In this post, I showcase a number of small items that I've shown a little love. I wanted you to see what you can do to brighten up your decor with so little effort!
- Mahogany sideboard
- Wooden tray
- Metal urn
- Plant pots and metal table
- Silver dish
- Gilt picture frames
- Ikea chest of drawers
I recently decided to try my hand at something practical yet creative. I was walking with a friend on Golborne Road (just off Portobello Road) in London and found a gorgeous shop, Phoenix on Golborne, that sells a wide range of antiques as well as vintage, painted and shabby-chic furniture. The owner, Jess, a charming, dynamic girl, also runs paint classes in the shop covering a range of finishes & paint effects using Annie Sloan products as well as ad hoc restoration advice and troubleshooting.
I signed up immediately and really enjoyed learning these new skills. My first attempt was my mahogany sideboard.
What's great about Annie Sloan paint
This lovely, chalky paint is superb, especially because no undercoating or sanding is required - you can paint over wood, metal, silver, brass, china etc. It's worth buying Annie Sloan's book 'Quick and Easy Paint Transformations'. I used the book for inspiration and I also followed two of the examples (one of which is the chest of drawers below). I'm totally hooked now and keep finding more things to paint!