ANOKA, MN 55303

Monday, January 27, 2014


What style are you?  French Country, Boho Chic, Rustic, Modern Contemporary.  Or perhaps a combination of styles.

When you think French - interiors and images of monogrammed linens, carved armoires, glittering chandeliers, Toile de Jouy fabric come to mind.  The French style has impacted decoration around the world.  Eighteenth-century rococo is what many see as French with its curvy lines and playfulness, with a color palette that includes white, of course, Aubusson Blue, French Linen, Chateau Grey, and Antoinette.  This style has become the preferred style here at Paddywac's.  After years of painting furniture - we now look for those defining characteristics that speak to the French Style.

Boho Chic  - a style of interiors that takes inspiration from a less formal and more relaxed style.  Boho, comes from the word Bohemian, usually used to describe an artist with an unconventional way of life, although when referring to interiors the meaning a slightly offbeat, unconventional design style .  Bold  greens, oranges, turquoise, Antibes Green, Florence - all used together to create definite "wow" look. 

Country Style - developed out of practicality, with function coming before style.  Weathered, worn and natural with warm, washed and faded painted wood, limed oak and rough walls; earthy with whites and neutrals.  A style that has come straight from the farm, bold colors such as strong reds, bright greens and blues work very well with Country. 

Modern Contemporary - style has become quite popular with the availability of 1950-60 furniture.  These pieces can be painted in a "Retro" way or modern and architectural where there's minimal decoration and large slabs of color used in a room, as well as painting just one wall in a different color.  Stripes have taken a new role on these straight lined pieces.

No matter what your style, we have the right color to make it happen.  Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is the perfect partner to create your unique style.  Chalk Paint® colors range from soft, pale hues to bright, vivid colors reminiscent of colors historically found in European castles and stately homes.  Combining the colors provides an unlimited palette to the painter.  Gorgeous patinas can easily be added to surfaces using Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Soft Waxes.

Whatever you're looking for - Chalk Paint® Workshops, help with your colors, mixing colors, or style information.  Paddywac's is ready to offer you the best information to help  you with your project - start to finish. 

This blog post was written with the help of Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and more, 40 step-by-step projects to transform your home, by Annie Sloan, one of the many Annie Sloan books we offer.  

To find out more about Chalk Paint®, please visit Annie Sloan Unfolded U Tube Channel.

We look forward to seeing you at Paddywac's.  

Friday, January 17, 2014

CHALK PAINT and Easy Crackle by Artisan Enhancements

A simple transformation using CHALK PAINT® and Artisan Enhancements Easy Crackle.

We found this vase at a thrift store and purchased it for its practical use - to hold silks.  But we were looking for more of a Holiday look to be used with very blingy white silks. 

The base color was perfect, but it needed to be toned down and more festive looking. The transformation was so easy!  First a coat of Artisan Enhancements Easy Crackle was applied over the vase.  Once thoroughly dry we applied Old White CHALK PAINT® and watched the magic crackle begin.  It crackled all over beautifully, showing the base coppery color perfectly muted with the White over it.  After it was dry, we applied a thin coat of wax.  Really, that's it.  Basically three steps to transform a vase using CHALK PAINT® and Easy Crackle.

This horse was transformed from a pink and blue child's carousel horse into an elegant Holiday display piece using Old White CHALK PAINT® and Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster.

 This Italian lamp with cherubs originally was white, blue and gold.  We updated using CHALK PAINT® and several Artisan Enhancements products including Fine Store, and Crackle Tex.
The full line of CHALK PAINT® and Artisan Enhancements products can be found at Paddywac's including very affordable smaller quantities for those who what to try everything.

Hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January 2014 Market - 20% OFF STORE WIDE

The New Year has begun
20% OFF

January 9-10-11-12
It's a start of a new year!  What a great time for New Year's resolutions, and making those amazing, creative and special changes to your home.  We offer everything you need, quality painted furniture, very chic of course, tons of wall decor - frames, pictures, metal art - and of course inspiration 
and this month ONLY - ALL AT 20% OFF.

We've added tons of new  items furniture, buffets, dressers, tables, all perfect for updating your home, and gifts for that someone special.    Celebrate 2014 with us at Paddywac's and save 20% on everything (almost) and make your 
New Year Sparkle.  
 Thursday 10-8pm
Fri. and Sat. 10-5pm
Sunday 11-4pm

Happy New Year!  We hope to see you soon!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Paddywac's @ Buffalo

Welcome to the new Paddywac's Store in Buffalo, MN.  We are located at Four 1st Ave. NE, right next to the Marina.  We don't officially open until February, but we are getting everything ready and thought we'd share a few photos of our progress.

 The Front Entry is really open, we are on the left and have a small space, but we love it.  Below in the way back of the store is private storage, but we have set aside 10 feet of "Studio" space for workshops, demos, and painting.  We need a table, but that is in the works.

Here is what the store looked like when we first saw it.  We changed the interior color to a soft sage green, painting all the walls and had all the chairs removed to give us room to work. Looking towards the front - all the chairs are gone now.

Getting the front desk and storage cabinets ready!

 All Ready for CHALK PAINT®

  All of Annie's beautiful colors are now up and displayed.

 A few pieces that are for sale!

Paddywac's @ Buffalo is a unique, one-of-a-kind Store Featuring:

Paddywac's for Paint - featuring the full line of CHALK PAINT® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and fabrics, and the full line of Artisan Enhancements products.

Paddywac's Monthly Market (first Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday of the month.

Paddywac's PIY (paint it Yourself) Studio - workshops, demos, events, Paint it Yourself.

 If your are wondering what CHALK PAINT® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is and how it works, here is a link for more information Annie Sloan UTube.  

We Officially Open February 9, 2014 
and we hope to see you in Buffalo!