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Emma June Designs is a luxury homeware brand specialising in unique, hand dyed textiles. Inspiration is drawn from the diverse colours of nature and the bohemian spirit.

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Wonderful World of Chalk Paint

I have just discovered the wonders of Annie Sloan chalk paint! The amazing thing about it is you don't have to prepare the wood beforehand, so no sanding :) It also works on plastics and metals. There are so many youtube videos and different ways of using the paint but this video gives you a basic tutorial of what it can do:

Another great thing about Annie Sloan paint is that it is only available from independent shops. I bought mine from Rustiques in Milton of Crathes, Aberdeen. It made my suitcase rather heavy on my trip back to Denmark! It's available in many places in Europe but not Copenhagen unfortunately!

I tested it out on an old worn wooden chest.

First I removed the metal parts (you can paint over this but I preferred not to). Then I applied 2 coats of 'Old White' chalk paint. I mixed the clear and dark wax together as I didn't want it looking too dark. I love how fast and easy it is to use. The paint only takes about 15 minutes to dry. The part that takes the longest time is applying the wax and perfecting the finish you want.

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