Getting distressed with Annie Sloan paint

If you read my last post you will know I’m reusing the old orange pine bedroom cupboards in the studio, they just fit nicely along the back wall.
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P1160261Here they are before painting, very 80’s orange pine.

I’ve heard a lot about Annie Sloan paint but I haven’t used it before. I did look at other paints but the advantages of the Annie Sloan paint sold it to me.

No sanding or undercoating and one coat is enough. It dries really fast too. The website has some great videos showing how easy it is to use the chalk paints.

Here’s a drawer with one coat of paint, the colour is Provence, it’s gorgeous don’t you think.
annie sloan paint before

And here it is after waxing with clear wax, sanding and waxing again, I love the effect.

annie sloan paint after sanding and waxing

Cupboard doors, before and after waxing and sanding.

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The cupboards are now fitted and the tops pieced together and painted ready for waxing and sanding, and waxing again tomorrow. These are recycled cupboards and I didn’t want to buy a new top so it’s joined with metal plates underneath, then filled with wood filler along the crack before painting. The joins are still visible but it all adds to the charm.

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The technique is very easy but I’m unsure how well it would work on a melamine surface, it would definitely need sanding. I know because the paint that I accidentally got on the inside surfaces washed off very easily.

I have more tins of paint and more pieces of furniture, I’ll show you pictures eventually but I hope to start work again on Monday so furniture painting may have to wait a while.

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Finally the studio is finished

After 12 days painting inside and out the studio is finished, well almost. Just as well as I’m worn out. We still need guttering and the water connected, the builders are here this morning finishing off woodwork and putting in the sink.
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studio finished

I’ve updated this post to show you what we got done today. We have installed and painted the old pine cupboards from the bedroom.

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I can’t decide if I should paint the big drawers old white so they aren’t so overpowering. I have some country grey to paint the bookcase and some shelving units left over from the bedroom.

I’m usure if this table is staying, so I will wait a while before painting, it’s much smaller than my usual work table but I could have an mdf top made.

I’ll give you a follow up on painting with Annie Sloan paint in another post.

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52 inspirational photos week 35

Buttermere, Cumbria

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Look what I found on Etsy

Look at these gorgeous finds on Etsy, from the Craft Pimp team and friends. Click on the image to see more.

Black and white and red all over

black and white and red all over

Gorgeous finds from Etsy

 

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Etching copper

eganj1:

I’m really busy just now decorating the studio and painting furniture, pictures to follow but in the meantime here’s a blast from the past, a post about etching copper

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 Here’s my first attempt at etching copper using the Edinburgh etch technique, which uses ferric chloride and citric acid as the mordant , this is a much safer technique than using acid.

If you would like to know more about Edinburgh etch click here

I printed out the design using a laser printer and transferred it by ironing on to copper sheet, which had been cleaned first.

As you can see the ink didn’t take very well in places so I went over the design with a waterproof ink marker before masking off the back and placing in the mordant for about two and a half hours.

Here is the copper after being cleaned up, the design is raised as you can see, it has a few pits in the relief but as this is an ancient Greek design it can only add to the finished piece.

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Painting a concrete floor

I haven’t painted a concrete floor before and I was very surprised to find out how quick and easy it was. The floor is new, but dry and very sound so all I had to do was sweep it, then mop over with a damp mop and allow to dry before painting.

I used Crown Trade concrete floor paint which was on offer at £18 a tin, but normally £36. I preferred another make which had more colours to choose from but at £47, and considering I’m over spent on the build now I decided on the cheaper Crown paint in a sort of slate grey.

The first coat was thinned with white spirit , this coat is just to seal the floor, I cut in the edges with a brush then OH used a roller on a long handle to paint the floor, it was done in no time and the colour looks better than I’d expected.

The paint dries really quickly, and a second coat has finished the job off. I’m really impressed with how easy it was to paint the floor.

painted concrete floor

Tomorrow we are painting the ceiling and walls, then the fun begins painting cupboards and other bits of furniture. I’m still waiting for the builders to come back and put on the skirting boards, door and sink.  But I’m going to have to move in as I need to start working again by the beginning of September at the latest, I can’t wait!

 

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Mixing yellows and reds for overglaze painting

Yellow and red china paints are  more difficult to work with than most colours. Basically there are two types of yellows and reds, the cadmium based ones, which are brighter coloured, and the iron based reds which are duller  and more brownish.

The cadmium colours can only be mixed with each other, Held has a great selection, and a fact sheet on using them.

The iron reds are also somewhat problematic as some yellows will fire out red if they are mixed together, and this is often difficult to rectify as the red often continues to fire out when you try to paint it again. So it’s best to test fire mixing your iron reds and yellows to see which ones work best, and at what temperature. Usually a lower fire of 750C will help prevent the colours firing out too much, and also reds can turn brown if they are fired too high.

So here are my test tiles, I painted the squares with all my yellows and reds, overlapping the colours in the middle.
Before firing to 750 C
before 750C
After firing to 750 C
After 750C
Before firing to 800C
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After firing to 800C
After 800 C

You can see that most of the reds with some yellows have almost all fired out at 800 C. But at 750 C the results are better.

There is another way of obtaining red, used by the factory artists like the Worcester fruit painters. This method uses a yellow such as egg yolk, fired, then followed by a gold based colour like maroon painted over it and fired.

 

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