Friday, June 28, 2013

Chalk Painting Tips for the DIY'er

Hello and Happy Friday!  Our American Paint Company Chalk/Clay Paint is doing great at Secondhand Rose!  Be sure to stop by and check out all the colors and sign up for our upcoming Paint Classes!!  The color selection is amazing.

We will be doing paint classes a couple times a month.  The class will give you the beginning knowledge and experience using chalk/clay paint as well as Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.

When I first started researching Chalk Paint, I had to pull information  from all over the web, stockists, and painting classes, I couldn't find it all in one place.  So here are a few tips about using Chalk/Clay Paint, that I have learned along the way.  There's a lot more in the brain of mine...but I don't want to overwhelm you!

You can paint any surface with chalk/clay paint...wood, plastic, metal, ect.  My suggestion if this is your first piece...start with a small item...a nightstand is perfect!

1. Always clean your project with TSP (Available at Lowe's or Home Depot)

2. If the surface area is very shiny, lightly sand it with a 200 grit sand paper.  If it's not real shiny, no other preparation is necessary.

3. You can use any paint brush you like, but the better the quality the less chance for brush strokes.

4. You will most likely need 2 coats and possibly some touch up (depending on the piece)

5. Sand lightly with 100 grit sandpaper between coats. (this will give it a smooth feel and eliminate any brush strokes)

6. Once you are finished painting, let dry for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then lightly sand one final time all over with 100 grit sandpaper.

7. Distressing can be done with a wet rag, the paint will just rub off.  You can also use a 200 grit sand paper to distress as well. You'll want to distress where you have detail and where it would naturally distress over time on it's own.  Have fun with this part!!  Nothing is permanent, if you do something you done like...just paint over it!  That's the beauty of this's extremely forgiving.

8. Once you have wiped the piece down (getting rid of any dust from the sanding), you'll want to wax (seal) it.  You can use a poly if you prefer (it's good for table tops that will get a lot of use).  You wax it just like you would wax shoes, apply the wax (lightly with a rag or wax brush), then buff off with a clean rag.  There are a lot of furniture waxes out there.  I like Johnson's Furniture Wax (available at Home Depot & Lowe's).  You can use Annie Sloan, Fiddes, American Paint, CeCe Caldwell, ect.  If you are painting your piece white, I suggest using Annie Sloan's clear wax, as it's the only one that will not yellow over time.

9. Now if you like, you can use the dark wax.  I use Annie is Sloan's Dark Wax, again you will use a rag or wax brush to apply the dark wax. Be sure to get the dark wax in all the details of the piece to really make them pop.  If you apply too much and you don't like it, just use the clear was to remove acts just like an eraser!  It's like magic!

10.  The most important part is to have fun!  It isn't meant to be perfect.

I hope this information is useful.  I tried to keep it brief, but informative.  If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below!

Monday, June 24, 2013

One more...American Paint Company Chalk Painted Desk

Here's another beautiful desk.  We were on a color combination kick when we did these desks!  We used APC's Wild Horses (top) & Home Plate and Liberty with some clear and dark wax on the base.  

This desk has such beautiful character...don't you just love those little chunky legs!  The detailing under the middle drawer just makes this piece!

She is still available and looking for a forever home.

Thank you for stopping by and we love to read your comments.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pictures of the Basement - Lot's and Lots of treasures downstairs!!

As many of you know, there are lots of treasures downstairs in Secondhand Rose!  There are over 25 vendors that each have their own space downstairs!  Each week I am going to post pictures of 1 booth.  If you see something you like or have any sure to leave us a comment!  

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Stunning Queen Anne Desk

How beautiful is this antique desk??  It has the gorgeous Queen Anne legs and beautifully curved facings.  I am in love!  This desk is painted with American Paint Company Chalk Paints!

The base is painted with Liberty and the drawers are painted with Home Plate!  The top was adorned with Wild Horses.  This combination is stunning!  It is lightly distressed and light and dark waxed.

This was our display for Fathers Day this year!  We are going to be moving things around tomorrow to get the shop in the 4th of July spirit!  This beauty is waiting for her new home.

Thank you for stopping by, we love to read your please let us know what you think.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

American Paint Company Chalk Paint - Now in stock!

After a long trip to San Diego and back to Lodi...the amazing APC Clay/Chalk Paint is in stock!  Here's some pictures of the stocked cabinet!  Stop into the Shop and get yours before it's sold out.  14 N. School Street, Lodi Ca 95240

Friday, April 12, 2013

Just a taste of what we have to offer...

Lodi is hosting its annual School Street Wine Stroll this Saturday and the vendors @ Secondhand Rose and I have been working hard to get new inventory in the shop as well as freshen up the look.  We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!  It's time to let your hair down, have a glass of wine, and do some shopping.  Here are some pictures of the shop.

Hello and Welcome!

Hello and Welcome to Secondhand Rose's Blog.

Secondhand Rose is a darling little Boutique Antique Store in the heart of Downtown Lodi. This blog will keep you updated on vintage painted furniture, antique linens, one of a kind home decor pieces, and much much more.  We'll also have tips and tricks of the trade from chalk paint to milk paint, & antique's in general!

You wont want to miss our updates with pictures and the all important details on what paint color, distress technique, and finish was used.

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You can also find Miss Mutard Seed Milk Paint as well as American Paint Company's Chalk Paint for sale in the shop!

Mixed media classes are being offered once a month, check back for a lit of upcoming classes!

Here is a little about Chris, the owner:

Christina is the bubbly and vivacious owner of Secondhand Rose, located in downtown Lodi. This popular gal is known througout the community as a hard worker and loyal friend. Providing the customer service she's famous for, Chris regularly goes out of her way to ensure a unique shopping experience for all, by sharing her knowledge of antiques and treating her guests with a song! With her quick wit and amazing singing abilities (not) she's sure to either leave you laughing or plugging your ears. If her singing doesn't scare you away then you truly are part of the Secondhand Rose Family!
When Chris is not at work, she can usually be found curled up in front of the TV watching a horror movie (the gorier the better) or playing with her mentally challenged cat (seriously the cat has issues). Whether she's at work or on her own time, Chris strives to make a difference in the lives of those around her. Someone once said "Chris has never met a stranger" and it is this special aspect of her personality that will have you returning again and again to Secondhand Rose, a place where you are family.