Passionate About My Night Owl DIY Project Painting Vintage Furniture With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

With all the amazing design and flipping shows, it is hard to resist the do it yourself designing options.  My favorite shows currently include Restaurant Impossible and Love It Or List It.  In addition to remodeling, I love to redecorate my space.  I recently had a small addition built on my home to expand my home office space for my healthy chocolate business.  My business was growing and I needed a bigger office.  Now I have a beautiful view of the pool and the backyard and I can watch the sandhill cranes  as I work as well as watching the palm trees sway.   You can’t beat that.

Well anyway, somehow the opportunity the addition presented has interested me in painting vintage furniture with Annie Sloan chalk paint.  I have honestly never worked with anything quite like Annie Sloan products and am just thrilled.  I have had wonderful support from Annie Sloan stockists here in Tampa and Fort Myers, Florida and I keep learning new techniques.

The video above is one of my recent projects I was working on when I could not sleep one night.  It is a vintage Lane furniture piece.  I decided to use Annie Sloan Chateau Gray chalk paint .  I then did a wash with Annie Sloan Old Ochre.  I ended up doing two coats of the wash and went a tad darker on the top.  I then waxed with Annie Sloan Clear Wax and Voila I have a piece I can truly be proud of.  This is a great way to relax and get away from the stresses of the day.  Not that sharing healthy chocolate with the world is really that stressful, but having three teenage boys, a hubby and a dog, well that alone can be a handful.

So now you know a little about me.  I love healthy chocolate and Annie Sloan chalk paint.  If you would like to sample our healthy chocolate and learn why it is so good for you, all my Annie Sloan chalk paint fans can order a free sample pack of chocolate.  Oh and did I mention you can lose weight eating this chocolate and it tastes amazing?  No wonder I love it so much.  All I ask is that you cover the shipping and handling.

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Back to my Annie Sloan obsession.  I feel like I live at my local stockist as I always am buying quarts of Annie Sloan chalk paint.  I did learn that my stockist in Tampa, FL ships in the continental United States so I am pretty happy about that.  I found a new color I am excited to try.  It is called Emile and reminds me of a rich lavender color.  I can’t wait to try it as an accent or perhaps a small piece.  Not sure quite yet, just know I love the color.  For those of you wondering what a stockist is, that is someone who is approved to sell Annie Sloan paints.  It is important to purchase from a knowledgable stockist so you can learn the techniques.  Many offer classes regularly.   I am hoping to take one in Tampa soon with my partner in crime.  (I hope you know I am not serious.  🙂  )


Annie Sloan night owl project
Annie Sloan night owl project

Here is my vintage Lane table finished.   I am actually quite proud of myself on how it turned out and am glad to see it in it’s rightful place in my family room where it belongs.  So what do you think?  Have I peeked your interest just a little bit with this Annie Sloan paint stuff?  Just so you know, the paint is pricey but it goes much farther than you would expect a quart of paint to go.  I could do an entire king bedroom suite with one quart if that gives you any idea.  You also don’t have to do much prep work at all with this paint which is perfect for someone like me that wants immediate results.

I also like that I really can’t make a mistake.  There is no perfect way,

Passionate about Annie Sloan chalk paint.
Passionate about Annie Sloan chalk paint.

you keep blending or painting until you get the look you want.  If you want a clean look, a distressed look, cottage or vintage, have at it.  One of my next projects will be my barn door project off the office.  I have not had much luck finding vintage doors like I had hoped.  Instead I will be creating my own vintage look doors from new doors from the local hardware store and a combination of three or four colors of Annie Sloan paint distressed and with clear wax and then a dark wax.  I really love the dark wax but honestly that is a blog post for another day.

I am Lynette.  I think you have figured I am a bit obessed.  First with dark healthy chocolate and then with Annie Sloan chalk paints.  Actually I guess you could say I am passionate, that is likely more accurate.  I would love to hear from you so contact me if you want to discuss Annie Sloan projects or Beyond healthy chocolate.  I love them both dearly.  I can be reached at 941-216-5727, you can email me at [email protected] or visit my healthy chocolate site at  Be sure to stop by again.  I can’t wait to see you!


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How To DIY Barn Sliding Bifold Door Hardware Project Office Solution

I am not sure when I fell in love with the barn door look.  It started when we were adding on a home office for my healthy chocolate business.  I did not want the standard french doors.  I wanted something that would really make the room pop.  I am a big fan of Pinterest and had pinned all kinds of ideas for my project.  I just adore the look of a shabby cottage style barn door and some amazing hardware.  The problem came when I checked out the price for barn door hardware, boy was I in for a shock.  Considering I am looking at a 6 foot opening, without 6 foot of wall space to spare, my only option is a bifold door.  Can you just guess how much the hardware alone is for the bifold door?  More than $1000!  And that does not even include the doors.

So I have been searching for a DIY solution.  I found some amazing officewall1ideas including the youtube video above with two doors.  I also found a wonderful blog called “Design The Life You Want To Live” by Lynne Knowlton.  She has stunning Amish wooden wheels that make a showpiece of your barn door hardware.  She also shares how you can buy the rest of the hardware you need for as little as $25.  The Amish wood wheels run $60 a pair which is what you need for one door, but they are absolutely stunning.  I have decided I am going to use her wood wheels in my DIY barn door hardware project.  The video above even shows you how to make your own door if that is something you want to do.  I am going to take standard doors and use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to get the cottage style look that I want.

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Is it just me?  Am I the only one obsessed with these barn doors?  To me it is an amazing look and I just can’t stop thinking about adding them.  So if you are looking for a DIY affordable barn door hardware option, here are some great suggestions.  If you have found a DIY way to incorporate these stunning amish wood wheels into a bypass barn door hardware system, please please please contact me or message me and let me know. Basically I am looking for an option when you have limited wall space to store the doors when open which gives you the ability to slide one door over another.  It would also work great for closets or when you have multiple openings on the same wall. I am sure my hubby thinks I have lost my mind at this point, but I know there is a way to make this work.

wheelsYou really should check out these wheels at Lynne Knowlton’s site, they are stunning!  If you have any ideas or photos of how you were able to make your DIY bypass door hardware or a successful DIY barn door project, please share! Continue reading “How To DIY Barn Sliding Bifold Door Hardware Project Office Solution”

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