Friday, 13 May 2011

TFI Friday !

Managed to get away early from work today and dropped by Tesco to get some goodies in for the weekend. It's been a long week, but while browsing eBay for furniture to do up after dinner I got "best offer" on the white chest of drawers and sold for £55 :-) being picked up on Sunday

Nearly finished the black table and hoping to list over the weekend, and popping up to see a friend from work on Sunday who has some furniture she would like me to "shabby chic" for her. She was going to have a go herself but is 7 months pregnant and in the middle of having an extension bulit, so up to her eyes!!

I have a pine bureau, and 3 garden chairs waiting in the wings too, and I have ordered in plenty of Annie Sloan paint as it's not easy to get hold of round here. There is a supplier in Scotland I can collect from when I am up for family visits. Think it would be a good idea to tell you a bit more about this paint as I think it's brill!

Chalk Paint is a unique paint in 24 decorative and historical colours made specifically for painting furniture, painting floors, painting 'blackboards' and for giving walls a completely matt velvety finish.
Old White
Country Grey
Paris Grey
Old Ochre
Emperor's Silk
Scandinavian Pink
Primer Red
Old Violet
Duck Egg Blue
Antibes Green
Louis Blue
Aubusson Blue
Ch√Ęteau Grey
Greek Blue

This is THE paint to use for the painted French and Swedish look on furniture where the paintwork shows a patina of history. The paint is soft and easy to patinate taking wax to give it a beautiful mellow and protective finish. The colours have been inspired by European 18th century furniture and have been made bright and rich, bearing in mind that they will be darkened with wax. Like all annieSLOAN paints none of the colours except Graphite contain black pigment, allowing for combining colours, further mixing and layering without the paint dulling.

For Floors - use a roller to paint the floor. You may need one or two coats depending on the colour of the wood or concrete and the colour of the paint. Light colours will need more coats generally. Varnish with Hannant's Extra Strong varnish.
For a Blackboard that's not black! - apply three coats of paint to wall or wood. Allow to dry overnight. Clean with a slightly damp cloth
For Garden furniture - paint over wood, metal, matt plastic or terracotta and leave to harden overnight before exposing to rain. No need to varnish or wax Matt walls - use on walls for a completely matt effect but remember this is best for anywhere that is not going to get a lot of wear and tear.

On a practical note, the woodwork NEEDS NO PRIMING, NO PREPARATION as it will stick to almost everything -old waxed pine, melamine and varnished wood included. Knots on new wood need to be sealed with Knotting solution. Great coverage but does depend on what you are painting,but a rough guide is 13 square metres.
The paint allows walls to breathe and is a simple eco friendly water based paint. Wash brushes out in water.

Not sure how much work I will get done this weekend as I have just been paid today and I am going shopping in Derby tomorrow :-) My husband is also planning to buy Guitar hero for the XBOX360 tomorrow so I plan to spend some time playing with that over the weekend too.  I will update probably Sunday to let you know if I got anything done.

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