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HOW TO MAKE A PRETTY CERAMIC PLATTER

The beauty of  Chalk Paint™ is that it adheres to pretty much any surface, indoors or out, and there’s rarely any need to sand or prime before you paint. Which means you don’t have to fuss around with all that prep work and can just get stuck into the fun bit: creating.

What You Need:

White air-dry clay
Rolling pin
Knife
Fabric to imprint the clay – I used some of my grandmother’s vintage doilies
Two shades of Chalk Paint™
Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax
Old cloth


 
What You Do:

Roll out the clay and create the shape you’re after.
Create texture and visual interest by carefully pressing your fabric into the clay.
Leave to completely dry.
Mix a teaspoon of Chalk Paint™ with roughly three teaspoons of the Clear Soft Wax.
Use an old cloth to rub and wipe the coloured wax onto your platter
Leave to completely dry before using.

Eau-La-La! A pretty platter to show of to your guests!

 


 

FRIDGE ART GETS FRAMED

If you are like us, then you are probably inspired by the many quotes and free printables that you see and pin on Pinterest that are frame-worthy.  Here's an easy, but decorative way to not only display some of your favorites, but to easily change them on a whim.

Here's how to mount the photoframe onto your refrigirator:

Supplies you'll needed:

Photo frame with an easy-to-remove back
Magnetic tape  
Adhesive glue or any good glue
Scissors

Optional:  Annie Sloan chalk paint TM, paint brush, soft wax, 160 grit sandpaper, buffing cloth/old t-shirt

A frame with an easy-to-remove back will make changing your images fast and easy

Paint two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint on frame. Let first coat dry before applying the second.

Once throughly dry, run sandpaper over the finish and edges to distress.  If you distress too much or don’t like how a certain area looks on the frame, simply repaint the area, let dry, and distress again. 

Apply a thin coat of soft wax over frame and buff to a shine with a soft-lint free cloth.

Make sure the back of the frame is free of any dirt and oils.  Clean if necessary and let dry.  The magnetic tape won’t stick to dirty surfaces. Unroll the tape and let it sit unrolled for a while so it lays flat.  Once it is not curling, cut long sections to fit each side on the back of the frame.  Peel off backing on tape and place on frame.

Use some glue if th ends of your tape keep curling 

Cut your printable to the size of your photo frame..

Once cut, put it into the frame and stick the frame onto the fridge door.

Now when you want to change the image or quote all you have to do is pull the frame from the door, lift off the back and make the switch.  Super simple.

To save ink, try to find printables with a white background, no reason to use up lots of ink.

You can hang one frame on you refrigerator door, or you can hang more than one and make a decorative art gallery of fridge art for the door.

If you have an ugly fridge,  put a lot of the frames together like puzzle pieces on the door.  No more ugly refrigerator, just color and inspiration.

When printing color images from a computer, depending on your printer and ink, just remember the colors might not render the same as they look on your computer screen.

Here's two prints to start with: Be The Type Person Quote and Gourmet Info

Enjoy!


 

 

 

 

Recycling Cans

If you're in the Hobby of giving everything a second chance this project is for you!

Breath life back into old empty cans. Any cans will do. Piant cans, food cans - basically anything in that cupboard that you keep on filling up.

What you will need:

Recycling cans

Annie Sloan Old white (or any other colour of your choice)

Sheets of copper leaf (you may also use silver or gold)

Annie Sloan Paint Brushes

Gold Size - this is the product you'll use to apply the sheets of copper leaf.

And finally some water-based varnish

Step 1

First, clean your can/s, both inside and outside, especially on the outside so that no residue is adhered to the paint.

Step 2

Once cleaned and dry, a first coat of paint is applied and when dry, the second coat.

When the second layer is perfectly dry, apply Gold Size to the parts where you want to put the sheets of copper leaf. Only where you want them to show. 

Once the product has been applied let it dry, it should be dry but sticky.

Step 3.

Apply the sheets of copper leaf very carefully, and when all the areas in which you've applied the Gold Size are covered, softly remove the remaining part of copper leaf extras left around your glue painted area. You can do this with a dry brush.

Step 4.

Apply your varnish to seal your can.

There you have it.  

We made some awesome trendy plant cans for this project.

 

Painting an upholstered chair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Here is how to do it.

Spray your chair down with some water. And wet your brush as well. (fabric always needs to be a little damp to make sure that you can work the paint into the fabric).

Grab a tub of water and the paint so you could keep the paint quite wet. Use an Annie Sloan brush as they are quality and can hold lots of paint and have a lovely finish. You may also use a small paintbrush later to touch up small areas and trimmings.

Start with quite thin paint and add more paint and less water the whole area of your chair. If your chair is covered with a patterend colour fabric use a darker colour to paint it with.

Dab and swirl your brush to get right into the depth of fabric and lines. You could also use a smaller brush like a stencil brush on buttons or other deep areas.

Use a stippling or dabbing brush stroke to get into the nails on the back and around the seams.

There you have it!

What do you think? Would you be game enough to give it a try?


 

 

DIY Wood Slice Chalkboard

This fun and easy DIY Wood Slice Chalkboard can be customized for any event, occasion, or holiday all year long and makes for a great gift!

 

What you will need

Tree stump
Brush 
Tape 
Annie Sloan paint (any colour)
 

Step 1

Create an outline with tape for the chalkboard boarder. 
 

Step  2

Paint once and let it dry

Step 3

Apply another coat and let it dry
 
 

 

DIY Painted Mason Jars

A simple DIY chalk paint mason jar project makes for a perfect Gift and since the Christmas season is nearing we thought it to be a perfect share.

To start this chalk paint mason jar project, first start with the materials list. This can be altered to your taste and color choices.

Materials:

Clear glass mason jars

Annie Sloan chalk paint, the color Provence was used.

Hazel & Ruby patterned paper

Modge Podge

Poly to seal

Paint brushes, large and small

Sanding block to distress, if desired

Embellishments: Bakers twine, flowers

Method:

Begin by painting the glass jars. Paint a first coat and let dry for an hour. Then apply a second coat.

While the jars are drying, cut out the paper that will be decoupaged to the jar lid. Then place glue on top of lid-start smoothing out the paper from the inside of the lid out towards the ends. Let dry.

 

If you desire distressing, take your sandpaper block and gently rub areas of paint away to give it that distressed look.

You will now need to seal everything: jars, lids, and bands. I used poly, but wax is also an option.

There you have it…easy right?

 


 

 

DIY Gold Coasters

This is such a quick and fun DIY make and it’s a great way to use up leftover tiles
 
 

You will need:

Tiles
Gold spray paint
Masking tape
Fabric squares
 
 
This is literally the easiest craft ever and it’s a great way to turn leftover tiles into something useful.

1. 

Just give the tiles a quick clean if they are a bit dusty, then use masking tape to mark out a design (stripes are always a classic and graphic shapes work well).

2.

Put them on some newspaper in a well-ventilated area and give them a couple of thin coats of spray paint. Leave them overnight (be patient!) before peeling off the tape to reveal the design

3.

Finish with a coat of clear varnish to make them really hardwearing
 

4.

To create a non-scratch surface underneath it’s a good idea to glue a square of fabric to the underside of the tile. I found, more by luck that judgement, that a stack of Loaf fabric samples I had in my craft box were literally the EXACT same size as the tiles I had for this make. But you can just cut a square of any fabric swatches you have to the right size. Use pinking scissors to ensure the fabric doesn’t fray.

5. 

Glue the fabric to the base of the tile. Velvet works really well if you have it, and it makes the coasters look really fancy! It gives them a really soft underside that glides over wooden tables etc, and it’s a pretty luxe combination with the gold paint.
 
Enjoy! A set of 4 of these would make a good present and they are a fun craft to make with kids too.
 


How to choose a topcoat for chalk paint™

From dressers, to kitchen cabinets, to your floors, we know you love painting everything. This can make for some tricky decision-making when choosing how to seal your piece. Dark or clear wax? To lacquer, or not to lacquer? What if i want a glossy finish? Will my piece be durable enough? These are the questions, we have the answers!

In this post we will talk about annie sloan clear soft wax, dark soft wax and annie sloan lacquer.

Our most common choice for finishing furniture is annie sloan soft wax. Developed to work together with Annie Sloan paint™, they make perfect partners. Soft wax is formulated with two of the purest and hardest natural waxes available; carnauba wax and beeswax, with a small amount of white spirit added to help the wax spread. It does not contain any dangerous quick dry solvents and the white spirits evaporate out completely, leaving you with a food safe layer once dried and cured.

The soft wax provides a beautiful, soft, velvety finish that is long-lasting and lustrous. Soft wax has water repellant properties but is not waterproof. The wax will diminish surface abrasions and scuffs on your piece. Wax finishes are also very easy to touch-up and restore. There is really nothing else like it! It is definitely our favourite finish.

If you want to give your finish an aged, antiqued look, you may choose to use some dark soft wax. We usually apply dark soft wax over a layer of clear soft wax. This way, it is easy to manipulate and layer your waxes to create your desired look.

Pictured above: old ochre (top) & old white (bottom)

2 layers of clear | 1 layer of clear + 1 layer of 50/50 mix | 1 layer of clear + 1 layer of dark | 2 layers of dark

Pictured above: paris grey

2 layers of clear | 1 layer of clear + 1 layer of 50/50 mix | 1 layer of clear + 1 layer of dark | 2 layers of dark

Pictured above: (left to right) scandinavian pink, henrietta, napoleonic blue, provence

Dark soft wax (top) | no wax (middle) | clear soft wax (bottom)

Annie sloan lacquer is absolutely a great option for finishing your furniture and cabinetry. Sometimes, we use lacquer for our larger projects simply because we can roll it on. We especially love to use lacquer when we are glazing a piece because it provides a great base for glazes. It allows the glaze to to slide effortlessly on the surface and be easily manipulated. Without the lacquer, chalk paint™ is very absorbent, and would take all that glaze, making it much harder to move and manipulate on the surface of the piece.

Pictured above: chalk paint™ finished with annie sloan lacquer and wood icing glaze effects

 

Annie sloan lacquer is a strong, penetrating, water-based, varnish with a slight sheen that matches the soft wax well. It is usually recommended for use over wood or concrete floors that have been painted with chalk paint™. The varnish is quick-drying, non-toxic, low odour and non-yellowing. Annie sloan lacquer provides a durable, scuff resistant finish that is both ring resistant (can tolerate hot cups) and resistant to alcohol spills.

Pictured above: chalk paint™ finished with annie sloan lacquer and general finishes gel stain (in the bottom crevasses)

 

We find that this finish is very scrubbable for those surfaces that take a bit more abuse. Lacquer can sometimes be a good choice for kitchen tables or cabinetry requiring glaze.

Pictured above: chalk paint™ finished with annie sloan lacquer and wood icing glaze effects

 

 


 

DIY: Ombré bowls using Annie Sloan Paint™ 

We have a little project for you with ombré painted bowls. This is the easiest DIY you’ll ever do AND will make a fabulous kitchen vignette.

You'll need:

Rice Bowls (The benefits of using Annie Sloan Paint™ - there’s no priming and it adheres to most surfaces – ceramic, wood, concrete, metal, plastic and much more.)

Steps:

Annie Sloan Paint™ is a non-toxic, water-based paint that is lead-free, EG-free, odour-free and has very low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Gather your colours (we used green/blue/grey and added some white to 2 colours for the perfect ombre)

Cover each bowl with  2 coats of your colour choice. - They dry very quickly

Paint the insides of your bowl too if you want.

Eau-la-la - perfect ombre bowls!

 


 

How to make a Rope Shelf

This shelf is simply a scaffold plank threaded with two lengths of rope that are knotted and frayed. Rustic metal handles have been used to attach the shelf to the wall and covered with rope knotted like a plait.

1.

You’ll need some natural-looking 3-strand polyester rope – at least 3 metres for each side. If you can’t get hold of a new or old scaffold plank, a chunky wooden board will do. Cut the board 100cm in length.

2.

Drill a hole at both ends of the front, 4cm from the front edge, with a 10ml drill bit. 

3.

Screw two standard door hinges on the back of the plank, 3cm from the outside edge at both ends. These will be hidden.

4.

Cut your rope into two lengths and make a stopper knot in each. You need more rope than you might think for this knot, so measure approximately two feet from the end.

5.

Hold the rope between your index finger and thumb, take it around the tip of your index finger then go backwards over the rope towards the hand and turn five times. 

6.

With your other hand slide the rope coil off your finger and with your other hand insert the short end back through all the loops.

7.

Insert the short ends through the coil.

8.

Gently pull both ends and work the coil as tight and evenly as possible.

9.

Decide on the length of your ‘tail’ and cut – you want it to unravel and fray.

10.

Now place your wooden plank against wall and use a spirit level to make it level. Open the hinges out, mark and attach the plank to the wall. Use appropriate fixing for the wall – use a wood screw for a timber wall or wall plug/screw anchor with masonry drill for cement.

11.

Once the shelf is horizontal and held in place, pull your rope up through the holes you made, using your knots as stoppers.

12.

To find the best position and angle for the handles that will hold your shelf horizontally, place the rope against the wall under tension and mark with a pencil. This mark gives you the bottom position of the handle. 

13.

Screw your handles to the wall.

14.

Wrap the handles with the rope in a series of reversed half hitches. 

15.

Pull everything tight and decide where you want to cut the rope at the top.

16.

Wrap some tape – any tape – two times around the rope and then cut with a knife through the centre.

17.

Seal the end with the tape still in place using a lighter. As it’s molten plastic the end of the rope will be extremely hot so do not touch until cool, then remove the tape. The end will now be sealed and won’t unravel.

This painted rope shelf is featured in Annie Sloan Paints Everything published by CICO Books 2016. See the book to discover how the shelf and rope were painted in Chalk Paint®. Photography by Christopher Drake © CICO Books.


 

Bring out the Grain in Wood

Using Chalk Paint® to reveal the grain in wood creates a classic rustic look in just a few simple steps.

1.

Add a little water to your Chalk Paint, making sure to stir well.

2.

Apply the thinned Chalk Paint® by brushing it into the wood working every way to make certain it goes into the grain of the oak.

3.

Wipe off the excess several times until you have achieved the look you are after. The first wiping will give it a translucent stain but if you wipe again the wood will look more like a limed oak with the paint just in the grain. For a stronger effect, repeat steps 1 and 2.

Tip:  Old White, Pure and Duck Egg Blue are good colours for this effect.

4.

Finish by making sure that every part of your furniture has been waxed at least once with a lint free cloth.

Tip: If you’re painting a floor be sure to use our Floor Lacquer to protect it.

 


 

Make your own Cheese board with Annie Sloan

Make your own cheese board using Annie Sloan Decoupage Glue and Varnish. Annie Sloan Decoupage Glue and Varnish is water-based, fast drying, and builds up layers very quickly. For fast and beautiful results, you can use it as an adhesive for decoupage or to transfer a laser-printed or photocopied image directly onto a surface. Easy to apply, this glue and varnish gives a beautifully smooth, matt finish. Available in 125ml pot.

 


 

Strepe verf sonder bloei

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Dis altyd moeilik om strepe te verf sonder dat dit bloei maar hier is ’n goeie wenk om dit klokslag reg te kry.

Gebruik ’n goeie kwaliteit maskeer band. Ons het hierdie sommer by Builders Warehouse gekoop. Die naam is Eurocel. Hierdie maskeerband los geen gom op jou stuk agter nie.

Ons wou die hout as deel van die finale produk behou. Verf die randjies van die maskeer band met ’n Matt  seëllaar.  Laat goed droog word.

Verf die rante van die maskeer band met jou Annie Sloan Verf. Vanaf maskeer band tot op hout.

Verf die hele oppervlak met 2 lae Annie Sloan Verf en laat droog word. Trek maskeer band af.

 Seël jou hele meubelstuk met seëllaar of Annie Sloan Waks. 

Voila! Strepe sonder bloei!

 

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