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REPOST: Announcing the #25Project Winners!

Posted Under - Life Unfolded

Announcing the #25Project Winners!

From the day I announced the #25Project, I have been overwhelmed with the response from stockists and customers from across the globe, and now the time has finally come for me to reveal the winning 25 community spaces, nominated by you! It was one of the most difficult tasks to whittle down over 300 deserving nominations to just 25; however, I am thrilled with the final selection. Each one is completely diverse in its use and size; however, the one thread they all have in common, from the kids creche in South Africa to the specialised dementia centre in The Netherlands, is that they are an absolutely vital part of their communities. I feel honoured to be able to assist them in their transformations over the next year, and I cannot wait to share with you all the stories and photos of each deserving and special space.

And without further ado, here are my final 25!

Announcing the #25Project Winners!

Announcing the #25Project Winners!

Announcing the #25Project Winners!

Announcing the #25Project Winners!

Announcing the #25Project Winners!

I think you’ll agree that each space is very deserving of a transformation, and along with the help of their local Annie Sloan Stockist, volunteers and my paint and products, these community buildings will remain a vastly important part of their neighbourhood.

Check back in with me to see the transformations unfold, I cannot wait to get started with each one of the 25 spaces, so make sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using #25Project.

Yours, Annie

[This post was originally published on Annie’s blog, Annie Sloan Paint and Colour. You can read the original post here.]

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REPOST: Simon Olsson’s Indian-Inspired Style

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When I first introduced you to the work of my Painter in Residence, Simon Olsson, I was thrilled by the positive response of my readers. There is something so pleasing about his painting technique, and in particular the texture he creates. Simon has really mastered the art of turning a standard piece of furniture into something incredibly beautiful, using my paint, Chalk Paint®.

What I love about Simon’s style is its affinity with a bohemian, Indian style. The two pieces I’m sharing in this blog are hugely influenced by Indian style and colour, be it intricate carving of the table or the distressed patina of the cabinet.

Simon Olsson's Indian Inspired Style

Simon Olsson's Indian Inspired Style

The unusual shape and indentations caused by the many doors of this antique Indian cabinet lends itself so well to a textured, painterly and layered finish. Simon used Graphite, Provence, Old White and Louis Blue from my Colour Palette to create layers of paint, which he distressed heavily, to create a rustic, chippy look.

Simon began by painting the cabinet in Chalk Paint® in Old White, applying the paint quite thickly. He then added a coat of Graphite, before finally covering it in a custom mix of Provence, Old White and Louis Blue. Once dry, Simon sanded the piece heavily to reveal the different colours underneath. And then, to protect all that lovely paintwork, Simon finished the whole piece with a couple of layers of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax. I love the turquoise colour he has created here. Doesn’t it look fabulous against the monochrome of the Graphite and Old White?

Simon Olsson's Indian Inspired Style

Ornate and intricate wood carving is an ancient art practice across India, and this stunning table is a prime example. It lends itself well to being painted as there’s so much gorgeous detail to highlight! I love Simon’s colour choice for this piece – my pale pink Antoinette. It adds a modern touch to the piece, and the sensitive yet bold way that he applied the paint makes the most of the detailing.

Have you been influenced by Simon’s work or Indian style? Show me your work by tagging me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and use #anniesloan, I would love to see your pieces!

Yours, Annie

[This post was originally published on Annie’s blog, Annie Sloan Paint and Colour. You can read the original post here.]

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Chalk Paint®: #MoreThanPaint

Posted Under - How to // Inspiration // Projects

Back in May, Annie introduced Black & White Chalk Paint® Waxes, and you may have visited your local stockist during Wax Week a few weeks ago! Today we’re sharing a fantastic project featuring Black Chalk Paint® Wax by stockist Natasha Shea of Love Street Vintage in Downington, PA, USA.

Antibes Green & Black Chalk Paint® Wax: A Match Made In Heaven

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