Chest of Drawers and a Workshop

This week has been such a busy one, the time has flown by in a whirl of painting, waxing, meeting up with my friends for cakes and wine, oh and going to work!

On Wednesday I went to a fabulous Annie Sloan Chalk Paints workshop at our local stockist, The Palace Darling in Chester. Lucy taught us loads of things about mixing the chalk paints to achieve completely new colours, and I was amazed by some of the results you can achieve.

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Hopefully you’ll be able to see from the photos just how easy it is to mix the colours to achieve new shades. I was particularly impressed by the warm chocolatey colours that were made by mixing Barcelona Orange and Henrietta. Who’d have thought it!

I couldn’t believe how much there was to learn about the colour wheel and complimentary colours. And the best thing about the course was receiving my very own take-home workbook!

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At home, I’ve been busy finishing off my chest of drawers up cycling project. This piece of furniture was left behind when my mum moved house a few years ago; I guess the owners didn’t want it (or couldn’t be bothered to struggle down the stairs with it!)

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It wasn’t in bad condition but it did have a few scratches and dents here and there. But I just thought it was a bit boring (I do like cream colours and neutral décor, but I just think life’s a bit more fun with a splash of colour!)

Here is my finished version:

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I’m really happy with the way this turned out. The colours I used here are Paloma, Duck Egg Blue and Scandinavian Pink mixed with about 2 parts Old White. I did originally plan to paint all four drawers different colours but it started to take on a kaleidoscope-esque look which made me feel faintly dizzy. So I thought best to stick to three colours as a maximum. In fact Annie does advise this – if only I’d known!

 

I also invested in a proper waxing brush this week which is miles easier to use and produces much better results than regular unnatural paintbrushes. (Remember the days when I used to spend money on clothes and make up? I think they have gone!)

I plan to spend my spare time this week with a new project: découpage! I’ve never done this before, so it could be a bit of a risk, but I figured if the worst comes to the worst, I’ll sand it off and start again.

Unfortunately I seem to be coming down with a cold today (Jon had manflu last week so I must have caught it from him. At least the girl’s version isn’t as severe! 😉 ) so I’m off to make a lemsip and while away a few hours on Pinterest (my latest obsession). Wishing you all a very happy week!

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