Best Annie Sloan books

Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More: 40 step-by-step projects to transform your home

Annie Sloan

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With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to transform everyday furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint.

Annie Sloan is a paint legend and one of the world’s most popular experts in the field of decorative painting. In Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and more, Annie presents 40 new projects and ideas, showing you the easy way to update tired furniture and transform your home. Working with her own range of chalk paints, Annie shows how to mix colors and how to achieve certain looks. Whether your taste is for colorful boho chic or restrained Swedish hues, cozy and comforting rustic shades, a modern and contemporary approach, or an elegant French look, here you will find a project to suit you. Start off by mastering the simple art of colorwashing, and work your way up to transfer printing, gilding, stenciling, and glazing. There are even instructions for dyeing fabric using paint. As well as painting furniture, the projects range from a staircase painted in a rainbow of colors to stenciled walls, transforming floors with a coat of paint to dyeing linen curtains and even painting a vintage chandelier. Throughout the book, Annie offers expert tips, techniques, shortcuts, and guidance, showing you the easy way to create a stylish home.

Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 step-by-step projects for walls, floors, stairs & furniture

Annie Sloan

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With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to create different paint finishes and effects to change everyday rooms and furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint.

The first section of the book tells you everything you need to know before you start – how to prepare surfaces properly, choose the right paint for the right place, and use the best tools. Then, the 50 projects are divided into five sections: Aging and Distressing; Working with the Base; Working with Color; Handpainting; and Crackle, Gilding, and Decoupage. There are step-by-step images showing how to achieve the finished look, before shots and inspirational photography showing the effects used on walls and doors, furniture and floors. Learn how to bring old second-hand furniture bang up to date, or how to give modern pieces a softly aged appearance, as well as ways to treat and transform floorboards, doors, and plastered walls. Whatever the style of your interiors, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations will show you the best way to makeover your home.

Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint Workbook: A practical guide to mixing paint and making style choices

Annie Sloan

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Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workbook is part sketch book, part practical guide to working with the different key styles that Annie and co-author and son, Felix Sloan wrote about in their book 'Room Recipes for Style and Colour'.

Room Recipes had step-by-step guides and plenty of how-tos – with the Chalk Paint Workbook it’s over to you. The Chalk Paint Workbook is grouped into sections, with space for you to jot down your thoughts and play with different shapes, colours and patterns. There are also handy pockets for storing magazine clippings and fabric swatches. Use it like you’d use a sketch book or scrap book and experiment with your style.

Creating the French Look: Inspirational Ideas and 25 Step-By-Step Projects

Annie Sloan

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Developed over hundreds of years, the French look reflects all tastes, from the cultivated grandeur of the chateau to the simplicity of rural living, and can be adapted to every home. Creating the French Look is divided into four styles: ‘Chateau’, ‘Country’, ‘Provençal’ and ‘Parisian’, and each “look” is applied to living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms plus outdoor living spaces. As well as describing each overall style, focusing on colours and fabrics, Annie Sloan emphasizes the details and accents required by each one, and, aided by 25 clearly explained step-by-step projects, shows how to achieve it. Among other things, she explains how to paint and distress furniture, and describes how to cover an armoire door with embroidered voile. Whatever interior you desire, this book will guide your choices from the grand statement of the painted armoire to the finishing touch of a little posy of lavender.

Annie Sloan's Room Recipes for Style and Color

Annie Sloan

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World renowned paint effects guru and color expert Annie Sloan considers what makes a successful interior. Style and color lie at the heart of the matter, but both can be stumbling blocks for the amateur decorator. Annie explains how to achieve your chosen style by creating moodboards and analyzing key factors, such as scale, focus, display, and layout. She examines nine popular styles: French Elegance, Neoclassical, Traditional Swedish, Vintage Floral, Modern Retro, Boho Chic, Coastal Style, Rustic Country, and Warehouse Style. Discover, too, the key techniques you'll need to recreate these styles in your own home: color theory (Why do some colors work so well together? Why can the same color look dramatically different in different rooms?), using storytelling with pictures and collected treasures, style fusions (combining your favorite styles), and, of course, paint techniques. With stunning photography and packed with practical advice, this will soon become your interior style bible.

Annie Sloan's Painted Garden: 25 Easy Outdoor Paint Effects to Transform Any Surface

Annie Sloan

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The play of light and shade can make outdoor painting projects more daunting than interior ones, so world-renowned decorative painting expert Annie Sloan begins this book with a lesson in understanding and managing color. Sloan shows do-it-yourselfers how to create a cozy dinner nook, accent open spaces with converted salvage, and paint an old plastic pot to resemble an elegant metallic planter. Full-color photographs accompany each stage of the process, with step-by-step instructions that encourage readers to use every imaginable material - paint, pebbles, sand, plastics, ceramics, glass, cement, mirrors, and tiles - to give grace to a garden or panache to a patio. Sloan's enthusiasm is so contagious that any outdoor surface will look like a blank canvas crying for color.

Annie Sloan Decorative Decoupage: A Practical Guide

Annie Sloan

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Provides detailed instructions on every stage of de+a7coupage, from cutting pieces and positioning them, to gluing and finishing, and offers more advanced techniques on enhancing basic designs and creating pieces from scratch.

Annie Sloan Decorative Paint Effects: A Practical Guide

Annie Sloan

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From woodgraining a small table to color-washing a wall to marbling a floor, Annie Sloan Decorative Paint Effects shows how to achieve professional looking surfaces and effects simply and inexpensively.
With the help of easy-to-follow, step-by-step photography, Annie Sloan reveals the secrets of her trade, showing how you can manipulate decorative glaze with brushes, sponges, combs, and even everyday materials like rags and newspaper, to create a whole variety of different patterns and effects.
The paint techniques demonstrated range from ragging, sponging, stippling, combing, patterning with cloth, and dragging and flogging to some more bravura finishes, such as woodgraining, decorative graining, and marbling. Each section includes a list of the necessary tools and materials, clear step-by-step instructions, and variations on the basic technique, making the book ideal for both the beginner, and the more experienced crafter.
Inspirational photographs illustrate how the techniques can be adapted, and there are practical tips on working around corners, cornices, and dado rails, as well as what to do when things go wrong. The different paint effects are demonstrated on a wide variety of objects, from walls, doors, and cupboards to large pieces of furniture like tables, lamp stands, storage chests, and bedside cabinets, as well as very small items, such as candlesticks, frames, and letter racks.

The Complete Book of Painting Techniques for the Home

Annie Sloan

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Provides instructions for such decorative finishing techniques as ragging, colorwashing, stippling, marbling, frottage, and sponging

Annie Sloan Decorative Wood Finishes: A Practical Guide

Annie Sloan

Best price for this book: $ 13.31

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Covers painting and embellishing wood, woodgraining, distressing, homemade stains, modern stains, fuming and bleaching, penwork, waxes, and varnishes