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Annie Sloan is a paint legend and one of the world’s most popular experts on the subject of decorative painting. From colourwashing to printing, guilding and dyeing: her expert tips show you how to create transform your home for the cost of a pot of paint
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Whether your taste is for colourful boho chic or restrained Swedish style, cozy country shades or elegant French furniture Annie’s easy to follow guide has a project to suit.

If you wish to create your own colours, start out by mixing different paints together with your fingers on paper or making small quantities in a paint tray. Use teaspoons and half teaspoons of the different paints to create the desired colour – is it a lot of white with a little bit of colour or equal amounts? Once you have determined the ratio of colours, you can then go on to make larger quantities, using this as a guideline.

If you are painting a piece of furniture for a particular room, it is a good idea to make up your paint colour in that room – the existing colours and the quality of the light can make a huge difference to how the paint will appear, and you may need to adjust your colour mix to make it lighter or brighter or darker. I also always recommend that you paint in daylight. I have painted too many pieces in artificial light and then been horrified to see them in daylight. What I thought was a subtle blend of colors turned out to be an alarming mess!

Published in: November 2013

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