Chalk it up....

We all have furniture that we bought some time ago that we have fallen out of love with, or pieces we still love but maybe they've been damaged in some way.  If its anything like my house it will get heavy use and inevitabley have little hands draw all over it or something spilt on it!  This is why I love a makeover! Annie Sloan developed her paint 25 years ago, her chalk paint encourages you to to be experimental and enjoy decorative painting while achieving results that may surprise even the most novice of painters.

Minimal effort, maximum effect

Annie Sloan paint is a paint I go back to over and over again.  I have tried numerous others on the market some of which I have had a little success with but for me Annie Sloan trumps them all!

Annie Sloan developed her revolutionary chalk paint 25 years ago.  It's remarkable versatility and impressive colour range give amazing results for the DIY enthusiast or professional painter.

The Palette is inspired by 18th and 20th century decor and design.  What I love about it is that its super user friendly (for someone like me who is short on patience and has a 'just get it done' attitude) The fact that it requires little preparation in the way of sanding or priming means its a winner in my book! Any surface can be painted from wood to metal.  It can also be easily mixed for a bespoke colour and watered down to create different depths of colour such as whitewashing.  I have used it mainly for revamping old furniture and recently I have been experimenting with painting fabric! More on the fabrics later but for now I wanted to share with you some of the pieces I have around the house that have been revamped and are now loved again!

 This is a custom colour I mixed to tie in with some existing soft furnishings. Its 1/3 pot of English Yellow and a tester pot of Olive.

This is a custom colour I mixed to tie in with some existing soft furnishings. Its 1/3 pot of English Yellow and a tester pot of Olive.

 This is a distressed piece painted in French linen.  Its soon to have a new lease of life injected by the way of another custom colour.  I shall be 'painting it out' which essentially means painting it as near to the wall colour as possible to make anything placed on top really stand out.

This is a distressed piece painted in French linen.  Its soon to have a new lease of life injected by the way of another custom colour.  I shall be 'painting it out' which essentially means painting it as near to the wall colour as possible to make anything placed on top really stand out.

 A pair of side tables commissioned for a client. Painted in graphite and finished in dark wax.

A pair of side tables commissioned for a client. Painted in graphite and finished in dark wax.

What do you think? Painting old furniture is the simplest and most cost effective way of injecting new life into something. Do you have anything lying around that has seen better days crying out 'make me loved again!' have a go and let me know how you get on. Good luck!