We’re headed to Jacksonville Beach today. That’s where I go for my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP). Pat Stone-Smith owns and operates Mid-Life Crisis By the Beach, a shop that features “casual coastal elegance sprinkled with the spray and salt of the sea.” Pat is a fantastic resource for me. We discuss colors for furniture and accessories that I sell at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery, she demonstrates painting techniques, and encourages me when I need advice.

Mid-Life Crisis resides in a beach bungalow three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. I love its bright Caribbean colors, but not the summer’s sweltering heat. This afternoon the temperature danced at 101°.

Mid-Life Crisis by the beach

The balustrade features these fanciful nautical designs that Pat’s company, Wicked Designs,  manufactures. We’ll see more of her designs as we head inside.

Mid-Life Crisis by the beach

Mid-Life Crisis by the beach

I always gravitate to the paint, the rows and rows of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint singing their siren song. Today I bought a quart of Paris Grey that I’ll use to transform a client’s mahogany piano. That project should begin tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Mid-Life Crisis By the Beach

If you can pry your eyes off this delectable sight for just a moment, let’s take a look at some of Pat’s furniture painted with ASCP — and she does fabulous work. Due to technical difficulty I took all these photos with my iPhone. My regular camera is on the fritz, so imagine that everything looks even better.

Mid-Life Crisis By the Beach

Mid-Life Crisis By the Beach Table with Pillows

Mid-Life Crisis By the Beach Table with Iron Filigree

Mid-Life Crisis By the BeachOur brief tour of Mid-Life Crisis By the Beach is over all too soon. I wanted to walk the three blocks to the beach and share a photo with you but David mentioned the heat index: 105°. Not today. If we had gone, you would have seem something like this, but with a lot more people.

Wikimedia Commons Photo by Excel 23
Wikimedia Commons Photo by Excel 23

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Ann Marie and David

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