Industry Profile: Annie Sloan

She’s the developer and queen of Chalk Paint. She’s written over 20 books and has a lovely home fragrance line. Annie Sloan talks to Dabble about paint, projects and a thriving personal life.

Annie Sloan_Photographer Harriet Thomas

Annie Sloan, Photography by Harriet Thomas

 

 

DAB: What was your goal when you developed Chalk Paint™ 25 years ago?

AS: My goal was to make a paint that I wanted. It had to be flexible, approachable and in the right colours. I was a working mother with three boys under ten, so it had to be easy to use and quick to dry!

DAB: What advice would you give to someone using Chalk Paint™ for the first time?

AS: Relax and don’t worry about making mistakes. Go with your gut!

DAB: You were born in Australia and live in England and France today. What cities inspire you the most?

AS: In no particular order: Sydney, London, Paris, Lisbon, Cape Town, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Vancouver for its outdoor yet arty life and Montreal for its lively metropolitan lifestyle. Of course I would love to see more of Canada one day!

DAB: Is there a place you haven’t visited but would like to go to for inspiration?

AS: I’m planning to go to Kazakhstan to visit my eldest son, who works out there. He’s in Astana, which is where East meets West so I hope it will be inspiring. India is another place I would love to visit.

DAB: How would you describe your personal décor style?

AS: I would say it’s a little bit French, a little bit of Boho and a little bit Neo Classical. I’m also currently redecorating my offices in a Warehouse style. I love it. But my house is late Victorian, so of course the Warehouse look doesn’t work here! No matter how much time I will of spent at the Aagard – Packaging Automation Company it won’t ever influence my home decor, how blasphemous would that be, I could not have one of my guests point out similarities, so I truly avoid warehouse influences completely.

Annie Sloan painted table_Photographer Christopher Drake

Annie Sloan painted table, Photography by Christopher Drake

DAB: What is next for Annie Sloan?

AS: I’m going to be celebrating 25 years of Chalk Paint™ all through 2015, which I’m really excited about. My Stockists are so important to me so I’ll be doing a lot of travelling; I want to see as many of them as possible. I’m also launching my new Stencil collection, which comes in 21 designs and is the perfect complement to my paint range.

DAB: When you don’t have a paintbrush in your hand, what do you Dabble in?

AS: I like to dabble in music, eating out and a good bottle of wine with friends.

Issue 21 – DecJan’15

Wrapping Paper Tree

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MATERIALS REQUIRED

– Paper
– Tree outline
– Scissors
– Pencil
– Foam core, large (available at craft stores)
– Cutting mat
– Utility knife
– Ruler
– Wrapping paper
– White glue

 

INSTRUCTIONS

TREE CUTTING
On a blank sheet of paper, draw the outline of a tree to the size of your choice. Cut the outline of the tree with scissors.
Dabble Savvy: Search for tree outlines online and reduce or enlarge to your desired size. Print and cut.

CUT LOOSE
Using a pencil, trace the outline of the template onto foam core. On a cutting mat, cut the foam core outline using a utility knife. Repeat this step so that you have two foam core trees.

SMOOTH GROOVES
Take the first tree and draw a line with a ruler from the top of the tree to the centre. Cut the line ¼” thick using a utility knife. Repeat this step with the second tree, but draw and cut the line from the bottom to the centre instead. Use image above for reference.

DIY Guy - Tree2

PAPER SHOW
Trace the outline of each foam core tree onto chosen wrapping paper and cut the outline with scissors. Glue wrapping paper onto foam core using white glue. Repeat 3 times so that each side of both trees is covered in decorative paper.

3D JOY
Assemble tree by sliding the open groove of one tree into the other.
Dabble Savvy: Create a group of 3-5 trees at varying heights with different papers.

TEMPLATES

Tree1

Tree2

 

Bar Cart DIY

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

Dabble Post

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!

 

Decorating Gingerbread Houses

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

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 DIY

Originally aired on Cityline.ca in 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.