DIY: Annie Sloan charms with Chalk Paint 0
Painting expert Annie Sloan shows us how to give furniture personality with colour using techniques from her best-selling book, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations. (FULL CREDIT: ‘Swedish-coloured dresser’ is from the chapter Using Colour in Quick and Easy Paint Transformations by Annie Sloan CICO Books, $21.95 US; $23.95 CDN - www.cicobooks.com Photo credit: Photography by Christopher Drake)
If ever there were an expert to induce the ridiculous Wayne’s World ‘We’re not worthy!’ from DIYers, it would be painter and author Annie Sloan.
A pioneer of the furniture-painting craze, Sloan will be in town, bringing her 40-plus years of experience and painting passion, to the Vancouver Home and Design Show’s main stage at BC Place on Oct. 19.
And as a special treat to 24 hours readers, the U.K.-based creative shared with us this ‘Swedish-coloured’ dresser project from her best-selling book, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 Step-by-Step Ways to Makeover Your Home for Next to Nothing.
This furniture makeover features the decorative Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, a.k.a. a do-it-yourselfer’s dream because it eliminates the need to sand or prime furniture first.
“The whole point about my paint is that it is one paint but there are many possibilities — from using it as a wash, thick and chippy, textured with dark wax, as a dye for fabric, layered and distressed, smooth and modern, etc., etc.”
Sloan said her Chalk Paint’s flexibility allows people to be creative and adapt techniques to suit the particular piece of furniture. “I say you should get the furniture to speak to you.”
Spoken like a true paint whisperer!
- Old White Chalk Paint
- Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint
- 1-inch paintbrush (for paint)
- 1-inch paintbrush (for wax)
- Clear Wax
- Dark Soft Wax
How-to: ‘Swedish-coloured dresser’
Sloan tip: “To achieve the Swedish look, the right colours need to be used. My Aubusson Blue is a particularly Swedish-style shade — it is based on the Prussian Blue, a colour that was discovered in the 18th century and became available to all.”
1. The trick to painting this piece in a loose way is to add a little blue onto the side of a paintbrush that is already loaded with Old White. Use the brush to coat the moldings with blue, but allow some blue to spread onto the main parts of the furniture, where it can be blurred and blended into the white.
2. I painted the whole table, giving the central oval shape emphasis by working the blue into the molding.
3. Allow the blue to make a gentle “blush” in and around the middle of the oval.
3. I applied clear then dark wax to the whole table with a brush, again emphasizing the oval shape by filling the molding with dark wax.
4. Remove any excess wax with a cloth.
* ‘Swedish-coloured dresser’ is from the chapter Using Colour in Quick and Easy Paint Transformations by Annie Sloan
CICO Books, $21.95 US; $23.95 CDN - www.cicobooks.com
Photo credit: Photography by Christopher Drake
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