Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Beginners Workshop

Have you ever admired a beautifully aged piece of furniture, only to find out it’s actually a new piece that’s been made to look old? Well I now know how to make that happen, courtesy of the wonderful people from Rigby & Mac, using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

On arrival at the Volcano Coffee House, West Dulwich (awesome cakes and pastries!) we were welcomed by Lucy, our very lovely teacher who gave us a brief introduction to the paint range and let us know what to expect from the class.

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In just four hours we were taught four basic paint techniques – colour ageing, crackling, colour crackling, colour washing and gilding – it was a lot of fun!

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Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint is super easy to use, and for most materials there’s no prep needed. Yes, you heard right, no sanding or priming on pretty much any surface. Water based and eco friendly, just using different brushes creates various looks/finishes.

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This workshop was great and time flew, as we were really encouraged to experiment, get stuck in with the paints, ask questions and enjoy ourselves.

If you're an avid 'upcycle-r' or thinking about revitalising floors, walls or old pieces of furniture, this is one for you.

For more information about workshops, Annie Sloan paints or Rigby & Mac, visit rigbyandmac.com

All photography by Delali Foli