Remember that over emotional post about our home? And how I’m planning on giving it some TLC this year? (It’s here in case you missed it: Home Sweet Home.) Well, I’ve done what any sane person would do and jumped right in with a plan to paint everything in sight, ha! So, a few weeks ago, off I went to an Annie Sloan painting workshop at OG Home in Stourbridge.
I spend hours gazing over Pinterest images and hatching plans and making lists but when it comes to the actual prep, sanding and all of that business, I’m not so keen. I’m more a slap the paint on and see kind of girl, so Annie “sticks-to-anything” Sloan Chalk Paint appeals to me very much. Not to mention the beautiful finish and delicious colours.
The day began with coffee and a chat about the paint, it’s history and the ins and outs of using it. You can paint almost any surface with the chalk paint, including, get this, fabric. I KNOW! We all shared why we were there and our plans for our new found skills after the end of the class. I loved hearing what everyone else would be painting at home and of course, the inspiration added more things to my “must be painted urgently” list.
We spent the morning learning four different Annie Sloan Chalk Paint techniques, including using dark wax and light wax, crackling the paint (not as 80s as it sounds, I promise) and a wash effect.
We tripped off for lunch together to a nearby café, chattering and hatching painting plans. There’s some instant bond that comes of being newbies together. One of the things I always enjoy about days like this, is spending it with people who share an interest and are ever so slightly over excited to be learning about it.
When we returned, we put our new found skills to use, painting and aging our own mirror to take home. This was a chance to get creative and see what the paint can do for a modern piece of furniture with no character of its own. I loved getting stuck in and being brave with the waxes and sandpaper to add some stories and history to the mirror.
We finished the day clutching our mirrors and eager to stock up on the much loved Annie Sloan paints. Mr TT is now a bit worried that if he sits still for too long, he’ll end up painted too..
This class took place at OG Home in the Midlands and you can see more dates here: Annie Sloan Workshops. It cost £75 and I’d thoroughly recommend it. Although you can read thousands of tutorials online for the paint, to be able to go and ask questions of the experts (and have a super relaxing and enjoyable day) was money well spent for me.
Have you ever tried Annie Sloan? What’s your favourite shade and what shall I paint first?!
PS I wasn’t invited along to review the workshop, it was a gift from my husband and I’m just writing about it because I loved it.