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Shabby Chic Furniture in Galway

Adam Bermingham, Annie Sloan, Blog, brushes, hand-painted furniture


In this post Traditional Painter in Ireland, Adam Bermingham walks us through a small but very enjoyable contract… Shabby Chic Furniture in Galway. Recently on Facebook a few of us at Traditional Painter were discussing “how much is too much” when it comes to distressing. The client knew what she wanted & was very pleased Read More

Paint Magic coming back

Annie Sloan, Blog, hand-painted furniture


Today, as promised on the Weekend Newsletter, we are announcing 3 lucky winners of Paint Magic by Jocasta Innes. The winners were drawn at random numbers 9, 14 and 15, (aka subscribers: CC, TL and MDecs) They signed up to an upcoming Furniture Painting Golden Tips newsletter, which, with better organisation, will be coming in Read More

How do you paint pine furniture?

abranet, Annie Sloan, Blog, Fluxaf, Fox, hand-painted furniture, Little Greene


This is a long indepth article on how to paint pine furniture. It is written by professional furniture painters, and aimed at plucky DIY who want to have a go at doing this properly. If you have patience and determination and a somewhat arty touch, you can do it! But so often on forums I Read More

Two sets of bedroom furniture chalk paint & Estate eggshell

Annie Sloan, Blog, Emma Brown, hand-painted furniture


Emma Brown, Traditional Painter in Kent had two different furniture painting projects, with two different sets of requirements, so two different processes were required on the bedroom furniture: chalk paint and Estate eggshell from Farrow and Ball. A recent request to ‘quickly’ freshen up some waxed pine furniture gave me the opportunity I’ve been looking Read More

Annie Sloan chalk paint – How to wax and buff wax – for boys

Annie Sloan, Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Mirka, paint


Annie Sloan chalk paint is mainly for girls – but boys can use it too! Read a professional Traditional Painter’s practical tips on Annie Sloan chalk paint – How to wax and buff wax. In general terms, you apply chalk paint to any surface with minimal preparation, sand (or not), wax a few times and Read More

How to Shabby chic furniture – Enniskillen

Adam Bermingham, Annie Sloan, Blog, hand-painted furniture


In this post, specialist furniture painter & TP’s man in Ireland, Adam Bermingham, explains how the Shabby Chic Furniture look is created & how it can be applied to almost any surface. In this case Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is used on a solid pine Bedroom Suite & distressed to great effect… Across the Border… Read More

Can you paint Annie Sloan chalk paint straight on waxed pine?

Annie Sloan, Blog


We receive regular questions about Annie Sloan chalk paint straight on waxed pine on our article about how to paint pine furniture, so thought I would post a recent conversation with a DIY painter looking to refurbish the proverbial orange pine furniture. Hi Andy, I have found your website which I hope will be very Read More

Round up of forum decorating questions and tips

Annie Sloan, Blog, hand-painted furniture, hand-painted kitchen, Owatrol, Polyvine


Another week of painting and decorating questions on the forum, as well as a few articles on the blog, and a couple of contrasting remarks about the blog content from 2 new subscribers. Forum round up Varnish over Annie Sloan chalk paint. A reader asked about how to protect a colour-washed ash table top. She Read More

Annie Sloan chalk paint – bleed through – beaten

Annie Sloan, Blog, hand-painted furniture


Tannin, or resin from leaky knots will bleed through water-based paints that have no stain inhibiting ingredient. Annie Sloan chalk paint may therefore suffer from bleed through. That is just the way it is. But never fear. The girls’ solution – from Annie Sloan’s site From How to use chalk paint With some pieces of Read More

Paint pine furniture

Annie Sloan, Blog, hand-painted furniture, Mythic paint, Painting


This is a reference point for everything you need to know about how to paint pine furniture. Tips on preparing pine, oak or laminate – bare, waxed, lacquered or painted before. Insights into painting a flat solid finish in oil eggshell, acrylic eggshell or chalk paint, to a top professional standard. There is a lot Read More

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