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Posted by portugalpress on March 16, 2017

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It was a trip round Holland, UK and Portugal that confirmed to me that furniture painting was going to keep a lot of people busy over the next few years!

Fuelled in part by the do-it-yourself movement, and partly by its cost-effectiveness, locals are taking to the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint craze which has been sweeping through magazines and Pinterest boards.

People may have pieces kept in the family that they love, but are not fond of the look, and so decide to transform the piece into something they like and are proud of.

If you haven’t tried your hand at Chalk Paint® yet, now is the perfect time to start. There is no sanding, no priming and, honestly, in most cases you can clean or wipe down the piece and go to town.

This fun and easy hobby has quickly become a popular way to express one’s creativity. Developed by artist Annie Sloan, this decorative paint has a matte-like finish that can create a variety of results. Many love the textured and distressed finish it can give furniture, but Chalk Paint can be used in a myriad of ways beyond tables and chairs.

Ready to give it a shot? Along with your favourite colours of Chalk Paint, you’ll need good quality paint brushes, light and dark wax, and wax brushes. Pick a project, and you’re ready to go! You learn the most about Chalk Paint by doing: how hard to press, the type of brush that feels good in your hand, how to create beautiful texture ... so just have fun with it!

From stencils to washes, Chalk Paint® can be used in a variety of ways. The unique hues are also carefully crafted, inspired by Annie’s travels and experiences and designed to work alone as well as in combination. Rustic, refined, bold, chic or charming, the looks are limitless.

To learn more about Annie Sloan, workshops and rental items for weddings or events, come and visit our shop True Colours Algarve in Carvoeiro. We are just above the CEPSA petrol station.

Open on Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, and by appointment on Mondays and Saturdays.

To see the dates of upcoming DIY workshops this month, go to Facebook: True Colours Algarve

truecoloursalgarve@gmail.com

By INGRID OLIVER

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