I spent a lot of time blogging on Real Cheap Housewives of Texas. Lots and lots and lots of time. We had some good stuff on there! SO, I think I will “revamp” some of my old posts and share them here – but just my favorites. A few of us spent a day with Annie from Maison Blanche Furniture Paint about a year ago. I was so excited! I refer to it as our Maison Blanche Playdate and would love to go back again. I hope you enjoy it, because we sure did (and still do!)
You know, sometimes it pays to open your big mouth and make a fool of yourself. If I had not (obnoxiously) invited myself to go check out the Maison Blanche factory/warehouse here in Fort Worth, I wouldn’t be writing this post!
Of course I follow Maison Blanche on Facebook (you should too), because 1) I love all things chalky finish paint, 2) it is more convenient for me to buy than Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or Cece Caldwell paint, 3) Maison Blanche REALLY loves their product and the people that use it – they are constantly posting pictures of real projects and they are great about introducing everyone to new blogs, AND 4) Annie of Maison Blanche is super sweet and totally got excited about having us out to play on this lovely Friday, or at least she pretended to be!
When we arrived, we were greeted by Clementine, who might be the coolest/sweetest/prettiest puppy ever. I really wanted to steal her! Annie said that they like having her around while they’re working because even when they are stressed, on a deadline, or just having a bad day, Clementine will come up and just need a cuddle and that just forces you to slow down and relax a little. It makes sense – I would be a much happier person/employee if I could take my dogs to work with me! (PS: I tried to get a picture, but she is camera shy and would literally run away any time one of us tried to get a picture of her! She has the prettiest BLUE eyes!)
Annie and Nicole had a table all set up for us with name tags, folders, a Sharpie, a pen, paint points, a putty knife, and pieces of molding that were pre-painted with Maison Blanche paint.
Annie and Nicole talked a lot about their company and how it got started, and it is amazing how much work really goes into it! Believe it or not, they don’t get to just sit around and paint stuff all day. In fact, we offered to come paint their office furniture for them one day (hopefully they will take us up on it!).
Annie was so knowledgeable and could answer any question we had for her. She knows what she’s talking about, y’all! I left yesterday feeling so much smarter about paint, furniture, and finishing it – but most importantly, I left inspired. Again. As all my friends know (and joke about), I tend to lose steam when projects don’t go as planned. Take, for example, my coffee table that I started painting months ago. I made homemade chalky finish paint and absolutely hated it. NOW Annie has inspired me to finish it, and I want to do it. All it really needs is another coat of paint and it needs to be waxed – I mean, really – less than two hours worth of work.
Our first project was learning how to use Maison Blanche Glacage. It’s kind of difficult to explain exactly what it is, so I’ll just say it is a texturing/embossing process. It comes in five different colors (Natural Wood, Oak, Cherry, Black, and Walnut), so you can match it to what you are working with.
To teach us how to use Glacage, Annie and Nicole had cabinet doors lined up against the back wall. These can be bought for next to nothing, and would make cute gifts! We each chose the style we wanted (yes, they had a variety!), then chose the stencil we wanted to use, and then chose the color of Glacage we wanted to use.
The first thing they had us do was lightly sand down the cabinet doors to take a little bit of the gloss off of them. Once that was finished, we used some stencil adhesive and laid our stencils out where we wanted them. (FYI: Stencil adhesive spray works SO much better than tape!)
Now comes the fun part (and the part that we basically managed to not get ANY pictures of!) – slapping that Glacage on. Glacage is a cream, not a liquid, so it is thick. We applied it to the outer front edges of the cabinet doors, and also onto the stencil. You can use whatever color you want, it just depends on the color paint you use and/or how you want it to look after distressing if you distress it. The Glacage takes a little while to dry, so Annie and Nicole magically had more for us that were already “Glacaged”, dry, and ready to go! It was like something on the Food Network.
Once your Glacage is dry, it’s time to paint. I chose Pastille, Whitney chose Chicory Spice, Tarah chose Collette, Christie chose Cayenne (although now that I think about it, she could have used Cerise!), and Aunt Toni chose Robin’s Egg. Annie did a cabinet door in Bayou Blue. The paint was smooth, went on great, and covered just like I knew it would! I think I did maybe two coats on mine, and that is only because it was a really light color.
Once the paint was dry (maybe 45 minutes?), we took them outside and sanded them down a little (to distress them). You don’t HAVE to do that, it is completely optional. Then we chose our wax. Maison Blanche has Dark Brown, Light Brown, Amber, and Clear. The Maison Blanche wax was almost like a liquid, it went on so easily! I was amazed. It got in all the nooks and crannies and it really was as simple as brushing it on (we used chip brushes – cheap and you don’t feel bad throwing them away once they’re worn out!) and wiping it off with a soft, clean cloth. Some of the other waxes I’ve used are so thick it almost hurts to put it on – I’ll never buy the cheap stuff at Lowe’s / Home Depot again!
Robin’s Egg Blue + dark wax
Robins Egg Blue + dark wax (not quite finished – still needed to buff with a rag)
Collette + amber wax before
Collette + amber wax after
Cayenne + dark wax after
Annie told us that when we got home we needed to “buff” it a little with a soft cloth to make it shine a little bit more. It really does make it shine! Isn’t it amazing how much wax can change the color of paint?
Remember those pieces of moulding that were in the first photo?
Maison Blanche makes two products – one is called Le Dirt and one is called Organza. Both of the products amazed all of us!
Once you have painted and waxed your piece, you can add Le Dirt to it to give it that old, antique-y feel. The wax helps it “stick” to the piece!
(This picture was pre-waxing – I forgot to snap a pic after!)
Once we were all waxed and ready to go, we took our moulding and Le Dirt outside with a chipbrush. You definitely want to do this outside if possible, because it is a powder (much like dirt). You don’t want to inhale this stuff, and we made sure that Whitney did not do this part since she was pregnant. Annie @ Maison Blanche did not think there were any problems with a pregnant person using it, but we didn’t want to take the chance!
First, you’re going to pour some Le Dirt onto your piece. Wherever the wax is, that is where the Le Dirt will stick!
Once it is on there, start brushing it off.
Keep brushing until you’re happy with it.
Can you see how it has settled into the crevices? It looks like an antique piece you would find in your grandmother’s attic! It completely changes the look of it.
The Organza really blew us away, and was probably our favorite product we used that day. Remember Whitney’s faux zinc coffee tables? Yeah, she has been kicking herself since we learned about this stuff – this makes it SO easy to get that same look with almost no work at all.
This was the “before” picture of the moulding. No wax, nothing but paint.
Can you believe the difference?! I’m pretty sure a jar of this would last the normal person for years – we used VERY little of the product to get this effect.
It is a cream and we just dabbed it on with a clean rag. You can wax it afterwards if you want (I probably would just to protect it). These pieces that we have pictures of have not been waxed.
Organza comes in three colors – Pearl Gold, Silver, and Gold. Whitney can’t wait to try the faux zinc look with this!
That’s it for our Maison Blanche “Heather Has a Big Mouth” Tour! You can find Maison Blanche on Pinterest, their website, and Facebook. All of us really had a blast at their warehouse when we went, and we would all love to go back if they invite us! Thanks again to Annie and Nicole – you girls are great!
(Since our playdate, Maison Blanche has come out with several new products – Le Craque (for a crackle finish), Translucide Glaze, and Lime Wax. I am itching to get my hands on some of the Lime Wax, but it must be very popular, because my go-to person has been out of it the past few times! They also carry varnish.
I know this post reads like an infomercial – but I was not paid to do any of this. I truly had a blast and learned so much from Annie, and hope to go back and visit someday soon! Love y’all!