Today I did an Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop at The Warehouse in Al Quoz. I loved it so much that I’m genuinely concerned I will no longer have time for Mothering and, instead, will be in a constant state of painting and waxing furniture.
The Warehouse is a peaceful, tasteful interiors store and well worth a visit in its own right. Being surrounded by gorgeous things, apron on and paint brush in hand automatically made me feel all arty and creative (a welcome change from my usual harassed and late). Lynley who runs the course is a lovely lady from New Zealand. She is both knowledgeable and passionate about the paints, and very patient with her students.
Annie Sloan chalk paints themselves are a dream to use. A beautiful existing palette can also be easily mixed to create your perfect colour. They dry incredibly fast and the wax seals them to ensure a durable finish. Today we learned how to create 3 effects; crackle finish, leathered and two-tone distressed. I will be going back in a few weeks to do the next course which covers more advanced techniques including using metallic paint and decoupage. I can’t wait!
In the meantime I intend to put my new skills to use in my own home. The fact that these amazing paints can be used on almost any surface, combined with my natural impulse to bite off more than I can chew, has resulted in my first project being the painting of a … er … leather sofa. It will be fine! Pictures to follow (unless it’s not fine, in which case there will be no pictures).
Aside from anything else, learning something new and painting for a couple of hours is good for the soul. Even if you don’t fancy the course, you can pop in to The Warehouse at any time and the lovely staff will set you up with everything you need to have a play with the paints. Testers of all the colours are available and you can mix away to your hearts content. Give it a go, your furniture will love you for it.
Annie Sloan Chalk paints are available to buy in Dubai at: