How To Up-cycle Furniture With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

 In Interiors

September always holds that new term, new year feel for me, although I am many years out of education. There is something exciting and uplifting about the change of seasons that creates a sense of renewed vigor and energy for the months ahead.

Over the summer, my plans to rejuvenate the house that we moved into at the end of last year, came to a slight pause while we explored Provence, and spent many a weekend exploring the fields of Truck, Wilderness and Boomtown. However, now I’m back and raring to get going with PROJECT HOUSE!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

The house that we moved into is a fairly boring generic modern house (the result of living in one of the most expensive cities in the country!), so I am really keen to add our personality to each room.

I find the easiest way to do this is to add quirky and unusual furniture. I love discovering one off pieces at Gilt & Grain in Oxford, but I also love up-cycling furniture to make it unique and unconventional. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is the perfect medium to do this with.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

The paint is designed so you can apply it to almost any surface without preparation so it’s really easy to freshen up tired pieces of furniture in a whole host of wonderful colours.

I have been using this display piece for a couple of years now, initially for the A Rosie Life Christmas Pop Up Shops, but latterly in our dining room as a bar cart. The orange paint looked dated and tired and the piece really needed a face lift.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

For the colours, I chose the soft and delicate Antoinette pink as a highlight, and then created a warm plum tone by mixing Burgundy and Paris Grey in equal parts.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

I started by wiping down the unit just to remove any loose paint and dust before applying the paint. I used masking tape to mark out the areas which I wanted to paint pink, creating two triangles to give some contemporary design to the piece.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

Starting at the bottom, I applied my newly created plum colour, working it into detailed relief area and edging around the storage area.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

Filling in the storage space and the marked out triangles with the pink paint, I left it to dry before moving onto the next stage, silver leaf!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

Onto preparing the barley twist spindles for the silver leaf. To do this I applied Annie Sloan Gold Seize to these sections, and left it to dry for 15 minutes so the surface is tacky.

I applied 3 or 4 sheets of silver leaf to each twist to maximise the coverage. It was a tricky section to work with so it took some time to get full coverage and the finished effect I was looking for, but I think it works really well with the colour pallet and creates a really unique piece.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

To finish, I rubbed down the silver leaf with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess and used Chalk Paint® Wax-Clear to seal and protect the paint, and bring out the depth of the colours.

If you’re keen to get creative with paint, the Annie Sloan MixMat™ is a great tool for creating new colours, and experimenting!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

I really enjoyed this project, and I’m looking forward to up-cycling some more pieces for our home with Chalk Paint®.

Thank you so much to Annie Sloan for gifting me these awesome paints!

Love, Rosie xxx

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY
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