Upcycling Old Gems
Have you old pieces of furniture in the attic or in the garage which you love too much to throw away but have no place for them currently in your home? If so you need to invest in some Annie Sloan chalk paints. These are quite simply my favourite find of the last year!
Chalk paint is simple to work with and needs little to no preparation. It can be used for indoor and outdoor pieces and (as I’ve been told) on any surface be it metal, wood, plastic you name it. I so far have only used chalk paint on wooden surfaces and it has turned out fantastic every time.
There is a basic colour palette of approx. 32 colour options inspired by 18thand 20th Century décor and design, but all paints can be mixed to give you a wider choice. You can create so many different looks with chalk paint from smooth to textured to washed to crackled, and each is as easy as the next to create.
I recently up cycled a mirror and decided to go for a smooth look. This mirror had been tucked away in a cupboard in my parents house as it didn’t really fit in with their ‘New England beside the sea’ inspired home. The paint was so simple to use and everyone was delighted with the end result.
We were thinking 1920s beach scene, when the idea came to us to model the mirror on a life ring…I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Greek Blue and Old White and finished the mirror off with Annie Sloan Soft wax to achieve the desired look.
Here’s how I did it
Section off areas with masking tape so that straight lines can be achieved and white colour will not be mixed up with blue.
Once you are happy the white paint is dry remove the masking tape from the unpainted sections.
Then apply new masking tape over the outer edges of the white sections.
Apply two coats of the Greek Blue.
Once all paint has dried apply Annie Sloan Soft wax with an old cloth, wipe off and voila a smooth flat painted finish!
At the moment I buy my chalk paints in The Paint Pot, Cork but they are also available to buy nationwide .
The Paint Pot offers great workshops on how to create many desired looks with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If you can’t make it to one of these the Annie Sloan website is fantastic with loads of instructional videos.