Mixing it up!

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Given that I have two young girls, pink is a popular colour in our house!

But whilst I try not to over do the pink outfits / teddy bears / princess castles, I did actually want to create this new shade of pink to liven up this old pine chair that I’d picked up from a charity shop a long time ago and had just been gathering dust in storage!

Many of you will have seen and perhaps experienced some of the Annie Sloan Chalk PaintTM colours, but they don’t just stop with what you can see on the colour chart.

There are hundreds more colours and shades to be had by mixing colours together. One of the easiest ways to do this is to take any of the colours, and mix them with any of the whites (Old White, Pure or Original). There’s no difficult science behind it, it’s more about being creative and experimenting to get the shade you’re looking for.

I got this particular shade of pink by taking Emperors Silk – on its own a strong, vibrant red – and mixing it with Pure – the clean / bright white.

I started with one part Pure and kept going until about two parts Pure until I was happy.

This now sits in the spare room finished off with a simple patch cushion for a bit more detail.

So, remember, if you can’t see the colour you want, mix it up!

If you need some more inspiration, then we have some more examples in Pebble of other colours we’ve mixed together which may just spark a few ideas!.

Happy mixing!

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My Favourite Shade of Grey

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It’s been a while since I last had the chance to post anything on here…some of you will have seen that we have been busy moving our clothes (previously in Pebble Boutique) across and into our other shop – Pebble Home. That’s all done now so we have our clothes and home goodies all under one roof!

During that time, I’ve also been busy with other creative bits and pieces, as we’ve also been putting the finishing touches to our own house renovation. So, now time to start sharing…and first, how to add a bit of colour and character to your old outside furniture.

I’ve had this table and chairs for years, carting it round with me each time I’ve moved house. Inspired by Annie Sloan Chalk PaintTM, it was now time to turn this textiline / whicker collection into something more interesting!

Paris Grey was the colour of choice and really, it was nothing more complicated than giving it all a light paint. Isn’t that why we all love Annie Sloan Chalk PaintTM so much?! I didn’t wax it and it’s since endured plenty of sunshine and rain and still looks great!

I wanted to paint it lightly, to allow the original colour to come through. So I purposely wasn’t particularly careful with the painting, just doing enough to get a decent covering. The texture of the chairs gave a natural bit of character anyway, and together with the colour, this has really turned out well.

The final touch was to add an extra bit of colour with this red and white Cabbages & Roses fabric.

The FINAL touch is to add sunshine, friends and some bubbly!! Enjoy! x

 

When Wicker Went White

Literally the quickest makeover ever.

Suddenly realised the natural wicker look wasn’t going to work in the room I intended the chair for so a quick splash of Annie Sloan Pure Chalk Paint later and the white distressed look on this occasional chair is achieved.

Am now a little bit obsessed with transforming wicker. Imagine those French bistro chairs with wicker seats rough coated in chalk paint……

I prefer the slightly patchy look, I think it looks more natural …. as if the chair has just weathered over time.ImageImage

Happy Painting!

Clare
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A Moment With Mahogany

I have nothing against dark wood, I love the beauty of it and have bits and pieces in dark wood scattered through my house amongst the white and painted furniture…..but in this post I wanted to share a transformation of some dark wood cabinets as I often get asked about how to strip back/paint this type of wood stain etc.  As many of you know Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is my paint of choice for painting furniture and there are very few surfaces that you need to prep in order to use this paint (that’s half the appeal!) However old dark stained wood can sometimes be problematic and seep through the paint.  So, the answer I’ve found that works really well is to use aluminium primer.  You could use normal 123 white primer but I’ve found I need a couple of coats of it, whereas aluminium primer does the job in one coat.  

With these particular cabinets, I took the doors off, primed with aluminium primer and then mixed Annie Sloan Aubusson with some Annie Sloan Old White to get a stunning denim blue colour.  These cabinets are in our playroom/study so we wanted a “playful” and bright look and I’m really pleased with the result. 

I’m really getting into mixing the paint colours now as there is a whole world of colours beyond the   colour “straight from the tin”.  Annie has a new book out which we’ve got in stock now, called Colour Recipes For Painted Furniture and it has some fabulous ideas if you need some further inspiration.

Just start mixing and see where it takes you…!ImageImage

Just getting started…….

I’m often getting asked for design and styling tips by my friends and my lovely customers, so I decided it was time I joined the blogging world.  I’ll be sharing personal interiors projects, furniture painting and renovating ideas, fashion ideas from Pebble, things that inspire me and anything that captures my imagination that I think others might like too.

Once I get underway I’d love to hear from you about what you think and what you’re working on, and if Pebble can help you with any inspiration or ideas. Image