Annie Sloan has written more than 20 books and her latest, a step-by-step guide to 40 paint projects, is surely one of the best. Annie seems to instinctively know how much we want to achieve the look she has made her trademark and has featured some fabulous projects; from the simple (How to achieve her signature distressed look on an old armoire), to the more complicated (how to stencil a wall.) There are huge projects and half-day projects, all gathered into six subject areas; French Style, Boho Chic, Swedish Style, Country and Contemporary.
I loved her painted cabinet, with it’s nod to the style of Charleston Farmhouse, and the painted lamp-bases. I was less keen on the contemporary projects but maybe I’m not ready for a lot of bold, clashing colours and stripes just yet!
Where the book particularly scores is its robust introduction to the use of colour; you really feel that Annie is letting you into her best secrets, generously dispensing advice and tips. And she likes to surprise her readers, too…did you know you can dye old linen sheets with Annie’s products? I didn’t so it was a fascinating project to see in a book like this, entirely befitting the mistress of paint innovation.
*Colour Recipes For Painted Furniture And More by Annie Sloan is published by Cico Books, £14.99