Yay! After experimenting with DIY Chalk Paint recipes over the last couple of years and then receiving my first can of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint last month, I booked in to my first Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) workshop. Mainly because I wanted to be reassured that I was using Annie’s paint correctly – not that it is at all difficult to use, mind you – but especially when it comes to waxing and using the dark wax, I needed to know I was on the right track!
Introducing … Paint Me White! Sandy is currently Queensland’s only stockist of ASCP and runs workshops from her gorgeous shop in Mudgeeraba, just off the M1 on the Gold Coast.
You can find out more details on her workshops by clicking the picture below to head over to the Paint Me White website.
ASCP comes in a vast array of colours, and Sandy has little sample boards painted for easy selection. Colours can be mixed and matched, creating even more colour options.
Workshops are a great size class of around 6-8 people, a perfect learning environment where you can ask questions as you go and receive one on one instruction as Sandy moves about the class.
At this workshop, Sandy introduced a few basic techniques of painting with ASCP…
… and we each were given our own sample board to work on.
Sandy teaches how to use the clear wax (an essential part of painting with ASCP for a smooth, sealed, professional looking finish).
And the trick to using dark wax for an authentic looking antique finish.
How to sand gently to roughen those edges or give a shabby finish to decorative artwork.
THEN came the fun part where we painted our special piece of furniture that we each brought along.
There were some lovely pieces being transformed – cute little ladder and a beautiful little boat shelf …
… this gorgeous antique high chair …
… and this adorable vintage suitcase and French serving tray …
… and then there was ME – with my boring little brown table – LOL!!
It was the only thing I had in my stash of furniture bits and pieces at home that I could fit “under my arm” to bring along. But undeterred, and with some helpful hints from Sandy’s assistant, Ange, I began transforming this dull little table into a lovely French piece of art!
I started with the colour “Old White” …
… then added 2 coats of “Graphite”.
Added a stencil …
Here she is before distressing …
Graphite always looks a bit scary after sanding/distressing, almost like a chalkboard. But the edges sanded back, reveal the Old White colour underneath.
And that’s when the waxing comes in, creating a lovely polished and smooth surface…
There you have it! Workshop complete – 4 hours of fun with some great ladies who also had a passion for painting furniture. Throw in a cuppa and some lovely slice (yay to Sandy’s friends who she must’ve bribed to make those delicious slices!) and you have a morning well spent!
For more on Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, click HERE.
You can also view my video tutorial on my very first time using Annie’s Chalk paint here:
I took some lovely pictures of Sandy’s Paint Me White shop, but will save them for another time … you will drool over her gorgeous furniture!