Painted Garden Pots

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pots7Restor’d, our stockist in New South Wales, Australia, set us a lovely outdoor project all the way from down under!  Like most people, stockist Shani Smith loves the look of antique garden pots that look like they “have been aging gracefully in European gardens over hundreds of years.”  She wanted to get a similar look in her own garden, but was on a budget.  Using her creativity, Shani transformed simple, budget-friendly plastic pots from a local gardening store to authentic English garden pieces!  You can read more about how she did it on her own blog, and be sure to check out her beautiful store on Facebook here.

pots1She created a base coat for her pots with Country Grey Chalk Paint®.

pots2A mixture of Olive, Florence, and some sand and dirt made for the rustic, worn English country look!

pots5The next step was to add washes of Olive, Primer Red, and Provence in a “drip”-like pattern.

pots6The final before and after! What a great transformation.  Remember, for outdoor pieces, Annie Sloan Soft Wax is not required.


What do you think of Shani’s pieces? Would you try this in your own garden? Let us know below!



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Meet Annie’s Newest Painters in Residence

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Abigail and Ryan Bell // Agnieszka Krawczyk // Karen Donnelly 

This blog post can originally be found on Annie’s personal blog, Annie Sloan Paint and Colour.

It’s been a fascinating ‘first take’ with my first 3 Painters In Residence – Janice IssittAlex Russell Flint, and Beau Ford. Their fantastic finished projects have shown between them what you can do with Chalk Paint® when you go with your passion and unleash your imagination. So a big thank you to Janice, Alex and Beau!

I hope their showcase of colour, techniques and style has inspired those who perhaps feel less confident or more constrained by convention or taste to ‘give it a go’ and stretch the boundaries of what’s possible!

Painters In Residence: A Recap 
I started this project back in September 2014 (see my introductory post) to make real my motto of ‘endless possibilities’ and get upcyclers, recyclers, and potential painters to explore my Chalk Paint® at the edges of the colour wheel. I wanted to showcase people a bit like myself perhaps, who are naturally expressive, and are prepared to experiment with my Chalk Paint® and say ‘now what finish or effect can I achieve with this?’ They boldy go where their imagination takes them to create quite different finished products and interesting combinations of colours and motifs. They make you sort of you sit up and take notice and I like that.

So it’s no surprise that my next 3 Painters In Residence continue to extend the possibilities of Chalk Paint®. Please welcome them…

abigail.ryanAbigail and Ryan Bell 

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agnieszka PiR.1Agnieszka (/Agnes) Krawczyk
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DSC01738Karen Donnelly

– Yours, Annie

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Nancy Chace’s Subway Car Dresser

Posted Under - Features // How to // Inspiration


Here is a super creative and fun project from our Rhode Island stockist, Nancy Chace, in which she transforms a retro dresser into an homage to her Boston heritage.  Feeling a bit homesick for her New England hometown, Nancy thought up this great makeover, turning a waterfall-style dresser into a Boston subway car.  This project was originally posted on Nancy’s personal blog, and can be found here.


While Nancy first felt uninspired by her neglected waterfall dresser, once she found a vintage postcard of a Boston Street Car, the project came to life in her mind.  In speaking of the inspiration for the piece, Nancy writes, “Seeing this postcard evoked so many happy memories for me!  Growing up in Boston, the MBTA Green Line was a lifeline to many activities in the city.  My favorite green line station is KENMORE or Kenmore Square– home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox.  Images of the big green wall, the iconic CITGO sign and the hustle and bustle of this vibrant section of the city immediately came to mind!”


Using her Annie Sloan Workbook, Nancy outlined her project, including color mixes and palettes that would bring a bit of Boston to this piece!


Nancy began her piece by painting the whole of the dresser with Graphite and Paris Grey Chalk Paint®.  She covered much of the Paris Grey area with Old White, utilizing Graphite again to highlight the Street Car’s detailing.


She then used a custom-mix of Antibes Green and Florence to get the green color of the Boston Street Car.  She painted the custom green color over the Graphite area, and then used a wet distress technique to bring out some of the underlying Graphite.


She created a stencil for the dresser’s lettering, bringing out her favorite Street Car station, KENMORE!

Subway Dresser Sideview AfterOnce the dresser was fully painted and detailed, she finished the entirety of the piece with Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Soft Wax.

-xJqCFyVf-PV-_yIwbIF0n9a6CthGUlTEyGU5jSXeXEWe love the creativity of this piece, and the great story behind it! Nancy’s piece makes us want to create our own version here in the UNFOLDED studio, using the St. Charles Streetcar as our inspiration.  Nancy’s piece was such a standout that it was featured in Cottages and Bungalows‘ February/March 2015 issue. We can’t think of a better piece to feature the creativity and passion of our Annie Sloan stockists.  Be sure to pick up a copy, and visit Nancy Chace at her store, Sea Rose Cottage in Bristol, RI.

C&B Subway Car pmed-2Photo Credit:  Morayo Sayles // Styled by: Eyse Major

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