We all know the benefits of chalk paint by now. The biggest benefit over regular paint of course, is that it doesn’t require any prep work. None at all. It can be used directly on most clean, dry surfaces, with just the exception of metal or shiny laminate. Even if they’ve already been painted or varnished. Result! None of that sanding, dusting down, undercoating, and three coats of topcoat. Which, let’s face it, is a prospect that puts most of us off even starting a job in the first place. It really is the perfect paint to quickly and easily transform old, tired furniture, an uninspiring floor or even an entire bathroom. Here, Annie Sloan (widely recognised as one of the world’s most respected experts in paint and colour) shares some inspiration.
Checkerboard Bathroom Floor
To create this checkerboard floor, first of all start with a neutral colour for your base, then begin creating your pattern. To achieve an eye-catching design all you need is a pencil, tape measure and some masking tape to ensure sharp lines, and when applying the paint use a small brush with flat edges to help keep shapes crisp and clean. When you’re happy with the final look, seal and protect your handiwork with a thin layer of Chalk Paint™ Lacquer for added durability. And one final tip, this is an obvious one but, always make sure to start at the furthest point from the room to keep your handiwork in check!
Wall paint in Paris Grey £41.95. Bath and checkerboard floor in Chalk Paint™ in Old Violet from £5.95. Chalk Paint™ Lacquer £21.95. Curtain in Linen Union in Antoinette + Old White £39.95
Faux Bone Inlay Wardrobe and Chest of Drawers
This one is a bit trickier and for the confident DIYer. It’s actually been painted freehand but you could use a stencil to create a similar effect. Firstly the furniture was painted in dark grey chalk paint. Once dry, the leaves and flowers were sketched in chalk pencil and then filled in using Pearlescent Glaze from Annie Sloan. This glossy new glaze, developed to apply over Chalk Paint™, creates fuss-free glistening pearl-effect pieces. It’s then finished off with two coats of Clear Chalk Paint™ Wax, removing any excess with a lint free cloth.
Details of chest of drawers and wardrobe in Pearlescent Glaze. Lamp base, candleholder and vases painted in Pearlescent Glaze £11.95 for 250ml. Mirror painted in Pearlescent Glaze and Chalk Paint™ from £5.95.
Ombré Bathroom Wall
For intermediate painters and upcyclers, a waterfall-effect ombré wall in a cascading ocean palette is the perfect weekend or lockdown project. Start with your lightest colour at the base of the wall, then mix a little of your second colour into your first colour to darken it. Apply the darker colour above your first colour, then use a clean, dry brush to lightly feather the paint while it’s still wet, blending each colour into the next. Repeat steps two and three until you reach your darkest colour at the top of the wall, then seal with wax.
Bath painted in Chalk Paint™ in Provence and finished with Chalk Paint ™ Wax. Feet painted in Chalk Paint™ in Original and finished with Lacquer. Floorboards in a wash of Chalk Paint™ in Old White.