5 April 2017

Leather Look Chair by Painter in Residence Jonathon Marc Mendes!


Can you believe that this stunning leather look chair actually started life like the picture below? With the help of a little Chalk Paint® and Clear and Dark Chalk Paint® Wax, Jonathon Marc Mendes has turned a rather dated and old looking chair in to something classically timeless, oh so handsome and quintessentially British! 


Jonathon began by adding water to Chalk Paint® in Arles to create the consistency of thin milk. (This is a must when painting directly on to fabric - the paint needs to absorb in to the fibres.) He painted the entire fabric surface of the chair with this base colour.

Once the first coat was dry, Jonathon added a touch of Primer Red to the watered down Arles mix - this created a gorgeous, warm colour that Jonathon began gradually layering on to the chair. To create an authentic leather look, the last coat of paint was applied fairly thickly so that the seat pad would crack, just like aged leather does!

Inspired by typography seen on old clock faces and coffee sacks, Jonathon created his own stencils using card. Once the painted fabric had dried, Jonathon applied his stencil designs to the chair using a Stencil Brush and Chalk Paint® in Graphite.



And now for the wax! Because Jonathon wanted a true leather feel to his chair, he finished the piece with wax, however if you just wanted to alter the colour of your chair, there is no need to wax as the watered down paint will have absorbed in to the fibres. Take a look at my video here to see this in action.

To create that gorgeous aged leather look Jonathon applied a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax all over, and then, using a Wax Brush, Jonathon applied Dark Chalk Paint® Wax to the surface, paying particular attention to the edges and purposefully creating patchy darker areas to add to the overall authenticity. Over time the wax will act just like real leather, cracking on the surface.

Residual Chalk Paint® Wax was then used on the woodwork, adding that final, luxurious finish.

Well done, Jonathon, what a glorious way to use my paint and products.

Yours, 

Annie 

29 March 2017

#25 Project Transformation 9: Nagymaros, Hungary!

How wonderful to feature this lovely #25Project all the way from the picturesque little town located on the banks of the Danube, Nagymaros. Below are photos of the transformation, but do also check out this video by a local news station too. My Hungarian may not be up to scratch but I can see the fabulous work that was put in to this whole project very clearly!

The wonderful volunteers! 
The cultural centre is used for concerts, children's theatre, choir and dance rehearsals and exhibitions by the local community, but was in desperate need of some love and attention as it hadn't been updated for 24 years! 
Before. The space hadn't been updated for 24 years! 
The wonderful and hands-on Eniko, my Hungarian distributor, along with a local community hero Katalin, rallied around volunteers and stockists for 4 days of transformation, working from their lovely mood board. 

The mood boards for the space, with Chalk Paint® and Coloured Linen. 
First came the upholstery workshop where nearly 50 chairs were painted and given new fabric from my Coloured Linens.
Chairs reupholstered in Coloured Linen
Then the great hall and smaller areas were all given an update with Chalk Paint®, Wax and Stencils. I especially love the stairs leading up to the stage, painted in Aubusson Blue and Paris Grey and finished with a thin coat of Lacquer

The stairs, painted in Aubusson Blue and Paris Grey
The best thing about this transformation is that the work by the wonderful volunteers has led to other acts of goodwill and generosity that has meant that the centre now has repaired walls, ceiling and new curtains too! 

Thank you to all people who have worked on this project, what a fantastic asset to a wonderful town! 

Yours, 

Annie
























17 March 2017

Art Deco Inspired Scene by Painter in Residence Jonathon Marc Mendes


This delightful Art Deco scene was created by my Painter in Residence Jonathon Marc Mendes using Chalk Paint®Clear Chalk Paint® Wax and Brass Leaf. That lovely little table was picked up at a local junk shop for a mere £5! Jonathon transformed its look with a striking 1930s font and chevron design. 







Jonathon started by lightly sanding the melamine tabletop to create a rough texture for the paint to adhere to. He then painted two coats of Old White to form the background of his design. Marking his designs out in pencils first, he painted the chevrons in a monochrome palette of Graphite, French Linen and a mix of them both for a lovely gradient. Gold Size was applied in squares on the tabletop and on the edge of the table, ready for Brass Leaf.

 

Jonathon then mixed Arles, Emperor’s Silk and Old White to paint the table legs and the lamp. The colour is very similar to Scandinavian Pink, just a little warmer. A coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax seals the work, and leaves the surface wipeable.

The overall look is chic and stylish, perfectly elegant and very Jonathon Marc Mendes. Perfect work!

Have you been inspired by the Art Deco look in your home? Let me know by tagging me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @anniesloanhome

Yours,

Annie

14 March 2017

#25Project Transformation 8: Viborg, Denmark!


Today I'm sharing the 8th transformation from the #25Project - from The Center for Mestring in Viborg, Denmark. The centre offers rehabilitation, education and activities for local people with mental health difficulties.


Users of the centre have access to the wonderful 'Recycle' workshop where the users get to paint, recycle and upcycle anything they can get their hands on, they then hold exhibitions to showcase and sell their work. The 'Recycle' garage space was the focus for the #25Project makeover, as it was an old, dark and uninspiring space in desperate need of some attention.


The project got off to a wonderful start with a workshop for users and volunteers, hosted by Claus and Jacob of C. Frohns Brugskunst, the local stockist based in Høvjslev. After the workshop the users got together to collaboratively create a vision board for the space and to discuss the changes that they'd like to make to the decor.


And haven't they done a fab job? I love the chairs that have been upholstered in my Coloured Linen, they look so cosy and comfortable. That mural, drawn by Anne who uses the centre, is excellent too. I love the owl, and the tree painted in Chalk Paint® in Honfleur and Amsterdam Green.

I love that this was a collaborative project from start to finish, and that the users of the centre now not only have the space to create but also new skills too! Well done and thank you to all involved!


Yours,

Annie





3 March 2017

Vintage painted sideboard by Jonathon Marc Mendes


When I announced that Jonathon Marc Mendes would be my latest Painter in Residence on Monday, the response from you was phenomenal. If you are already familiar with Jonathan's work, I'm sure you'll be excited to see what he has created for his residency, and this incredible piece will surely not disappoint.

Inspired by Jonathan's love of typography, vintage signs, bygone circus and fairground imagery, this piece is beautifully crafted to create a sense of history.

Using Aubusson Blue for the main body, Jonathon used a variety of Chalk Paint® colours to create a rich, moody and slightly masculine colour palette.  I love the addition of Brass Leaf – it gives a real sense of faded grandeur. Lashings of Dark Chalk Paint® Wax over the paint just add to the story.


Jonathan expertly hand painted all the imagery and fonts you see here. If you want to create something similar, but are a little afraid of hand painting designs yourself, why not try my Image Medium? Transferring printed images is really simple if you know how, just take a look at one of my previous blog posts to find out how.


So what do you think of this Jonathan's first project as Painter in Residence? Has it inspired you to include typography in your own work? Let me know by tagging me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @anniesloanhome. 

Yours, 

Annie 

2 March 2017

#25 Project Transformation 7: Hinckley, UK!

This great 25 Project transformation comes to you from the North of England. Hinckley Homeless Group has provided services for local young homeless since 1992. The wonderful work that they do, providing a safe and secure place for those in need, shows through the people who work there but unfortunately the communal lounge was in need of a little love and attention.

My Stockists came together for this transformation, including the wonderful Chalk and Linen Atherstone, Izzy Loops, and Chalk and Linen Coleshill. What I love about this whole project is that the style was dictated by the young residents, who wanted an industrial look inspired by London.

My stockists after all their hard work! Thank you! 
Using an industrial London look they've created a cool communal space. 
Volunteers and Stockists busy at work! 
I think I'll let the photos speak for themselves as you can see what incredible hard work and dedication went into this project.

Russ from Chalk and Linen made some incredible pieces of furniture by hand from scaffolding! 
Lots of work went in to the cushions and curtains, using my fabrics and Coloured Linen. 

The finished room, including Coloured Linen cushions, new curtains and hand made scaffolding furniture!
I hear that the residents are thrilled with their cool new communal area, which is what this whole project is all about after all. I want to say a big thank you to the volunteers and stockists who took part for all of their incredible work! 

Yours, 

Annie