2017 Before & After Paint Contest!!

It is so fun for us to see what our customers are doing with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®,  Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and the Artisian Enhancement Products! Thank you all for sending entries and inspiring us!


Entry #1/2

Amy completed this dresser using Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® and clear wax.  It is the perfect addition to her baby boys rock and roll themed nursery!

We LOVE it Amy!!

Amy Doebele After

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Entry #3&4

Pure White is one of my favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® colors! It brightens and feels so clean when applied to oak cabinets!  Check out this desk makeover by Ashley using the Pure White and Clear Wax! Wow! The glass knobs and the light distressing add so much to the piece! Great work!!

Entry 5&6

Leesh a updated this vintage stereo cabinet with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.  We are in awe! What a great way to update a vintage piece of furniture and make it a focal point in the home! Wow!!

Entry 7&8

Laressa completed this piano using the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Grain Sack color and antique wax over the top of it. We like to call this chippy fabulous! Beautiful work!


Entry 9&10

Heather updated this cabinet using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Paris Gray and Graphite.  We love the contrast of these two colors together! Great work!  It looks gorgeous against dark wood floor!

Entry 11&12

Melissa updated this desk using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.  It’s amazing how a simple paint covering can change everything! And remember-no sanding no priming with this paint!  Great work!!

Entry 12 & 13,  14 & 15 (Chairs and Table)

Logan writes: This dining room table and chair set belonged to my Grandmother. After she passed it was left in her home which flooded. Luckily, it didn’t ruin the table. I hauled it here from Idaho and my husband and I redid it together using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and your staffs advice! It was our first chalk paint project…a project very near and dear to my heart.

Wow! Beautiful Logan! Logan used Florence under the Graphite with a light distress and clear wax! Thank you for sharing! So much fun bring new life to a worn piece!  Grandma would be proud!

Entry 16 & 17

Marilyn completed this beautiful bed using Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® with dark and clear wax. The distressing and dark wax is perfectly done! Great job! Thank you for sharing! We also love that your fur babies love it too!

Entry 18, 19 and 20

Becky has some Amazing projects she has restored.  The first one is a Smokers Table she painted with a mixture of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®  Giverny & Honfluer and finished with Clear and Black Wax.  We Love the Stripes and how it turned out!


Becky Also Finished This Amazing Round Table that has so much detail.  She used our new  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® color Lem Lem and French Linen with Clear and Black Wax. What a Transformation!


Entry 21 & 22

Lynzi updated this Crib with Pure White  and Paris Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®..  It gives it such an updated, Clean look.  Just perfect to welcome a new little one.


Piano Update featuring Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®!

I love the reward of the finished project-but the big reward in this project was getting to know this charming family as I updated their piano!

Katy received this piano as a gift. It played great but the surface was worn and needed and update. Looking at the other furniture in the room which was all wood, I felt like some wood needed to be left showing on the piano in order to tie it to the other wood furniture.  The bench, made by a son in his high school woods class, was also lighter in color and needed to match.  I really didn’t want to cover up the writing on the key cover.  I began by gel staining the top, inside of the cover and the top of the bench.  The piano was so dry, it took the stain well with just one coat. The bench took  four coats. Gel stain isn’t hard to use but the 24 hour wait period between coats can seem daunting-especially when one is excited to get to the finished product!!


Katy trusted me on color choice! I chose Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint® for the great coverage and vintage feel as I planned to distress the piano a bit.  I finished it by using the Clear Soft Wax.  The gel stain was sealed with Artisan  Enhancement Topcoat Sealer which I chose for the matte finish.  I really like the final results!


Don’t you just love the contrast of the dark wood against the Old White?


Kati’s house is full of love and family.  Kati, her husband and her children were all very welcoming and quite entertaining!  I truly enjoyed getting to know them and updating this piano!

2016 Paint Contest featuring….our customers!





We love September! It’s a natural thing for the soul to want to nest! Mornings get cooler, days get shorter and we find ourselves inside our homes more and more.  I find my eye wandering and pondering which project I can start next!  We crave surrounding ourselves with what we love so we can enjoy the space that we call home.

This contest is now an annual contest so we can feature our customers and their creativity….and give away a few prizes too! Thanks for sharing and keep checking back! There will be more to come!

Entry #1-2 Mandy S. Great update to this cabinet using Pure White & Duck Egg Blue. Two of our favorites! Great job!

#Entry #3-4-Mandy S. Her dad had this bench originally with white paint and  a green fabric cushion.  she painted the material in duck egg blue and dry brushed duck egg blue over the white, then sanded it down to get the perfect look!

Entry #5-6 Mandy S. Found this old chair that needed some love. It is painted in Duck Egg and the fabric is painted Pure White.

Entry #7-8 Mandy S. (…once you start painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®…you keep finding more to paint!) This  shadow box project was originally white, then painted  black. Mandy then used Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg and dry brushed them. A bit and sanding and distressing and wow….they look great!


Entry #9-12-Holly W had fun redoing this wardrobe & nightstand for her daughter with Paloma, Old White & Clear Wax!

Entry #13-14-Jackie M sent in this amazing transformation! We love the white wax Jackie! Great job.


Entry 15-16 Jackie also created this piece! Such a great update!


Entry 17-20 Denise M.’s first time ever using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and she loves the results! Denise, SO DO WE!!! She used Pure White Chalk Paint, Clear Wax and then antiqued it slightly with the black wax!


Entry 17-18 from Charlene is the amazing update to a dining room set using the Pure White Chalk Paint® and Clear Wax.  Wow! We love the contrast between the dark stained top and the Pure White! Fabulous!

Entry 21-22 What a great kitchen update! Nikki updated her kitchen cabinets using Old White Chalk Paint®. She sanded the edges a little  and then used the Artisan  Enhancements Clear Finish to seal.

Then she used French Linen on the island with dark wax to distress the edges.

Entry 23-24 Nicole finished two projects using Annie’s Sloan Chalk Paint®!

Nicole sealed the wood since it was old barn wood. Then she painted it with Primer Red and then Old White and sanded it to look distressed. We love the texture!


Entry 25-26 The second project was taking 2 thrift store nightstands and painting them with Paris Gray. Both projects were sealed with Clear Wax.  Look at the difference that Chalk Paint® can make to a piece of well worn furniture!! It’s beautiful!

Entry 26-27 GLAMP your MOTOR HOME!! Lisa did this great update using Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®! It looks much bigger and brighter!!!

Entry 30-31 Christy updated her kitchen using Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint® and Clear and Dark Wax. What a difference it makes to update a kitchen!  LOVE LOVE LOVE this!christy-b-a-kitchen

Entry 32-33 Shelby also updated her kitchen using Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint®.  Painting this cabinets makes it look like a new kitchen and so much brighter!


Entry 34-35 Tiffany brought a pop of color using Barcelona Orange on this cute detailed table.

Entry 36-37 Mandy transformed this couch from dated to fabulous using Paris Grey & Pure White Chalk Paint® and Clear Wax. Yes! The paint holds up great on the fabric! Fabulous!

Entry 38-39 Mindi completed her chalk paint project using Old White & Napoleonic Blue with clear wax!  We love the chevron pattern.

Entry 40-41 Jocelyn redid this bench using Pure White with dry brushing lightly on the drawers. She used a combination of Clear and Dark Wax to get these textures shown.

Entry 42-43 Jocelyn redid this coffee table using Pure White to base the table andthen hand painted dandelions and seeds with Country Grey. She then lightly distressed and waxed. Such talent (and awesome paint!).

Entry 44-45 Another great project by Jocelyn! Using Pure White she covered the entire  headboard and then heavily distressed it. She decopauged book pages and used a 50/50 mix of Clear and Dark Wax to age and complete the project.

Entry 46-47 An desk submitted by Jocelyn turned out fantastic. She decided to leave the original top and used pure white on the bottom. Light distressing and Clear Wax complete the look.  We love the contrast of wood and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®!

Entry 48-49 Jocelyn completed an office chair using Country Grey Chalk Paint®. She recovered the chair with canvas and wrote her favorite saying using a fabric marker and heat set method!

Entry 50-54 Jocelyn completed a chair using Graphite and Dark Wax and then reupholstered it with a fun fabric.

Entry 52-5 Becky used Graphite and Duck Egg Blue to create some amazing pieces of furniture!


We love the Graphite and Duck Egg paired on this dresser! Gorgeous2016 Paint Contest featuring….our customers!!

80’s-Modern Farmhouse Chalk Paint® Kitchen Makeover




I am excited to share my before and after kitchen makeover today! My husband and I did a lot more than just painting the cabinets! We removed the false ceiling that was here due to fluorescent lighting, and most of the upper cabinets. We re-arranged the  rest of the existing cabinetry with a few modifications, installed new countertops and backsplash, built the range hood and open shelves, re-purposed the tongue and groove that came off the ceiling to wrap the bar.

The cabinetry was very well oiled and caked with grease. I scrubbed them down with a de-greaser and sealed them with a coat of shellac to seal in all the oil. I painted the first coat with Old White Chalk Paint® because it has a lot of pigment to cover well, and then finished with Pure White Chalk Paint®. The interior of the cabinets were painted with Duck Egg Chalk Paint ® for a pop of color! I chose to seal the cabinets with 2 coats of Artisan Enhancements Clear Finish. This is a non-yellowing topcoat that is very water resistant and does add some shine.

The shelves were also sealed with the Clear Finish, and the shelf brackets were purchased from Ooh La La & Friends Boutique!

Here at Ooh La La we love these projects and can’t wait to help you choose colors and give you all the tips to make your project success!





Antibes Chalk Paint® Drawer Makeover

Late last summer my girls and I went to a barn sale. This barn had been closed up for years and many of the items had water damage due to a leaky roof. It was one of those days when you have to get in and dig to find good stuff! I fell in love with the detail on this drawer!  I’ve been wanting to bring in some green to brighten my home for Spring (I don’t do much color!).  I washed as much of the uh…well, bird poop…off the drawer and then painted Antibes Chalk Paint® which covered the rest!  Wowie-that’s bright!


I love Pure White Chalk Paint®.  A dry brushed some on to mellow the drawer a bit.  I sanded this before clear waxing to give it a more vintage worn feel.  A few new knobs and “Ooh La La”! I quite like the finished piece.  I love using drawers, trays and cutting boards to hold my decor on the tables in my house.  It’s easy to move out of the way for meals and I sure don’t want to let a decorating spot in my home go untouched!  


Mantel Makeover

I love the Artisan Enhancement Crackle Tex.  One coat over this wooden mantel followed by Old White Chalk Paint®, Clear Wax and a bit of Tinted French Linen Wax and….well…..OOH LA LA!  The trick with the crackle is that you can only put one coat of paint on-so it needs to be a fairly thick coat of paint.  And the test for me was to trust and walk away and let the Crackle Tex do it’s job!  You can’t control the cracking-it was a challenge for me  as I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist! But….the results were fabulous!

Our friendly staff is available Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to assist with you your painting needs!

Dresser Transformation

I’m really sad that I don’t have a before picture  of this amazing piece to show you. it is one of my favorite transformations.  It had a darker wood inlay where the white bold stripe is.  I really wanted to keep the two tone in the update so I decided on Pure White and French Linen Chalk Paint® so I would have a good contrast between the two.  I had just repainted the walls in my house with a pale taupe color and this matched it perfectly.

This dresser has so much detail but I really didn’t want to use the dark wax with the Pure White so I applied a clear wax followed by some light distressing and then applied  a Pure White tinted wax to highlight the details.  I especially like when the knobs and pulls are in great shape and have detail.  Painting these with Pure White tied everything together.  



Sorry-this one is mine and won’t be for sale at Ooh La La & Friends Boutique  (Yay I finally finished a project of my own!) but come on by and I’ll be happy to help you recreate this look!!