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Let’s Paint with Annie Sloan

Recently I have been doing a little home improvements to my bedroom in London, inspired by my love for pink and green together, botanicals and copper. I have been using the wonderful chalk paints from Annie Sloan to give my rather old and mixed matched furniture a new lease of life.

One of the difficult things about renting is that it can be tricky to really put your stamp on a room and make it yours especially when there is little you can do to alter the walls and flooring. Fortunately my room is quite a neutral colour palette however after years of moving around various flats in London I have inherited a rather mis match selection of furniture!


Inspired by Pinterest and the wonderful Annie Sloan I have recently up cycled an old bedside table by painting it in the prettiest dusky pink using her wonderful Chalk Paint and therefore starting to bring my pink and green scheme to life.


For those of may not have heard of Annie Sloan she is the creator of the well know Chalk Paint, used beautifully to paint furniture old and new, with the best part being that there is no need to prime or sand before hand. I once made the mistake of sanding down an old pine chest of draws for my university room and needless to say 3 hours later I was not a fan! The Chalk Paint is super easy to use and can be used for a number of different paint effects from ultra matt finishes to a more pared down rustic look.
There are 36 fabulous colours to choose from in the chalk paint, from soft greys such as French Linen to warm Barcelona Orange and English Yellow. When I visited the Handmade Fair at Bowood House back in June I made a bee line straight for the Annie Sloan stall and picked up one her mini project packs. It is the perfect kit when looking to brighten up an old bedside table and  contains to small pots of paint of a colour of your choice, 2 pots of chalk paint wax and a chalk paint brush.


The size of the paint pots are a little deceiving as the chalk paint can go a long way, I choose a soft pale pink called Antoinette for my bedside table and a cool Paris Grey for an old wooden desk that I am always planning to give a new lease of life. Starting with the bedside table I gave it a quick wipe down to get rid of any dusk or marks and then starting applying the chalk paint with thick, generous brush strokes. The paint takes to the furniture so easily that I quickly got round to each side in no time, it is super easy to use and only requires one coat. I have included a little time lapse video below of me using the chalk paints, you can see how quick and easy it is to use!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Lynsey

    We love Annie Sloan paints! I upcycled some lovely old wardrobes that i got at a recycling centre…the girls live them and 3 years on they still look great x

    October 6, 2018 at 10:52 pm
    • Reply ajbarrett8

      Aw they are fab aren’t they, such lovely colours to choose from too x

      October 11, 2018 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Aww This is a lovely idea! Looks so easy to do and the finished products looks lush! I need to get into chalk painting everything as it makes it all look so professional

    October 7, 2018 at 7:46 am
    • Reply ajbarrett8

      Thank you Hannah! It is really easy and simple to do I promise! x

      October 11, 2018 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Natalie Williams

    What a brilliant idea to upcycle furniture. It looks great!

    October 10, 2018 at 9:06 am
    • Reply ajbarrett8

      Thank you Natalie! x

      October 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

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