Right, here goes....
This is the first of hopefully many blogs on our website, we will be talking to you about Annie Sloan products, up-cycling unwanted items, revamping old vintage furniture and anything else we can think of along the way.
Firstly i'd like to tell you a little about myself and my partner Simon, so you get an idea about how we have got to where we are today!
Growing up i'd always had a passion for interior design, creating and art, but for some reason or another i just never got around to doing the courses or college. I've always loved to draw, design and I'm sure simon would agree, make things look pretty lol, so here i am ....quite a few years later ;-), doing a job I completely love, what more could a girl want?! Simon on the other hand can't draw stick men and never had a passion for art or crafts until he starting painting with Annie Sloan products, the rest is history and to be honest he's probably better at it than me although i don't like to admit that to him too often.
It all started about 6 years ago now with a little side table bought from a Facebook 'For sale' site. We have a love for vintage, shabby and industrial style furniture but it didn't fit into our modern house, so we decided to have a go at painting something old and tatty to make it fit in our modern home in a style we wanted.........Enter Annie Sloan Products!!!
Oh how Annie Sloan has changed our lives!!!
Here's our first ever project and how we achieved the look.
Firstly, with Annie Sloan products you need to do very little preparation, providing your furniture is not stained with ink or with oily substances, you just need to make sure it's good and clean. Buy your paint, wax and brushes (from our shop in Wantage of course;)) and prepare the area where you will be painting. This can be inside or out as the paint is water based and non toxic, you may want to open a window when waxing but the minimal smell goes in a short while, open the paint and give it a really good stir with our stirrers ;-) and paint on your first coat trying to cover every area of the furniture, leave to dry (this can be between half an hour to a couple of depending on temp of the room, 10 mins if a tiny item in a warm room). Once completely dry check if you are happy with the coverage or you'd like to do a second coat, when dark colours are used one coat is sometimes enough, lighter colours tend to be 2 coats and for a solid finish touch up with a third. For this project i used 3 coats as i went for 'Pure' white. Once my table was completely covered i sanded off any drips, if any at all and lightly distressed the edges with fine grit sandpaper (120 grit advised) then hoovered it off ready to wax. When waxing I usually wear gloves but you don't need to I just don't like the feel of it on my hands lol, then apply to the furniture a little at a time with a wax brush (again you can buy these in our Wantage shop), a sponge or a lint free rag. Rub the wax in thoroughly but don't add too much or it wont dry and leave you with a tacky surface, you can always go over it again with a second thin layer if its patchy when dry. once finished leave the item to dry for a minimum of 4 hours before you place anything on it and remember to always use coasters when you can as it will mark the same as natural wood and quite frankly any other furniture would, if not looked after!! And there you have it the finished article, nothing fancy or technical, just a simple little table and it only took 3 hours including drying time...........ta da!!
Our first ever project...