We just finished participating in the Ideal Home Show this past weekend, April 6-8, and it was incredible! The event was held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds and had so many cool vendors. We were honored to be part of the show for the first time this year, and put a lot of time and effort into making our booth truly reflect our shop's style. Of course, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, General Finishes, home decor, furniture, and more were on display. Take a look at some of the photos below and let us know what you think! The furniture pieces were brand new for the show, and there are still a couple left, so stop by one of our locations to see what we have. Thanks for all of the love and support. We can't wait to participate in next year's show!
Well, maybe just the trains in this case. :)
Have you heard? A new high speed railway is coming near the Vintage Village area within the next year or so, and it's going to give Vintage Village and Two Old Birds a chance to get a bit of a face lift. Due to the location of the railway, the entrance to the Village, and arrangement of a lot of the buildings must change.
So, what is this new design going to look like? We don't even know yet! Although the railway is a done deal, the village is only entering the design phase of what the new space will look like. The goal is to maintain the rustic and eclectic feel. It's what we love about the Village! Beyond that, the world is our oyster.
The owner hopes to re-purpose many of the buildings, but in a new layout. Tired of parking challenges? We are also hoping the new layout will allow for a simplified, but larger parking area.
No, we really don't have many more details at this time. But, stay with us! Ask us when you come into the shop or share your favorite thing about the Raleigh location so we can be sure to try and keep it or recreate it in the new layout.
Two Old Birds is excited about this new chapter for the Village and hopes you will be too. Stay tuned for more updates!
Mark your calendars for June 19th!
#AnnieSloanLate is happening at our Raleigh location.
Thank you to everyone that came out to kick off the Holiday Season at
Vintage Village tonight! We all had a wonderful time seeing new and familiar faces throughout the night. The Front Porch Kids did a fantastic job getting everyone in the holiday spirit with their wonderful music!
If you didn't have a chance to stop by, we will be open after hours Friday night, November 21st for our #ANNIESLOANLATE stockist event! Hope to see you soon!
Thursday, November 20th
Vintage Village Holiday Open House - Raleigh | starts at 5:30pm
There will be refreshments, music, & giveaways throughout the village.
I hear Santa will be stopping by!!
Friday. November 21st
#ANNIESLOANLATE - Raleigh and Apex locations | starts at 5:30pm
This is a worldwide event! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® stockists are keeping their doors open after hours to celebrate the holidays and all things Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. We will be having a few demos and even a hands on station. There will also be refreshments, discounts and giveaways! We encourage everyone to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated for the 2014 Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots!
Here are few pictures from around Two Old Birds this week!
We are preparing for Christmas!! Start making your lists and checking them twice.
Mark your calendars for the Vintage Village Holiday Open House - Thursday, November 20th!
Painting fabric with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is beyond AMAZING!
I contemplated getting rid of our storage ottomans after our move in July. Not only are they used daily as foot stools, but as storage to hide away the abundance of toys that our kids have. I wasn't ready to sacrifice the storage, so I opened a can of paint instead.
First, I mixed an unknown proportion of Barcelona Orange and Arles. I even added in some Old White, kept mixing and mixing until we were happy with the shade of melon. Mixing is so easy! I tend to use Tupperware containers that I can later seal and use again if there are any left overs.
I should honestly be embarrassed by the condition of these ottomans! The transformation is so incredible, that I can't NOT show you the before and after.
Oyster color microfiber storage ottoman
The water stains and filth
First coat of paint!
Decided to stencil to add some pizzazz!
Before wax application
The transformation is complete!
The wax softened the material to a nice leather like feel! AMAZING!
The tools I used:
-Annie Sloan Small Paint Brush (natural bristle)
-Chalk Paint® mixed color (Barcelona Orange, Arles and Old White)
-Chalk Paint® Old Ochre (used for stencil)
-Pail of water
-Annie Sloan Clear wax
-Annie Sloan small wax brush
-Plenty of rags
The key to the paint absorbing into the fabric is water. I lightly misted the fabric with the spray bottle. I also had a pail of water to dip my brush in to keep it moist. The first coat really did absorb into the fabric. I thought it was going to take a ton of coats, but when I started applying the second coat, the coverage was so much greater.
I read a lot about how people sand in-between coats, but I'm a bit lazy, and decided against it. One less step! Once my base color was completely dry, I stenciled the Old Ochre design.
I decided to give the ottomans time to fully dry. I did end up waiting a few days before waxing.
Annie Sloan Soft Wax is a beautiful thing. The only way to describe the texture of the ottomans sans wax is like dry, rough canvas. The first stroke of wax was UNBELIEVABLE. The stools turned into soft leather. They are wipe-able and extremely durable compared to what I started with. I was instantly in love. I find myself wanting to paint other fabric, but I have quite a few more projects lined up before my own!
I am beyond thrilled that I took the chance to try out this process, and I am once again in awe of the wonderful things this paint can do. When they say "the possibilities are endless," they are not kidding.
Try it out! If you have any questions, give us a call.
Thanks for reading!
Link to Painting Fabric Tutorial by Annie Sloan
Two Old Birds
Two Old Birds is an antiques and collectibles shop located in North Raleigh and Apex, North Carolina. Stockist for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. At Two Old Birds you will find an ever-changing collection of vintage furniture pieces, glassware, portraits, frames, dishware, patio sets, custom bird feeders, bird houses and so much more.