Annie Sloan’s son Felix, guides us through the process of bringing new life to an unloved tabletop using your free tile stencil and Chalk Paint™ in Graphite and Pure
You will need:
The free Tile Stencil in The Colourist issue 1, or similar
1 x Annie Sloan MixMat
1 x 120ml Chalk Paint™ in Pure
1 x 120ml Chalk Paint™ in Graphite
1 x Annie Sloan Large Flat Brush
1 x Annie Sloan Large Sponge Roller (10cm roller head)
1 x 120ml Clear Chalk Paint™ Wax
1 x Small Chalk Paint™ Wax Brush
1 x lint-free cloth
1 x tape measure or piece
1 x Annie Sloan Lacquer (optional)
1. Paint the surface of your table in Chalk Paint™ in Graphite. Ensure it's completely dry before stencilling. Pour a small amount of Chalk Paint™ in Pure onto your MixMat. Roll the Large Sponge Roller back and forth.
2. Make sure the paint is fully taken up by the sponge and it's coated evenly before rolling over the stencil. First roll horizontally and then vertically to ensure that there's even paint coverage through the stencil.
3. When you have an even coverage of paint, carefully lift the stencil up by one corner, holding the opposite edge down with two fingers as Felix demonstrates here.
4. You can use the stencil itself to space out your design. Carefully move over in line with the previous stencilled tile motif.
5. Carefully place your stencil down on the surface one motif apart from the previous stencilled tile. Leaving a one tile gap between painting prevents the first tile motif from being smudged when you come to stencil the second.
6. Continue stencilling your tile motifs one tile apart until you have covered the area you wish to stencil. Leave to dry for a few hours or speed up the process with a hairdryer.
7. Once your first set of tile motifs are dry, fill in the gaps until the entire surface of the table is covered. This is a deliberately rustic tile design so don't worry about lining it up too precisely, it all adds to the charm of the finished piece!
8. When your stencilled tile motifs are completely dry, finish and protect the entire table by applying Clear Chalk Paint™ Wax with a Small Chalk Paint™ Wax Brush. Remove any excess wax with a lint-free cloth.
Start inviting friends round…
Felix's top tips
“Before you start, I recommend that you give your free tile stencil a quick coat of water-based varnish. It will make it more rigid, giving it extra resilience and will last much longer.
When creating a repeat pattern with a stencil, always find the centre first using a tape measure or string.
Paint your first stencil in the middle of the tabletop, to ensure your finished pattern is centred nicely.”