I can safely say that I am about as crafty as an old cabinet waiting for a fresh coat of paint and creativity, and it feels even my toddler is more adept at arts and crafts than I am.
But there’s something new in South Africa that has me itching to buy paint brushes, and add some colour to some furniture and photo frames. The range is Annie Sloan chalk paint, a UK brand that’s now available here, and I’m absolutely sold.
For starters, it comes in 32 shades, and you don’t need things like varnishes, primers, sealants and skill (which are most of the things that turn me off painting anything). It contains very low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), is considered eco friendly, and has virtually no smell. It’s safe for nurseries and kids’ furniture, which is another plus.
It can be used on floors, walls and even fabric (apparently someone used it on their shoes with good results), and you can add water for a smoother application. For a coloured “blackboard”, you will need three coats of paint.
Annie Sloan paint is sold at various outlets, which also offer workshops if you want to learn more techniques using the paint. The paint retails for R250 for a one-litre tin, and R55 for a 100ml tester.
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All images via AnnieSloan.com