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Upcycling home accessories: chalk paint

(June 01, 2015)

Upcycling accessories for your home:
Annie Sloane Chalk Paint


Chalk paint - tester


Chalk paint has become the 'paint of choice' for crafters and refurbishers of late. And, as I like paint with a matt texture (and feel), I decided to treat myself to a tester pot for some small projects at home, before committing myself to a larger pot ... and larger projects.

On a recent trip to the delightful Carmarthenshire market town of Llandelio, we visited one of its newest editions, 'The Little Welsh Dresser', which sells a beautiful, extensive range of hand crafted items, Welsh pottery mugs, upcycled furniture and Annie Slone Chalk Paint.

I bought a small pot of 'Vintage Violet' paint, as I wanted to change the appearance of a photoframe and old wooden box. Speaking with the server, who was pleasant, helpful and knowledgable, I was informed that this would be more than sufficient "as chalk paint goes a long way", which was good, as the 'tester' pot cost £5.95. Still, after completing my projects, a considerable amount of paint was left over. So it actually works out as quite a bargain!

It was also explained to me that surfaces did not need to be pre-prepared and that the paint would dry quickly (both statements were, again, correct), which fits in perfectly with my desire to start craft projects immediately I decide to undertake them (patience is not one of my virtues!).

My first project was to upcycle a wooden box, which I believe I purchased from TK Maxx many years ago. I had become bored with its cream (and now distressed) paint effect, and wanted something more modern. Painting the box could not have been easier and, the swift drying time meant the second coat could be applied in less than an hour.

I decided not to apply any wax as I loved the matt effect, which, leaving it painted only, achieved the look I was after. To protect the paintwork (for instance if using on a chair or something that will have a lot of wear and tear), Annie Sloane also has a range of waxes etc, which typically, are displayed alongside the paint itself.


Project #1: small wooden box
 Project #1: small wooden box (before)
Project #1: small wooden box - completed Project #1: small wooden box - completed
Project #1: small
wooden box - after

My second project was to update a white plaster moulded M&S photo-frame, which I bought a few years ago. Again, painting it could not be easier. The paint was easy to use and achieved a lovely rich colour, and a beautiful matt effect – exactly what I was after.


Project #2: plaster photo frame Project #2: plaster photo frame - completed
Project #2: plaster photo frame (before)

I still had over half of the tester pot left after these two projects, so decided to paint a plain white box frame bought from Ikea. Again achieving a result and finish I am really pleased with.

Claire Meredith, June 2015

The Little Welsh Dresser
64 Rhosmaen Street
SA19 6EN

Llandeilo, December 2013, by Claire Meredith

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