On Saturday we headed out to Dulwich to the Volcano Coffee Works Café for an Annie Sloan paint workshop hosted by Rigby & Mac and it was great!

The workshop was hosted by the lovely Lucy who guided us through a range of various paint techniques from layering and manipulating to aging and distressing so whether it’s the French ‘shabby chic’ look or something a little bit more fancy with gold leaf, we have been taught skills which are ideal for all future furniture plans.

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David starting ‘Colour Aging Effect Number #1’

We started with the imaginatively titled technique ‘Colour Aging Effect #1’ which taught us how to distress furniture to give it that worn, vintage look.

This was followed by effect #2, where using a lovely Antoinette hue as the base and by heating and pulling the paint followed by a Greek Blue cover; it created a textured and layered effect – ideal for giving furniture depth and tone.

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We also learned how to ‘crack’ paint (many ‘crack’ jokes followed), use wax to not only seal and finish a piece of furniture but also manipulate the paint, use water to create an ombre look as well as, one of our favourites, silver, bronze and gold leaf to add a little bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to furniture.

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The fruits of our labour – gilding, distressing and water fading techniques (top line Mark’s, bottom line David’s)
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Gold and bronze leaf gilding

It was a really fun morning and felt a little bit like we were back in art class. As we’ve just acquired our new wooden trunk, we can’t wait to get going and use our new found knowledge on more pieces – keep your eyes peeled for some craft posts to come!

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Mark showcasing his ‘cracking’ skills!

We’d definitely recommend the paint workshops. You can find all the information on them here, however if you’re already a paint-pro then we’d also highly recommend the Annie Sloan products which you can purchase from Rigby & Mac.

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Boxes full of colour!
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One of our favourite Annie Sloan colour offerings, the Scandinavian Pink

The great thing about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that it literally can be painted on to ANYTHING. There is no need to sand down the furniture before or do any pre-prep, simply get your desired colour and get going.

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Thanks for having us Rigby & Mac and Annie Sloan, we had a fab time!

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David & Mark x

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