath ~

I hope you are having a terrific Monday.
Teachers and students started back to school today in Texas.
I'm enjoying my retirement from teaching...this is my first year!!!

I have been drying hydrangea flowers from my garden..
finally had enough dried to make two wreaths.

One hung from the china hutch key...

...and the other displayed on the dough board with my vintage oil jar collection.

August 19, 2011

~ Stenciled Lampshade ~

Happy Friday!
I wanted to show you a lampshade I made... ruffled
with tissue linen purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.   .

I stenciled the lampshade using a portion of our wedding stencil 
that Maison de Stencils designed and made for us. 
I stenciled with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint...Graphite.

I love the contrast of the shabby lampshade and the lucite lamp.

Oh... I sell stencils and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
at Smitten in Historic Downtown McKinney.

August 17, 2011

~ Floors Limed Washed with Chalk Paint ~

Being a stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint...I get 
several questions about how to lime wash hardwood floors. 
So I decided to lime wash my back hallway floor. 
Here is a before picture of the hallway with dark stenciled walls and the stained oak floor.

To lime wash the oak floor I mixed 1 cup Old White with 1 cup water to make the wash.  
I applied the wash with a small sponge roller and wiped off the excess with a cotton rag.

I let this somewhat dry...this doesn't take long with Chalk Paint 
and applied a second coat using the same technique as the first coat.

I want an imperfect worn look to the floor... it had been walked on for years and the paint was worn off in places.

I allowed the floor to dry about half an hour.  Next I sealed the floor with Rejuvenate.  
I bought this product at Home Depot in the commercial cleaning section of the store.  
Lowes does not carry Rejuvenate.

I applied the Rejuvenate product with a chip brush
so I could throw the brush away when completed.
Rejuvenate is a great product to use on hardwood floors as a sealer. 
I love this is so easy to apply and dries quickly to a satin finish.

This is the completed floor and the new brighter hallway.

I hope you like the finished look of the hallway and floor.
The floor project took about two hours to complete
and I used about 1/3 of a quart of paint.

The hallway is 4' wide by 11' long.

August 14, 2011

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Make & Take ~

Come join in on the fun!  
You will be making this Stenciled Bee Shield painted with 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and embellished with German glitter.
All supplies and instruction will be supplied and you 
leave with a completed project to take home.

Go to the Make and Take page on for information and to sign up.

August 12, 2011

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Deminar ~

Be sure to join me from 10:00 - 1:00 on Saturday 8-13
at Smitten...118 E. Louisiana
On the Square in Historic Downtown McKinney.
For a free demonstration with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Waxes.

August 9, 2011

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Doors ~

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint came to the rescue again...
...I painted "eight" bedroom and closet doors in Chalk Paint. 

All the doors were painted in oil base paint ... 
...Chalk Paint is the answer to painting
over the oil paint with no priming or sanding.
I gave both sides of eight doors two coats each
and only used 1 1/2 quarts of Old White.

The doors are very plain so we're adding glass knobs
as we can find them at a decent price.


August 3, 2011

~ Quilt Slipcover ~

I wanted to change the look of this wing chair
by making a slipcover with a vintage quilt.

This is the vintage quilt I had draped over the chair for a long time.
I bought this quilt top several years ago...added the backing and machine quilted.

I painted the legs with Chalk Paint...Old White.

Here is the finished slipcover.
The chair didn't have a cushion so I made one out of cotton linen...down filled.

I used the binding edge of the quilt for the edge of the easy.

What do you think?

Now the couch is the next slipcover project. 
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to slipcover a couch?

July 31, 2011

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshops ~

Workshops are so much fun!  
You will learn multiple techniques using the most amazing paint in the world.

By the end of the class you will be inspired to transform those 
old brown pieces of furniture into amazing pieces you can be proud of.

Visit Lady Butterbug and sign up to join in on the fun and take advantage 
of the specials available only to class members.  

Hope to see you soon ~ Karla