Annie Sloan’s Chalk PaintTM colour, Provence, has rejuvenated this old French shutter and made it into a striking feature.
Don’t you love these colours? It was the colours all displayed on wooden spoons that drew my attention to this paint. The first time I walked into French and Co I saw these tins of coloured wooden spoons and I instantly wanted a tin of them in my kitchen. I found out that they are not for sale.
They are the sample colours for Annie Sloan’s Chalk PaintTM colours. It is an inventive way to show them off. You get a good splash of colour and you see the actual finish you will get on your paint job. They are very tactile – lovely to touch.
They say that someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure and I have often wondered what treasure could be in the piles of stuff put out for a hard rubbish collection.
Now that I have been introduced to these paints, hard rubbish has got more interesting. With only one coat of Chalk PaintTM that brown-boring-piece-of-furniture can be made into a treasure. Picture frames can be transformed, glass painted and decorated, old stools and chairs rejuvenated.
The place to learn how to transform old objects into new is French & Co, in Carlton North. I have written about this charming shop and its ambience before. You can read that post here.
There are many looks you can get using the paint; a distressed look, a rough look by applying the paint unevenly or a beautiful, smooth glowing surface – the wooden spoons have that surface.
What appeals to me is that it cuts back on all that preparation and elbow grease. When you take on a project using this paint the surface just needs to be clean. There is no sanding to create a base, no stripping, no sealer, no primer or undercoat. You just get out your tin of Chalk PaintTM and get started.
Bernice of French & Co runs classes whereby you get a hands-on experience to see if it is for you. You can also just pop in and chat to her and buy a tin and challenge yourself.
Here is an example of the paint on glass with copper leaf. I was reluctant to use this photo because of its lack of photographic skill but I loved the effect of the paint on the glass so much I have added it at the end. Bernice who painted this beautiful wall piece is holding it up and you can see my refection in the glass. It is beautiful.
French & Co
290 Rathdowne Street
Phone: 9347 1141
Visit their Facebook page for information on classes or ring Bernice for a chat.
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Wed – Fri: 10:00 am – 5.00 pm
Sat – Sun: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Car: There 1 & 2 hour parking in Rathdowne Street
stop 18 Freeman Street & Nicholson Street.
or Stop 19 Alexandra Parade
Walk through to Rathdowne Street village.
If you are interested in seeing the effect on bricks, check out this blog. You can see a fire surround being transformed.