Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mermaid End Table

It sure was an ugly end table.  And it NEEDED to have some serious lovin'.  I was told it was not worth painting and to just throw it away... but y'all know me better than that!
So I knew I never wanted the original finish to peek through any distressing... so I base coated the piece with Coastal Color's Summer Nite, a rich black.  Then I layered Turks and did some light distressing for the Summer Nite to show through.

 But it just wasn't enough... so I added my mermaid... and it still wasn't enough.  I needed more interest.  I added Bennie to the drawer and kick plate... and to the artwork on the top.  And then I added the starfish drawer pull.

 After a good Liquid Steel sealant to protect the paint and artwork... I am finally done with the transformation.  So much better than filling up a landfill, right?

What have you been painting?  Share with me in the comments!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Here We Grow AGAIN!

Well, it's been an exciting week here at Coastal Star Decor!  We love exciting though, right?!  Coastal Star items can now be found in two more locations!  We are presently in Mint Julep Antiques in Downtown Hampton, and Design & Consign's Artisan Gallery in Hilton Village in Newport News.  We can NOW ALSO be found in Concrete Creations in Va Beach, VA and Absolutely Outer Banks in Nags Head, NC.
Concrete Creations is a garden center and gift shop that specializes in concrete statuary. They are family owned and operated for over 25 years.  Coastal Star will have products suitable for your coastal decor in the gift shop.
Absolutely Outer Banks is a fairly new Decor shop on 5000 S. Croatan Highway. They have a multitude of artists creating an eclectic collection of handcrafted items ranging from soaps, textiles, painting, woodwork, furniture, jewelry and more!!  It is a beautifully staged store that you are sure to find exactly what you need ;)
Coastal Colors paint can continue to be purchased online, at Mint Julep Antiques, and Design & Consign's Artisan Gallery.
Thank you to all of my Coastal customers who are helping me reach my goals and are helping me to grow!
Waves, Shells, and Puppy Dog tails,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Coastal Colors Beach Chic Paint Story

Thank you all for all of the questions about what paint I use!  It's great timing... and I will tell you why...   Here is my Coastal Colors story...
I had been painting furniture and selling it for quite a while.  I used latex with primer, latex with built in primer, Annie Sloan Chalk paint, Maison Blanche, Webster's Powder, CeCe Caldwell, homemade "chalk" paint.  I liked it all.  Some of it was priced too high for me (y'all know by now I am a frugal gal), some of them didn't adhere like promised etc etc.

I traveled to Belmar, New Jersey to take the Training Brush course from International artist Sherry Waldman. 

 She had Coastal Colors paint that she used and sold out of her store.  Now, I had already flipped over the paint colors from following her and the product online.  I had already committed to buy some based on her testimony.  But what I didn't know is that I would absolutely start a love affair with this paint.  The colors spoke to me in person that I didn't know was possible.  The names of the shades make you feel personal to each one.

 Daybreak, Maddy, Calm, Dolphin... And the actual paint... went on like butter...Distressed beautifully... adhered like white on rice.  Sherry had been using this paint over her 30 year career and had seen her painted furniture twenty years after painting still having great results.  Without even sealing it.  Yep, she preferred the flat look for many pieces and didn't need to seal, so she didn't.  Because she didn't have to.

  I love a wax look and have waxed most pieces with wonderful results as well.   She uses the paint in her own art work and taught her art classes with it... It is just the perfect product for me. 

So I talked her into letting me sell it.  She sold it personally but didn't have outside distributors.  I brought it home to VA like I was carrying a top secret weapon.  And it has taken Tidewater VA by storm. 

Since that trip to Belmar, Sherry has moved to Florida and acquired more stockists there.  And this month, she has introduced the official Coastal Colors Beach Chic website and online store.  I have also opened an online store on my site.  It's time to share her magic with the world, even if it is a little bittersweet for me.  It's hard for kids to share their toys, right?  Please let me know if you have any questions about this paint, I will do my best to answer everyone's questions in my blog.