I’ve always been a fan of re-cycling what I already have. My parents generation bought furniture for life, and this must have somehow rubbed off on me. They would never have dreamed of replacing the dining set with something newer, glossier and more fashionable and it’s always seemed wasteful to me to do so too. So, long before it was the thing to do, and long before the word ‘upcycling’ was invented I was rubbing down, sanding and re-painting furniture around the house. I don’t think there is one room that doesn’t have at least one piece painted by yours truly.
Annie Sloan ‘Florence’
So I wish I had heard of Annie Sloan paints earlier is all I can say. Her unique Chalk Paint allows furniture to be painted without priming or preparation as it adheres to almost any surface from old waxed pine to melamine and varnished wood. This is the ideal paint to use for the painted French and Swedish look on furniture where the paintwork shows a patina of history. The paint is soft and easy to patinate taking wax to give it a beautiful mellow and protective finish.
Annie Sloan ‘Olive’
There are 29 decorative and historic colours inspired by European 18th century furniture and they have been made bright and rich, bearing in mind that they may be darkened with wax. None, except Graphite, contain black pigment, allowing for combining colours, further mixing and layering without the paint dulling.
Annie Sloan ‘Barcelona Orange’
And just to show you how easy it is, have a look at this video…
I for one, can’t wait to try it.