Hi there, i have decided to do some before and after pics for you today! I think we all love before and after pictures, the best form of inspiration and i`m having a lazy day today!
I had a very busy weekend and unfortunately had to leave my georgous family for a couple of days to get some work done in London, I hate spending a night away from them- I think when you are a mum you feel like you`re leaving the best part of your heart behind with all the people you love the most!
I also managed to hurt myself....I really should know better...i`m not sure if its growing up with an older brother -but If you dare me to do something it becomes a matter of family honour!!!! I managed to misjudge jumping a fence and now have a black swollen leg, scratched elbows and a cut painting hand!!! It was an embarrassingly low fence too (if you are imaginig something rather more impressive!) So note to self...you are not athletic and really should know better... so no `comando rolls` or fence jumping in the future!!!
I am putting on some before and after pictures of past renovations with Annie sloan chalk paint. I am also going to put down some of my thoughts on colours I use often (not necessarily in order with the pics!)as I have had quite a few questions about them recently-they are just my opinions and so do bear that in mind, if you want to know more about the chalk paint do go to annies website (anniesloan.com).
I haven`t used all of the colour range yet ( I believe there are 30 and counting so far and will get through them eventually!) the number of shades you can get out of each individual colour is amazing! They can also be mixed to create new colours which i need to try more of- the inspiration from the stockists pictures is great to see what can be achieved! I particularly love the shades you can make with the `duck egg` mixed with old white, it can become such a delicate colour!
The paris grey is a fantastic colour and I think a huge favourite with lots of renovators! Grey is so hot at the moment(apparently!)
and it is suprisingly hard to find a really good grey for furniture, but this one `paris grey`is just so soft and perfect and excuse me for repeating myself but it covers so well, often 1 coat!
The `antoinette` chalk paint (pink) is an amazing colour. I`m not a huge pink fan, but this one is soft and pretty and not too sweet,its like a `grown up` pink and I think Antoinette herself would certainly have approved of it!!
`Old ochre` is georgous and has a buttery richness to it when left plain but when dark waxed it can be made to look ancient and is just a great colour to play around with, or as a great `accent` colour to some of the other colours!
`Old White` is just a fantastic `staple` white. I use it on its own all the time as white is so fresh, easy to live with and also very popular with my clients.
Its a great white and when it is clear waxed it tones down to a slightly more `aged `looking white, that is still bright but not too bright for antique and vintage pieces- which wouldnt suit a `brilliant white`! It can be `aged` really dramatically with dark wax which is endless fun on ornate details, and you will impress yourself with the results you can get! It also mixes really well to get different tones out of all the other colours!
`French Linen ` is just a lovely colour! It just feels like it belongs in farmhouses and beautiful barn conversions (very country chic) and the texture is really silky to paint with. The colours all seem to have slightly different textures and this one has a velvet oilyness when it goes on and is a favourite of my husband who likes to call me in when he paints really shiny surfaces to show me `how well its covering`!!!
I have plans for some more new colours to try soon! the `graphite` is fantastic and great fun for turning anything you can think of into a `chalkboard` my kids love it!!!
While I was away over the weekend my husband let the kids paint one of my sideboards, and i have to say they did a great job!!! The paint is water based and washes out(always a bonus) and I do think it is more gentle on the skin which is great when letting the kids use it (put dust sheets down first!!) and it doesnt effect my ezcema like other paints i have used in the past for which I will always be grateful!
Anyway, its time to cook some dinner for tonight, I promise to be careful in the kitchens and wont jump off any worktops!!!XFiFi