annie sloan – chapters 1, 2, 3 and a giveaway

 Gosh. I don’t even know where to begin.
I’m bubbling with inspiration, thoughts, and gratitude after my trip to Boston.
It was quite the experience.
Amy at Maison Decor was sweet enough to give me a place to stay while I was there
and she is just about the best little hostess there is.
 {Thank you, Amy!}
When I first arrived in Boston, we met up at the hotel
 and were shortly joined by
Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect and Patty and Karen of Classic Wall Finishes.
Patty is my awesome Chalk Paint stockist 
and it was great to finally meet the voice behind the phone.
She and her sister, Karen are hoots!
Karen is a wonderfully talented artist but I think she has a calling in comedy or theatre too.
We enjoyed dinner together at the dimly lit, P.F. Changs. 
If you eat seafood, their new Crab Fried Rice dish is probably one of my favorite meals e.v.e.r.
(Be sure to drizzle fresh lemon juice over it too. Heaven.)
After dinner, Amy and I went back to her lovely maison,
which is even more charming in person…
(…and few pieces of her purple transferware almost disappeared.)
I loved her home.
Have you ever been a guest in someone’s home
and laid in bed waiting to hear signs of life and a floor board creak
before you dared to shower or make yourself a cup of coffee?
It wasn’t like that at Hotel Amy.
I felt so comfortable.
(And you know I’m big on comfortable spaces.)
 {Thank you, Amy!}
Annie time.
I had some pep in my step as I made my way to the reception room.
I’m a paintin’ girl who was about to be inspired by Annie and her amazing team family.
When I walked up to the table to check in, I heard a sweet voice behind me say,
“freckled laundry?!”,
and suddenly blogging became even more real.
The connections we make with each other in our little ‘plugged-in’ world
are still there when we unplug.
I {love} that.

There was a lot of hugging, chatting, and picture-taking.
Everyone with a camera was snapping pics of Annie’s lovely things,

like her new line of French fabrics
that coordinate well with her chalk paint.
Just gorgeous.
Speaking of new, I had to grab a shot of the brushes.
I’ve never used an oval-shaped brush but they sure felt dreamy in my hand.
 After the reception, it was time to meet Annie and soak in inspiration
as she shared the story behind Chalk Paint, her “just go with it” painting philosophy,
color theory, her new Antoinette color, and a bunch of painting and waxing ideas, tips, and tricks.
I giggled when she called Chalk Paint a “feminine paint” 
and then acknowledged the two men sitting in the room.
She said that men are of mindset that you need to strip, sand, prime, and varnish
to get a nice furniture finish whereas woman just want to make it pretty.

(I know that’s not true for all women and men…but it is for me.)

Within the first 15 minutes of scribbling down notes and watching Annie do her thing,
Amy and I both looked at each other and said, “She’s amazing.”
I love how free she is with her painting and I learned so much.
“There are no mistakes.”
It definitely changed the way I’ll paint furniture from now on
and you’ll get to see me apply her techniques.
{Thank you, Annie!}
Afterward, I had the chance to meet Annie for the first time!
She, Lisa Rickert (national distributor and the reason we have Chalk Paint in the U.S.),
and all of the stockists are truly so grateful for those that use the Annie Sloan products.
I use it because I absolutely {love} it
and I’m thankful for Annie sitting down with a chemist 20 years ago to make her “easy” paint.
After some lunch and chit chat with a group of lovelies,
it was workshop time with Patty and Karen!
I was FINALLY able to get my mitts on Antoinette, the new faded, ballet slipper pink.
Here is Antoinette naked (no wax)…
…and below are finished samples that Amy and I painted
using dark wax (back) and an Old White wash (front).
I no longer fear the dark wax!
Turns out, I was doing it all wrong.
Annie applies her dark wax right after her clear wax so that it’s more workable.
I was waiting until my clear wax was dry and so the dark would go on too dark, like a stain.
Using Barcelona and Provence,
we were taught some new texture and no wax sheen techniques.
Aren’t they such happy colors together?
Patty and Karen were wonderful teachers.
{Thank you both!}
The workshop ended with a cherry on top…Annie’s book signing.
I watched as she doodled a fancy shmancy signature
in my copy of Quick and Easy Paint Transformations.
Her signatures are little works of art in their own right!

We must have been chatting about something pretty intense here.

 It looks like she’s trying to shank me with her pen and I’m about to cry.
That wasn’t the case at all though.
Annie is just as sweet and approachable as can be and we chatted about my blog name and her paint.
I also picked up a copy of Creating the French Look for one of you!
Annie signed it and wrote a little message inside!
Here’s a peek…
In our workshop bags, we were given a beautiful French Damask Stencil
that Annie designed. It’s made by Royal Design Studio.
Annie shared a very cool painting technique using this stencil
and I’m giving mine away to another one of you.
I’m not sure if this stenciling technique will be in her new book
so I hesitate to share a photo of the finished boards without a blessing first.
I will send instructions and a photo to the winner though.
To enter, just leave a comment!
The first winner that I draw will receive the signed book
and the second will receive the stencil!
After the book signing,
Sally at Counting Sheep Antiques hosted a lovely farewell dinner party in Annie’s honor.
It was such a magical atmosphere and evening.
How sweet are the centerpieces?
The white light strands, vintage linens, and assortment of vintage dinner plates
made the barn so romantic and sweet!
She let me purchase some of her metal too.
And a hand hooked rug that just might send me into Antoinette land.
{Thank you, Sally.}
I’ll share my new pretties soon,
including the beautiful metal sconce and hyacinth that Amy sent me on my way with.I had so much fun getting to know Amy, chatting about decor and blogging,
and sharing this experience with her.
{Thanks again, Amy!}



  1. chris says:

    would love to win your give away!! so sad i was not able to see Annie while she was in chicago…i had a school dinner auciton i needed to attend–because I donated several pieces of ascp painted furniture!!
    chris from midwest cottage and finds

  2. Emily says:

    It sounds like the whole workshop experience was amazing! I would love to be able to participate next time, but I’d also love to win the giveaway – that might make it easier to wait for the next workshop tour :)

  3. Jamie says:

    so cool you got to meet Annie Sloan!!! Pick me ;o)

  4. So looking forward to hearing about the tips you’ve learned while attending the ASCP workshop.

  5. What a great experience!…The book would be a fabulous win :)

  6. How much fun! I’m just discovering chalk paint and am LOVING the idea of not having to strip, sand, prime, etc. :)

  7. debra says:

    I’m new to your blog, but when I starting reading I knew you were headed to Annie Sloan’s workshop. I gobbled your post up~lucky girl! Thanks for sharing your trip and photos….

    I’ll be back !

  8. Jodi says:

    How fun, it looks like you had a great time! I would love to try the calk paint sometime; I just need to find the perfect piece to paint.

  9. Oh, Jami….now I’m REALLY envious of you! Meeting all of those great blogging gals, sharing laughs and hugs, and taking that fun class. :) How humbling it must’ave felt to be actually KNOWN by Annie Sloan herself! I’m so glad that you had such a wonderful time, sweetie! And sending a HUGE thanks to you for sharing some of the tips that you learned. I soaked each and every one up! :)
    (Oh, and thanks for thinking of us with your sweet giveaway! ♥)

    xoxo laurie

  10. Your post really makes me want to attend the Atlanta Annie workshop. And thanks for the dark wax technique. I have a love-hate relationship with it.


  11. kiki1102 says:

    What fun! I’ve been wanting to try ASpaint for awhile. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Kim says:

    Love these ideas and colors!

  13. pballard says:

    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. Would love a chance to win!

  14. Your little story makes my hands itch for some Annie Sloan paint! I’ve heard it is now here in Canada, as close as Vancouver… I need to see if I can find some!

  15. Fancy Nancy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip with all of us. I could feel the excitement through your words and can’t wait to get my first can of Annie’s magic potion. My nearest stockist is two hours away and just knowing I am going on the 14th – well I feel like a kid on their way to Disneyland for the first time, LOL. Thank you for all your inspiration :)

  16. Rhonda says:

    What a fantastic trip for you! Wow – thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  17. It sounds like the whole trip was fantastic, Jami! I love the peek at the new fabric line. I dread seeing prices on that, but I’m curious, too.

  18. Jill Elaine says:

    Oh how fun. I’m struggling to not be jealous! I love to paint furniture too and MUST get my hands on some of that paint soon. I love that new color – now what can I paint that color???
    So fun for you that you could go to this.
    Does anyone in the US sell Annie’s fabric?? I really want some but the shipping from England made me have to say no for now:(

  19. lynn says:

    this looks like such a fun time! tfs! love the tulips in her can!

  20. Shell says:

    Wow looks like you guys had an awesome time. The farewell dinner just looks dreamy & I love the tulips in Annie’s paint cans…genius.

  21. SueAnn says:

    Oh! Oh! Oh! she says excitedly….count me in. I love Annie’s paint for sure.
    Love to learn new techniques.
    Looked like you had so much all the pics!!!
    Everyone is so beautiful!!

  22. Anne says:

    Thank you for sharing photos of your experience.How lucky to have been Mrs.Annie Sloan.Looks like you had a blast.Wish I could have been there.I would LOVE to win this giveaway.Can’t wait to see photos of your treasures.
    Dark wax scared me too until I mixed it with clear.I also made a glaze with mineral spirits and dark glaze.I used this on my dining room table.LOVE the results.

  23. The closest that Annie came to our neck of the woods was San Francisco! WAY FAR AWAY! I was surprised that she wasn’t at Vancouver BC.

    Thank you for sharing and showing us the fun and excitement! It was like a bloggers episode of the real world!

    I would LOVE a chance to win Annie’s book! (So gracious of you to include us!)

    I have a stock list located about 20 minutes from home!

    The best of Easter Blessings to you and your family!

  24. Fun fun fun!! I loved your post Jami, and I was laughing out loud at your self deprecating manner~but I can say YES YOUR DO DRINK A LOT OF STARBUCKS!!!!! I’d never sleep if I drank a fraction of what you put away! So nice of you to do the giveaways~someone is gonna get real lucky!!

  25. Polly says:

    Love ASCP!

  26. LindaSonia says:

    Awesome giveaway – thanks for a chance to win – love it!

  27. wickedfaerie says:

    I adore Annie Sloane, please enter me in your giveaway and stop by I am having my one Year Anniversary Giveaway too.


  28. Ale says:

    Can I participate from Italy?Pleeease!I really love this book. Thanks,

  29. I love Annie Sloan paint. I am new to it, I’ve been painting my jewelry with it – thank you for sharing your trip! I bet you came home inspired!

  30. Jane says:

    Oh Sweetheart, I am so thrilled you met one of your idols! It sounds like you had a blast of a time. On your own – look at you! Just fabulous. J x

  31. chris says:

    I’ve read all about Annie’s paint, but haven’t had a chance to try any. I am so intrigued after all your praise, Jami. It looks like you had a spectacular time.


  32. she dreams big! says:

    I need those Annie tips ASAP! Especially the ones about the dark wax. Sometimes it works beautifully and sometimes, not so much. Please count me in your giveaway.

  33. chedeb5353 says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!

  34. ACB says:

    I have so many plans for Annie’s paint once our new home is finished being built! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  35. brava!!!! loved the recap, your sarcasm (have the same humor) and the wax tip. hopefully you can share some of the tricks you learned
    great post!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for sharing – I wanted to attend Annie’s workshop so much but it was the wrong timing. Thank you so much for making me feel like I was there with you! Starting my Annie Sloan workshop fund for her next tour!
    Trish @

  37. auntiejenni says:

    man…i wish i was there..right by you, slapping paint around and learning from the master….er,, no….maven of paint. i want soooo much to paint something in my house with annie sloan paint. need to find it in my state cleeeeeear over here in western washington. i would love a copy of the book…even the stencil. i’m sure i could find something around here that needs a stencil. i would love it if you would post what you learned from annie. that way..we’ll all benefit. thanks for everything you do teach me….us.

  38. janet says:

    Hello Jami,

    So happy you got to meet Annie and all the wonderful Sloan Rangers! We loved having you, Amy and Shaunna join in our farewell celebration dinner with Annie and David, Lisa and Teryl. We are truly a big family and for one night you were a sister.
    We so appreciate all of the loyal bloggers who use and promote our Annie Sloan ™ brand. You are never taken for granted.
    I really enjoyed this post and I am so blessed to have met you.

    Your friend,
    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

    PS…look forward to the new video…without the funny face ;->

  39. Lynda says:

    I wanted to attend the Atlanta workshop but just couldn’t get the time off work……I feel like I’ve been just reading your darling post. Would love to try some chalk paint soon.

  40. Di says:

    I would love to win stencil, book anything Anne Sloan…you lucky firl you, what a fun trip you had!
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Oh, it looks like it was such an informational and creative workshop. I love the french look and Anne Sloan is amazing, huh? Thanks.


  42. ti says:

    I am so anxious to try some… I never have seen any nor an item that it was used on… I just know that regular new paint just doesn’t look right to me… I love the old.

    Please let it be me!!! ; )
    Hopefully I will get in on this action soon and find a kindred spirit around my neck of the woods to work with!!!
    Glad you had this opportunity and thanks for this give-away!

  43. Michelle says:

    Sounds like an amazing workshop – thank-you for the opportunity to win :)

  44. Becky says:

    Don’t pick me, really, I don’t want that book. J/K ;)

  45. Nan says:

    Hey Jami!

    What fun! I saw a bunch of pics of you on Maison Decor! Looks like you had a GREAT time! I’m so jealous!

    Can’t wait to see you put all that new knowledge to work on your blog!


  46. Wow Jami–it sure looks like you had a greAte time!
    As for your drawing–pick me, pick me!

  47. Gretchen says:

    Wow girl, what a blessing and an honor to be able to attend this Annie Sloan workshop. Sounds like such an inspiring time you had, and so much great techniques you’ve learned.
    Thank you for the chance at your giveaway. :)

  48. federica b says:

    Hello, I’m Federica and I love your blog, is like a breath of fresh air, I like everything. I also have a little Etsy shop and I hope that the visit. Where I can find in Etsy?
    See you soon and many compliments for your blog so delicate!
    You have a new follower

  49. I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint just posted a project I just did. Love your post.


  50. Seems like you had a fabulous time, with lots of inspiration & knowledge to come home with. Thanks for a great giveaway !

  51. SuzyMcQ says:

    Sounds like you had a dreamy day! What a magical series of events. Thanks so much for making us all feel like we were attending!

  52. Yes, Vicki. The fabric will be exclusive to Annie Sloan stockist retail shops. (i.e. You won’t be able to purchase online or in non-affiliated fabric stores.) Her fabrics are gorgeous to the eye and the touch. xo Jami

  53. maggie says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful time! I’m pea green with envy. I wasn’t able to attend any of the events. :(
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Norma says:

    Oh my gosh! Just loved reading this and was going to leave a comment, but for sure after reading of a giveaway am commenting!

    LOVED reading about your experience with Annie’s visit. I’ve been reading/stalking as many blogs as I can find to read more and see more pictures.

    It’s thrilling to recognize so many names and faces.

    Thanks so much for sharing and I love your writing style and humor. So fun to read and made me smile over and over!!


  55. Kathy says:

    Oh I would love to win ! I just ordered some AS chalk paint !

  56. I would love to win your give-away…lucky you to have been in Boston, I could only dream

  57. I would love to win your giveaway! The book looks amazing!

  58. Kim Stewart says:

    So glad you had a wonderful time! Isn’t it so inspiring to hang out with like minded creative women!

  59. This looks like it was so much fun! Antoinette is such a beautiful color and I’m seriously considering it for dining room chairs- it’s the appropriate for Easter weekend!

  60. Anonymous says:

    I know you had fun! I would love to win your giveaway. I wanted to go to the Atlanta stop but couldn’t. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Happy Easter.

  61. Shawna says:

    Glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

  62. Shawna says:

    Glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

  63. Shawna says:

    Glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Shawna says:

    Glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

  65. What a wonderful opportunity! I bet you are looking forward to trying some of the stuff you learned. I think it is so cool that you got to meet bloggers and Annie Sloan and the crew in real life.

  66. starrmo says:

    Wish I could have attended! I love to paint!

  67. Sally says:

    You are beyond generous! Thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful giveaway. Count me in :)

  68. Unknown says:

    Would love to win, if only to learn the technique!

  69. Anne says:

    Love reading every word about your trip. I would of love to be there with all you talented ladies. Thank you for such a treasure giveaway.

  70. Allie et Cie says:

    Loved reading all about the workshop! What a wonderful, amazing experience to be able to attend and meet so many other creative spirits! I’d love a chance to win that book…(I’m crossing my fingers and squinting my eyes shut tight, and making a wish…can you picture it)?
    Really looking forward to your future blog showing the new tips and techniques for the Annie Sloan paint!

  71. Mel says:

    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful details of your trip. I’m so jealous, but happy for those of you that got to attend. And thank you for the fantastic giveaway opportunity.

  72. Looks like a fabulous weekend!! Too many things to comment on, but that dinner with the adorable tulip centerpieces is just the best!!

  73. Anonymous says:

    Endless inspiration! Thankyou!

  74. Vicki K. says:

    Thank you for such a delightfully detailed account!! I love knowing why events are wonderful – just reading this is inspiring me to paint.

  75. Susan D. says:

    Annie Sloan herself sent me here to your blog!! Would love to win your giveaway. I really enjoyed your blog. Had to laugh at the paint on the back of your shirt. That would be me, too.

  76. Olivia says:

    Looks like a great time! I’ve already read Amy’s post but it was fun to see your side of it too. Oh to meet all of you, I hope I get the chance at Haven this summer. I’ll be star struck for sure.

  77. Caitrin says:

    What a great post! Her products are the best. I’d love a chance to win the book!

  78. Leslie says:

    I’m working on my first piece with her paint right now. I love it!!!

  79. Janice H says:

    I would love this book. Love her style and love your blog!

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