My Annie Sloan Confession

Wanting to brighten up my flea-market-find rocking chairs, I went with the color Florence and the Soft Wax.

Wanting to brighten up my flea-market-find rocking chairs, I went with Annie Sloan in Florence and the Clear Soft Wax.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, I am confessing more than chatting. For a long time, I resisted. For several years, I have refused to have anything to do with the “trendy” chalk paint. There was no way I would EVER dip a paintbrush into a can of Annie Sloan….

So blah and so boring! These rockers were in desperate need of love and color.

So blah and so boring! These rockers and small table were in desperate need of love and color.

Now, a little backstory before I get deep into my confession. I have been painting and repurposing furniture for about 20 years using everything from cheap craft paint (because I didn’t know any better) to spray paint.

One of my all-time favorites.

One of my all-time favorites.

For most of those years, I painted outside because I could. In Mississippi, I lived in the middle of nowhere, so I could paint outside…naked, if I had desired to do so *wink* I had no worries about dry-time or ventilation because the sunshine and fresh air took care of those matters.

Only the cows would have known had I been painting with my clothes on *wink*

Only the cows would have known, if I had been painting with my clothes on *wink*

Flash forward to the present. I currently live in the city…like really close to downtown and all the happenings and events. I have neighbors–really nice, but close neighbors. So, not only is painting in the nude totally out, but also spray painting all willy-nilly. What in the world was a furniture re-doer supposed to do?!? Build a special room with big fans and ventilation??? Only paint on days when the sun is shining and the wind is not blowing???

I had to break my vow not to use Annie Sloan paint because I could not look at my bland rockers any longer.

I had to break my vow not to use Annie Sloan paint because I could not look at my bland rockers any longer. Shhhh, no one has to know *wink*

And there I was, standing inside One.40.four in Jonesborough, Tennessee holding a can of Annie Sloan…thinking….This is it. The solution to all my problems. This little can holds the magic that will allow me to paint furniture inside (or out) without having to wait hours…days to finish a project. Yes, I bought that can of Florence. I took it home, and I loved it. I praised it. It was beautiful. The application was so easy. Oh, I painted and painted those rockers with that Annie Sloan paint! I was giddy, and I was in love.

Painting with Annie Sloan on the front porch

Painting with Annie Sloan on the front porch

I honestly could not believe how easy it was to use the Annie Sloan paint and how quickly it dried.

I honestly could not believe how easy it was to use the Annie Sloan paint and how quickly it dried.

It began to rain, so I moved the Annie Sloan paint party (of one) to the parlor.

It began to rain, so I moved the Annie Sloan paint party (of one) to the parlor.

I immediately became addicted to Annie Sloan paint and returned to One.40.four to get more. This time Pure White for the seat of the rockers and top of the small table + Paris Grey for the bottom of the small table and another furniture piece (which I will reveal in a later post). Yes, I went back again and both more colors…but, I can’t talk about that right now because I still can’t believe that I deprived myself all of those years of such amazement.

This little table, which I painted several years ago, had no idea it was going to be picked for an Annie Sloan makeover.

This little table, which I painted several years ago, had no idea it was going to be picked for an Annie Sloan makeover.

It was raining like madness outside, but I was determined to finish my porch furniture makeover.

It was raining like madness outside, but I was determined to finish my porch furniture makeover.

Fan blowing (not because I needed to dry the paint, but because I work up a sweat when I paint *wink*

The fan is blowing not because I needed to dry the paint, but because I work up a sweat when I paint *wink* The Dyson is there to keep the fur babies from coming near my table while it dries! Perhaps, I should bring the Dyson to the dinner table *giggles*

Whew! It feels great getting all of that off my chest. Who would have thought I would become a total fangirl of Annie Sloan paint! Now, let’s take a look at the porch furniture reveal while we finish off our coffee.

My flea-market rocking chairs finally look happy and at home *big smile*

My flea-market rocking chairs finally look happy and at home *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as I chatted about my Annie Sloan confession. If you have any paint confessions to make, by all means, share them with all of us in the comment section + if you have your own Annie Sloan projects you would like to reveal, share them with us on Twitter or Instagram using #SweetSorghumLiving. I can’t wait to see all of your projects!

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It has been an adjustment going from country life to city life, but I’m enjoying every single minute of the adventure.

 

 

 

 

Come Sit a Spell On the Front Porch’s New & Colorful Sitting Area

A fun painting I did for my new sitting area on my front porch. I am still adding details, but I am hoping to finish it soon *big  smile*

A fun painting I did for my new sitting area on my front porch. I am still adding details, but I am hoping to finish it soon *big smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or sweet tea and enjoy good conversations about everything from home renovation projects to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, I wanted to show y’all my new sitting area on my front porch.

I got the most fabulous deals on these pillows at Stein Mart--it was a BOGO! No kidding--six pillows for about $25--the hubby was beyond thrilled by my fabulous find!

I got the most fabulous deal on these pillows at Stein Mart–it was a BOGO! No kidding–six pillows for about $25–the hubby was beyond thrilled by my fabulous find!

Recently, the hubby built a deck (really an outdoor living room), and I was able to kick his Big Green Egg and other manly junk off the wrap-around porch. Yes, I reclaimed my space *wink* I had been dreaming of sitting a spell in that space since we moved in about a year ago.

I have had the chair and sofa for over five years. I know it has been moved at least three times during that time. I am happy to announce that I finally feel settled and at home *big smile*

I have had the chair and sofa for over five years. I know it has been moved at least three times during that time. I am happy to announce that I finally feel settled and at home *big smile*

My biggest goal for this space was to make it cozy, comfy, and cheery. I wanted bold art, rusty treasures, and reclaimed pieces. It was important for it to reflect me–no mater how eclectic it might appear to others!

This is a Lolly Molly Art furniture piece. For many years, I painted furniture--I still dabble a little in furniture *wink*

This is a Lolly Molly Art furniture piece. For many years, I painted furniture–I still dabble a little in furniture painting–but it is getting harder to find quality pieces at reasonable prices to redo. I blame Pinterest and those picker shows *wink*

After arranging and rearranging everything at least a dozen times, I finally achieved the atmosphere for which I was going. It is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the mornings.

Trinkets made from reclaimed wood and burlap.

Trinkets made from reclaimed wood and burlap.

I got this darling pallet-wood shelf from The Next Best Thing in Johnson City. I adore that place!

I got this darling pallet-wood shelf from The Next Best Thing in Johnson City. I adore that place because it is filled with amazing handmade goodness, folksy art, and junky treasures.

This rusty milk can makes the perfect side table + it has just enough room for my phone and coffee mug

The rusty milk can makes the perfect side table + it has just enough room for my phone and coffee mug *smile*

Another view of the side table and sofa

Another view of the side table and sofa

Reclaimed wood candle holders from The Next Best Thing + a wine bottle converted into a "torch"

Reclaimed wood candle holders from The Next Best Thing + a wine bottle converted into a “torch”

I intentionally bought a neutral sofa, so I could accessorize it with seasonal and colorful pillows and throws.

I intentionally bought a neutral sofa, so I could accessorize it with seasonal and colorful pillows.

A big nest that I found + another reclaimed wood trinket that I made

A bird’s nest that I found + another reclaimed wood trinket that I made

I wanted to add touches of a living room to my space.

I wanted to add touches of a living room to my space.

The sitting area is in the "back corner" of the wrap-around porch. I was able to create a cozy space without blocking traffic or access to the steps.

The sitting area is in the “back corner” of the wrap-around porch. I was able to create a cozy space without blocking traffic or access to the steps.

I love all the character of my 1920 home. I never get tired of its charm and quirkiness.

I love all the character of my 1920 home. I never get tired of its charm and quirkiness.

I was sold on this house from the moment I walked onto the porch *big smile*

I was sold on this house from the moment I walked onto the porch *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at my new sitting area on my front porch. I am so excited that I have reclaimed my space from the hubby *wink*

For cute and fun yard art, please visit my Etsy shop, Lolly Molly Art.

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Looking to the Past for Inspiration

 

When I lived in Trussville (Alabama), I had an adorable little shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. It was full to the brim with original art pieces by me--everything from painted canvases to bicycle rim sculptures.

When I lived in Trussville (Alabama), I had an adorable little shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. It was full to the brim with original art pieces by the hubby and me–everything from painted canvases to bicycle rim sculptures.

Welcome back to the blog! Today on Sweet Sorghum Living we are throwing it back to Lolly Molly Art studios of the past. I have been looking at old photos of my studios and shops for inspiration for my new studio. One thing I know for sure is that I love my rolling “island”–it was a fabulous deal that I got several years ago, and we have been an inseparable art duo ever since *smile*

This was my studio when I lived in Louisville, Mississippi. We called our home HatRidge, and my studio had this fabulous wall of windows overlooking the backyard and pasture. As y'all can tell, I absolutely love windows!

This was my studio when I lived in Louisville, Mississippi. We called our home HatRidge, and my studio had this fabulous wall of windows overlooking the backyard and pasture. As y’all can tell, I absolutely love windows!

I love color and being organized! I took color inspiration for my new studio from HatRidge because I wanted something bright and cheery. I have most of the organizational pieces, but I haven’t decided exactly how to organize or arrange my new space. It is still a work in progress, but it is coming along nicely *smile*

My HatRidge studio was a shared space--art + home office. The new studio is not a shared space! WHOO HOO!

My HatRidge studio was a shared space–art + home office. The new studio is not a shared space! WHOO HOO!

This is the studio space at Sloss Castle. The Lime Sorbet paint color really brightened the basement room. I am thinking that I will use this room as my color inspiration for my mudroom/utility room.

This is the studio space at Sloss Castle. The Lime Sorbet paint color really brightened the basement cave. I am thinking that I will use this room as my color inspiration for my mudroom/utility room.

I was still sharing with the home office at Sloss Castle--but no more sharing! The hubby snagged up this upcycled table for his office. I will tell y'all about it on another day.

I was still sharing with the hubby and home office at Sloss Castle–but no more sharing! I absolutely love this piece that the hubby built. Sadly, he called dibs on it for his new office–and he snagged up the sign/bicycle rim art piece! I will have to tell y’all that story on another day.

Another look at the Lolly Molly Art Studio inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. I have to decide what to do now that I am in Johnson City. Open up a little shop of my own, rent space, travel to art fairs, sell on Etsy...it is up in the air for now *smile*

Another look at the Lolly Molly Art Studio inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. I have to decide what to do now that I am in Johnson City. Open up a little shop of my own, rent space, travel to art fairs, sell on Etsy…it is up in the air for now *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we looked back at studios of the past. I am feeling really inspired now–so I think I will be off to go work on my new studio space. Stay tuned for an upcoming post that will reveal all of its fabulousness. Hopefully, I have inspired y’all to look at your rooms of the past for ideas on how to decorate, renovate, or rearrange your current spaces.

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: A Few of My Favorite Painted Things

IMG_3331My goodness! It has been a bit since I last sat a spell with y’all. My apologies for that.

To catch y’all up on a few things…

  • The renovation is still not complete…which is not so good news because we need to get it ready to go on the market ASAP….
  • The hubby very recently took a  job in Bristol, Tennessee…yes, we just moved to Alabama at the end of November 2012…yep, that was last year…you’re right…not even a year ago….
  • I am writing a weekly column called “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales” for Real Media. Check it out at www.thisisrealmedia.com.
  • My daughter is keeping us all busy–but that is perfectly wonderful because I am a super proud mom! Check out her fabulousness at www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com.

That’s enough catching up! Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite painted things.

I love this little chicken that I painted a few years ago. It is just so cute and colorful.

I love this little chicken that I painted a few years ago. It is just so cute and colorful.

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I love the color combination on the tiny table. The fabric top with the painted silver edge just makes me smile.

I love the color combination on this tiny table. The fabric top with the painted silver edge just adds a touch of adorable glam.

The fabric insert combined with the stripes makes this side table an adorable addition to any room.

The fabric insert with its tiny blue flowers and the blue stripes add a pop of color to this side table.

It was not easy stenciling the floor, but so totally worth it.

It was not easy stenciling this floor, but so totally worth it.

Absolutely my most favorite piece that I have painted to date. I love everything about it!

Absolutely my most favorite piece that I have painted to date. I love everything about it!

This is the original Peony the Peacock. She will always be my favorite.

This is the original Peony the Peacock. She will always be my favorite.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today. Be sure to follow me on Tumblr. It is a quick and easy way for me to post updates, my favorite finds, and more. Check it out at www.chasidyhathorn.tumblr.com, and be sure to press that “follow” button.

For a few giggles, check out my latest “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: Long Pause…No Answer” at http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/09/06/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-long-pauseno-answer/

For a tender moment, check out “I Love Little Baby Ducks and My Dad” at http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/08/30/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-i-love-little-baby-ducks-and-my-dad/