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Vintage Cheese boxes for sale February 21 2013, 0 Comments

I love these old cheese boxes …… Here is a few inspirational photos… or you can just paint them with your favorite Chalk Paint colour and Paint the whole thing to add a pop of colour to your room.   For the complete how to’s visit www.designsponge.com Here is another… did you know [...]

Store Hours February 01 2013, 0 Comments

  We will be closed on Saturday Feb 2nd 2011 and back to Regular Hours Wed Feb 6th  11-5 You may still place your on line order.. Apologies for the inconvenience.   Until Next time Elizabeth

New Arrivals January 31 2013, 0 Comments

Beautiful Mahogany Chest made by Thomasville size 14.25 inches wide by 23 inches deep by 23 .5 inches high. Excellent condition $295.00 pls h.s.t  delivery available. SOLD Another little sweetie great as night table  it is  16.25 inches wide x 11 inches deep and 19 inches high $80.00 plus h.s.t. nice as is or could be painted.

Pearl Plaster January 14 2013, 0 Comments

I have been playing with this product for little while … and I absolutely love it …. I have just placed and order and it will be in the store in the next week…. Let me tell you a bit about it. It creates an opulent and luxurious finish. Once applied , the finish will resemble velvet [...]

Being Creative January 03 2013, 0 Comments

 I started collecting and revamping in my early twenties and that was some time ago. I have never tired of the process. There have  been many items that have come and gone, as you tastes and budget changes so do the items. With the exception of a few pieces that were purchased new, like the sofa  and  couple of chairs and the mattress , most of everything has been painted /stripped or recycled in one way or another.

We were the odd ones at that time I remember a relative coming and saying you guys must be really poor because all you can do is buy this old Junk... we were ahead of our times but did not know it. She still thinks I collect Junk but the difference now is I paint my Junk great colours!!!!

I am a fairly creative person but this came about out of necessity more than a gift... I saw many things in magazines that I loved but like everyone else could not afford to buy, when I married my husband was a student and when he finished I went back to school..... wanting to have nice things that were not cookie cutter and both of us being handy made out lives interesting and fun... I have not tired of any of the process , the huge difference it the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (tm) it changed things to easy and better... no long involved process of stripping the piece of furniture or painting with smelly paints.... All you need is  furniture with good bones and one that fits your design aesthetic. Once you start the process you learn many things ... it is always a learning process.. some things still amaze me and the there are others just like everyone else when I say " what were you thinking" but if you don't try then you will never know where you could have or not.... The best part it is you and no one else has  your foot print, whether it is paint/fabric/choice of furniture piece etc. It makes your space you.

The difference between now and then, are the amazing products you can use to revamp and recycle with. There many wonderful blogs/books and tools ( like the electric stapler /glue gun ) you think I am kidding right!!! they were probably around but we did not have any access , and there is the Internet where you can look anything up at any time and anywhere time.

Take classes when you can it teaches hands on skills you meet many wonderful people share ideas  and give you confidence and life long skills. Never be afraid because you are not good enough... if you were you would not need a class... I love taking them and each time I learn something new.... or a twist on something old.

Hopefully you will Create and Enjoy the New Year and all your new found skills.

 

Don't forget we've got workshops coming up in the New Year. Book online to join us on Jan 27th and Feb 10th for the Flea Market Flip Classes

Until next time,

Elizabeth


Happy New Year January 02 2013, 0 Comments


Hello December 17 2012, 0 Comments

Hello all,

It has been a busy time here at the Melon Patch and sometime since our posting.

Painting furniture and shipping paint , going to auction.... it is all good, but a hectic life.  One that I happy to be apart of. I talk to many small reatilers who do the same, most people feel we have a charmed life and in many ways we do .... we create meet exciting and amzaing people everyday... but the downfall is you can't call in sick  there is no one to answer the phone!!!!

I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of you in person /phone and e-mail and you have all enriched my life in many ways,

A number of years ago my husband passed away which left a hug void in my life , not only was he my partner in life but my Mr. Melon the handy man  painter etc.... bringing the Annie Sloan Products to Canada was a huge risk for me in many ways, it was new to North America..... a big investment / the only one to carry it lots of pressure to ship across the country, finding the right program to facilitate the paint ... the geographic Location of the Melon Patch... all the things that go with running a small business and it's challenges.

I have used many paint products over the years in the beginning there was only latex, then we discovered Milk Paint  and then Annie Sloan.... it changed the way I think about furniture, no more how long will it take to strip , sand and paint and..... I love the fact there is little prep ( I am an impatiatent painter I can wait to get er done as good friend always says!) I can paint indoors , the dye lot does not change the paint goes such a long way... I can mix colours and make some new ones , the colour range is great 30 colours. I like everyone else did have some problems with the wax , but practice makes perfect... or almost I a far from perfect but I love the freedom this paint has given me in terms of the pieces I see... some you cannot strip or do anything with but they have great lines and come to life with a coat of paint. I feel like I am saving the world with one piece of furniture at a time... no more dumping....

As some of you know there are many products out there all claiming to be the best.... the product you choose is a personal choice . My choice is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (tm) gives me the freedom  to create  , each time I paint a piece I learn something new... I hope you find as much pleasure in the Paint as I do... I have painted things that I would have been afraid to before , the best example are a pair of old boots..... who knows what is next.

We have many new and exciting things planned for the New Year, one will be a new on line site to help serve you better.

Plans for Miss Mustard Seed coming to visit....

New Products to use with your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (tm).....

Expanding our showroom to have more painted pieces..

A few traveling workshops to those who cannot come to see us..

This is a busy time of year for all of us as the season approaches.

I hope that you all have a safe and Happy Holiday, we are here until Dec 22 and will back on Jan 2nd 2013 .

Until Next time

Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Workshops December 07 2012, 0 Comments

Hello

We will be having a series of Flea Market Flip Classes and the first in this series is Chair

Flea Market Flip Workshops using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (tm)

Bring a Chair with a pop out seat and enough fabric to cover it and you will learn to re-vamp your find with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (tm) decorative paint and waxes and a little upholstery lesson.

Date: Sunday Jan 27 th

Time : 1-4 pm

Place: The Melon Patch 357 Main Street Bath

Cost: $90.00 includes paint, brushes and wax. Just Bring your painting clothes and fabric . Space i limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

e-mail elizabeth@themelonaptch.com for registration.

Until Next time

Elizabeth

 

 

 


Miss Mustard Seed Fans October 31 2012, 0 Comments

I posted that we were excited about Miss Mustard Seed's book, we are even more excited now !!!! We are trying to co-ordiante a visit with Miss Mustard Seed to the Melon Patch, to sign her book and...... stay tuned.

To pre 0rder your book

e-mail elizabeth@themelonpatch.com.  The cost of the book is $21.95 .

Until Next time

Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 


Playing around October 30 2012, 0 Comments

I recently had the opportunity to visit Anthropologie we have a couple of small stores in Toronto and when I get a chance to get away ,which is not often I try and visit as many places as possible to get some fresh ideas.

This item on the wall which I believe was around $1,250 caught my eye.

 

I purchased some resin appliques for the store and have not had a chance to use try them out and this display gave me a couple of ideas. My results are not as grand but it challenged me to try a few different things.

Resin Applique

I used a kitchen door as the base painted it with Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (tm) , glued on the applique you need to wait 24 hours (that's the hard part ) before you can paint over it . I then painted the whole thing with Duck Egg Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (tm) . I used the Craquler step 1 and 2 from Annie Sloan, some Pear Plaster ( a new product ) which I am still learning about and some Gold and Silver gilding wax and of course Dark Wax from Annie Sloan.

I am pretty happy with the results still a lot to learn. but it would make a nice wall mounted piece or a stationary panel on piece of furniture.

 

 

Until Next time

Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Miss Mustard Seed's Book October 29 2012, 0 Comments

I am excited we are expecting Inspired you by Miss Mustard Seed in two weeks.

The cost of the book will be $21.95 to pre-order the book please e-mail me elizabeth@themelonpatch.com and we will hold a copy for you.

Until Next time

Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 


Restoration Hardware September 28 2012, 0 Comments

Restoration Hardware is a source of inspiration for me.

This year they have a lot of black furniture... I like to use black and seem to have a lot in my home.

I did a little sample board , using Graphite for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (tm) .

Two coats of  Graphite, and a few dabs of metallic paint ( I used Martha Stewart  multi surface acrylic  paint ) then applied the Clear wax form Annie Sloan and rubbed into the surface , let it dry and then a final coat with dark wax from Annie Sloan .

Here is my sample board.

When ever I try a new technique I make a sample board , write the information on the back, so I can re-create it.

Looking forward to doing a large piece with this . This would be a great technique for a mirror or table, if you do not want a lot of black in your space.

Unti next time

Elizabeth