ANOKA, MN 55303

Sunday, January 27, 2013


We've been working at the shop a bit and I'd like to share a project we did. 
This sofa table had great bones, but was in very rough shape.  The top was scratched, inlay was coming up and it had a couple of gouges.  We tried using a textured wallpaper and painting it, but it didn't stick.  So we decided to give it a Rustic finish.  First coat was Paris Grey all over and second coat was Old Ochre.  We used a very heavy coat of Paris Grey on the top of the table to get lots of brush stroke texture, and while the paint was wet, we dusted the top very heavily with sawdust (we learned this in NC at Training).  Let it dry, dusted off the excess, lightly sanded (to remove loose dust), and then painted over with Old Ochre.  We let it dry and then sanded the top a bit to remove excess.  Then we clear waxed the whole table, lightly distressing, and then dark waxed over that.  And we might say, it really turned out great.  Love the legs!  What do you think?

Lots of Sawdust in the paint.

Turned out beautiful.

Tricia but a shelf and a new back on this beauty.

This cabinet was very dated and needed a face lift.  Couple coats of paint, clear wax and then dark over the top.  It is adorable.

These are just a few items that have come in and we have lots more on the way!

We hope to see you soon.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Our first CHALK PAINT 101 class was given at Paddywac's yesterday and it was a great success. Everyone was enthusiastic and eager to learn all about Annie Sloan, what CHALK PAINT really is and how to make the most out of their projects. There were all levels of knowledge and experience - the class offered something for everyone - even if you've been paint for a long time. Our instructor, Jerra, did a fabulous job presenting all the material. There were 4 separate paint techniques taught, everyone got to practice each technique on their individual wood samples, and Jerra also taught wax application - the where/when/how/what color to use!
Thank you everyone for joining us at Paddwac's - we so appreciate your contribution to the class and hope your experience was great.

Class begins.

Lots of questions - we all get to know each other a bit.

4 separate paint techniquest are taught.

Everyone gets to practice with the paint and wax.

Let the fun begin.

Checking out the color chart and the next project to work on at home!

Here comes the wax - Clear and Dark - where and how to use.

Now to go home and start on the next project. 
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Friday, January 18, 2013

CHALK PAINT Class at Paddywac's

We have received such an overwhelming response to our CHALK PAINT 101 Class that we decided to add 3 more to the calendar.  We have added
Saturday, FEBRUARY 2, 9 a.m. 12 noon
Saturday,  MARCH 2,  9 a.m. 12 noon and
Saturday, MARCH 9,  9 a.m. 12 noon
CHALK PAINT 101 is a great class for anyone who wants to get started painting with Chalk Paint or has used it already and wants to become better acquainted. We will go over various techniques such as two color distressed, modern or smooth finish, rustic, and soft gilded finish as well as how to use the clear and dark waxes. After 3 hours, you will leave confident and excited to start your next painting project!
All materials will be provided and coffee and water will be available. All classes will be held at Paddywac's, 201 E. Main St., Anoka.    
For those who want to come a little early, there is a fabulous family-owned coffee shop just up the street. On street and free ramp parking are available close by.
For on-line registration, please visit us at http://www.nicnacpaddywacs.com/On-Line-Shop.html and click on category  Workshops.
Check out this awesome segment by Sunday, one of our amazing dealers here at Nic Nac Paddywac's, featuring  CHALK PAINT by Annie Sloan!!
Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January Market - We'll see you tomorrow

The final touches go on today, but we're about ready!  The weather is going to be great this weekend and it's a wonderful opportunity to start out the New Year by getting that updating done around your home.  We have a fabulous assortment of furniture and accessories - all the "new/old" treasures to make your home complete!


We hope to see you soon!
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Fabulous Winter Whites - January 2013 Market

Greetings and Happy New Year.

January is quickly passing but we are getting the store ready with Fabulous Winter Whites - a perfect background to pop in any color. Check out a few of the new items that have come in - and we're not done yet!

We hate to toot our own horn but it's going to be a great January Market!
Be sure to check back!