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The paint revolution - Saturday, March 28, 2015

It’s been a revolution. Upcycling furniture with chalk paint might have been popular for a few years now – but it’s still going strong. It’s ideal if you’re anything like me, and having to watch every penny.

I love being able to transform pieces of furniture instead of having to spend money on new pieces. I must admit, I’m not a fan of modern furniture. It always seems to fall apart in no time at all.

SHEDDING TEARS 

I love the rustic and vintage style. Older pieces tend to be nice and sturdy. My particular favourites are tables. I always wonder who has sat round a table in years gone by – chatting, laughing, maybe shedding a few tears.

Before chalk paint appeared on the market, you had to spend so long sanding the wood down and priming, before finally being able to paint. Okay, so you still need to spend time sourcing beautiful older pieces of furniture and painting – but that’s the enjoyable part, and rather therapeutic!

However, if you’re working on very dark wood, it’s wise to prime it first. I have found that sometimes bleed marks appear. It’s cheaper to prime and then use the chalk paint.

I use Autentico paints and waxes. They boast 140 different shades, so no need to mix to get the colour you want. I could never get the hang of that. The paint is a great consistency, quick drying, without the odour of regular paint and eco-friendly – something I’m passionate about. 

TRIP TO FRANCE

It’s so easy to do yourself. You just have to be brave and give it a go. My home looks bright and refreshed. The great thing is, if I get a little bored with the scheme, I just go and choose one of the many colours and start painting.

I’m going to take a trip to France in April. I’ll be visiting La Grande Réderie in Amiens in the search for something unusual. It will be the first time that I’ve looked for furniture abroad. But I’m looking forward to the adventure – and sharing it with you! (Photo: Clive Price)

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