My Favorite Painting (and Waxing) Brushes

October 12, 2016

I am often asked about what type of paint brush to use when painting with Chalk Paint®. I tell customers that it is important to use a high quality brush – that it really does matter when painting. And what are my favorites? Well, I prefer Annie Sloan signature paint and wax brushes for my projects. Annie Sloan has carefully designed a collection of brushes that are the perfect match for her Chalk Paint®. They make painting and waxing quick,…

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Update Upholstery with Chalk Paint® – a Video

One question that is always asked at my Workshops is “Can you really paint fabric”. Absolutely! It is really an easy and inexpensive way to update your upholstered furniture and I’m going to walk you through the steps in the following video: The most…

October 5, 2016

Layered Bench with Chalk Paint® PLUS a Video

I have two benches that were originally painted red that needed to be updated. On the larger bench, I chose three Chalk Paint® colors, Olive, French Linen and Country Grey and used my favorite layering techniques to create an aged patina. Take a look…

September 29, 2016

Using New Black Chalk Paint® Wax

Last week I introduced you to Annie Sloan’s new White Chalk Paint® Wax. Today, I’m going to talk a little about her new Black Wax. I am really loving how the Black Wax looks on Chalk Paint®! It gives a cool, dark finish to…

September 18, 2016

Using White Chalk Paint® Wax

I introduced Annie Sloan’s new Chalk Paint® Waxes into my shops a few weeks ago and am pleased to see that you are loving them (as am I). These new waxes open up a whole new range of finishes you can achieve with Chalk…

September 8, 2016

Adieu to our Irvington Shop

Dear Customers and Friends, The time has come for us to say goodbye to our Irvington Shop. What started as a short-term venture for Frank and I after retiring from our careers in Washington, DC turned into a ten year adventure. While we have…

September 6, 2016


It’s almost the end of Summer and we have a big sale going on at our Irvington Shop – 20% to 50% on furniture, lamps, rugs, pillows, curtain panels and much more. I’m also adding new merchandise every week – you won’t want to miss it! For…

August 26, 2016

Meet Giverny

The first of three new Chalk Paint® colors has been announced by Annie Sloan and it is called Giverny. We’re so excited to share it with you! Giverny is a bright, cheery, clean, cool blue, nearer the greener range of blues, without any red…

August 10, 2016


The big Summer Sale at our Irvington Shop is on – 20% to 50% on furniture, lamps, rugs, pillows, curtain panels and much more. You won’t want to miss it! For directions to our shop.  See you there…. PS – Don’t forget to sign up for…

August 6, 2016

Join the “Dash Pack”

If you didn’t know already, Brocante Home Collection in Irvington is the retailer for Dash & Albert in the area. We have an assortment of indoor / outdoor rugs at the shop but did you know that we can order any of their rugs?…

July 27, 2016

Updating Vintage Mahogany Chairs using Chalk Paint®

Loving how decorative painter Anne DeCamps has re-finished these vintage “shieldback” mahogany chairs using Chalk Paint®. A first coat of Old White and a second of French Linen, lightly distressed and finished with a mix of Clear and Dark Chalk Paint® Wax. Want to…

July 18, 2016