Friday, September 21, 2012

Bedroom Makeover

Now that summer is winding down and the weather is changing,  it is time to start up my indoor projects.  I spent a week wondering around my house trying to decide were to start.  I would love to have jumped right in and started a full home remodel, but that was just not in the budget. 

I decided to start small.  My son's room was the first one to be painted when we first moved into that house and it has not been touched since.  He has a love for fun and apparently, cleaning his room was not fun.  I warned him that I was going to be taking before and after pictures to show people how easy it is to update any room with a coat of paint.

Yes, this is his version of clean.  He would say..."What, you can see the wood floor!"

Along with messy, his room was just dated.  He wanted a room that made him feel proud and he needed a designated place for everything.

So after much cleaning (and trips to the dump), I emptied out his room.  I still was unsure of what color his room was going to be so I took him down to The Bella Bungalow to go look at our wall of color. 

I wanted him to pick out his favorite Chalk Paint™  colors for his bed, dresser, and shelves.  We sat at the paint bar for an afternoon (as we often do when trying to pick a color) until he decided on two colors.

He decided he wanted French Linen and Arles with just a clear wax top coat.

I started with the shelves.  I tossed the old broken canvas bins.  I am now going to use this shelf for his shoes and hats.

Both his shelf and dresser were made of laminated particle board.  They are not the best quality furniture, but I knew Chalk Paint™ would do the trick and transform these pieces.

We chose a wall color that was similar to the French Linen and started painting....
 and painting....
and painting...

Finally, we were done!

 It is amazing what a little Chalk Paint™ and a new duvet cover does to a bed!

All of his hats and shoes have a place.  Since they are so easy to find and put away, his room has stayed clean!

His room was getting a little too "grey and yellow" for him so we painted the dresser in Pure White with a French Linen top and Arles knobs.

So with a little paint and a whole lot of patience and love, Spencer's room is now done. 

He is loving his new room!

We would love to help you with a room makeover!  Whether you need a quick color consult or would like us to transform your room for you, come into The Bella Bungalow.  We would love to talk to you!

~Happy Painting from the girls at The Bella Bungalow~

Friday, September 14, 2012

Welcome Back!!!

After a year off from blogging, we decided it was time to get back to it!  A LOT has happened in a year. 

We were able to open our shop.  Our one month of renovations turned into three months of painting, but we eventually opened our doors. 

We worked on numerous projects with our beloved Chalk Paint™ brand decorative paint.  There were too many projects to show you, but here are a few before and after pictures.  What easy and beautiful transformations you can get with Chalk Paint™.

Armiore Before
Armiore After (look, you can even paint the hardware)

Old Radio Cabinet Before
Radio Cabinet turned into a wine storage cabinet

Old French inspired table with a laminate top (Before)

Here it is after!  Yes, we painted that laminate to look like a fine wood finish!

We even painted a pulpit!

We attended a few great events to spread the word about Chalk Paint™. 
The picture here is our booth from Ruffles & Rust.  We are getting ready to head back to this show October 12th and 13th.  Visit if you would like to pre-purchase your tickets.

The historic part of Arlington had many fun events this year.  We fought for the cure and painted the town purple to support Relay for Life.

Our Dad enjoyed his time at the Show and Shine Car Show with his 36' Ford.

We were able to travel back to New Orleans to learn from the master herself!  Annie Sloan kicked off her US tour with our annual Stockist meeting.  We were able to learn and laugh with Annie Sloan!  Looking forward to our next meeting next spring.

And whats to come at The Bella Bungalow you ask?  We will continue to paint using Chalk Paint™ and add other new products by Annie Sloan as well as add new lines to the store. 

Annie Sloan is getting ready to release a new workbook that we are now offering on our website if you would like to pre-order your copy now. 

Also coming soon will be Annie Sloan's new home fragrances.

Last but not least....

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint will be in stock any day. 

I know that one post does not even scratch the surface of what we have been up to this past year, but it is a start!

And we promise to keep you all a little more up to date with more frequent posts!

~Happy Painting from the girls at The Bella Bungalow~

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Workshops Scheduled!!!

We have our new Fall workshop schedule posted and we are so excited!!!  Be sure to register in advance so you can be one of the first to attend a workshop in our new location.  The Bella Bungalow will be offering a discout on additional paint purchases at the workshop if you register in advance.

~ Happy Painting~

The Bella Bungalow Girls

Friday, July 8, 2011

BREAKING NEWS (well not really, but got your attention didn't I?)

Hi Ya'all,
Just wanted to give you a reminder that we will be at Rue des Park Lane a french inspired flea market, 123 Park Lane, Downtown Kirkland tomorrow July 9th from 10 am - 7 pm with all of our Annie Sloan paint and waxes.  This is going to be a great event with many FABULOUS vendors (including ourselves of course).  We have all colors and plenty of wax stocked and ready for you all to come ooooh, and ahhhh at the great wonders of this amazing product.  I will be giving demonstrations as well as having all our colors open for you all to "play with", and answering all of your lingering questions.  We will also have our sign up sheets for some great workshops scheduled for July & August.  You do not want to miss out on this, trust me!!!

AND FINALLY.........WE GOT OUR KEY'S TO OUR NEW SHOP YESTERDAY!!!!  Now, I have been known to take on some challenging projects in my life and LOVE to take something that has been lacking in the "pretty" department and turn it into something amazing......but this will be my biggest challenge of my life!!!!  YIKES....after spending most of the day yesterday hyperventalating I am now ready to get to work and turn that baby into the proper home of The Bella Bunglaow, which of course must be AMAZING!!!  We will be posting some before pictures so you can all GASP, shake your head and wonder to yourselves "what in the heck are you thinking?" But just wait, WE CAN DO IT!!!!  We always say that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can go on any surface and I will prove that to be the case, it will be chalked from literaly floor to ceiling.  Our goal is to open the first week of September (used to be August but this baby needs some SERIOUS TLC and I want it to be perfect!!)  My sister (The other Bungalow girl) has been very patient with me and this project will be a true testomony to sisterly love!!!!  All the prayers, positive vibes or anything else anyone does will be greatly appreciated, as we need it!!!!  Ok, to to shipping paint and wax I go.  Hope to see many of you tomorrow and all of you at some point at our new store in September (or sooner if I can pull out my inner super powers)  If you come by to see us before bring a broom and and a strong arm and we will put you to work ;-)  431 Olympic Ave will never look better!!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Sample projects are underway!

The Bella Bungalow has been busy...we have started working on a few sample pieces.  We have chosen to refinish a few cabinet doors to show the variety of options a person can have with this amazing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  With the different color combinations and painting techniques, the possibilities are endless! 

We started with the same three cabinet doors.  As you can see they are very plain, standard doors.

We started with our first coat to each of the doors.

As you can see, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is very forgiving.  

You do not have to spend all of your time trying to make each coat of paint perfect. 

And as you saw, no sanding, priming or other prep work was required.

We were going to go for an "Old World" feel to cabinet #1 using our crackle technique.
It is turning out fabulous!

No "old world" cabinet is complete without a few distress marks.

Cabinet #2 next color applied.  You can see the color combination on the drop cloth.

Cabinet #3 we decided it wanted to be dramatic (kind of like we are, lol).  A dark shade of Graphite is added. 

Our old world cabinet door was starting to shine! 

Almost complete!

Look at the shine on this door, mind you there is NO lacquering required, this is done with our wax.
Viola, the finished product!

"Old World' cabinet door.

"Country Charm" cabinet door.

"Simple Elegance" cabinet door.

Simply amazing!  Three of the same cabinet doors, three totally different looks!  It was simple and fun to do three totally different looks in no time at all.

We will be working on more sample pieces in the weeks to come.  If there is something you would like to see (certain look or color combination) please let us know.  We would love to help you bring some life back to your cabinets, walls or other furniture pieces.

Happy Painting,

The Bella Bungalow Girls