I’ve been reading and hearing about Annie Sloan chalk paint for *years*, and with the advent of pinterest, I’ve been pinning more and more images of painted furniture styled to suit a traditional house. What I love about painted furniture is that you can take any old piece of furniture and give it a new lease of life with little cost and not too much effort.
I had spotted a local(ish) business on Facebook who sell upcycled furniture and offer Annie Sloan workshops, so I gave them a bell and found out that they had a space on the beginners course. I dragged my mum along with me as she’s also interested in painting, and we had a great day out. A lot of my enjoyment was due to the fact that I’ve never been away from baby James for more than 2 hours since he was born, so this was a lovely treat to be focusing on something I enjoy without having to deal with tears, baby sick and fractious nap times! The course at Love Restored, was run by one of the owners Nadia, who was well informed, answered all our questions and worked at a good pace. We learned how to do three different techniques that give a distressed effect, a crackle glaze effect and an aged dark wax effect. The shop was full of lovely painted furniture and accessories that made me desperate to get home and try out the new techniques! I’m so glad I did the course as it gave me lots of new ideas and the confidence to try them out.
The first items I did up were a set of nesting tables which belonged to my beloved Granny C. She was a big inspiration to me, with a make do and mend attitude, so she would have loved that I have given her old tables a new lease of life (though if she wasn’t a fan of the colour, she would definitely have let me know!).
They are a little bashed and scratched, so perfect to get the Annie Sloan treatment. I decided to use Paris Grey, and go for a distressed look. They needed two coats to cover the dark wood, and I lightly sanded with fine sandpaper before finishing with a clear wax. I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, and I’m definitely going to have a go at upcycling some more furniture – WAY more fun than painting doors and skirting boards!