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My dad found this cupboard for me. It has been sitting in my hallway for several months and to begin with Vegas, the cat was not happy with it. He kept sidling up to it and arching his back in a menacing way.
Often when I see a piece of furniture, I can visualise exactly what I want to do with it, but for some reason, this one had me stumped. Sometimes you just have to be patient until inspiration hits. The funny thing is that now, when I look at the finished piece, it seems obvious that this is exactly how it should have been re-invented.
To begin with, I painted two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and then set to work stencilling the pattern using Old White. I used two of my new stencils, starting with the Neemrana Border Stencil around the doors and the top and then the Agra Stencil to create the pattern on the door panels. After applying two coats of clear wax I sanded the corners and hardware very gently using a fine grade sandpaper. I have to be honest, I am pretty pleased with this one!
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Posted in Annie Sloan, Stencils, the shop
Tagged Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Country Grey, decorated furniture, diy, etsy, graphite, interiors, Pattern, re-invented, reloved, reused, stencil designs, upcycling
I bought this very unloved little piece of furniture a couple of weeks ago from a local shop which I sometimes pop into. I paid for it, but didn’t have my car with me at the time, so promised to collect it in the morning. A week later I popped into the shop again and saw the drawers in the corner of the shop with a big SOLD sign on it. Damn I thought, missed it. Slowly (not even suddenly) I remembered that it was sold to me! If I hadn’t gone back into the shop I honestly don’t think I would ever have remembered it.
When you are setting up a small business as many of you will know, your head is absolutely stuffed with things to do. When you are a sold trader like me, there isn’t anybody to delegate anything to and so you are juggling everything from orders and postage, to accounts and admin. Then of course there is the problem of trying to find time to be creative and actually do the thing you love doing most, the thing which inspired you to set up the business in the first place. In my case, painting furniture and designing my stencils. That is why you have to absolutely love what you are doing when you decide to set up a small business. I have just had my first Saturday off since October, I am exhausted, but I have loved every minute of it so far.
With regard to the little drawers, I think that my brain just said sorry, no room in here for anything else. Lets just spit out that bit of information about an unloved piece of furniture! It was a kind of neurological ENOUGH ALREADY!
Anyway, I’m really glad I found it again as I think it is now looking very loved. I have painted it using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen with a mix of French Linen and Old White on the drawers. I added my Kota Stencil in Old White and then for a cheeky little surprise I painted the interior of the drawers in Provence, such a gorgeous colour. New ceramic handles and here it is, reinvented, reloved and hopefully soon to be reused.
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I ran an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint class on Saturday morning in the workshop above the shop. The class was full and the women were lovely (I never have any men attending!) They arrived at 10:00am and we worked our way through the basic paint techniques, working on wooden boards for the duration of the morning.
The workshop had gone really well and to be honest, I had thoroughly enjoyed it myself. I love teaching, I love passing on information and I love meeting new people and finding out a little about their lives.
Towards the end of the workshop I suggested that the women spend some time experimenting with the paints. I stood back a little and let them get on with it, answering questions and opening tins of paint. It was fantastic to see their enthusiasm as they mixed and blended colours, making notes and generally getting excited. It struck me that what I really like about teaching is the bit after you have done your job, when you see what people do with the information you have given them.
Here are some photos.
Post have been very thin on the ground recently because I have been so busy getting the shop off the ground, but rest assured, service will resume as normal in the new year.
In the mean time, I just wanted to share with you that after my many posts on how to re-invent furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I am now an official stockist. I am going to be running official Annie Sloan workshops in the room upstairs in the shop in Pinner (the January one is already fully booked). I have lots of exciting things planned, so watch this space.