“Every room needs a piece that makes a statement”

2013-12-07T08:00:00Z “Every room needs a piece that makes a statement”Michelle Krueger Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 07, 2013 8:00 am  • 

So says Annie Sloan who has combined her love of color with a successful career as a paint designer, teacher, entrepreneur and author of more than 20 books including the one that started the painted furniture revolution in 1987 – “The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques.”

She has been painting for over 40 years and even made her own very special decorative paint based on her knowledge of paint, pigments and art history. Annie Sloan’s unique Chalk Paint® was specifically designed for furniture, and it can also be used on walls, floors and in paintings.

In 2000, she opened a shop to showcase Chalk Paint, run workshops and offer interior design services using her knowledge about color in her hometown of Oxford, England. Today she features her paints, courses and books along with an array of funky and interesting pieces for the home and garden in Oxford as well as Spain.

Here in the US, there are now 440 locations where retailers – AKA Stockists – are introducing people to the creative and inspiring world of Annie Sloan. Sandpaper, located at 358A East US 30 in Schererville is one of the most recent.

Co-owners of the vintage furniture/home décor store that opened late last month, Kathleen Cusson and Kathleen O’Neill are looking forward to demonstrating how different colors can be used on their own, mixed or combined to create new shades or effects, thinned for a lime wash look, and then distressed and waxed to create the antique look that people pay thousands of dollars for in high-end home décor stores.

With their first workshop being held today from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., you can stop by and see participants experiment with this new way to paint furniture, cabinets, walls or floors. Additional three-hour workshops are scheduled for December 10th at 9:30 a.m. and Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Not to be confused with “chalk board” paint, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint offers a unique matte finish to furniture and walls.

“It’s so user-friendly,” Cusson and O’Neill explained. “Little or no prep is needed - no sanding or priming is required to transform worn or outdated furniture into something to cherish. As an added bonus, there are no VOCs, and it’s very quick drying. It’s also made here in the U.S.”

So far, interest in learning more about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has brought visitors into the new shop that features a variety of examples as well as a great selection of handmade items for the home. Sandpaper is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please note that workshop space is limited, and you can reserve a spot by calling 219.595.2842. Look for photos on https://www.facebook.com/sandpapervintagelove and learn more about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at anniesloanunfolded.com and chalkpaint.com.

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