Like many others, I have an eclectic side. I like to mix old & new, vintage with modern high street, IKEA (yes .....) with Royal Worcester to make my home my own!
I confess that I am not afraid to get out the paint to change & modernise items so that they fit in with what we already have at home.
These are some of my painting efforts:
When I bought this original Lloyd loom chair for my bedroom, it was a vile, dated dusty pink colour so I used Farrow & Ball paint to freshen it up but I found that without lots of prep of the surfaces, the results were disappointing & the paints took a long time to dry & had strong smells.
A pink Lloyd Loom chair refurbished with Farrow & Ball cream paint
ikea-hacks - a dark dated chest of drawers, 2 vintage headboards & an Ikea pine cupboard were all repainted for our spare bedroom. They are all various ages yet once updated they sit comfortably together to create a calm environment.
Some time back, I had been seeing lots of reports of Annie Sloan chalk paint on various blogs & it seemed like a dream - no prep necessary & it covers all surfaces - that sounded too good to be true. However, it took sometime to find a local stockist in Shropshire but once one opened in Shrewsbury, it unlocked a new world.
I bought my first tin of Annie Sloan & read up on the technique needed but I remained sceptical about the hype - my desk was my first effort.
my-space - my vintage ladies desk where I do my writing ...
a-very-elegant-graphite-mirror was our next project with my daughter for her bedroom
However, the teacher in me always wants to know more - to try the more difficult finishes that give the 'French looking' results I want so I have become impatient with my efforts ...
As luck would have it, some facebook networking revealed a new, local supplier at maws craft centre - the stunning Belle Maison Vintage shop BelleMaisonVintage on facebook. Her work is simply stunning - really inspirational painting & techniques so I knew I had to visit.
She is confident in all the techniques she uses & will be offering lessons in Annie Sloan painting soon. I will be there ....
In the meantime, I am enjoying another new-bust I found at her shop
It goes perfectly with my current lovely lady - what do you think?
So I am hoping to perfect some new techniques so that I can progress to the finishes I want which appeals to my creative side. I know in the meantime I will be sourcing some things I want to paint.
Are you a painter? Do you customise things? Please share a link to your projects!
Thanks for stopping by, always pleased to welcome you to my blog & home!