13 July 2017

#25Project: Turkey!

Today I'm sharing a completed 25 Project all the way from Turkey! This very worthy venue is a school for deaf-mute children and the space that was chosen to be transformed is the art and drawing room of the school. The picture below shows a rather dated room, with walls covered with gold fabric!

My distributor for Turkey, Meltem of Dama Vintage and the local stockist, Tulay of Eski and Yeni, organised the design and transformation, along with volunteers from the local University and the school. To give the space a lift and to transform it into a creative and colourful room they used Chalk Paint® in a palette of Scandinavian Pink, Antoinette, Provence and Original. Everything was painted, from that gold fabric to the school desks, tables, bookshelves and chairs! I love how they created a tactile, fun and engaging space for the children by using patterns, prints and stripes with the paint. It is now a space that breathes creativity.

The best part of the project is of course, the reveal, and I’m told that this one was very special. The volunteers got a chance to meet the students who used the space and there was great excitement from the children when the freshly painted art room was revealed!

I want to thank every single person involved, from the volunteers to the school, and my Turkish stockists and distributors. Their hard work and patience has really paid off and I hope that the space helps the students creativity to bloom.



2 June 2017

#25Project Transformation 10: New Zealand!

This week I've been loving all things coastal and beachy, so what better time to share this beautiful coastal inspired #25Project from Pohutukawa Coast in New Zealand!

The Beachlands Community Trust, situated in a beautiful log cabin, is a community events space that provides arts and crafts classes to the locals amongst other things.

The wonderful people at Taylored Revival, their local Annie Sloan stockist, led the project and were there every step of the way. I thank them for all of their incredible hard work in this transformation.

It was inspiring to see just how involved the whole community were with the transformation of this space, from sharing their thoughts and ideas on design and colour schemes to pitching in with the painting.

I think the pictures from the project speak for themselves, so scroll down and have a look at this positive, joyful project! 

The before.
Dark and a little old fashioned 

The outside is done!
Now for the inside...
Everyone coming together to help paint it Louis Blue
Vinyl chairs painted in soft blue tones.
These vinyl chairs have been painted in Greek Blue and finished with Clear Wax
The table is English Yellow

Duck Egg Blue! 

To find out more about this fantastic project more head over to Taylored Revivals blog, it's a fascinating and uplifting read!

Well done to all the team and the community of Beachlands for coming together to transform this cabin in to a bright, breezy and coastal haven!



26 May 2017

Botanical Inspired Roll Top Desk by Jonathon Marc Mendes

I'm thrilled to share this wonderful project from my Painter in Residence, Jonathon Marc Mendes. Sadly this is the last of the projects from his residency, but I know for certain that we'll be seeing much more from him!

As we've come to expect from Jonathon, this piece brings together gorgeous colour combinations, intricate techniques (including his inspired fossilised leaf technique) and bold typography.

Jonathon started by painting the inside of this roll-top desk with a mix of Chalk Paint™in Old Violet and French Linen. He painted thickly and then cracked the paint by applying direct heat from a hairdryer.

Using masking tape Jonathon masked off an area around the edges to create a border of natural, unpainted wood. He painted the ‘Office’ lettering by hand, using Old White and Graphite over the top of the surface painted in a mix of Antibes Green, Graphite and Old White. To give it that aged, speckled look Jonathon flicked a little paint off of the end of a small artist's brush.

The drawers and cubby holes inside the desk were painted in various mixes and shades of bright colours, such as that hot pink – created by mixing Henrietta together with a touch of Emperor’s Silk.

For the top front drawer, Jonathon created a leaf design using a handmade stencil and completed it by painting the detail in by hand.

On the middle drawer, Jonathon used a fossil leaf technique, which is essentially like using real leaves as a stamp! To try this technique yourself, press leaves in to paint, vein side down, and leave there until the paint is nearly dry. Then, to highlight the beautiful slightly 3D print that this creates, use a little Dark Chalk Paint® Wax.

On either side of the desk is the fantastic contemporary leaf detail, which Jonathon expertly hand painted using Antibes Green over a mix of Graphite and Antibes.

To finish the piece and to bring it all together, Jonathon used my Sanding Pads to lightly distress areas over the whole desk. He then applied a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax to seal in the paint and protect his wonderful work.

So finally, thank you Jonathon for the constantly inspiring work that you create with my paint and products.  I know that you will continue to be a huge creative force for us all!



4 May 2017

Victorian Inspired G Plan Table by Jonathon Marc Mendes

Here's the latest project from my Painter in Residence Jonathon Marc Mendes. It has his stamp all over it: the thoughtful colour combinations, the clever mix of styles and influences, the excellent paintwork and, of course, typography!

This G Plan bent wood coffee table was picked up at a local junk shop. Jonathon was drawn to the waterfall edges and clean lines. It’s a classic example of 70s design, so Jonathon decided to keep some of the wood unpainted, and add an architectural heritage detail, in this case, his Victorian tile design.

The combination of the G Plan design and hand-painted geometric details creates a modern, interesting look that is pure Jonathon.

Using the famous tile company Minton as his inspiration, Jonathon first painted the base of the table in Old White. He then used various Chalk Paint® colours to create his tile design. Jonathan used mixes of Country Grey, Antibes Green, Graphite and English Yellow, but this look could easily be achieved with Honfleur and Amsterdam Green mixes too. The pop of Giverny really makes it sing!

Incredibly, Jonathan painted the majority of this design by hand! Lots of patience is required for this, but you can use a stencil to create a similar pattern. Try my stencil in Tallulah, for example.

He then painted the sides in a mix of Napoleonic Blue and Graphite for a deep navy, ready for the Minton typography, which he created with an acetate stencil.

A coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax was then applied over the whole piece, to protect the paint and give the woodwork a refresh too.

I love the modern, masculine styling of the piece. Those 1970’s stag carvings have been given a modern twist, diagonally painted in Old White to link to the piece of furniture. And that wall is a gorgeous backdrop in Aubusson Blue.

We’re nearing the end of Jonathon's residency, I have just one more project from him to share! It’s been a fantastic three months of inspirational work, and I’m not saying I’ve saved the best till last, but make sure to check back soon to judge for yourselves!



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.



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!