Interview with Annie Sloan – Queen of Chalk Paint

DAB: Can you name a few of your favourite applications using Chalk Paint?

AS: Of course it changes all the time, but at the moment I am working on a new piece for my office. It’s a Modern Retro piece from the 1940s. I have painted it with a very smooth, flat finish in a variety of block colours. I think people are surprised that you can achieve a smooth finish with Chalk Paint™, but you can! Years ago, I painted an old desk of mine in a custom mix of Old Violet and Emperors Silk. I created a textured and crackled finish, and finished it with dark wax. It looks very rich. I also love using a traditional technique called ‘frottage’ – you can do this with Chalk Paint, all you need is water to dilute the paint and some newspaper. I have some old doors in my home in France where I’ve used this technique and they look wonderful.

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Courtesy: Creating the French Look by Annie Sloan – CICO Books, Photographer: Christopher Drake

 

DAB: Thanks to you, people can breathe new life into old furniture. Is there a person who has taken your paint and transformed a piece of furniture in a way you didn’t expect?

AS: I saw so many people doing wonderful things with Chalk Paint™ that I decided to develop my ‘Painters in Residence’ program. It’s a wonderful way to work with creative people who can test my paint to its very limits and create inspirational projects. I’ve already worked with a portrait artist who lives in an elegantly converted schoolhouse in France, a mom-of-three who works out of her home in rural Australia, and a British stylist who has an amazing way of making clashing colours work.

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Painterly Bathroom, Courtesy Alex Russell Flint, Annie Sloan Painter in Residence

 

DAB: Selecting paint colours can be a daunting experience. What is your go-to colour combination?

AS: I don’t think it’s possible to have a go-to colour. I always think that every space, wall or piece of furniture deserves its own colour. There are a lot of colours in my range that, in small doses, can work as neutrals – Duck Egg Blue, Louie Blue, Old Violet, Aubusson and Olive, to name a few.

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Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan comes in quart cans (946ml), priced at approximately $45.00 CND; and in 4 oz. (100ml) sample pots, priced at approximately $13.99 CDN (regional price variations and shipping charges apply.

Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan is sold through 35 Annie Sloan stockists across Canada and is also available online.

For more information, visit: www.anniesloan.com

Flatout Fab – DIY Table

With the perfect blend of matte and metallic, DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci transforms a dated table. Va va voom.

MATERIALS REQUIRED
Sandpaper – Medium grade
Furniture piece
Spray paint – metallic
Paint brush
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®
Annie Sloan Clear Wax
Annie Sloan Dark Wax
Soft cloth
Large bristle brush
Short bristle brush

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PREP & SPRAY
Lightly sand an existing piece of furniture. Spray one coat of a metallic paint and let it dry for 24 hours.

Before

ANNIE SLOAN IT
Apply a coat of Chalk Paint® on the table but apply less in certain areas where you want the metallic colour to shine through. This project is shown in Paris Grey.

CRACKLE IT
Once the first coat is dry, apply a second, thicker coat of paint and use a blow dryer on the highest setting to blow hot air on the wet paint to create a subtle crackle finish.

WAX ON, WAX OFF
When the second coat of paint is completely dry, apply a thin layer of clear wax with a large bristle brush, and wipe off excess wax with a soft cloth. Apply the dark wax with a smaller bristle brush into the cracks and anywhere you wish to add an aged patina look. Wipe off any excess dark wax with a cloth.

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Dabble Savvy: Paint the interior drawers in a vivid colour like hot pink.

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DIY Guy: Shimmy Shimmy Bang

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“Bang for your buck?” asks DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci. Paint, stain and inexpensive wood shims render a plain wall into a mosaic masterpiece.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

– Nelson Pro-Line 8″ Cedar Wood Shims (14 shims / package)
– LePage No More Nails adhesive glue
– Gator fine or medium coarse sanding sponges
– Paintbrush
– Foam paint brush
– Paint (see Nicholas’ selections on opposite page)

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OPTIONAL:

– 3/4” 8’ x 4’ plywood sheets

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. SMOOTH AWAY
Sand rough edges of the shims for a smooth finish and to help the stain penetrate more effectively into the wood.

2. TRUE COLOURS
Determine a pleasing colour pattern and set aside enough shims for each paint colour and/or stain to complete the design.

3. PAINT OR STAIN
Using a paintbrush, paint the front and sides of each shim and let dry. Using a foam brush, apply the dark stain to the front and sides of one quarter of the shims. Rub off excess stain using a paper towel and let dry.

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4. QUICK FIX
Starting at the top row, glue the shims horizontally onto the wall in the colour pattern of your choice, making sure the shims point in the same direction. For the second row from the top, point the shims in the opposite direction and alternate this way all the way down.

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5. MADE TO MEASURE
Cut the ends of the last shim, to ensure the shims fit onto the wall perfectly if required.

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Tip: Glue shims onto plywood sheets and fasten to the wall for a temporary or reusable wall
feature.

Nicholas’ Paint Colour Picks:
Saman Dark Oak Stain #112 8 oz.
Benjamin Moore 2056-50 Baby Boy Blue Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore 2052-60 China Blue Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore CC460 Inukshuk Flat paint – 1 quart
Benjamin Moore 2122-70 Snow White flat paint – 1 quart

 

Cutout Map DIY

Map of Paris

Cut Out Map of Paris

MATERIALS REQUIRED
White paper
Tape
Self healing cutting mat
Exacto knife (and extra blades)
Metal ruler
Poster paper – black
Spray adhesive

GOOGLE MAPS
Find and print a map of your favourite city. Enlarge it on a photocopy machine to create a pleasing scale.

PAPER CUT
Place your map on top of a large white sheet of paper and tape together and then tape both pieces securely to cutting mat (so papers don’t shift). Using an Exacto knife and a metal ruler as a guide, carefully cut through both sheets of paper removing only the buildings and landmarks and leaving the streets uncut. The streets will remain intact, attached to the white paper.

CITY CENTER
Once all cuts are complete, remove the tape and carefully separate the photocopy from the white paper. Place the cutout underlay on top of a black or colourful piece of paper and affix in place with a spray adhesive.

INFRASTRUCTURE
Protect your art by framing it behind glass.

From Issue 17 – JulAug 2014

Chatelaine Day on Cityline

Dabble Cityline

Set provided by West Elm

Want an inexpensive way to update the art in your home? Why not try some DIY projects?

Kimberley Seldon shows us three easy projects, including using Washi tape as a frame, a clever way to use wallpaper scraps and a stunning framed butterfly piece with supplies bought from the dollar store!

See how you can re-create these projects at home.

Don’t miss Chatelaine Day on Cityline: Tuesday, May 20th.

Bar Cart DIY

A retro Salton Hot Table is rescued from oblivion—returned to a life of purposeful, colourful service.

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MATERIALS REQUIRED
Serving or bar cart (aka, a good find)
2 Colours of Spray Paint – Outdoor/Indoor – Krylon – gloss
Mod Podge
Paint Brush
Wrapping Paper

CURBSIDE CLASSIC
Always pay attention to the road ahead, but keep an eye on the curb for treasures that may be abandoned.

OLD TO GOLD
Using metallic gold Krylon spray paint, evenly coat all exposed metal parts, including the wheels and black rubber tires. Paint the rest of the cart in a contrasting colour.

MOD REVIVAL
Mod Podge is a gift to DIY’ers who long to turn objects into decoupage treasures. Select a decorative wrapping paper and cut to fit the required areas. Use a paintbrush to coat the bottom of the tray and place wrapping paper on its surface. Smooth out any bubbles with your hands and apply another coat of the Mod Podge over wrapping paper to seal the surface. Let dry overnight.

Dabble Savvy: Poke holes in air bubbles with a needle, smooth with a paintbrush.

From Issue 15 – May 2014 

Bottle Service – Transforming an Old Bar Cart

Spring has sprung and so have yard sales, or as I like to call it, “Stop the car” season! Keep your eyes peeled for treasures because you never know what you will find on the side of the curb and at an early morning garage sale.

While driving through my neighborhood,  I spotted a bar cart at the side of the road. To my satisfaction, it was a retro Salton Hot Table – a popular item in the 60s and 70s for keeping plates hot. The cart was in amazing shape and I was thrilled someone threw it away.

Before

I instantly envisioned a colourful bar cart for serving refreshing summer cocktails during dinner parties. The hot table component was easily removed by cutting the electrical cord and removing four mounting screws from the wood support on the sides.

Once removed, I measured the opening and got a new piece of wood cut at a big box store to fit the inside bottom and reused the middle wood bracket for maximum support. The wood areas were painted lime green and the metal hardware was painted gold. I cut a piece of lime green faux snakeskin wrapping paper to fit the bottom of the trays using Modge Podge to secure and protect the paper.

After

Read the step-by-step instructions in the May 2014 issue of Dabble.

Try this at home

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We love how eclectic gallery walls can share a collection and tell a story. Why not Dabble in a little art direction of your own?

Curate your gallery wall with photos and keepsakes that are associated by theme – vacation/beach images, by style – black and white photography, or by virtue of the joy each image brings.

Keep in mind it costs only a few hundred dollars to have the gallery professionally hung.  An investment that can save your walls from errant holes!

 

Frosted Flakes DIY

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Snowflakes, gemstones and ribbon enhance a gift as well as the look of your Christmas tree. DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci dazzles us with inexpensive dollar store finds.


Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Frosted Flakes’ in Issue 11 of Dabble

Five Holiday DIYs

These easy decor projects from Kimberley Seldon will add warmth and sparkle to your home.

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on November 19, 2013.

DIY Clock

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on November, 2012.

Pumpkin Patch DIY

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Cast a spell on Halloween with these devilishly-dyed doily-covered pumpkins. The eerie display is — to die for.

Follow the DIY Guy’s 5 easy steps to create your own earily beautiful entrance this holiday season.

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Pumpkin Patch’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.