New Book: Color Recipes for Painted Furniture

I recently received a copy of Annie Sloan's new book, Color Recipes for Painted Furniture, 40 step-by-step projects to transform your home out by Cico Books. The book presents some pretty inspiring projects that demonstrate easy ways to upcycle and revive old pieces of furniture with just a tin of paint in most cases. Working with her own range of decorative paint, "Chalk Paint", Annie offers up projects in Swedish County, Boho Chic, French and Modern Contemporary styles covering tips and techniques including distressing, color washing, gilding, decoupage, stenciling, dyeing fabric with paint and creating limed oak and faux marble effects. She also demonstrates how to darken and lighten colors, and explains how to get colors you love in a really uncomplicated way. Check out a few images from the book below: (Photography by Christopher Drake)

working with paint colors section

gided headboad - swedish country style section

sanded kitchen chairs - country style section

copper leaf bath - boho chic style section

A great resource book for the do-it-yourself set with over 200 images on lessons and inspiration from Annie Sloan's own renovation and redecorated farmhouse in northern France.  Annie Sloan is one of the world's most respected experts in the field of decorative painting, and this book is a definite must-have if you're thinking of dipping into a little decorative paining soon.  Visit Annie's blog and other links below for inspiration, ideas and techniques.


The book is available through Amazon here: Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and click here for a list of Canadian stockists for Annie's paints and supplies.

Jan Halvarson

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