Saturday, 30 September 2017
Annie Sloan Paint & Small Tiled Areas
Get a fresh new look for in time for Christmas that won’t cost you a fortune. Up-cycling is as popular as ever and with so many different projects about it is hard to know which ones to try. Anything from revamping a coffee table to giving your home a whole new look. So to make it a little easier we have picked out a few of our favourites.
An old steel framed coffee table can be completely transformed, replace the old wooden top with a strong piece of marine grade plywood and tile the top with old Moroccan tiles or mosaic to give it a more Mediterranean feel. For something a bit more modern you could go for a marble or stone. Or if you want a bit of colour or pattern there are so many options available. You can even paint the steel frame using Annie Sloan chalk paint if you want a change of colour.
Revolutionise your front steps. Tile your steps and give your front door a fresh coat of paint. Black and white chequerboard can bring a whole new look to your home without going to great expense. If that’s not really your style why not go for slate effect porcelain with a brightly coloured door or pretty patterned non slip tile. Whether you are going for country cottage, modern townhouse or anything in-between there is something to suit.
Annie Sloan paint can be used to bring new life to your interiors in so many ways, why not give your old curtains a new look and dye them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can use it to paint or dye fabric, just follow the instructions on Annie’s website. This way you can upcycle old chairs, curtains, footstools etc.
To brighten up your office walls or add a bit of fun to children’s bedrooms why not create a coloured chalkboard? Annie Sloan unwaxed chalk paint can be used as a chalkboard. With endless colour options available by mixing different colours the possibilities are limitless. Why not give it a go?
Quirky tiles can be used as a splash back in a small wc to give it a real wow factor, why not go for something a bit different. A safari animal print tile, flamingo print, umbrella shaped, or a kite mosaic tiles. There are so many options to give your cloakroom, bathroom or wc a facelift. You could do the walls in Annie Sloan paint, upcycle an old mirror and use her gold leaf or guilding wax to bring a bit of sparkle to the detailing.
If you hallway needs a bit of a lift, Annie Sloan wall paint could be a good option, or for the floorboards use her paint in conjunction with the floor lacquer for a slightly aged feel. You can also use it to paint your lampshades, why not go ombre style giving a more atmospheric feel.
Revamp your fireplace with a coat of Annie Sloan and some new tiles, see her website for details on what to do. You can also add some patterned, coloured or period tiles to add that little bit of drama. If you don’t have a fireplace it can also be used to freshen up your radiators.
For a quick kitchen fix, you can paint your cupboards with chalk paint. It is a quick, easy and relatively cost effective way of brightening up your kitchen quite quickly. If you want to go that little bit further why not add an Original Style glass splash back for a pop of colour or handmade tiles from the Winchester tile company’s Châteaux range as your cooker splash back. You can find their beautiful tiles on their website.
If it is a smaller project that you are looking for then why not try Annie Sloan’s image transfer method. You can use this to add detail to up-cycled furniture, add imagery to your cupboards or to make a stunning wall hanging. Use Annie Sloan’s decoupage glue and varnish.
There are so many things that you can do to brighten up your home, have a look at www.anniesloan.com - www.ceramicaetc.co.uk and www.originalstyle.com for a little bit of inspiration.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Ceramica Etc is like no other tile shop around. From the moment that you enter you realise the tremendous choice that is available to you. Their showroom displays the cutting edge in design and current trends but also appeals to those who want something different, personal, exceptional. Whether your style is modern, traditional, bohemian, avant-garde or something else entirely this showroom will appeal to you.
They haven’t done the norm and created small kitchen or bathroom settings, instead they have created dramatic displays, pairing patterns and metro bricks, porcelain parquet wood with handmade ceramic tiles. They have everything you can imagine from real stone to digitally printed porcelain, tile panels depicting jungle scenes to very large format porcelain or even hand painted decorative tiles. If you want wood they have very realistic, or aged and painted wood effect porcelain, that you can put in a shower. They can offer everything from tiny personalised mosaic panels to 1.6 x 3.2m porcelain tiles. They profess to holding large volumes of stock and catching a glimpse into their massive warehouse, it is apparent that this is indeed the case. If they don’t have what you are looking for then it probably doesn’t exist.
It is a family run business that has been going for three generations and the enthusiasm and passion that they have is incredible. This gives their showroom a very friendly approachable feel. It is also important to note that while they carry some very cutting edge products, they do have an incredible number of options available in many different styles at pretty much every price bracket.