My sister Kathy came over and wanted to search through my "hoarders stash" to see what I had that she might want.  Well, she found three things.  A heart shaped table I bought on an online auction and two pieces I found at yard sales.  She looked through my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint samples and chose the colors she wanted used on each piece.  It was fun doing it, but difficult also, cuz I had to do it the way she wanted and not the way I would have wanted.  That took some restraint as we have different styles and tastes.  So below are pictures of the pieces with lots of different shots and I have the before of two of the them. 

The heart shaped table was done in Duck Egg Blue with some of that color lightened to used for the stenciling done on it.  It was finished in clear and dark wax, no distressing.

The adorable teeny tiny table was done in Emperor's Silk and Greek Blue.  She didn't want any stencils or distressing. It was finished with same product on the shelf below. 

Lastly was a neat 5 tier shelf that she wanted for plants.  She wanted this done in Henrietta which is a pinkish purple and that was dry brushed with Pure White dry brushed over and I think it looks awesome.  I LOVE dry brushing!  I contacted Annie Sloan to see if she felt a wax finish would be sufficient for this since plants would be used on it and she said probably not.  While her waxes are awesome and pretty darn durable, and even water resistant they are not water proof.  So she recommended I use her lacquer but I didn't have any.  So instead I used a product I bought from Benjamin Moore called Stays Clear® Acrylic Polyurethane.

I will also show you a very SAD picture. 

I write a weekly column in .  I had just set up the last two pieces (previous week wrote about first piece) and staged them all pretty and all in the front yard.  I left them out there to dump the pictures onto my computer and select a few to sent to the editor with my story, when a heard a THUD!  I looked out in the yard and the beautiful 5 tier shelf had fallen over!  I ran out to survey the damage and the front portion of the second shelf had broken off and was hanging my a thread.  :(  I immediately glued it with wood glue and since it was a rather clean break, it went together pretty good.  You can barely see the crack but still...  I think the shelf is fully functional especially since the damage was done toward the front and she'd likely have a plant behind the crack.  Still made my heart sink. 

Anyway, enjoy the pictures and click on each to enlarge them.

Wow, cannot believe I forgot to post the pics from Derby Day.  I had a booth in Williamstown KY.  Will have another at the Marigold Festival, same town in Sept.  Anyway, wanted to have mostly smaller items so people could easily carry them back to their cars.  This is some of things I had available and are now at my booth.  Not a lot of buyers, and I understand, who wants to lug stuff back to the car in the heat.

Lots of bread boxes, signs, chalk boards, re-used kitchen cabinet doors made into awesome pictures to hand or stand on your mantel etc.  Demilune tables, and more. 

Be sure to click each pic to see nice and BIG!

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Re-purposed some cool junk to give our yard a makeover!  We have two sugar maples planted on either side of the sidewalk leading to the front porch.  I've wanted to have some balance so have two things by each tree.  One thing is an old metal wagon wheel rusty with some of the original red paint on it.  In front of the I have an old rocking chair that was in my husbands family.  It had too many things wrong with it to make it safe to sit in, so I knew it was destined to be an awesome planter holder!  It was painted a glossy black which wouldn't stand out, so I first dry brushed some Annie Sloan Arles over it, but not too good!  Then over that some Old White was dry brushed over it.  I LOVE IT!  I left enough of the black showing in the curves and crevices to give it an old layered look.

On the other side of the yard I used an old grey gate we had that really couldn't be used anywhere, so I leaned it against the tree, AFTER dry brushing it with Old White to give it a white washed worn look.  Success!  In the basement was an old galvanized laundry tub, which also was destined to be a fabulous planter.  I did use some Greek Blue and Primer Red and a bit of Old White Stenciling to give it an American look.  I did not tape it off, I wanted it to be rough and imperfect.

The latest project for the booth is a nightstand, painted in Louis Blue with a dry brush done in Coco.  LOVE how it makes the brush strokes show up and any imperfections and texture.  Just a clear wax was applied to give it a soft glow.

Enjoy all the pictures below!  I've included the before pics as well, and as always, feel free to share this on fb or your blog, just let folks know these are Norma's Kentiques creations. ;)

Be sure to click on each pic to see it full size!

shabby chic, annie sloan chalk paint, upcycled accent furniture