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August 30, 2013

Chalk Paint™ Makes Our Ears Ring

It's true!  Chalk Paint™ really does make our ears ring, because customers have been calling all week to ask if our latest order has turned up.

It looked a bit like Mother Hubbard's cupboards here and we've all been waiting with fingers crossed, hoping our shipping service would arrive bearing our favourite little brown boxes before the long weekend.

Well it did!  And the shippers must have known how important an occasion it would be for us, because the delivery arrived wearing a party hat.



For Chalk Paint™ fans like us it is absolutely something to celebrate!

Let the creativity commence!

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August 20, 2013

White Wax is Here! "What is it?" you ask...

White Wax is the newest, 'white-hot' finish on the market!

Described as "a fine museum quality wax based on an old family recipe", it is made from beeswax with a little carnauba wax and tinted with a creamy white, perfect for creating a faded, washed or limed look on a piece of painted furniture.  It is easy to apply, provides a durable finish with a beautiful luster and smells so good!  Want to see it in action?  Check out this fantastic tutorial by the lovely Abbe of  All Dolled Up.

Abbe is an MMS Milk Paint retailer, and educator for the Miss Mustard Seed designer milk paint line, so who better to give us all the inside look at this fabulous new product!

Thanks Abbe!
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White wax is here! It’s still has the buttery smooth finish we love about the Furniture Wax, but with a soft white pigment, that will give your finishes a soft, muted, white-washed or limed finish.

First of all when you open the tub it looks good enough to eat. (Don’t eat it, though!) Anything that looks like whipped frozen yogurt or cream has to be great on furniture too, right?

I wanted to share with you a way to use White Wax that couples with our favorite uses for Antiquing Wax (read about it here). Today we will bring out the details on your piece by letting the wax settle in the nooks and crannies achieving seamless white detailed work without the headache of hand painting it in.
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This solid oak coffee table is cute as can be in Mustard Seed Yellow, but how about softening it up a bit and bringing out some of the details in the skirting under the top? I didn’t want to deepen the yellow at all, so white wax is the perfect solution for keeping it sunny yellow.
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The trim detail on this piece is just the perfect way to illustrate how white wax can bring out the detail of a piece, as well as softening the overall hue, but first let’s see how it changes the color on top:
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We are creating a white washed effect, the white wax will settle in the wood groves and grain while simultaneously creating a durable seal on your milk paint.  (This works best on a piece with a deep grain in the wood, like oak, or one that has a lot of texture in the surface.)

As you can see, the color is still very much yellow, but the brightness is subdued and the color is creamier.

Now the fun part…just as you would build up age with antiquing wax, we are going to brighten up details with the white wax.

Here is the skirting before the white wax:
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Here is the skirting after:
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Just let the wax build up in the groves and keep it light on the flat surfaces.
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After you have built up the wax in the areas you want highlighted, smooth and work in any excess wax on the flat surface, leaving all the soft white pigments.
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Isn’t that amazing? I love the layers of texture it creates, yet it’s JUST two steps: paint and wax!

Here is a wide shot before and after...

Before white wax:
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After white wax:
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And all cured and ready to display:
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It creates a soft and subtle finish.
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I really love how the curve in the skirt is highlighted now. This was effortless to achieve!
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And all finished:
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And for a different look: Try softening darker colors with the white wax.

Here is white wax turning Typewriter to a charcoal gray!
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White Wax can be used on acrylic, chalk/clay paints, flat latex, stained wood, Milk Paint and more.

Available now in-store and online at Apple Box Boutique!

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August 16, 2013

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint "New Colours" Contest


Today is the day!  We are very excited to announce the winner of our MMS Milk Paint "New Colours" contest.

On August 7th, we asked you to comment here on our blog or on Facebook telling us the names of the newest colours created by Miss Mustard Seed, and then send us your name + contact info.  We're happy to say that everyone who entered got the colours right!

Here they are!

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Eulalies Sky Collage copy

And the best news is that all three will be on our shelves tomorrow!

So now our Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint collection is made up of 15 gorgeous colours.  How to choose???

We'll leave that up to you, but we can say for certain that the lucky winner of our MMS Milk Paint "New Colours" contest will be among the first in North America to start reimagining with Artissimo, Dried Lavender and Eulalie's Sky, because you'll receive all three!

Congratulations to Krista Sandi Samson

Even if you didn't win our contest, you can still get your favourite colours at Apple Box Boutique or through our online shop: The Apple Cart!

Don't forget to take pics and enter our monthly Reimagined Monday contest!

Here's the info:

Reimagined Monday Draw
We would like to highlight more customer projects!  Send us your before/during/after pictures and tell us about your creative process using Chalk Paint™ or Milk Paint and you'll be entered into our monthly Reimagined Monday draw.

Each month we will give away a different item like paint, brushes, books, supplies, gift certificates and more. You don't have to be featured to be eligible... the month you enter is the month you will be included in the draw. 

Send your name, pictures and story to:
info@appleboxboutique.com for your chance to win!
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August 12, 2013

Reimagined Monday and Our July Draw Winner!


Today is a great day!  Why, you ask?  Well, we have the fun of announcing our July Reimagined Monday Draw winner, and as an added bonus we get to feature her projects on our blog!

Hilary Hamilton used Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan for one project which led to another, and to another, and another! Then she shared them with us a few weeks ago.  We didn't have the opportunity to do them justice at the time, so here they are for our collective viewing pleasure!

Hilary wrote in to the Reimagined Monday contest with this:

"Here is a few before and afters........ what a fun idea this is!!!"

"I started painting with a variety of different paints, including other brands of chalk paints, and I thought to myself...gee whiz...you must be an awful painter cause this looks terrible no matter what I do....and then I discovered Annie Sloan chalk paint.......WOWSER."

"Everything about Annie Sloan paint (not to mention the waxes) is fabulous....it covers over everything, it distresses with amazingly little effort ...you don't have  to be a body builder to sand....when I use AS chalk paint....it just makes me smile....because she makes me look good!"

"You know when you get into a bath and the temperature is exactly perfect, or when your first coffee in the morning has the exact perfect ingredients and taste...Annie Sloan paint is one of those perfect simple pleasures!"

French Provincial Table: Before
After

Telephone Table: Before

After
Vintage Wicker Rocking Chair: Before
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Storage Table: Before #1
Storage Table: Before #2
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Lovely, lovely, lovely!  Thank you for sharing your reimagined pieces, Hilary.  Congratulations on winning this month's draw prize, a $50 Gift Card to Apple Box Boutique!


Don't forget to enter our monthly contest for your chance to win!

Here's the info:

Reimagined Monday Draw
We would like to highlight more customer projects!  Send us your before/during/after pictures and tell us about your creative process using Chalk Paint™ or Milk Paint and you'll be entered into our monthly Reimagined Monday draw.

Each month we will give away a different item like paint, brushes, books, supplies, gift certificates and more. You don't have to be featured to be eligible... the month you enter is the month you will be included in the draw.

Send your name, pictures and story to:
info@appleboxboutique.com for your chance to win!

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Apple Box Boutique
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August 07, 2013

MMS Milk Paint Contest: Win the Latest Colours!

Win the Latest Colours!
Tell us which of the gorgeous Milk Paint colours in Miss Mustard Seed's designer line are the three newest, and you will be entered to win each of them!*

How to Enter
It's easy!  Comment below on this blog post or on our Facebook page, then send your name and email address to: info@appleboxboutique.com.  

Comment on Both ...and you'll receive two entries!
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Eulalies Sky Collage copy







Don't miss it! 
Our MMS Milk Paint contest closes in just 7 days! That's Thursday, August 15th at midnight Mountain Time. (*Winner receives one bag of each of the three new colours.  Each bag makes approx. 1 qt)

Best of luck from all of us at Apple Box Boutique!

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