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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

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

Can I paint emulsion over varnish

Annie Sloan, Blog, preparation

If you ever thought of painting matt emulsion straight over varnish, then don’t! This was acrylic matt emulsion from a sampler applied straight onto a varnished wooden kitchen door. The paint was 3 days old and “looked” solid. A quick rub over with wet n’ dry sandpaper turned it to sludge. An accelerated vision of Read More

Classes in decorative paint finishes in Perth, Scotland

Annie Sloan, Blog, classes, hand-painted furniture

The Carte Blanche workshop in Perth, Scotland, is where working professionals, Cait and Gibson, give classes in decorative paint finishes. Techniques include graining, marbling, and faux wall finishes. Classes are suitable for professional decorators and keen DIY painters, artists. Cait Whitson, who is one of the trusted specialist kitchen painters I have listed on this Read More

Annie Sloan chalk paint really works

Annie Sloan, Blog, hand-painted kitchen, paint

Just a quick update on a really interesting unfitted pine kitchen I am refurbishing using Annie Sloan chalk paint. 16 years ago a mega pine dresser, plus sink unit, and island unit were hand-built and waxed by a carpenter who, incidentally ended up doing film sets in Cornwall. Anyway, 16 years on, the lady of Read More
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