I’ve never painted any sort of furniture or even helped with a wall, shameful I know at my age, but somewhere in the back of my mind (or maybe it was in my blood!), I quite fancied being one of those people who spruces up tired furniture and makes it look all quirky, perhaps one day even selling pieces and making some cash for it!
I knew I needed to start with something fairly easy. My parents, who are quite handy creatively, had read about Annie Sloan chalk paint. It sounded amazing – no sanding, no primer, no vanish. Adheres to any surface and it doesn’t have toxins or even paint oder.
I then watched youtube clips of woman (yes it is marketed as a ‘womans paint’, because its easy I guess) painting away saying how magical this paint was. Hand me a paint brush woman!
Wondering what to paint, I stumbled across this toddlers chair in a second hand shop for £20. Just what Ferne needed!
I chose ‘English yellow’ in the Annie Sloan range. Online it looks like murky English mustard, (I guess it might depend on your computer screen) but when I checked it out in the shop I found it was pretty much what I wanted as I was after something bold and bright to go in our kitchen. The helpful shop lady assured me the paint goes a long way and said a tester pot for £5.95 would be more than enough for a toddler chair. I also got the Annie Sloan soft wax for £7.95 that is the consistency of margarine and could be applied after painting with a dry cloth. I didn’t buy the expensive Annie Sloan brushes and just went to a hardware shop and bought a few for a couple of pounds. The helpful shop lady also informed me of courses they run for Annie Sloan painting. In my head I scoffed, thinking who needs a course, I know exactly what I’m doing, I have youtube for gods sake. But I politely told her I was just keen to get started right away. Which was the true also, just without scoffing.
Yes, I could not wait to get started. In the shed we go. I slapped my first coat on while Ferne happily played on her bike nearby. After a while she came up and wanted to ‘help’. I was prepared, I had bought her kids yellow paint and set up a big cardboard nearby for her to paint. That lasted all of 30 seconds before she wanted to paint the chair with me. Hmmm, not wanting to deter her from anything creative, I reluctantly gave her a brush and let her dip it in my little tester pot.
I have to say my painting wasn’t much better than hers. Painting is hard! 3 coats laters, at the end of my tester pot, I was hoping it would be this bold smooth yellow but was so patchy! I’m sure thats why so many people go for that shabby chic rustic kinda look, because I seem to have got that without even trying. I like smooth smooth smooth bold bold bold!
So ok, am I missing something? Did I have the wrong brushes? Are walls this hard too? Am I just too impatient to do a proper job? I was wondering if I had of given this challenge to my perfectionist husband whether it might have been a different result.
I’m still going to put this in my kitchen (and pretend its supposed to be like that) and I will not give up on furniture painting just yet, perhaps I could attempt a mirror frame next. But I am by no means anywhere close to setting up shop for revamped furniture. Maybe I will check out that course after all… [blush].