June 8th, 2012
Last year I built a website for Cait and Gibson of Carte Blanche – Scotland’s foremost decorative painting team. They introduced me to Annie Sloan paints and I’ve been dying to try them out, but just never had any furniture to renovate or indeed the time either. However we recently decided that our coffee table in the living room could do with a lick of paint on it’s legs, as could a new cabinet Colin had bought me for my record player. So I ordered a tin of ‘Country Grey’ as that would go nicely with the colour we’d chosen for the living room feature wall – Ultramarine Ashes from Fired Earth.
The amazing thing about Annie Sloan paints, is that you don’t need to prep the surface you want to pain in any way – there’s not need to sand or strip exisiting paint or varnish off. You simply get on with painting and dont’ worry about what was underneath. I found this hard to believe so I had to give it a go.
As well as the paint I ordered a tin of clear wax, as apparently you paint a couple of layers of the paint and then cover this with clear wax and then sand… not exactly sure of the method so I need to look up the details before I start. As a tester, I thought I’d try the paint and wax out on a small job first and remembered I had these small letterpress cabinets that I bought on eBay to house some of my button collections…
They would look great painted. I just had to clean them up a little and take off all the old labels etc. I started on this last week and put one coat of paint on one of the cabinets and drawers, but not had a chance to carry on with it and get it finished. I will try and get at least one cabinet finished by the end of the weekend and post up some images for you to look at. The colour is great and goes really well with the bright green feature wall in my studio.
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