With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to create different finishes and effects with paint to change everyday rooms and furnishings into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint. The first section of the book tells you everything you need to know before you start - how to prepare surfaces properly, choose the right paint for the right place, use the best tools and select a colour scheme that will work with the room in question. Then, the 50 different techniques are divided into nine sections: colour washing; distressing and aging; fabric effects; wood effects; stone effects; metallic effects; stencilling and printing; stripes, checks, and spots; and, varnishing and glazing. There are step-by-step photos showing how to achieve the finished look, backed up by inspirational photos showing the effect used on walls and doors, furniture and floors. Learn how to bring old second-hand furniture bang up to date, or how to give modern pieces a softly aged appearance, as well as ways to treat and transform floorboards, doors and plastered walls, all with the aid of a pot of paint and a brush.
Annie Sloan is one of the world's most respected experts in the field of decorative painting. She runs highly successful workshops from her shop in Oxford, and teaches in Europe and the US. She has written 10 books, including The Painted Garden (ISBN 978-1-903116-62-3) Annie Sloan's Painted Kitchen (ISBN 978-1-903116-91-3) and Creating The French Look (ISBN 978-1-906094-33-1) - all published by CICO Books - and has featured prominently on PBS television and the Homes & Gardens TV channel. She also sells her own ranges of paint and French fabric, as well as vintage furniture, much of it from France, where she has a home.