I’ve recently had a change of career, from teaching Interior Design to working in design with the Theofano team, so as you can imagine, I was a little out of touch with new products on the market.
Interior Design is taught in many FE colleges as part of construction, and in the college where I had worked, we came under the ‘Painting and Decorating’ umbrella. I thought I had a good basic knowledge of eggshell, matt, silk finishes etc., as far as paint went, and to be perfectly honest, with what little knowledge and experience I had gained of the Annie Sloan chalk paint range, I had assumed that it was mainly about branding and tasteful colour palettes. How wrong I was!
My first contact with Annie Sloan products was one of my creative highlights of 2016! Like all the Sloan fans who now come into Theofano’s I firmly believe that her chalk paint can change your life. I can now spend hours ‘talking chalk’ with other fans!
A little bit about Theofano chalk paint workshops. To work with a product, you need to learn about it. To learn about it, you need to actually use it. It was an absolute pleasure to be booked on to the chalk paint workshop at Theofano’s in November 2016, and to meet the other learners. We were each given a sheet of plywood, and from there we spent the morning, under Maureen’s guidance, applying different products to the surface. The results were astonishing.Before you even put the brush to the surface, you have to understand that chalk paint needs no or very little prep.
I was ready to sand the bare surface of the board, and this in itself, if you are used to working with regular painting and decorating products, requires a whole new way of thinking. No prep! A huge time saver already. After that you have to marvel at the wonderful matt finish which chalk paint has. Matter than any matt paint I have ever worked with before. As designers, we do understand how silk finishes can go out of fashion, and how certain finishes can become fads, but the chalk matt finish is more than just a paint. The thickness of the product is sturdy, like very thick whipped cream, and it is a low VOC, healthy organic recipe, making the experience of using it very satisfying in itself!
From the introduction to Annie Sloan products, I went on to experiment with them in my own home, and I look forward to blogging about my projects soon, but for now I hope Sloan fans will have enjoyed my first blog here about chalk paint and please feel free to leave your comments below.
Looking forward to writing soon!
Patricia Carter (Theofano team)