Friday, July 26, 2013

Annie Sloan's New Book!

                                                           Hello everyone,
                      I have something a little different to share with you today.... not my own photos but                       a book review of Annie Sloan's latest book.
                       Annie Sloan. The mere mention of the name speaks of quality and cutting edge techniques in the dreamy world of decorative painting . The Cath Kidtson and Rachel Ashwell of decorative painting, Annie Sloan brings fresh inspiration and ideas to us with her latest, much anticipated, and instantly best-selling book; ‘color recipes for painted furniture and more’. So you can imagine what a pleasure it was to be given this lovely book, filled with 200 inspiring images, and be asked to review myself. I confess that the cover alone had me lost in ideas for my own home with thoughts of bringing the French countryside in to my entry, with easy steps found within the following pages.
                     Like most of us, I love all the beautiful colors that Annie Sloan paints come in and while I was in England I enjoyed visiting an outlet for Annie Sloan paints with several beautiful pieces of furniture painted in  various colors.  - alas, my suitcase was not big enough! I would love to have the paint available here on the Island...maybe soon.     

 The soft tones and gentle texture of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ is evident in every image throughout the book. Filled with 200 inspiring images, Annie Sloan shares her 40 years of experience and teaches us various techniques, including distressing, color washing, gilding, découpage, stenciling.. even dyeing fabric with paint, and more. i was particularly interested in experimenting with the Annie Sloan unique colour palette, and learning more about mixing colours, as well as using pops of colour from the palette in unexpected ways ~ such as the project found on page 65 in the 'Boho Chic' section, where Annie uses a pop of green inside a side table drawer. These details and attention to the use of colour and technique is signature Annie Sloan style.
There is a lot packed into this thoughtful book, and I look forward to sitting with a cup of tea, and reading through every project in detail once again. Annie Sloan gives even the faint of heart first-timer the confidence through detailed images, descriptions and steps to master a project they may be dreaming of, and for those of you wishing to be challenged with depth and detail.. there is plenty being offered to satisfy all the way to professional refinishing. 

About Annie Sloan
ANNIE SLOAN is one of the world's most respected experts in the field of decorative painting and a key figure in the painted furniture revolution, through her lively and creative approach to painting and 40 years of painting experience. She is the author of 23 books on painting techniques (three million sales worldwide), including her recent number one Amazon-ranked book, Color Recipes For Painted Furniture and More, along with Creating the French Look (CICO Books) and Quick and Easy Paint Transformations. Annie Sloanrevolutionized the world of painted furniture when she introduced her specially formulated Chalk Paint™ at her store in Oxford, England in 1990. One of the most talked about paint products in the home décor blogosphere worldwide, Canadian devotees of theAnnie Sloan brand will be happy to learn that Sloan's signature Chalk Paint™, Soft Wax, Pure Bristle Brushes, and Craqueleur finish, are now carried through Canadian Stockists, with more products to be introduced later in the year. For locations please visit

Hope you get a chance to pick up a copy of this delightful,imformative book where is my cup of tea!

Thank you for visiting me and have a great weekend.



Unknown said...

I am looking forward to reading it too. I've had it for a while but haven't read it with most books I have lol

-Brittany Ruth

Zwergenwelt said...

Hello Carolyn,
I just get the new book and the other, "creating the french style" from her, and I am very impressed.
I did a workshop 14 days before at anna von mangoldt, a german lady, who has learned from annie sloan, and she offers her own colours in Germany, similar as annies colours.
I worked with the chalk paint colours and I am very surprised, how wonderful they are.
In the last three posts on my blog you can see some results of my work an I am still working with all my old furnitures, which are waiting for a new make up;o).
Have a wonderful summertime, best wishes, cornelia

Eileen said...

It looks like a wonderful book, full of good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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Victorian1885 said...

What a wonderful book Carolyn, thank you for sharing the information. I used "Duck Egg" last week on a vintage dresser and I loved the way it covered the existing finish. It is not available in Saskatchewan so I ordered it from a company in Alberta. It was not too bad shipping and I hope to pick up some more colours when we head South this winter. You will love this product! Have a great weekend.

The Chimney Pot said...

Gorgeous pictures as always from Annie Sloan! I have one of her other books which I love but think I may have to get this one now too. Thanks for sharing x

Madelief said...

It looks like a lovely book Carolyn!

Happy Sunday!

Madelief x

Heaven's Walk said...

Definitely going to have to get this book, Carolyn! Especially for the "boho" section! Thanks for the scoop! :)

xoxo laurie

Georgianna said...

Thank you so much for the review, Carolyn! It's a must read, I can tell. Hope to get some time in the winter to do some projects. I see Annie Sloan everywhere now!

Lella said...

questo blog è una vera delizia per gli occhi e il cuore. un abbraccio dall'italia

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Nice to have a look at it! Thanks for the review, Carolyn!

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Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I wish we could get Annie Sloan chalk paint here! I have a little project I want to do. You did a great review!


Lori R. said...

Thanks for sharing the book Carolyn. I am an ASCP fan from way back! I have three projects awaiting my attention that I haven't been able to get to because this summer has been so crazy. Now I think I'll have to buy the book.