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By The Green Parent

29th December 2013

In the next couple of weeks, just as the dust from Christmas is settling, we’ll be moving house. As most of you will know, it’s an enormous undertaking that is stressful for the whole family and takes a financial toll with all of the hidden costs involved. Especially so close to Christmas. But I’ve got the bug... I’m moving into a new home and I want a new look. New decor! But money is tight and our furniture is perfectly good, so it’s a little frivolous and wasteful to be considering buying whole new sets when we can hardly afford it and it would be a shameful waste.

By The Green Parent

29th December 2013

By The Green Parent

29th December 2013

So, what’s a girl to do? I like to think I’m a little crafty, so I’m thinking I’ll give it a makeover myself! And that’s when I discover the amazing Annie Sloan paint. I have to wonder what I’ve been doing to have missed this spectacular invention, but all of my dreams of quaint distressed furniture are starting to become incredibly affordable with prices of under £19 per litre. I don’t even need to do much by way of prep work, just a simple wash with sugar soap and away we go. It’s so amazing that you can paint glass, stone and brick with it. Naturally, I am assessing the potential for external features of the house… blast that pesky planning permission.
So, I am sharing with you a simple way to give your furniture a new lease of life on a very reasonable budget. A little of this paint goes a long way and even the most inexperienced of beginners can achieve a good look with this paint and a few simple steps.
You will need:
• 1 Putty Knife
• Sandpaper
• Sugar soap
• Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
• Annie Sloan soft clear wax
• Flat paint brush
• Wax brush
• Dustsheets
• Apron/safety goggles/gloves/mask

Instructions:
• With Annie Sloan chalk paint, there is no need to sand your chosen item of furniture before painting. Simply dress yourself in your protective gear, lay down the dust sheets and give the furniture a good wash with sugar soap in a well ventilated space and allow to dry.
• In a well ventitalted space, using the flat brush, apply the chalk paint all over your chosen item of furniture. Allow to dry, but do not leave for longer than 24h as this can make the paint harder to “distress”.
• Take the putting knife and run it along the edges of the furniture, scraping away the paint to reveal the wood underneath. Do this around detailing and corners too.
• Using the sandpaper, smooth the areas of scraped paint and rub it over handles and a few painted areas to thin out the pain and reveal a little of the wood underneath.
• Using the wax brush, coat the furniture in a protective layer of clear wax.
• Stand back and admire your work!

For more information and handy tips, please visit: http://www.anniesloan.com/

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