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Annie Sloan Provence Wooden Chairs

Have you gotten on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint wagon yet?!

I have been using this fabulous chalk paint for sometime now. Some of my favorite colors are Provence, Duck Egg, Florence, French Linen, and, Graphite. Today, I am going to show you a before & after transformation with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence.

ugly chairs glammed up

Got an ugly chair…or  two?

Craigslist and garage sales are full of those mismatched and unloved dining chairs. It always amazes me how a bit of paint and some creative juice can turn crappy into happy. These chairs were part of a dining set that I paid a whopping $40. What was part of the set you ask? A large dining table with chunky legs (swoon) and six chairs! The entire set was made of solid walnut. The set was well loved and honestly needed a whole lot more love to make it functional again.  I sold 4 of the chairs to another party for $40, making all my money back. I kept the two best chairs, which needed minimal gluing of the joints and a few screws tightened. The dining table was separated to create nightstands in our master bedroom.

wooden dining chair before

Here is how to turn that crappy into happy.

1. Remove the seats from the chairs. Use a screwdriver to untighten the screws and the seat should pull off easily. My seats were leather and in rather good shape. The leather was wiped clean and then a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen was applied and used as a primer. Once dry, DecoArt Metallics in Champagne Gold was used as the top coat. The finish was distressed.

painted leather dining seat

2. Glam up the frames. Wipe the chairs clean. Lightly sand if there is a high gloss finish. In this case, the wood was very worn, so no sanding was needed. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was used in Provence. Two coats were applied. The finish was lightly distressed. Poly protector was applied.

Provence wooden chairs

3. Add the unexpected. These chairs had some great carved detailing from top to bottom. To bring attention to the detailing on the chair backs, I added an embellishment. You can find these in the bead section of your craft store. The chairs will only be used decoratively flanking my buffet. If these were being used daily, a stencil could be added instead of the metal embellishment.

provence painted chairs with embellishment

4. Bring it all together. Place your seats back onto the frames. Fasten the seats back down with the screws. Place in your desired location.

Provence vignette

provence painted chairs

Provence painted chairs

How is that for happy?

I hope you enjoyed this post on how simple it is to turn that ugly garage sale find into a glammed up beauty! Please follow Dandelion Patina on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter!

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Wooden Chairs in Annie Sloan Provence

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Ribbon Tree Blocks

winter activities for kids


Hey readers!

We traveled to the Christmas tree farm today.

 It was a whopping 25 degrees!

But, the sun was shining and this activity is a tradition for us,

as for many.

We arrived at the tree farm where Thomas the Train greeted us.

We loaded the train and rang the bell for our bumpy ride to begin.

A heated shed awaited us at our destination with a cozy open fire.

The girls nibbled on a few roasted marshmallows before we ventured out to find that

perfect tree.

And perfect is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

The girls will either pick out a tree that is 12′ tall or one that is brown and sparse.

I love hearing what they notice about a tree…

…and the reason why they feel it is perfect.

But, ultimately the tree of choice is voted on by all.

{such a process}

The tree we brought home this year is so full….

..and bit round in the middle.

Actually, we barely got it through the front door.

We usually opt for a Frasier Fir,

but we brought home a White Spruce this go around.

It smells heavenly.

I can’t wait to show it to you in a few weeks

during the home tour.

DIY ribbon tree blocks

Meanwhile while temps are dropping outdoors,

I have a fun activity you can do with your kiddos.

These tree blocks remind me of our adventures

during the Christmas tree hunt.

And this project allows kids to create their perfect tree to display.

ribbon tree blocks DIY

Supplies you will need:

Scrap blocks of wood


Chalk paint


Glass glitter

glass glitter by Recollections

The glass glitter from Michael’s is a budget-friendly alternative to the pricier German glass glitter. I was drawn to the vintage colors of this glitter.

glass glitter ribbon trees

Start the project by painting the blocks.

I used ASCP in Pure White.

I lightly distressed and sanded the blocks smooth.

ribbon tree blocks with glass glitter

Using the stencil,

trace the pattern of the tree.

glass glitter ribbon trees

Take your Elmer’s glue and apply over the traced pattern.

ribbon tree blocks

Completely cover the glued block with glass glitter.

Shake off excess and let dry.

glass glitter in vintage green

These were so simple for the kiddos to make.

I would suggest kids 6 and up for this project.

My girls needed a bit of help with the tracing of the pattern,

but loved the painting and bedazzling!

A perfect little ribbon tree block to personalize their rooms.

glass glitter trees DIY project

Do you cut your own tree? Leave me a comment on your tradition.

Need more winter themed inspiration?

Hop on over to a few other fun ideas…

…for crafting with your kids

on those blustery days of winter!


Puffy Paint Snowman from Creative Ramblings

Free Kids Winter Activity Printables from Life is a Lullaby

Marshmalllow Snowman from Krafts and Kiddos

Snowmen at Night 3D Art Activity from Melly Moments

Make Your Own Christmas Ornaments from Bumps to Bottles

Printable Snowflake Coloring Pages from What Mommy Does

Ribbon Tree Blocks from Dandelion Patina

Comforts Of Home Fall Front Porch 2014

comforts of home fall front porch dandelion patina


Hey there Dandelion Patina readers! Today I am so excited to share our front porch all decked out in the comforts of home!

The front porch is the first impression of what is to come once you open that door. I wanted the first impression of our home to be comfortable and cozy. Warm and inviting. Welcoming.


I incorporated 4 decorating must haves for a front porch.

COLOR: What is Fall without a bit of color? Yellows, oranges, reds.

NATURAL ELEMENTS: If you’ve been following along, I love to use natural elements in my spaces. I love to bring the outdoors indoors, so it was natural for me to have these elements right before you come in the door.

TEXTURE: Texture adds dimension to a space or vignette. Texture gives oomph to the palette.

LAYERS: Along with textures, layering gives added dimension and a finished look.


So with those must haves in mind, please, take a look around. Get comfortable with a mug of hot apple cider and enjoy the front porch tour! Any questions…please ask. Enjoy.

comforts of home fall front porch by dandelion patina

The front door is painted in ASCP Duck Egg Blue. I re-purposed old wooden garage doors for my apple cider signs.

apple cider sign by dandelion patina

An old wagon wheel hub was used to create the wooden pedestals. It was cut into three sizes to show off these beauties.

apple cider sign from re-purposed garage door


comforts of home fall front porch

I love how the original paint had chipped and cracked. It gives the panels awesome texture and patina.

fall vignette in comforts of home fall front porch

I picked up the ceramic pumpkins at a thrift store and gave them a facelift in Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue. Some neat texture formed from painting these that was not really seen prior.

corn stalks with horse reins

Parts of vintage horse reins were used as tiebacks for the corn stalks.

horse reins and corn stalks

I love this shot. There is so much character and texture of the leather.

yellow mums and twig pumpkin

I love pops of yellow. It is like the sun came down and kissed each flower.

perfectly imperfect orange pumpkin

A perfectly imperfect orange pumpkin.

cedar rocking chairs

Cedar rocking chairs to enjoy watching the falling leaves. An old desk was separated to create tables for in between our rockers.
yellow mums and pumpkins

cedar rocking chair all decked out

apples on vintage wooden spools

vintage license plate

I found an old license plate from Wisconsin that had gorgeous patina.

baby boo white pumpkin

And baby boo pumpkins are just the cutest!

apple close up photo
Getting hungry? Doesn’t it look good enough to bite into?

chalk board apple tree

I adore this little rustic chalkboard on my rustic hay bale lounger.

indian corn and candles

And what is Fall without a bit of indian corn? I went the non traditional route to display the corn.

indian corn in vintage bottles

A vase of hydrangeas and birch branches make me smile.

dried limelight hydrangeas

delicate petals of a limelight hydrangea

The petals are so delicate on these limelight hydrangeas.

simply scrappy pumpkins

A front porch wouldn’t feel like Fall without a lantern. The simply scrappy industrial pumpkins look right at home sheltered inside.

Simple tissue paper leaf wreath

I went the simplistic route with my wreath this year.  A few tissue paper oak leaves and chevron burlap on a grapevine wreath.

And there you have it, my comforts of home fall front porch! I hope I inspired you to bring all the comforts of home into your spaces this season and seasons to come.

Happy Fall Y'all

French Bergere Chairs I Covet Thee

french bergere chairs before

before and after french bergere chair dandelion patina

Do you have fond memories of a furniture piece from your childhood?


When I was growing up there was a rust orange rocking chair in the living room.


It was the ugliest chair I. had. ever. seen……

…..but, the memories attached to it are golden. In this chair I was rocked when I was sick. In this chair I watched my favorite episodes of Sesame Street. In this chair we read books. In this chair I held my baby sister for the first time.

It is funny how we can hold value to something that an outsider would look at and not pay 2 cents for.

Perhaps this is why I have such a chair fetish; because of this memory and the value I hold for the story behind the ugly orange chair.


I had been searching for French Bergere Chairs for some time. I had coveted the chairs that Miss Mustard Seed found so easily and transformed. Why couldn’t I find these? Is she shopping in France? Will you buy me a plane ticket…..please?

french bergere chair mms

Well, low and behold a posting came up on Craigslist for two French bergere chairs. I was so excited. It took me no time at all to respond to the post (heart pounding, palms sweating) and exclaim that I wanted to look at them, no…I would take them! {regardless of their condition}

The man who was selling the chairs was acting on the behalf of his friend. She was very ill and he recalled falling asleep in these chairs multiple times. Here we go…there is a story attached to them! SOLD. Any time there is a story that stirs up similar memories for me, I don’t hesitate to hand over the cash. My mission was accomplished.

Unfortunately, these too were ugly. Faded gold brocade and gaudy wood finish. But, I saw the potential. I connected with the story. It is an amazing feeling when pieces speak to you. They hold special value and are worth the investment.

French bergere chair by dandelion patina

french bergere chair dandelion patina

french bergere chair by dandelion patina

French bergere style chair by dandelion patina

I transformed the wood with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

french bergere chair reupholster dandelion patina

Here is one of the French bergere chairs being worked on by my friend, Sue Ann Kerske. She has been so kind to me and is a “master” in her profession.

French Bergere chair dandelion patina

What do you think? I am totally in love.

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