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The birth of Peinture-Part 1

The decision to open a store of my own was something that happened in a manner of weeks. I really didn’t have a plan.  A motivating phone call from the Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan distributor, along with desire, set things in motion. From hanging up the phone to signing a lease was literally a matter of 2 weeks! I had no time to even think about it. I just did it.

How I chose to open in South Coast Collection  (known as SOCO) was due to a coincidence. There was a newspaper article about SOCO left on my desk by my Dad one morning. I glanced at it briefly and then went to read my emails. When I opened my emails, I saw one from my brother-in-law. He was telling me me to check out a place that seemed really interesting. Again, SOCO. I took that as a sign that I should look into it. I went to their site and sent an inquiry. I got a response right away! They just so happened to be looking for a brand of paint to join their family of design studios. They also loved that I offered workshops, as it is part of the concept of the center. Perfect fit.

It was all moving so fast. Good thing, no time for fear to set in! As I was cleaning out my current workshop, I came across something I had printed from the previous year. Now Annie Sloan gets a lot of press; so why did I choose to print this one out and put it in my workshop? Hmmmmm.


I’m not even sure if that’s a magazine or an online publication. All I know is that it has nothing to do with my SOCO and it was from a year ago. I just saw it as another nod to keep going forward.

With my keys in hand, I unlocked the door for the first time. This is what I saw…


A big empty space. Even the thought in my head of “how in the hell am I going to fill this space?” echoed. I vowed not to panic and told myself I didn’t have to come up with the plan overnight.

I knew I had a lot of vertical space to fill. That was the birth of the chair wall.


I rallied everyone I knew and threatened asked them to help me paint 30 chairs; one in every Chalk Paint® color. I even had some awesome customers volunteer to help!

I knew that having some big paint display cabinets would help eat up space. In comes my amazing cabinet builder with these….

You can see how tall the shelf units are by looking at the painter standing on them. I really wanted the white paint cans to pop, so we sprayed those bad boys in Graphite Chalk Paint®. This, only after arguing discussing with the painter about the “no priming” deal. He was insisting it wasn’t going to work. Ha! He couldn’t wrap his brain around it after we were all done, which is a typical reaction.


Here’s my “Brush Stand”, fashioned out of a “Produce Stand” concept. I had an awesome graphic designer paint my logo on the awning that was made out of fence boards from Home Depot. We painted the awning in Graphite, Emperor’s Silk, and Pure White. My cabinet maker made the table out of leftover wood from his shop. I stained the blonde wood with straight dark wax.

I knew I wanted a big chandelier over the front counter. I spotted this one next door at Unidesigns. It was the perfect size. I painted it in Emperor’s Silk.


See that huge “P” on the floor? It’s will hang from the ceiling. Only after we use it as a template to paint my logo on the concrete. A big “Thank you” to my artist friend Marina Perren for doing most of the work! I also brought in the amazing 48 drawer cabinet along the side wall to display books, sample boards, and what-nots. I will never sell that piece. It’s amazing.


These will hang from the ceiling in the workshop space. Also painted by Marina Perren.


An old doorway facade from a house in Old Towne Orange will be the entrance to the workshop space.

So many things were swirling in my head! So many things to do. One of them being to paint just one half of a baby grand piano. What a joy it was to move the piano to the store. Not.

Stay tuned for Part 2. I swear, it all comes together!

Annie Sloan is coming to Orange County!

That’s right, Annie Sloan will be at Peinture Saturday, April 13th at 3:00 signing her new book “Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More”! Then she will stay afterwards for a social hour where you can shoot the breeze(what does that mean anyway? You can shoot breeze?) with Annie and enjoy delicious tea served by the super cool Seventh Tea Bar and munch on some sweet nosh. Yum.


If you haven’t met her, she’s AWESOME.  But don’t take my word for it, meet her for your self!!

Peinture is located in the South Coast Collection(SOCO) in Costa Mesa, California. Just off of the 405 frwy at Harbor.


3323-E2 Hyland Ave

Costa Mesa, Ca  92626


See you there!

Never ceases to amaze me…

I swear, Chalk Paint™ never ceases to amaze me. Here’s a shot from an interior design project I was working on. The client had a red cabinet with gold accents that she really wanted to a repurpose.

I agreed. But the new design scheme was softer… creams, blues, and neutrals. I decided to paint it with  Duck Egg Chalk Paint™.

I really questioned how it was going to turn out and if the gold design would show through. But I grabbed the paint and went to it anyway.

Not only did the gold pattern not show through, the paint covered in one coat! I then sealed it in Annie’s clear wax followed by the dark. I even allowed some of the red to show through slightly in areas to add some interest. It turned out amazing! I think it literally took me only an hour. It was hot that day so the paint dried almost instantly. I waxed it right away and took it inside. Done.



Annie Sloan Fabric…

It’s here! Annie Sloan has introduced her fabric to America. To make things a little easier, I’ve included what Chalk Paint™ colors I think go best with each pattern. Annie also has suggestions on HER website. All of the fabrics are factory direct from either France or Belgium.

First up is “Faded Roses”:

Beautiful. It’s 100% cotton and 55″ wide. Repeat is approximately 25 inches. I’m going to also tea stain this one and maybe even try bleaching it in the wash to make it look vintage! $41.00 per yard.

Next, “French Hens”:

Love it. It’s 80% cotton, 20% Polyester. 63″ wide. Repeat is approximately 24 1/2 inches. $48.00 per yard. Looks great with “Panama Rouge”!
On to “Normandie”:
This beautiful lilac toile is DOUBLE WIDE. Wow! That’s 110 inches. Repeat is 24 1/2 inches.  Perfect for drapery panels. 100% cotton. $84.00 per yard.
And now for “Charcoal Pastorale”:
A timeless black and white toile. Again, a DOUBLE WIDE 110 inches! 28 1/2 repeat. 100% cotton. $91.00 per yard.
Here’s “Panama Rouge”:
This great striped fabric is an amazing 108 inches wide and 100% cotton. 6 1/2 inch vertical repeat. Who doesn’t love practically ready made drapery panels?! I just made over a footstool with this using Coco. Turned out fab. $56.00 per yard. This is a limited edition fabric! Use with “French Hens”!
Introducing “Monaco”:
Super fun! It’s 55″ wide, no repeat, and 100% cotton. $ 59.00 per yard.
Make way for “Gigi”:
Sassy. Gigi is 56″ wide. Horizontal repeat of 18 1/2 inches and 100% cotton. It just makes you smile when you look at it. $59.00 per yard.
Drum roll please…
The final pattern is “Nuits Et Rouge”:
This ticking is described as “saucy” by Annie(love that!).  Has a great nautical feeling to me. 55″ wide,  no repeat. 100% cotton. $62.00 per yard. This is also a limited edition fabric!
All of Annie’s fabrics are available to purchase by the yard. I will have my samples in Country Roads tomorrow for all to see in person!


The Ultimate Before and After… with Chalk Paint™

Whew! What a project. I do LOVE me some Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan! I was on a quest to try it on as many surfaces as I could. I pulled items that I had in and around my house(I’m an Interior Designer by trade, so I do have more things to play around with than the average homeowner!). After painting each item, I either used Annie Sloan soft wax or Annie Sloan Lacquer and some I left unsealed. I only painted half of each item so you could see the “before”(well, except for the paper book in the first photo). Shall we start?

Here we go.

Group #1:

The basket is in Emperor’s Silk, unsealed. The paper book with burlap bow was done in Coco, unsealed(a $1.25 project by the way! I’ll post a tutorial on it soon. Stencil used was “Scroll-all-over” by Royal Design Studio). The book cover is in French Linen and Old White, sealed with clear and dark wax(Martha Stewart stencil). The rope was painted in Primer Red, unsealed.
Group #2:
The pumpkin was done in Graphite, sealed with dark wax. The terracotta pot was painted in Olive, sealed with clear wax. The pinecone was painted in Barcelona Orange, unsealed. The plaster frame is in Napoleonic Blue, sealed in clear and dark wax. The stick is Scandinavian Pink, unsealed. The rubber handle is in Antibes Green, sealed with clear wax.
Group #3

The mirror was done in Provence, unsealed(stencil is “Springtime in Paris”, again by Royal Design Studio).The piece of pottery was done in Florence, sealed with clear and dark wax. Metal platter was painted in Antoinette, sealed with clear and dark wax. Cork was done in Henrietta and Cream, unsealed(how cute would a whole cork board painted like that be?! Stencil by Martha Stewart) . Glass mason jar was painted in Duck Egg, sealed with clear and dark wax. The plastic horse is painted in Emile, sealed with clear and dark wax.
Group #4

The granite was painted in Louis Blue, sealed with clear wax(I’ve passed up some beautiful cocktail tables at Salvation Army because of ugly stone material tops. No more!). Cement was done in Arles, unsealed. Marble was painted in Versailles, sealed with clear and dark wax. Porcelain was done is Chateau Grey, sealed with Annie Sloan’s Lacquer. The stone sample was painted in Greek Blue, sealed with Lacquer. The brick was painted in Country Grey, left unsealed.
Group #5
Cardboard was painted with Napoleonic Blue, 3 coats, unsealed. I always use cardboard to make my chalkboards! I grab a frame, paint some cardboard(allow to dry), rub chalk all over it, wipe it clean, and staple it to the back of the frame. Super easy! Wood flooring is Paris Grey, sealed with  Annie Sloan Lacquer. Laminate flooring was painted in Old White, also sealed with Lacquer(you can paint laminate furniture also! Seal with wax). Vinyl flooring tile was painted in Aubusson Blue, sealed with Annie Sloan Lacquer.
And last but not least…group #6:
The wood chair was done in Pure White and Paloma, sealed with clear and dark wax. My chair happened to be unpainted(only stained and sealed), but Chalk Paint™goes over previously painted furniture also! Remember, NO PRIMING, NO SANDING. What a beautiful thing. And then there’s fabric. Yes, you can paint fabric, also leather. It doesn’t even get crunchy! The above fabric was also painted in Pure White and Paloma, sealed with a mixture of clear and dark wax.
Chalk Paint™ also goes on walls! I didn’t have any spare drywall to paint a sample of, but believe me, it looks amazing. Velvety and smoooooth.

So why did I do this? To show all of you how truly amazing this paint is. Period.
Now it’s your turn. Go create something beautiful, even if nobody cares.


The story of how Chalk Paint™ made it’s way to the USA…

Here is a great post by Junk Bonanza on the story of how Chalk Paint™ made it’s way to the great U.S. of A.  Lisa Rickert is the woman behind it all.

Look for the picture of the beautiful chandelier Lisa bought while she was in Orange County on a visit. She snagged it from Debbie Watts’ booth at Country Roads Antiques & Gardens!

Looks AMAZING! In fact, her whole house is amazing. The beautiful look is all courtesy of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan.


Annie’s new Work Book!

Well, she’s doing it again! Another fabulous book by Annie Sloan is due to be released November 30th! I’m super excited to get my paint covered hands on this….

The 112-page full color Work Book, published by Oxfordfolio, will be available from November 30th exclusively through the 300+ US and Canadian stockists of Chalk Paint™. Priced at $24.95 (Canadian: $30.95). The first page introduction is a hand-written note from Annie with an invitation to “Go ahead and paint in the book” and experiment with colors, ideas, sketching, collecting fabric samples, magazine cuttings, and more.

 Annie’s whimsical line drawings (including two self- portraits of ‘the artist at work’) delightfully illustrate her top tips and suggested projects throughout. With its blank pages, hand drawn lines encouraging notes, ideas, and several handy pockets, the Work Book provides inspiration as well as the ideal medium to keep design ideas in one place. It’s the dream solution for home décor fans everywhere and is sure to become a prized possession.
The wire-bound Work Book opens flat and also features an expandable band to hold everything securely in place once it’s filled with reference materials. The cover is designed to look like it’s been liberally painted with Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint.

In her introduction, Annie explains, “When I first went to Art School I was encouraged to keep a sketchbook. This was not just for sketching but also highly useful as a way of developing a visual voice and language. I used my sketchbooks to collect colours, pieces ripped from magazines and pattern making. I still do. Use this Work Book in the same way as your ‘aide memoire’. Plan the colour palette of a room, work out a piece of furniture, or simply use the book to experiment and develop your own particular style and colour palette by collecting what appeals to you. Draw little sketches, use the pockets to collect ribbons, fabric pieces and cuttings from magazines. Experiment with colour combinations and making your own mixes. Don’t worry about not being able to draw – just use stick men! Remember, if you do something you don’t like you can always cover it with a magazine cutting you fancy! Keep it handy in your day bag, or by your work desk or bedside. You can never tell when a creative idea will suddenly jump out!…Love Annie Sloan.” 

She talks about the book in a great interview with Junk Bonanza. You can read the interview HERE.

Soon you will have a great tool to help you create beautiful things. Thanks Annie!


Chalk Paint™ Sale!

Yep. It doesn’t happen that often, so take advantage of the “I survived the International Street Fair” sale at Country Roads on Monday, September 3rd!

I know it’s when everyone else is having their “Labor Day” sales, but if you have ever experienced the Old Towne Orange annual International Street Fair, you would understand why they are celebrating the surviving of it.

The city closes the down streets leading to the main plaza, and booths are set up honoring food from different regions of the world. There is also live music, entertainment, and well…beer, and lots of it! I wish I had a picture of the parking lot I walked through last year that is behind Country Roads. I have never seen so much beer in my life! Pallets and pallets of it. Mix all of that up with crowds and heat, and you get some interesting characters and situations! I used to enjoy this type of melee in my youth, but now… not so much.

I’m sure the staff at Country Roads will have their patience tested with all of the drunkenness and people begging to use their bathroom(that will most likely disappear and be camouflaged by some lovely vignette until Monday!). But hey, there will be TONS of foot traffic, which no one can complain about!

I will most likely be hanging out in the store Monday afternoon. So if you come in, look for me! I’ll be the one splattered in paint.


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