My dear friend Sarah Lamballe of Bricktree Gallery in Tealby is an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Stockist in Lincolnshire. She has such lovely taste in home style and we adore talking about our homes and how to best update each season. So, during a recent visit to France she came armed with some Annie Sloan Antibes Green Chalk Paint. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this rich, apple colour, it’s so fresh and inspiring.
What to Paint?
When I changed my old living room light for an upgraded chandelier, I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do with the old light fitting. It was a bit iffy to be honest, sort of retro in a Ford escort kind of sense, a bit brown and seventies, not cool! I thought it would be really nice to upgrade by giving the plasticky metal finish a nice coat of Antibes – perfect for our summer dining table in the courtyard.
First we had to remove the old French wiring ( prime vintage ) and clean up the old light. It was pretty tricky to get undone in places.
Then, we gave the whole thing a really good wash with Marius Fabre French Marseille soap, perfect for getting rid of old grease that might stop the paint going on smoothly.
Now out with the paint! The best thing about Annie Sloan chalk paint is you really don’t have to do much prepping of the item you want to paint at all beforehand. This suits me down to the ground, I’m so impatient!
It was so hot we had to keep on stirring the paint to stop it from drying out. But, as Sarah explained, actually this was a good thing in this case as the texture added a fab aged feel to the metallic surface.
Although I have used Annie Sloan chalk paint before, there’s nothing like getting a little tutorial from an expert who does it every day. Sarah’s Annie Sloan chalk paint technique classes in Lincolnshire are proving very popular, it’s such a great way to add instant beauty to an otherwise tired and out of date object.
It took a couple of coats to completely hide the silver underneath , once completely dried we then added clear wax to seal the paint and form the base for our dark wax over the top. See what a difference the wax makes to both protect from the elements but also add the aged colour I wanted…
Thanks Sarah, I adore this colour and the light fitting now doubled up as a candle holder! Just looking for the next item to paint with it now…!
Every painted with Annie Sloan Antibes Green Chalk Paint? Did you love the colour too?