I recently spent a morning down at the Phoenix on Golborne, an antiques and vintage home wares shop just off the Portobello Road in London, getting to grips with painting furniture. The class covered basic tips and advice on a range of finishes and paint effects using the Annie Sloan range of paints and waxes.
Annie Sloan’s chalk-based paints are really versatile as they can be used on any surface, without priming, sanding or preparing, so very forgiving for the enthusiastic amateur. The paints are extremely low VOC (volatile organic compounds) so kind to you and the environment! The Annie Sloan website is full of advice and inspiration on colour mixes and combinations.
My first experiment was with a chest of drawers I found abandoned on the pavement, and just what I was after for baby R’s room. It did need a bit of sanding to get rid of the yellowing, flaky old varnish, but after a few coats of the quick drying chalk paint and I had a blank canvas to experiment with some homemade stencils……..
Not bad, for a beginner!