To get the creative juices flowing take a read through a taster of just some of the paint projects that are covered in “Quick and Easy Paint Transformations” by Annie Sloan. In this book she really pulled the boat out and transformed fifty pieces of furniture. It includes before and after photographs with step by steps of mainly furniture with a few walls and floors. The furniture was on the whole old pieces but she did take a few new pieces, some metal lamp bases and a cement garden pot!
Use a roller to paint the floor. You may need one or two coats depending on the colour of the wood or concrete and the colour of the paint. Light colours will need more coats generally. Varnish with Hannant’s Extra Strong varnish.
The concrete floor to the left has been transformed by our paint. For speed, paint all over using a sponge roller (do the edges with a brush) using (in this case) Paris Grey and let it dry. Put some paint into a tray and press a flat sponge into it so it is well coated but not too thick. Press this onto the floor carrying on until you have an all over checkered pattern. On some of the squares apply another colour such as Cream. This is also a project in ‘Paint Transformations.’ Lastly using a roller, apply 2 coats of Extra Strong Matt Lacquer .
Paint on kitchen cabinets using at least 2 coats of paint and then give it 2 or 3 coats of wax to seal it. Our wax is water repellent and strong and bonds well to the paint. Our paint is meant to give character and interest, rather than a perfectly smooth ‘plastic’ finish. Refresh every now and again with some more wax when it needs it. No need to sand or prime although, in high use areas like the cutlery drawer it might be wise. Best results if the kitchen is wooden. Painting onto laminates or very shiny surfaces is not recommended.
Paint over wood, metal, matt plastic or terracotta and leave to harden overnight before exposing to rain. No need to varnish or wax Matt walls – use on walls for a completely matt effect but remember this is best for anywhere that is not going to get a lot of wear and tear.