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** MY WINTER HOBBY**

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DURING THE LONG DRAWN OUT WINTER MONTHS I NEEDED SOMETHING TO KEEP ME BUSY, BEING AS I DO NOT KNIT, OR DO CROSSWORDS, I WAS LOOKING TO FIND SOMETHING ENERGETIC AND INTERESTING…..

I HAD READ ABOUT ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINTS, AND WATCHED SOME OF HER VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE, SO I BOUGHT MYSLF SOME TESTER POTS OF HER PAINT, TO SEE IF THEY LIVED UP TO THEIR REPUTATION!! NO SANDING, NO PRIMER, WILL PAINT OVER VIRTUALLY ANYTHING, DRY AND PAINTABLE IN 20 MINS READY TO WAX…..

DECIDED ON AN OLD OAK CHAIR BELONGING TO OHs GRANDMOTHER, IT HAD ALREADY HAD A MAKEOVER 10 YEARS GO, SO I HAD NOTHING TO LOSE…….

IT NEEDED TO BE DRAMATIC, BECAUSE I WANTED IT TO STAND OUT, I STARTED WITH TWO COATS OF GRAPHITE, ALMOST BLACK, THEN A COAT OF RED, AND MESSED AROUND UNTIL I THOUGHT IT LOOKED RIGHT, THEN I WAXED IT, SOME PLACES WERE TOO HEAVY, SO I SANDED THEM DOWN AND ADDED MORE PAINT AND WAX, UNTIL I HAD THE EFFECT I WANTED…….THE SEAT WAS REXINE SO THAT HAD A COUPLE OF COATS AND A WAX ALSO.

USING THE WAX IS A BRILLIANT WORKOUT, CERTAINLY GETS THE HEART PUMPING….AND THE BLOOD FLOWING!! I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULT, SO I LOOKED AROUND TO SEE WHAT ELSE I COULD DO, DECIDED ON A RATHER STAINED POOF, WHICH WAS A MURKY BEIGE, AND BEING AS THE ROOM WAS DECORATED IN DUCK EGG BLUE, WENT FOR THAT….BEFORE PIC COMING UP!!


YES YOU CAN PAINT THE MATERIAL !! IT TOOK ME A FEW COATS (WATERED DOWN) TO GET THE COLOUR I WANTED, BUT GOT THERE IN THE END, YOU CAN WAX THE MATERIAL TO MAKE IT TOUGHER….AFTER PIC


SINCE THEN I HAVE DONE A MIRROR, AN OLD BAMBOO TABLE, AND A BEDSIDE TABLE THAT WAS CREAM, THE PAINT IS A DREAM TO USE, CAN BE THINNED, THICKENED LEAVE THE LID OFF!! HARDLY ANY SMELL, WASHES OFF BRUSHES WITH WATER, GREAT COLOURS AND YOU CAN MIX THEM TO MAKE YOUR OWN COLOURS, CAN BE USED OUTSIDE, ON METAL, TERRACOTTA…..AND OF COURSE MATERIAL


THE ABOVE MIRROR WAS BOUGHT FOR THE BEDROOM BUT BEING AS THE COLOURS ARE GREY AND RED IN THE BEDROOM, IT HAD TO BE PAINTED.

I AM MORE THAN HAPPY WITH THE PAINT I HAVE DECIDED TO DO ALL THE KITCHEN CABINETS, A MAMMOTH TASK I KNOW, BUT THE CABINETS WILL LOOK FAR MORE INTERESTING, WE ARE GOING FOR THE FRENCH COUNTRY KITCHEN LOOK……..AND CHEAPER THAN BUYING A NEW KITCHEN LOL
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE USED HER PAINTS, I HAVE NO NEED TO SAY ANY MORE, BUT FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO HAVE FUN WITHOUT THE HORRID SMELL OF PAINT STRIPPER,PRIMER, VARNISH…….I SAY HAVE A GO, IF YOU DONT LIKE THE COLOUR, YOU JUST PAINT OVER IT, AND OVER THE WAX TOO

ANNIE SLOAN WHERE WERE YOU 30 YEARS AGO, WHEN I WAS STRIPPING FURNITURE THE HARD WAY!!
SORRY IT IS NOT GARDENING, MY FRIENDS, JUST THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT I GET UP TO, OR PERHAPS NOT LOL
THANKS FOR READING……..

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Have not heard of these paints,DD,but what results you have had.......the kitchen will look wonderful in that colour......love the bedside cabinet colour especially.x

23 Feb, 2015

 

Meadowland it is amazing in America she is so well known, yet she hails for Oxford UK, we are so slow here, she has written loads of books too.....

23 Feb, 2015

 

Wow! Certainly am interested Angela! What a fantastic product. Would be a great solution to a tired kitchen. I might do mine as well actually. I've always loved a cream kitchen, but most of the paint finishes available are not very durable. I'll wait until I see yours first...don't forget to take pics! Thanks so much for sharing this!

23 Feb, 2015

 

Dd , well, all looks amazing . What results !
Added to faves for future reference .
Your OH hadn't better stand still too long !

23 Feb, 2015

 

I bought some Annie Sloan tester pots a few months ago, to paint a dressing table stool. it certainly does the business. Years ago I had an old oak cupboard which I wanted to paint white, there was no Annie Sloan then, but there was ESP, Every Surface Primer which worked, but gave off horrendous fumes. Some years later I wanted wood again so painted it to look like wood! Your makeovers are fantastic and look very professional, I'm a bit more slapdash which I prefer to call shabby chic:-) I must try painting furniture fabric, I bet it takes some courage:-)

23 Feb, 2015

 

I love the black and red effect on the chair, Dotty, and what an amazing achievement for your first attempt! You'll be getting us all going now . . . I shall Google this lady and her extraordinary paint - thanks for sharing :)

23 Feb, 2015

 

Wow, that all looks amazing. What wax did you use? I love your mirror, such a lovely shape. I have just decided to revamp my kitchen by changing all the doors, drawer fronts, etc. Now I am wondering..... :)

23 Feb, 2015

 

That's just incredible, you are so talented! I love the chair and the morror too, but its all great.

23 Feb, 2015

 

This looks great. I have been sanding, filling and painting walls this week. I much prefer your endeavours.

23 Feb, 2015

 

What a difference it's made. It looks really nice. You've got me wondering what can try this out on...who would have believed you could use the same stuff on material. Thanks for telling us about this Dd.

23 Feb, 2015

 

HB your very welcome, a little goes a long way, it is not cheap but the end result is very pleasing......
Linda I used to do lots of furniture restoring, but because it was such a laborious job I would get bored half way through and then not finish the project.....
Stera you cannot go wrong, the paint is just so easy to work with thanks for your kind comments
Gee the wax is from the same range of Annie Sloan products, there are two, a white, which I have been using and a dark wax to use over the white which is for heavily carved pieces, to get definition, it goes a very long way, I bought a sample to begin with, but have invested in a large tin for the kitchen.....
Sheila pleased you liked the red chair, my OH was a little dubious to begin with, but now he loves it, he is rather worried I might paint him if I run out of projects.....
BA I detest the smell of paint stripper, so this was the obvious choice, I am in the middle of an old china cabinet at the moment, and a laundry basket......
Driad funny you should say that........
Karen there is a great deal of wood in our kitchen and lots of detail, as it is limed oak, but it is 14 years old and could do with a face lift, will keep you posted......she has written several books and there is lots of information about her products online should you want to see for yourself.....

23 Feb, 2015

 

What amazing results! I hope I can find these paints here - I have so many things that could use a sprucing up.

24 Feb, 2015

 

Lauram you should be able, the America women love her! lots of stuff on YouTube........

24 Feb, 2015

 

Fantastic Dotty but I am still trying to get my head round painting and waxing the fabric! Must have a go before gardening time begins :o)

24 Feb, 2015

 

Which one of the books did you buy Dotty?

24 Feb, 2015

 

Just discovered that a fairly local shop stocks these products and have told my daughter I fancy a trip that way :) I read it up online and was intrigued that the paints can be used outside too - I think some of my shabby pots may get a make over before the summer.

24 Feb, 2015

 

I was thinking the same Gee and there is a shop very close to me :o)

24 Feb, 2015

 

Very nice hobby, I do it sometimes, too. It is very mirror, actually I liked that bronze green colour on it.

24 Feb, 2015

 

You have worked wonders with your new paints and have given so many things in your home a brand new look. A very worthwhile hobby for the winter time.

Your mirror is lovely both before and after!

24 Feb, 2015

 

Annella the library got me a book called Colour recipes for painted furniture, it has a lot of new stuff in, which does not appeal to me very much, I would go for an older book, not her first ones more in the middle, look on Amazon you can usually look inside the book before you purchase....
Gee that is useful, I can see you getting hooked lol
Katarina I am going to paint the glass cabinet in a mix of dark green and graphite......

24 Feb, 2015

 

Thanks Wildrose the beauty of this paint is if after a couple of years you want to change it, you just paint over the old colour wax and all!! no sanding down or paint stripper!!

24 Feb, 2015

 

Wow, thatΒ΄s something! I like your idea of this colour combination. Please, upload it once you finish it.
By the way, in this blog I likes also that small charming table with lamp - how do you call in English those small tables at the bedside?

25 Feb, 2015

 

Very interesting, and well done - great results !
I may try to get some of these paints because I have some things that are in desperate need of a makeover :o)

25 Feb, 2015

 

Good work DD, very attractive makeovers.

25 Feb, 2015

 

Katarina, surprisingly they are just called bedside tables - can't fault it really can you?

25 Feb, 2015

amy
Amy
 

A very interesting Blog Angela I love your results they look so professional something definitely worth knowing , Now what will I be doing next winter ?

25 Feb, 2015

 

Lovely results DD. Well done for your artistic achievements.

26 Feb, 2015

 

I saw one of those designer makeover competitions recently where one of the designers painted and waxed an old armchair until it looked like leather. I couldn't find out what paint she used, could have been this I suppose. My children have been asking what I want for my upcoming birthday and at last, instead of saying (unhelpfully, but truthfully) there's nothing I want, I'm going to ask for Annie Sloans Painted Garden book which is rather expensive, but not too bad between two of them. Now look what you've done:-))

26 Feb, 2015

 

BA I saw the same program, and spent ages looking for information re the paint she used, because we have a similar chair that would lend itself perfectly to being painted, I have to admit the chair looked fabulous when she finished it, didn't it? I found loads of info online mostly American ladies who kept on about Annie Sloan paints, and how to go about painting upholstery, that's why I went for something small to test the water, looking forward to doing the chair now, problem is not sure what colour?
Our youngest daughter is buying me one of her books for my Mother's Day gift, make sure it is the right one, she has written several!! sorry for getting you interested in another expensive hobby.......still, it keeps us off the streets lol:O

26 Feb, 2015

 

Lindak thank you, finished my laundry bin today!!
Amy a great winter hobby, indoors too!! thanks for your kind comments, as soon as I have finished indoors, I shall start on the garden furniture!!
Hywel and Klahanie many thanks,it is great fun!!
Katharina I have started on the cabinet, will need to buy some more paint though, I am using testers at the moment!!

26 Feb, 2015

 

Katarina, the "bedside table" is called in Canada "night table"
Now I will be looking into this paint too when back home.
I am sure there are lots of things that need to be refreshed around the house. Thanks DD for this blog.

26 Feb, 2015

 

Your welcome Klahanie...... keep us posted.

27 Feb, 2015

 

Most interesing blog. Especially as this paint can be used on garden pots, and planters.

28 Feb, 2015

 

I have a concrete staircase. Painted the sides and risers with Turquoise gloss paint, very nice, with stuck on carpet treads.
Now its getting chipped.
I was dreading having to redo it because of the smell of the paint in the confined space.
This seems an ideal solution, especially as it dries quickly.
Will have a look in Wicks.
Thank you DD.

28 Feb, 2015

 

Oh my, you clever girl! I love the end results and shall be showing this blog to my d-in-law as she wants to change the look of a large wood dresser. Thanks for the info. :o)

28 Feb, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Have come back to put it on favourites .... :o)

1 Mar, 2015

 

Snap Amy . . . this blog is definitely worth keeping.

Thanks so much Angela: I'm now looking forward to 'doing' some garden pots!

1 Mar, 2015

 

Shirley perfect for a wood dresser, so pleased you liked the blog....
Dianebulley sorry you will not be able to buy this in Wicks only specialist shops sell it, and eBay.....small tester pots!!
I am going to paint a few garden pots, and some metal furniture....
I have just finished the china cabinet will pop a pic on....

1 Mar, 2015

 

I think I saw Wicks mentioned on a website for it.
Will rummage around anyway to find an outlet.

1 Mar, 2015

 

Please let me know if you do, because I have never seen it sold there......

1 Mar, 2015

 

I'm late reading this D D and am wondering if it will paint over a wardrobe fitment which is mahogany Its too dark for the bedroom here at the new place , but looked just right in Willow Cottage. Where can you buy the tester pots and paint ? Do I have to get it online ?
The work you've done is brilliant .

4 Mar, 2015

 

Rose I have just painted over an old mahogany cabinet, if uncertain a coat of shellac on first will help to cover the paint....if you look at her website you can find your local supplier, if not eBay for tester paints or Annie Sloan products suppliers there are quite a few of them.....have a go, it is great fun.....

5 Mar, 2015

 

Thanks DD ...I will, but not sure if I've the confidence to do it !

6 Mar, 2015

 

Try it on a smaller piece of furniture first!!

6 Mar, 2015

 

Good idea, or even plant pots as suggested by DianeBulley.

7 Mar, 2015

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