My visit with Annie Sloan – A story written for Manning Community News with intro by Di Morrissey

Wingham businesswoman, Donna Carrier, runs a cafe and small art studio using Chalk Paint created by Annie Sloan to transform furniture.  Here Donna shares her trip to England to study with Annie Sloan in Oxford.

Chalk Paint™ is a decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan 25 years ago. It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface. It can revitalise old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors with ease. It’s easy, fun and makes amazing results accessible to everyone.
Annie trained as a fine artist and turned to decorative work after university in the mid 1970s, while being commissioned to paint murals in houses. By 1987, Annie had written the phenomenally successful book The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques, which is considered to be the industry bible on the subject. Unable to find the paints that she wished to work with, Annie used her knowledge of colour, paint, pigments and art history to develop Chalk Paint(r) in 1990. In 2000, Annie set up a shop in Oxford to showcase Chalk Paint(r), run courses, and offer interior design services.
Born in Australia to a Scottish father and a Fijian mother, Annie moved to England to a farming life in Kent when she was ten years old. With spells in Southern Africa and connections to France, Cuba and the US, Annie has lived in Oxford for the last twenty five years.
Here Donna recounts her trip to Annie Sloan in Oxford.


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Possibilities with paint

Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan

Anybody that knows me understands that I am the most impatient person in the world and that watching paint dry would not be something you would be likely to find me doing. With decorative Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan even the most impatient person can enjoy fast and fabulous results.

My homewares store, Bent on Life is not just the little sister of Bent on Food, it is an equally special place filled to the brim with beautiful things all lovingly selected for our customers.
When we started trading at Bent on Life in 2009 we were fortunate to find some really special French Provincial furniture from a Melbourne supplier. Unfortunately that company ceased trading late last year and we were left with a gap. Over the years we often picked up old pieces and we wished that we had a quick easy, and effective way of restyling each piece. We began to search for a product that would allow us to do this and we found Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan. We looked up the website, read the blogs and decided that this product was a perfect fit for our store. We applied to be stockists and we were over the moon when our application was approved. This is an exclusive product and is only found in very beautiful outlets.

Before the paint is dispatched, we must undergo training  on how to use it and how to help our customers create beautiful pieces. So I wrote this blog on a flight home from Melbourne after 2 days of training that involved lots of painting.  The Annie Sloan team live and breathe the product and our trainer Barbara was very knowledgeable and talented so she made painting with this amazing product seem easy. And guess what? It really is the easiest way I have ever seen to transform furniture and much more, the results are amazing.  We managed to create some beautiful finishes and I enjoyed every moment; but the best thing? You can do it too.
My staff and I can’t wait to share this product with you, start saving all those old pieces that you were thinking of throwing out as you will soon be breathing new life into them and creating beautiful additions for your home. Think any style that suits your decor and you can do it with this product; French Provincial (our favourite), retro, country, Art Deco, vintage, and much more is possible.
The paint requires no primer, and it doesn’t smell making so you can paint just about anywhere and almost anything!

I will be bringing you some more ideas in future blogs, with classes set to begin soon. Keep an eye on the website or join the mailing list to find out more.

You can also visit Annie Sloan’s blog  to get more tips and see some of the beautiful creations that can be made.

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