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Before… and After!

I like to inspire people to paint as much as possible.

Customers often tell me they struggle to imagine what something might look like painted, or don’t consider themselves creative enough to even consider a furniture transformation.

So… Here is a small selection of my projects – Before and After – to get those creative juices flowing!

 

An Idiot’s Guide to Chalk Paint

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Kitchen Makeover

What do you do when you’re fed up with your kitchen, but don’t want to spend thousands of pounds on a new one..?

Paint it!

Vintro Chalk Paint is suitable for all kitchen surfaces, namely cupboards, laminate and tiles and is available in lots of beautiful colours, no matter what your taste.

The owners of this large, modern but tired kitchen wanted a fresh, stylish new look.

 

They chose Pebble – a stunning oatmeal/taupe neutral – for their cupboards and radiator cover. They then decided to use Supreme Matt Emulsion in ‘Pearl’ for their walls, including the feature wall which previously had black and leaf design wallpaper. And here are the full results.

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A wonderful illustration of how Vintro Chalk Paint can be used to transform your furniture and your home…

  • Adheres to any clean surface with no preparation required
  • Low odour
  • Virtually VOC free
  • Dries quickly
  • Wash hands and brushes with warm soapy water – no harsh chemicals
  • Vintro Extreme Lacquer provides the ultimate durability
  • Supreme Matt Emulsion is wipeable and suitable for all rooms including kitchens and bathrooms

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It’s Mellow Yellow

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but yellow is BIG in interiors this year..

It’s popping up all over the place and I have seen some absolutely gorgeous furniture and accessories.

Remember, yellow is a happy colour and is proven to have a positive affect on your mood. So why not bring some sunshine into your home?

Still not sure? Here are some of my favourites – you may just change your mind…

Fern & Grey, Lula Chair, £279

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What’s not to love about this chair? Especially as it’s currently reduced from £400.
Buy it here.

 

Made, Prism Mustard and Grey Bedset, from £35

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Yellow and grey is a match made in heaven.
Buy it here.

 

IKEA, Stockholm Bedside Table, £70

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Stylish, practical and a bit of sunshine for your bedroom.
Buy it here.

 

Oliver Bonas, Picture Frame, £12

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Add a small pop of colour with accessories such as this beautiful photo frame.
Buy it here.

 

John Lewis, Orla Kiely Hen Cushion, £35

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Brighten up your sofa, armchair or bed with this chirpy cushion.
Buy it here.

 

Perch & Parrow, Charlotte Throw, £145

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Keep warm with this gorgeous throw or use it decoratively on your bed or sofa.
Buy it here.

 

IKEA, Stockholm Rug, £160

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Simple but stunning this moroccan patterned rug would look fantastic in any room.
Buy it here.

 

Argos, Heart of House Knitted Pod, £31.99

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Use as a footstool or a handy extra place to sit, this knitted pod is bright and beautiful.
Buy it here.

 

If you’re still not convinced, check out this year’s other colour trends

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What Colour Are You?

As fashionistas are excited about which trends will be hitting the high street in 2017, interiors and homeware brands are also ready to launch new collections, colours and styles.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not one for overhauling my entire wardrobe every year, let alone every season. I can’t afford it and neither would I want to throw out my old favourites.

However, new things will always catch our eye and there’s nothing like jazzing up an outfit you already have with a new bag, maybe a scarf, or some cheap and cheerful jewellery.

Furniture is no different. Most of us wouldn’t dream of redecorating our homes, or replacing the three piece suite, on a whim. But this doesn’t mean you can’t spruce things up or have a facelift.

According to an article from Elle Decor, this year’s range of colours all pick up on personality traits. Confidence, Composure and Comfort are the main drivers with sunshine filled yellows, peaceful blues and greens and charcoal greys. Pink and orange are those essential accent colours to break things up.

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Add sunshine to any room with Vintro’s fabulous Sunflower
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Sophisticated and composed… French Navy
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Bold and beautiful, Nightfall

With this in mind, why not take a look at the Vintro colour chart and think about ways you could jazz up an old piece of furniture or introduce a new colour scheme to add the wow factor to a dreary room?

Almost all Vintro colours* are available in Supreme Matt Emulsion which is suitable for walls and ceilings in any room. If you can’t see the colour you’re looking for, they mix exceptionally well. Contact your local stockist for help and advice.

*Citron and Chocolate are not available in Supreme Matt Emulsion. There isn’t much call for fluorescent yellow or brown…

See all 45 colours in the Vintro range

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In The Navy

Vintro Chalk Paint are offering something no other Chalk Paint brand do and that is a FREE sample pot with every hand-painted colour chart purchased, at just £2.50.

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You may say “but surely colour charts are free?” Unfortunately, most chalk paint manufacturers have to charge a small amount for these charts, because producing them costs money. Larger, more prolific brands like Crown and Dulux can churn them out for free because the production cost, for them, is a drop in the ocean.

So. Back to our free sample pot, which is the stunning French Navy, one of Vintro’s most popular colours – not just in furniture paint but also in their Supreme Matt Emulsion for walls and ceilings.

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I’ve recently sold two items done in this colour in quick succession, so I thought I’d show you how fabulous it is.

Painting with French Navy is like dressing something in a posh suit. It’s smart and sophisticated. It’s a fantastic alternative to grey or black if you want something bold but a bit different.

I found this fantastic solid wood Scandi style bench and decided to paint just the top, in French Navy. The legs looked great as they were.

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French Navy Sold Wood Bench, £59

The gold handles and trim on this little 1970s cabinet look brilliant against dark blue.

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French Navy Retro Cabinet, £70

This wardrobe wasn’t mine but something I was asked to paint for a friend, who was furnishing a rental property and didn’t want to spend a fortune on new stuff.

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Again, what was once a pretty boring piece of furniture was transformed by the French Navy, complimenting the 70’s gold handles and simple lines.

If you fancy giving it a try and would like to order a colour chart and free 30ml sample pot, get in touch with me at shelleschic@gmail.com Postage is £3.00 or you can pop into my shop at Chilvers Coton Craft Centre in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

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Easy Upcycling: Drawers

Drawers. One of the most common and multi-functional pieces of furniture any of us own. They’re also one of the easiest items to upcycle.

If you’ve got a tired old chest of drawers that could do with zuzhing up, here are some of my favourites to help inspire you!

(All images are from Pinterest bar the last one, which was my very own creation).

  1. Colour gradients.

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One of the easiest and most effective ways to jazz up a plain chest of drawers is to work between white and a darker colour and do a gradient from top to bottom. Start with white at the top and the other colour at the bottom and then mix them together to create however many shades inbetween. Beautiful!

 

3. Make a statement

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Some things just need a coat of paint. Many people have dowdy, dark furniture that simply needs a bit of love. Go all out and make a statement. Items with unusual detailing or curved edges always come out looking fabulous.

 

3. Paint and paper

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What it says on the tin. Find some paper (could be wallpaper, wrapping paper or decorative paper from a craft shop) and alternate with complimentary colours. Gorgeous.

 

4. Go Boho

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Not a million miles away from the one above, mismatch some vintage inspired paper, cover the drawer fronts and paint the body. Add lots of distressing for a really worn, vintage look.

 

5. Scandi Chic

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If you’re feeling brave, have a go with a large stencil and add some sharp Scandinavian style to a mid-century chest of drawers. Scandi has really made a comeback and even with the simplest of colour schemes, looks amazing.

 

6. Match it up

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Many brands offer matching fabric and wallpaper. So why not match furniture to your curtains or scatter cushions in your bedroom or lounge?

 

7. Black and gold

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Upcycling doesn’t all have to be shabby chic and flowery. Create something opulent like this black and gold chevron chest of drawers.

 

8. Stencils can work wonders

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I love IKEA furniture but if you have drawers like this and you’ve had them for a while, you may be getting a bit bored. Stencils are generally inexpensive, quick and easy to use, especially on plain, flat surfaces.

 

9. Think of the children (!)

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It’s not always about the grown-ups. Make something lovely for your little one’s bedroom with your own artwork or using stencils or transfers.

 

10. Get the posh knobs in

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Turn ugly orange pine into something fun or elegant with new handles. There are literally a million to choose from and they cost as little as £1.50 each. Your only problem will be deciding which ones you like the best!

 

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Chalk Paint Hints and Tips

After two and a half years of using chalk paint, I am still learning new ways of achieving better results and making the process easier.

If you’ve just started painting, the following list of hints and tips may be of use. I have put them in alphabetical order, in case you want to beeline a specific topic.

I will add to it whenever something new occurs to me…

  • Application (See also Smooth Finish)

Chalk Paint is often very thick. Not only does it need a good stir before you begin, but you may want to a very small amount of water to thin it down and make it easier to apply. A teaspoon of water is more than enough for a tester size tin and a tablespoon enough for a 1L tin. Try not to add too much water as the paint will become too thin to achieve good coverage. You will also see bubbles appearing as you apply it and it will drip everywhere! An alternative to adding water to the tin is to have some in a container and very lightly dip just the tip of your brush before dipping it into the paint.

  • Bleed through (See also Orange Patches)

Some wood, particularly old and untreated wood, will bleed through (or cause orange patches) to bleed through paint. This is especially noticeable when using paler colours.

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Orange patches show through on the untreated wood of this old bookshelf

If this happens, don’t panic. Grab a tin of Vintro Extreme Lacquer, apply a coat to the area and leave it to try for at least 12 hours. This will seal the bleed and when it’s properly dry, carry on painting over the top.

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Extreme Lacquer seals the bleed and stops stains from appearing through the paint

If the problem persists (which in rare cases it does) apply a second coat of Extreme, leave it for 12 hours and continue. Avoid trying to paint over the Extreme in less than the recommended time. If it’s not sufficiently dry, the paint (or a second coat of Extreme) will reactivate the first coat – a bit like nail varnish – and it won’t work/set properly. This will prevent the sealing action and the orange patches will continue to come through – no matter how many times you paint over it.

  • Chairs

Painting chairs can be a total nightmare, even for a pro! Spindle backs and awkward places where the paint can easily gather and cause lumps, make it very tricky to achieve a tidy finish. There is no quick fix to this, but my advice is, have a small,preferably flat brush to hand (something from Hobbycraft for a couple of quid will do). These can be very handy for avoiding build up in corners and also on spindles. Treat each spindle as if it has four sides and this will also help you to avoid missing areas. Same goes for the legs.

  • Coverage

New painters often worry when the first coat doesn’t do the job and looks wishy washy and basically awful. This is perfectly normal! Some colours will cover brilliantly with one coat and others need two, sometimes three, to achieve the same depth. Needless to say, painting dark surfaces with white or any other very pale colour will often require 2-3 coats. But you will see a huge difference between the first and second applications.

  • Distressing (See also Shabby Chic)

Lots of people ask me about distressing. It’s really very simple and as long as you’re using the right sandpaper you’ll be fine. Coarse sandpaper (100 grit or less) will strip off a lot of paint so you really want 120 or finer. Finish your painting and when it’s dry, rub the sandpaper along corners, edges, anywhere that wear and tear would naturally appear. This is called distressing and will give your piece a distressed/rustic/shabby chic look. How much you distress is entirely up to you. If you do it too much and change your mind, just paint over it.

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  • Orange patches (See also Bleed through)

Some wood, particularly old and untreated wood, will bleed through (or cause orange patches) to bleed through paint. This is especially noticeable when using paler colours. If this happens, don’t panic. Grab a tin of Vintro Extreme Lacquer, apply a coat to the area and leave it to try for at least 12 hours. This will seal the bleed and when it’s properly dry, carry on painting over the top. If the problem persists (which in rare cases it does) apply a second coat of Extreme, leave it for 12 hours and continue. Avoid trying to paint over the Extreme in less than the recommended time. If it’s not sufficiently dry, the paint (or a second coat of Extreme) will reactivate the first coat – a bit like nail varnish – and it won’t work/set properly. This will prevent the sealing action and the orange patches will continue to show through.

  • Rollers

Depending on the sort of finish you’re after, you may want to use a roller to cover large surfaces quickly. Foam rollers are better for Chalk Paint and if the consistency is just right, you will only get the very slightest stipple. Be careful to apply the roller in all directions which will help to get ride of lines. Two or three thinner coats tend to work better than one or two thick ones.

  • Shabby Chic (See also Distressing)

Lots of people ask me about achieving the Shabby Chic look. It’s really very simple and as long as you’re using the right sandpaper you’ll be fine. Coarse sandpaper (100 grit or less) will strip paint off completely, so you really want 120 or finer. Finish your painting and when it’s dry, rub the sandpaper along corners, edges, anywhere wear and tear would naturally appear. This is called distressing and will give your piece a distressed/rustic/shabby chic look. How much you distress is entirely up to you. If you do it too much and change your mind, just paint over it.

  • Smooth finish (See also Application)

Achieving a smooth finish is easier when the paint isn’t too thick. Chalk Paint can be very thick but it has a rich pigment which means the coverage should be excellent. But if the paint is very gloopy when you’re applying it, the brush will start to drag and the paint will go lumpy. Adding a small amount of water to the paint and giving it a good stir should resolve this. Or, dip your brush very slightly into some water before dipping it into the paint for a smoother application and finish.

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Additionally, try to continue paint strokes from one side of a flat surface to the other. Once you’ve applied paint to the whole surface, take the brush smoothly from one side to the other which will help to evenly distribute

If all else fails, there’s always sandpaper. Sandpaper works better and more evenly used with a block. Try and use a 120 or finer and this will remove any grainy or bumpy finish without stripping the paint off completely. Don’t worry if it looks like the colour of the paint has changed. When you sand, you break the bond in the paint which is more noticeable with dark colours. As soon as you apply wax or lacquer, everything will even out.

  • Stencilling

Stencilling is a great way of adding something extra to what might otherwise be very plain, items. All the same rules apply if stencilling with chalk paint. If you stencil straight onto a surface, don’t forget you still need to seal the paint, particularly for delicate patterns, which could come off easily. If you’re applying the stencil on top of paint, do so once the main coat is dry.

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Apply your stencil once the bottom layer is dry and remove straight away to make washing the stencil easier

Remove the stencil carefully while the paint is still wet. This makes it easier to wash the mylar/plastic for reuse. I recommend a wax finish over stencils, as lacquer can often reactivate the delicate layer of paint and cause it to smudge. If you need additional durability, use wax, allow it to cure for several hours or overnight and then apply a lacquer over the top.

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Finish with wax, as lacquer can smudge the delicate layer of paint

 

  • Thickness

Chalk Paint is generally water based and some brands are very thick – almost like mousse – when you first open the tin.

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Chalk Paint may be very thick when you first open the tin

Simply add water – not a lot, usually a couple of tablespoons will suffice – to achieve a thinner consistency. If you add too much water, you’ll see tinny bubbles appearing as you paint it will splash more. Also the coverage won’t be quite as good. But don’t worry. You can thicken it back up again by leaving the tin open for a while (possibly a few hours).

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Give it a good stir for about 10 seconds and add a little water if required to achieve a smooth and slightly runnier consistency
  • Two-tone distressing

This basically means painting one colour over a different colour and then distressing to bring some of the first colour through.

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Orange over Turquoise

It’s very simple. Just paint your first colour and let it dry (properly, to avoid it mixing with the next colour) and then paint the second colour. When that’s completely dry, use some fine sandpaper and gently distress as you would normally, applying very little pressure, so as to expose the first colour, rather than remove both layers of paint. When you’re happy with the amount of two-toning, wax or lacquer to finish.

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