BB Frosch began long before chalk paint was even invented. It began with a little girl who loved a little bean bag frog. To get the scoop behind the unusual name, you may want to skip ahead. If you want the story behind BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder just as much as you want the story behind the name, Here’s a quick video sharing our BB Frosch Beginnings…
Produced by NittaBerry Productions
Heather Thoming & Sarah Nitta
My love affair with chalk paint began after a dismal attempt at refinishing the 1980’s oak cedar chest my parents gave me for my 18th birthday. The project involved smelly stripper, gloppy latex paint, and old sand-paper from some other long-forgotten project. Sadly, the hours of prep work, my careful “with-the-grain” paint strokes, and the awkward sanding spots yielded less than stellar results. It turns out, latex paint doesn’t actually want to be “delicately” distressed.
It was a miserable experience that didn’t yield the DIY results I’d imagined!I needed a new plan of attack. I had other furniture projects waiting in the wings, and I wasn’t about to spend just as much time as I had on the cedar chest only to be too embarrassed to show them off.
That’s when I turned to the internet–Pinterest and Google and blogs, Oh My! It was the first time I’d ever heard (or read, I guess) the term “chalk paint.” I was hooked after reading, “…no prep.”
And, I was inspired.
After several hours of research into the chalk paint phenomenon, I couldn’t wait to jump on the no-prep, no primer, no smelly-stripper-chemicals band wagon! So, I hopped in my car and drove 45 minutes away to the nearest “stockist.”
And dropped nearly $300. OUCH!
At that point I crossed my fingers that all the expensive paint and fancy supplies would magically make all the difference.
Turns out, the paint WAS magic!
I fell in love from the very first piece I painted. Not only was it easy and fun, the results were stunning and “professional”–a far cry from the cedar chest debacle.
An interesting thing happened. Unexpectedly, that first chalk paint experience not only transformed a piece of furniture…
It transformed ME.
More than a new hobby, it was therapy. It was satisfaction and fulfillment.
Before long, I’d purchased every color of paint and every size of the specialty paint and wax brushes. I was single-handedly keeping the only Las Vegas stockist in business! In an effort to support my chalk paint “habit,” I began selling the pieces I’d refinished–often right out of my own living room. Before I knew it, my hobby grew into a business, and I became known on social media as “The Shabby Bride.”
The more I painted, the more I got bored of the limited color palette. On top of driving 45 minutes for paint and spending a fortune, I wanted to choose my own colors–three nagging problems that had to change because I wasn’t about to give up my newfound passion. I was determined to solve all three issues: availability, price, color choice.
So, I researched online DIY chalk paint “recipes.” Unfortunately, the DIY recipes not only yielded dismal and unpredictable results, many of them were NOT eco-friendly which meant I couldn’t paint indoors (not a sacrifice I could make given that it’s 100+ degrees much of the year where I live!)
Most of the recipes were toxic and called for ingredients that AREN’T INTENDED FOR PAINT! Some recipes turned my paint into hardened plaster–NOT exactly something enjoyable to work with, let alone something I wanted to put on my furniture!
The “recipes” were a far cry from the boutique brand I’d fallen in love with–they were more or less recipes for making paint stick to furniture,
NOT recipes for a genuine chalk-paint transformation experience.
I was determined to create a powder that would yield incredible results every time–results that rivaled the fancy brand at a fraction of the cost, and of course, would allow me unlimited color options.
I started from scratch to educated myself about minerals, bonding, opacity, ability to distress, mineral processing and more. After months of a kitchen that looked like a science lab, I’d finally developed the perfect mineral balance, texture and consistency without sacrificing any of the eco-friendly and dreamy qualities of chalk paint I’d fallen in love with. The chalk paint was ready and BB Frosch was born.
When I developed BB Frosch, it was initially because I needed an affordable way to do something I’d discovered to be enjoyable, transformative and rewarding. I was humbled to find that people loved my work, and custom orders began flooding in. Before long, I couldn’t keep up with the orders!
I knew that it wasn’t necessarily my mad painting skills, it was the soft, smooth professional feel as well as the custom looks I was able to achieve with the powder I’d developed.
Instead of letting custom orders pile up, I offered to teach people to transform their own pieces, and something awesome happened. As it turns out, with a little instruction and guidance from a workshop, the little jar of powder did the same things for other people that it had done for me—
it transformed THEM.
It is so rewarding to help others come to realizations about themselves with regards to their own talents and abilities. To see someone come to life over something they created or transformed is honestly an incredible experience.
To me, having participants bring a small piece to paint, or sending participants home with a trendy craft project is the equivalent of giving a man a fish, over teaching him to fish. A workshop is more than a fun couple of hours spent with cool people. It is an experience that has the potential to change the way you view the things around you and give you the ability to leave them better than you found them.
It is an experience that will change the way you view yourself and your abilities. It is no exaggeration to say BB Frosch workshops are life-changing!