2018 Before and After Contest Entries

We are so excited to show off some of the entries from this years Ooh La La & Friends Paint Contest!  We get really excited to see the results of what customers are doing with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® & Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

Entry #1:  Paris Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® & Clear Wax

From Katy: This is my late grandma’s antique highboy. None of us even knew the inlay was there until my dad started stripping the old paint away. My parents gave it to me earlier in the summer, but I had no idea how to make it pretty again until I saw some before/after photos in the Ooh La La & Friends Facebook feed. I’ve never used chalk paint before and Jessica answered all our questions and helped us understand the process. The clear wax gave the wood and inlay brand new life, and the paint plus distressing and wax brought out the rope patterns along the edges of the highboy. It’s finally been moved out of the garage and into my bedroom and I love it so much!


Ooh La La & Friends: Wow! We love the contrast with the wood against the paint.  You did an amazing update! Thank you for sharing! Grandma would be so proud!


Entry #2:  Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® w/ Artisan’s Enhancement’s Clear Finish

Kaycee: I bought this old rocking bench for $5 at a yard sale! Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and some new outdoor pillows were just what the front porch was missing!

Ooh La La & Friends: Wow!  We love this so much! It looks brand new!! What a great restoration!

Entry #3: Kitchen Update!! Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® & Artisan Clear Finish!!

Janessa: I repainted the whole kitchen with Old White Chalk Paint®, sanded  for an antique look and finished it with clear finish. I love the new fresh look!

Ooh La la & Friends: Oh my my! So much brighter and open feeling! Isn’t it amazing what a fresh coat of Old White Chalk Paint® can do to a kitchen!!

Entry #4 Dresser Update by Janessa

Janessa: I used Old White for the dresser,and clear and dark wax for the finish.

Ooh La La & Friends: Oh my!  What a great change!  The dark wax brings out the details on the dresser and gives it dimension! Great work!

Entry #5 Farmhouse Hutch

Janessa: I used Old White and in the back I used Duck Egg. I took out the glass and replaced with chicken wire!

Ooh La La & Friends: This doesn’t even look like the same cupboard! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Thank you for sharing!

Entry #6,7 and 8!  Heather’s dresser/dressing table/baby room projects!

Heather: This was a solid oak changing table I bought from a yard sale for a baby boy’s nursery. I refinished using Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint®, Clear Wax and antiqued with Annie Sloan Black Wax. I also used chalkboard paint on the glass fronted drawers. To match, I used a piece of old barn wood painted with the same color and technique as the changing table, and finished with the cutest hooks bought at Ooh La La & Friends Boutique. And last, I bought a floating shelf that I did the same treatment on as the other 2 pieces for the finishing touch to the nursery.

Ooh La La & Friends: Wow!  LOVE LOVE LOVE! The black wax gave this piece so much character.  What a great color choice!  Lucky baby! thank you so much for sharing your talent and projects with us!

Entry #9 Becky’s table update!

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Becky updated this table with Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® and Clear Wax.  Isn’t it amazing what paint can do to update and refresh a piece of furniture! Thanks Becky for sharing your amazing work!

Entry #10 Becky’s fabulous dresser update!

Becky finished this dresser using Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®  and sealed with Clear and Dark Wax.

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Ooh La La & Friends: Once again, the contrast of the paint against the wood is striking! Dark Wax gives the Duck Egg Chalk Paint a green tint which we love! Thanks so much for sharing!

Entry #11 Gennie’s amazing hutch

My 30th birthday present was a day off work and chalk painting this hutch with my husband after I spent months coning him into buying a used hutch to paint!  I had dishes from our wedding that had been in the original box for a good almost 15 years and I couldn’t find something I liked in furniture stores. He gave in during a trip to Clearield and my vision was on. He was adamant even after taking him into the boutique and talking to Cheri that I was ruining a perfectly good piece of furniture and taking on a job he was sure I would not like when I was done. I proved him wrong and everyone who comes to my home compliments my hutch and he eats crow every time… I think he secretly like it even more than I do!

Entry #12 Grandma’s buffet update by Michelle

Michelle: The buffet was my great grandmas, my husband added shelving to the bottom and a hutch on top. We stained the bottom shelf, painted it with French linen, used clear wax, distressed and then added dark wax and antique hardware.

Ooh La La & Friends: Wow! That is beautiful!  What a great way to update the buffet, build some display space and make a wow statement in your home!!

Entry #13 Marsha corner shelf update!

Marsha is updating her house to the farmhouse style and did a great update on  this corner shelf! Pure White with a light distress and Clear Wax looks fabulous!!

Great work Marsha!




Yes-it’s a painted couch!

We often talk about painting fabric with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.  We painted a couch at Ooh la La & Friend’s Salon & Spa six years ago when we first opened our doors for business! It is a vintage couch and has so much charm.  We didn’t have the budget to recover it and so we asked Annie-can we paint this and she said yes! It  has held up very well although the cushions are starting to show wear (it’s vintage) the paint is holding on great!  Isn’t it fabulous with the Coco and Old White. We added a bit of gold gilding to make it sparkle!


The trick to painting fabric is to wet it first with a light mist from a spray bottle.  This helps the paint soak into the fabric.  You’ll want to pull and open any tucks and use a good Annie Sloan Paint Brush to get into the crevices.  The bristles are angled and really makes painting SO much easier! Depending upon paint color, two coats will usually cover. I always like to test the fabric in a hidden place (backside of a cushion) before painting to see how it will look. I love that the texture of the fabric shows through and gives it so much character and charm! We have waxed fabric-which will help soften it. The two couches shown here are not waxed on the fabric but on the wood only!

So-fast forward six years and we are still painting fabric couches with this fabulous paint! This fun love seat found us! Look at the before (character but definitely dirty and in need of some updating!) I vacuumed it, stitched a small hole closed, and got to work.


And this is the result! Note the paint color is French Linen on the fabric and an Old White/Pure White Mix on the wood.  Ready to give it a try? We are here to help you! Come see us soon!  We love what we do and we love helping you get the perfect look for your project!




Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ kitchen makeover-from dark to Farmhouse Fabulous!

I am so excited to share my kitchen makeover with you! I loved these cabinets when we built our home 11 years ago…actually I still love the style and the layout of the cabinets but they were so dark.  I had chose a combination of wood and cream which helped lighten them but the cream was to yellow after painting my walls a and my kitchen felt small and sadly….dated already!

I was worried about jumping into my own kitchen project when I do so much painting for our customers so I decided to start small and work  my way into it.  So… I did this in my laundry room:

They were originally the cream color. I painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ Pure White and clear waxed them.  The counter-top was yellow so I painted it with Annie’s Graphite color, mixing in some Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone to help hide the brush strokes and give it texture-sealing the counter with Artisan Enhancement’s Clear Topcoat Sealer. Ahhh….it feels so clean and bright. Well one thing leads to another….

The IMG_1049mantel was next. I chose to place the Artisan Enhancement Clear Finish over the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White, leaving some of the wood for contrast.  Most everything on that mantel has been updated using  Chalk Paint™ too! (Did I mention I love this paint and paint everything with it!).

I started in my kitchen by painting one section of cabinets at a time.  I started with the bar by painting and sealing and then moved on the adjoining cabinets by the sink, sealing each section and replacing the knobs as I went to avoid total disaster in my kitchen! I removed the cabinets being careful to keep track of hinge placement as they are adjusted for each cabinet.  I felt like I needed some contrast so I chose to paint the decorative hood over my cook top with Graphite and then continued on with Pure White…one bank at a time! I felt my kitchen get bigger and brighter with each step until I got to this!

But….I still had one more bank of cabinets! I have a built in in my dining room that I wanted to stand out-as if it was free standing.  I let it talk to me as I painted! I rarely know exactly how I am painting a piece until it’s finished! French Linen is one of my favorite colors and with the Pure White & Graphite….well, take a look and see what you think!  I feel as if the wood counter and cabinets tie to the wood I left on the mantel, the inside of the glass cabinet (top left) and my darker wood floors and tile.  I removed knobs on a few drawers and cabinets and replaced them with some beautiful glass ones that I found.  This is the result:

Of course, there may be a few other items painted with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! The possibilities are endless and the result is a fresh piece of furniture! Here is wider view…it feels so fresh and clean. (Note that this pic was taken in October thus the white pumpkin picture! I promise it has been changed over for the winter season!) Next project….an island for more counter room since the kitchen now feels twice as big as it did before!

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The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ has high coverage, no smell and is great to work with. And-sit down for this-the total cost to paint this kitchen, laundry room and mantel including paint, brushes and supplies was less than $400!

Come into Ooh La La & Friends Boutique and let us help you with your next project. We have a cabinet workshop scheduled for January that’ll make your kitchen update so much easier! We love what we do and love to share our knowledge and expertise.

Thanks for visiting….




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!!

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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.


Entry 23 & 24

We Love these Treasured Heirlooms Teresa H. gave a Beautiful Makeover to.  She painted her Dad’s high chair with Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk® with clear and dark wax.   She also did an amazing update on her Grandma’s curio cabinet with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Provence finished with clear and dark wax and Annie Sloan French Linen® on the inside. What a great combination!  We Love to see what our wonderful customers come up with.  Thanks Teresa!


Entry 25

Laressa took one of our BYOP Workshops and then  updated her barstools with one of our favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® bold colors- Florence.  She finished with clear and dark wax, and Gel Stained the tops.  What a transformation!


Entry 26 & 27

How Awesome is this Antique Door Headboard Becky Created and Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Pure White?  We Love it!  It is finished in Clear and Dark wax.


Entry 28 & 29

Our next Entry is this Beautiful Dining Room Table makeover from Malissa.  She Gel Stained the top and painted the rest with our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White® It’s finished in Clear Wax.  Thanks Malissa, it looks great!


Entry 30,31,32 & 33

These amazing pieces were lovingly restored by Keely.  She painted the dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Pure White and the Awesome Cabinet in Old White.  Both were finished in Clear Wax.  Way to go Keely, we Love them.


Entry 34 & 35

Jessica M did a great update on her bathroom cabinet.  It is painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Pure White and finished with Artisian Enhancement Clear Finish.  Nice Job!


Entry 36 & 37

This Wonderful Chest was Beautifully updated by Lorrie S. using Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and finished with Clear Wax.  What a Difference!


Entry 38

Marnie’s Dining Room Table Transformation is Amazing.  She cut this table in half for it to be able to fit into the smaller space.  It is painted with our Olive Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and sealed with Clear and Dark Wax.  So Beautiful!


Entry 39

Cindy used our Miss Mustard Seed Farmhouse White to paint her DIY Spool Clock.  She finished it with Artisian Enhancement Clear Finish to Seal.  We Love her creativity and think this clock would be an awesome addition to any home to give it that Farmhouse feel! Thank you Cindy!


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!