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February 16th, 2014

We have not blogged in quite awhile and we’ve started to pick up the camera and keyboard again. Social media has been a challenge for us, although it’s so fun to use to stay in touch, it can be a bit overwhelming when operating a business. I am sure by now you know about our new store in Frederick, right? What? You haven’t heard? As you know we’ve been in the once a month TAG SALE business for about 4 years now and we love it. However, what we love even more is teaching people how to achieve the looks we use on our vintage furniture. We decided to look for a large retail space that would give our customers best of all our worlds. Hence, here it comes REPURPOSED AND REFINED TRANSFORMATION STATION. Yep, we did it. We opened a 4200 square foot vintage store and studio in downtown historical Frederick. We were so nervous and scared about this but in our fourth month, we love it! We have a beautiful space in a historic building that holds lots of our vintage furniture and finds mixed with some new household décor too. In addition, we have a 1200 square foot studio where we offer classes for the Do it Yourself group. Here we will have Chalk Paint® workshops, Decorative Paints by Annie Sloan. We love our Chalk Paint® and we are always looking for new ways to improve our techniques and looks. At the Transformation Station you will find Chalk Paint® products, Artisan Enhancements, and Miss Mustard Seed Paints. Stop by and let’s talk Chalk Paint® and share a cup of coffee. Our shop offers lots of inspiration using all of the Chalk Paint® colors that are available.

We will try to keep up with our blog and post pictures of our experiences, trips, projects, and trust me it will include the good, bad, and probably some ugly too. Hugs & Blessing til next time.

How to Use Milk Paint Like a Pro

July 10th, 2012

Painting furniture with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Look at that beauty painted by Miss Mustard Seed with her specialized milk paint! We are in awe. As soon as we received our first package of milk paint we knew this would be a furniture painting journey to remember. The color is brilliant, the finish is weather and fascinating, and the process is fun! We cannot wait to show you finished products at our next tag sale and feature milk paint finishes in our warehouse.

Milk Paint comes in a brown paper bag in a powdered form and has to be mixed with water. The mixing part is not difficult, just a step to get used to. Milk Paint, similar to other popular furniture paints, does not require a primer. A bonding agent can be used to create a better grip for non-porous surfaces. We recommend skipping the bonding agent if you are trying to create a weathered/antiqued look with milk paint. The bonding agent is added to the paint, so it does not require a seperate application.As far as preparation goes the process is simple, clean the piece that you plan to paint, no need to sand or scuff before applying paint. You can use either a furniture wax or poly topcoat to protect the paint from moisture and wear, which we recommend.
We love that Milk Paint can be mixed to create custom colors. The colors mix beautifully. The available colors are definitely more “primitive country” with mustard yellows and barn reds, but they have some beautiful blues, greens and grays and all colors can be mixed to suit your taste.
Milk Paint distresses beautifully. The paint can crack and flake off, creating a chipped effect. You can create amazing looks with distressing, polishing, wiping, and any other technique.

Coming Soon: Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

July 6th, 2012

We admire Marian’s talents. Miss Mustard Seed’s art of painting furniture is inspiring. We are excited to announce that Repurposed and Refined will be the retailer for the new Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint! We will offer packages of milk paint, crackle finish, furniture wax, Milk Paint bonding agent, and other fine products.

Milk Paint is different from Chalk Paint™. Don’t take this the wrong way, both products are top-quality in their own departments. Milk Paint has a different texture and finish. Milk Paint “flakes off” in spots creating an instant aging and weathering effect. Check out some of the beautiful color palettes available:

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint retailer

Have Fun & Learn: Introduction to the Basics of Chalk Paint™ Workshop

July 3rd, 2012

You are invited to join Repurposed and Refined for training using Chalk Paint™ products. Introduction to the Basics workshop will be held July 28, 2012. The training will include a brief history on the brilliant Annie Sloan, how to choose a brush, color combinations, four basic Chalk Paint™ finishes, and applying furniture wax.
We will provide a small project for you to practice your painting skills on as well as lunch. Fun and laughter will be offered at no charge. Our workshop sizes are kept small to ensure that all participants questions are answered and each person leaves feeling confident and secure ready to paint. We strongly encourage early registration due to the limited number of spaces. Come join us for a day of furniture painting fun!

Upholstered Furniture – A New Life For Old Furniture

May 30th, 2012

Upholstered Furniture - A New Life For Old Furniture

We discuss Annie Sloan chalk paint in our blog quite frequently. We do not mean to forget another very important piece to repurposing furniture – upholstering! Upholestered furniture has and always will be a great way to give an old piece of furniture a new lease in life. A little paint and fabric goes a long way. Here is a newly upholstered piece that we have at our warehouse. We had our new friend in North Carolina make us some upholstered pieces. Come check out this delight and more at:

525 Northern Ave Hagerstown, MD 21742 – Open the 3rd weekend of every month (Fri-Sun).

6000 square feet of vintage finds!

20202 National Pike Hagerstown, MD 21740 – Open 7 days a week.

This location carries some of our vintage finds.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

May 24th, 2012

Annie Sloan chalk paint is perfect for repurposing and refinishing furniture. However, it can also be used to paint kitchen cabinets and give them a face-lift. Annie Sloan chalk paint works best on kitchen cabinets using at least two coats of paint and then three coats of Annie Sloan wax to seal it.

With Annie Sloan chalk paint your cabinets will have a worn and interesting character. The paint does not provide a plastic or ordinary look of some paints. The paint will work on all types of kitchen cabinets, even laminates. Some laminate cabinets have shine like glass, which the paint will stick too, but the less shin the better the adherance of the paint.

Is sanding or scuffing necessary before painting kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan chalk paint? That is completely up to you. It is perfectly acceptable to sand the surface but not necessary. Make sure you wipe over with a damp cloth to clean any debris. After cleaning the surface apply two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint. You can layer paint and add character with antiquing or faux finishing, just like you would when painting a piece of furniture. The wax is water repellent and strong, makes a good connection to the paint to protect your kitchen cabinets.

To maintain the new look you should refresh the wax every now and again as needed. A strong household cleaner can be used to remove splotches of wax and stubborn marks in case you want those areas rewaxed. The best benefit of Annie Sloan chalk paint is that the look is completely versatile. Want different color kitchen cabinets next year? Just paint over them!

Painting Furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

May 16th, 2012

We ran across a recent Annie Sloan interview with a local paper. Annie Sloan was in the U.S. to teach and also talk about her latest book, “Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 Step-by-Step Ways to Makeover Your Home for Next to Nothing” (Cico). We thought the interview was great and Annie highlighted some of the reasons why her paint has become a darling of so many repurposed and refined designers.

As we mentioned before, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is versatile and simple, requiring no primer.  Annie Sloan invented the paint the carries her name. “I was painting furniture and walls, but I was finding it difficult because I liked one sort of paint, but it’s very expensive and had limited color range,” said the designer.  Besides talking about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint she went on to give DIYers some great advice on scoring secondhand furniture that is worth refinishing. Annie said that a good bargain is something with stained wood that sellers will think is too difficult to get rid of, so they sell it cheaply. Even furniture with veneer or damage can be painted over. Look at the big picture and the shape of the piece in order to imagine what your finished project will look like. Furniture pieces with damage and chips offer character.

Annie even suggests painting over old hardware instead of removing or replacing it. “You paint, wax and treat, and get it back into a room in one day,” said Annie Sloan. Taking off hardware is not necessary. Some ornate hardware may be difficult or not go back on the right way.

Quick Way To Give Old Furniture a New Look With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

May 10th, 2012

Chalk paint, as opposed to the usual latex paint, is a heavily pigmented acrylic paint that can stick to any surface: glass, furniture, wood, floors, ceramics, or else.

Annie Sloan chalk paint can give an old antique look to an piece of furniture you’ve been wanting to restore but just didn’t have the time to, and it can add an accent to anything you wish to decorate. It can even give a pottery barn finish to an old picture frame.

What’s more amazing about chalk paint is the varieties of things you can do with it while only having to take minimal steps. There’s no sanding, stripping or priming the surface beforehand–you just brush on the chalk paint, wax it and wait to dry.

Annie Sloan chalk paint comes in 29 color choices that can be mixed to create a variety of looks. Another benefit from this paint is the drying time, which is fast compared to other paints, and combined with the fact that there are very few steps, Annie Sloan chalk paint makes it very fun and less time consuming.

Can’t decide on a color choice of Annie Sloan chalk paint? Sample sizes of Annie Sloan chalk paint will be available to buy from our two brick and mortar locations, as well as through our online store. Visit our online store for Annie Sloan chalk paint products. We are taking pre-orders! Until we have the product added to our website you can order via a contact form on our website. Email us your paint color choice and we will email you an invoice via Paypal. You can make a safe payment via Paypal so that we can ship the product.

Buy Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Samples

May 7th, 2012

We love hearing from Annie Sloan fans. You guys have been a tremendous source of support when we launched Annie Sloan paint products at the Beaver Creek Antique Mall location. We warned Jimmie and Sean about faithful Annie Sloan paint fans. The paint cans have been flying out of the store! We have had to re-stock the shelves twice in two days. It is amazing so see so many individuals willing to give Annie Sloan paint products a try. We always know they will become huge fans of the product.

Our fans are amazing and we truly appreciate them. We also think our fans would love to try new Annie Sloan chalk paint colors and step out of their comfort zones. The best way to do that is by selling Annie Sloan chalk paint sample size cans! Our plan is to help our customers experiment with new projects and colors by selling sample sizes of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The samples of Annie Sloan chalk paint will be 4 ounce containers for $12.99.

Sample sizes of Annie Sloan chalk paint will be available to buy from our two brick and mortar locations, as well as through our online store. Visit our online store for Annie Sloan chalk paint products. We are taking pre-orders! Until we have the product added to our website you can order via a contact form on our website. Email us your paint color choice and we will email you an invoice via Paypal. You can make a safe payment via Paypal so that we can ship the product.

You will be able to buy Annie Sloan chalk paint samples at the following locations:

525 Northern Ave Hagerstown, MD 21742 – Open the 3rd weekend of every month (Fri-Sun).

6000 square feet of vintage finds! This ltle slice of vintage furniture heaven carries Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products.

20202 National Pike Hagerstown, MD 21740 – Open 7 days a week.

This location carries some of our vintage finds and our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products.

 

Create a Shabby Chic Furniture Look With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

April 30th, 2012

Chic Restorations with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Creating a rustic, shabby chic look for a room in your house is inexpensive. There is an unspoken charm to furniture and decor that look old, weathered and pieced together. Shabby chic techniques include adding cracks, antiquing, wearing off paint in areas, rubbing off paint, and distressing paint. Annie Sloan chalk paint allows you to create a shabby chic look to just about any piece of furniture in your home. The best part of painting with chalk paint is that you do not need to prime.

To create a shabby chic look follow these instructions:

Paint the surface in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint using a color of your choice. Remember you don’t have to sand, strip or remove previous paint when you use this revolutionary paint system – or you can choose to distress the surface if you desire a more worn look.

Allow to fully dry.

Depending on a type of distressed look or interest you desire, paint with a second color and let dry.

Distress your piece by sanding with 220 grit sandpaper or a wet terrycloth sponge or washcloth.

Play with Annie Sloan chalk paint! You can rub off some of the paint to add another layer of distressing, or add strips of paint to areas. You can also use stencils, markers and other furniture refinishing tools for extra interest.

Seal the complete piece by massaging Annie Sloan Soft Wax for a beautiful soft glow, remembering to wipe off excess wax, and buff to desired sheen.