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friendfavz Web Show, with HOTflash Designs

friendfavz Web Show, with HOTflash Designs

What is HOTflash designs all about? It is the vision of two artists, Cheryl King and Cindy Duvall, who have collaborated to create a unique union of painting and fused glass art.


So excited for Cheryl and Cindy to be presenting their art at the filming of friendsfavz Web Show on Thursday November 20th! We are having a girls night out and invite all ladies to come and join us to be a part of the studio audience. There is no cost to attend and we will be tasting some delectable treats by The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse and wine tasting with Market Vineyards. The Refinery Salon will be popping in to share some tips from “ask the expert” and Jenn will be glitzing it up with her bag of tips and tricks.

I hope you can join us and if you RSVP at the Facebook event page your name will go into a drawing for a gift giveaway. You must be present to win.

See you at the filming!



New Thing Tuesdays – Painting



I tend to do projects around my house this time of year and I have been wanting to redo my closet for some time. My husband thinks our closet is just fine of course, but I think we could do so much more with it, new closet system, lovely bins for storage…… I think I have a vision of a Cinderella closet, that is once she moved into the castle version.

My New Thing this Tuesday is painting the shelves in my closet. I found this Chalk paint, by Maison Blanche, I have been wanting to try and found out that it requires little to no prep and has no smell. For an inexperienced painter, I don’t think I have ever painted anything, and sensitive to smells, I thought this would be the perfect paint for me to experiment with.  I have the basic white pressboard shelving in my closet and I would really like to create a shabby chic look.

There are several techniques you can use to create different textures and looks which I am learning and experimenting with.  I am practicing on a sample board to see how the paint goes on and then trying it with an antique wax over the top, then either leaving a lot of wax on it for an older look or buffing some of the wax off for a more gentle used look. I watched a video of Annie Sloan on You tube and I love her attitude about painting.  She said to use a large enough brush every which way so you are painting evenly uneven and jab here and there and “just get on with it”,  in other words get it done and don’t fuss.  My kind of painting! The paint is suppose to have texture and character to it, as if a piece of artwork.


There are several brands out there but the one I am trying, Maison Blanche, you only need  one wax according to the nice gal at the store Quite the Find in Country Village where they stock this paint. The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is carried at Bella Bungalow in Arlington or Haley’s Cottage. My friend Wendy, who has a decorating business and recreates vintage pieces of furniture, uses this paint and suggested I try it.  Wendy offered some tips on some techniques so I will be sharing her talents with you on a later blog post.

Are you introducing new things into your world? Leave us a comment below or on our facebook page and tell us what you are doing new. -Karen




Annie Sloan chalk paint tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjxKGQrO1UE

Friday Favz!



I was telling my friend Laurie about this wonderful paint company that can transform old cabinets and furniture to look like refurbished vintage. She is redoing her bathroom and was thinking about having painted cabinets for her storage space in a focal point in her bath. I was telling her about this company The Bella Bungalow who uses chalk paint to create different looks on all types of surfaces. I was so curious about how they achieve finishes that look old and classic but requires very little effort. The two ladies that were at the show representing the company were so nice and helpful and said you just paint over the existing surface with little prep. Sounds like my kind of project!  I just came across their card again and thought I would share this with you in case you are searching for a new look in one of your rooms or you need to freshen up  some old furniture.

I am hoping to paint my white shelving in my master closet to give it a richer more elegant look and planning a trip to their store in Arlington. The chalk paint has many different looks with texture and color and I am excited to see the different techniques that I can use on my shelves.

Do you have a painting project that you are wanting to do? Check out their website and view some of their tutorials. -Karen