Create Your Own Mid-Century Style with Chalk Paint From Annie Sloan

Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan helps you create your own Mid-Century projects with ease.  The range of over 30 decorative and historic colours combine well to provide an even larger colour palette, making it easy to find just the right shade for the look you want to achieve.  The Chalk Paint™ formula offers excellent coverage, with only one coat often needed for a great finish, and it even covers minor flaws effortlessly. 

For the Mid-Century projects shown below, a smooth finish was achieved by gently sand papering the surface and watering down the Chalk Paint™ slightly, before brushing in the same direction as the grain. Annie Sloan’s Flat Brushes were used to assist with the required finish, as they feature advanced synthetic fibres which take a large amount of paint to minimise brush marks.  Finally a cotton cloth was used to apply a thin layer of Annie Sloan’s quick drying Soft Wax, to protect the surfaces.  It really is as simple as that to upcycle your own, one of kind, masterpiece from old or new pieces of furniture. 

If you would like some help before tackling your first furniture painting project contact an Annie Sloan stockist, as they have all been taught by the paint guru herself to run accredited Furniture Painting Workshops.  There are currently over 300 hand-picked independent shops in the UK that stock Annie Sloan products.  To find your local stockist visit the new website at www.anniesloan.com and enter your location, then you will then be given a choice of classes suitable for the novice or experienced Upcycler.

Happy upcycling!

The frames of the chairs were painted in Graphite and then waxed with Clear Soft Wax.  The seats were reupholstered in Annie Sloan’s Gentleman fabric and a stripe was painted on each in a different diluted Chalk Paint™ colour - from left to right – Aubusson Blue, Chateau Grey, Primer Red and English Yellow were used.

The frames of the chairs were painted in Graphite and then waxed with Clear Soft Wax.  The seats were reupholstered in Annie Sloan’s Gentleman fabric and a stripe was painted on each in a different diluted Chalk Paint™ colour - from left to right – Aubusson Blue, Chateau Grey, Primer Red and English Yellow were used.

This groovy 1960s side table from Heals was simply painted in Provence on the shelves and legs, with the edges painted in Arles, then all was finished with Annie Sloan Lacquer.

This groovy 1960s side table from Heals was simply painted in Provence on the shelves and legs, with the edges painted in Arles, then all was finished with Annie Sloan Lacquer.

This is Annie Sloan’s own desk – a 1950s Danish-style desk painted with Duck Egg Blue lightened with Pure on the desk top. This colour was followed through on some of the drawers with a contrast of Provence on the others. The legs were painted in Olive with feet in Duck Egg Blue. To create a truly Mid-Century asymmetrical look, Annie used a hot colour - Barcelona Orange - to frame the drawers on one side, and a cool colour - Napoleonic Blue - on the other. The door knobs were all painted in Antibes Green with contrasting dots of colour in the centres.  Clear Soft Wax was used to seal the piece.

This is Annie Sloan’s own desk – a 1950s Danish-style desk painted with Duck Egg Blue lightened with Pure on the desk top. This colour was followed through on some of the drawers with a contrast of Provence on the others. The legs were painted in Olive with feet in Duck Egg Blue. To create a truly Mid-Century asymmetrical look, Annie used a hot colour - Barcelona Orange - to frame the drawers on one side, and a cool colour - Napoleonic Blue - on the other. The door knobs were all painted in Antibes Green with contrasting dots of colour in the centres.  Clear Soft Wax was used to seal the piece.

The body and legs of this chest of drawers were painted in Olive and the drawers in a co-ordinating mix of Antibes Green and English Yellow.  Then it was finished with Clear Soft Wax all over.

The body and legs of this chest of drawers were painted in Olive and the drawers in a co-ordinating mix of Antibes Green and English Yellow.  Then it was finished with Clear Soft Wax all over.

This fabulous sideboard was painted in English Yellow on the tops and sides, with the drawers painted in Antoinette, a soft pale pink. The legs were left unpainted and the whole finished with Clear Soft Wax.

This fabulous sideboard was painted in English Yellow on the tops and sides, with the drawers painted in Antoinette, a soft pale pink. The legs were left unpainted and the whole finished with Clear Soft Wax.