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Summer-Inspired Upcycling with ChalkPaint and Wicker Emporium

Summer-Inspired Upcycling with ChalkPaint and Wicker Emporium


With the warmth of summer upon us there are so many colors to inspire us to want to re-create the ‘cottage look.’ The Sweet Brier Boutique just so happens to be located in a small seaside town called Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, which attracts cottagers from all over the world!

We spend our days selling dresses and accessories. We also love upcycling, or creative recycling as we call it, using ChalkPaint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan, other natural materials we might find and our imaginations. We often donate our work to local community groups to support their fundraising efforts.

Recently we chose a candle holder, rope frame, vintage inspired frame and serving tray from a nearby Wicker Emporium for community project day. Inspired by the sand, sea and nature waking up, we chose a palette of Duck Egg Blue, Arles, Provence, Louis Blue, Florence and Old White.
rope frame, candle stand, wood frame, wooden tray

Prep for working with ChalkPaint™ is pretty easy. Seriously! You just wipe your items with a lint free cloth. That’s it. No sanding or priming.

Here goes!

Rope Frame

rope picture frameOh yes, ChalkPaint™ works on rope! A small bit of Old White was lightly brushed over the entire frame. After drying, it was lightly sanded to leave some of the natural rope to show through. Great for a cottage!

Vintage Style Frame

distressed carved wood picture frameThis up-cycled vintage style frame started off with a base coat of Arles. A little dry time and then a coat of soft Duck Egg Blue. After making sure the second coat was dry, we used a small piece of sand paper and gave the frame a light sanding in a few key spots to achieve this beautiful two-color distressed look. Then we brushed on a bit of clear wax and removed the excess with a lint-free cloth. Pure elegance.

Old Fashioned Candle Holder

distressed candle standWe love the gorgeous turquoise shade of the color Florence and how it can make a room pop! After two coats of Florence and dry time, we lightly sanded the wood on this old-fashioned candleholder. A quick dusting with a lint-free cloth and a coat of clear wax sealed this project for good!

Cottage Style Tray

upcycled wooden trayThis decorative tray started with a base coat of Louis Blue. After a bit of dry time we applied a second coat of Provence. These two colors are beautiful together! A thin coat of clear wax was brushed on, and then dark wax to bring out all the details. Any surplus of dark wax was removed with a cloth to create a rustic and smooth finish.

There you have it! Four different projects and four fun new looks! We hope you enjoy the before and after pics. We’re off to pack up these items for local charities.

Note: If you’re in the market for ChalkPaintTM decorative paint by Annie Sloan and want to learn valuable tips and techniques, please look for your nearest stockist by visiting

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