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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint arrives Tuesday!

So do you like the look of this?

Layla Grace $1600 a chair.
...and this? 13,000 via Layla Grace.

I do! But who has 13,000 laying around for an armoire? BUT you can have the look for a whole lot less. Annie Sloan's chalk paint can give you the look of French/ Swedish/ Urban furniture for a fraction of the cost. It is the BEST paint! NO priming and NO sanding needed. Pure and lovely pigment in 24 delicious shades. I will have the famous paint Tuesday and I am now accepting holds on paint. Get it before it's gone.
Do you like how this looks?
It's Annie Sloan Provance and Old White via

And this? Annie Sloan Paris Grey by Miss Mustard Seed.

Not sure how to use it? I can help with that too after August 20th when I am formally trained.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

{My vintage books}

{Tennessee Vol Daylilly hybrid by Oakes Farm in Corryton, TN}


{New treasure to paint with my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint}

I am back from the Isle of Palms and it was WONDERFUL. I also found a treasure hunting paradise called Page's Thief Market. Picture this...Old barn with tin roof full of cool, old stuff. Pickers supposedly go through there often. The chair was my purchase. I was going to sell it when I painted it with my new Annie Sloan paints, but I changed my mind. It's so cute that I can't bear to part with it. It's a good thing the car could only hold the chair because I could have hauled a lot home.

The books are from Jonesborough that I got years ago at an auction. I got a big ol' box of them for ten dollars. I really wanted it just for some of the illustrations out of one of the books. I forgot all about them until my mom brought them for me the other day. Lovely. Books from the 1800's and I forgot all about them.

I am trying to practice some staging for my website that is currently under construction and I need to get the photos going ASAP. These are just the unedited versions, but so fun.

If you have a favorite place to go junkin, let me know! And don't forget to start following when these sites merge!


A Fabulous Porch Design Just In Time for Summer by TLC and an update on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint being sold in Tennessee

{Image via The Lettered Cottage}

It's off to the beach for me! I can't wait. I just checked out The Lettered Cottage's porch revamp and it is so inspirational. Check it out. Makes me want to grab a cold glass of lemonade and kick back. You can read about it here, at The Lettered Cottage.

On a side note, I am now a stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I can't wait to provide Tennessee with such a wonderful product. As of this post I am the only stockist in Tennessee. My online store, The Back Porch Mercantile ( will open August 1st and I will let you know ASAP when I have it placed in store front in Knoxville. So if you follow this blog, please start following because this blog will merge eventually with it. Thanks!


Everyone loves a Party!

Everyone loves a party! It's fun to get together with friends and socialize. Food is always good too. Here is a cool shop to check out for party supplies.

ACME Party Box Company Logo

{All images via Acme Party Box}

What's you next celebration?

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