Chalk Paint Workshop with Rigby and Mac

Hello, friends! Have you had a good week? I'm playing catch up on the blog today, sharing with you something I did a little while ago, which was oh-so fun. {The reason for my tardiness? Moving house and settling in... It took a whole lot longer than I thought!}

Anyway, a little while ago I was kindly invited to a chalk painting workshop with Rigby & Mac, a trio of three lovely stores in Dulwich, London. I've heard many glowing reports about the Annie Sloan chalk paints, so I was super keen to give them a go - so off to went to Dulwich one sunny summer morning. Held at the Volcano Coffee Works, the workshop was a fabulously fun and satisfying morning. Meeting other folk who love to paint and were keen to learn new skills was great, and I even bumped into the lovely stylist Lucy Gough and Angela from the website at{mine}. It's always fun meeting online friends, in real life! Here's a photo of Lucy and me, as taken by Angela. That's my 'I'm super excited to be learning to chalk paint' face.

And here's a little snap of the Volcano Coffee Works - just look at all those gorgeous exposed bulbs. The coffee was ace too. And the cake.

So after a lovely coffee, we got down to painting business, met our teacher and then immediately began cooing over all the luscious colours. During the session we were taught how to achieve a whole host of finishes, using the amazing Annie Sloan chalk paints, waxes and loose leaf gold. For the purposes of the workshop we were practicing on wood blocks, which gave us plenty of time to learn the many finishes - using a hair dryer to speed up the drying process a little.

Chalk paint is such a joy to use - it hardly smells, goes on nicely and doesn't need any preparation. That's definitely my kind of paint. It also works on virtually any material which makes it perfect for all manner of home DIY projects. While I've not painted anything at home yet, I've got our bed earmarked for an update, {it's currently a rather fetching orange pine}, and also a chest of drawers in our living room.

As predicted, I immediately fell for the shade 'Paris Grey'. A cool, soft shade, it's a hue that I just can't seem to stay away from. I'm pretty sure if I had my way I'd decorate my whole home in grey and white...

Along with the beautiful, soft grey my heart also skipped beat when we all got the chance to play with the loose leaf metallics. These delicate sheets of pretty are super easy to use. After painting the wood block in our chosen shade, we let it dry slightly, then simply placed the leaf on top and dabbed it down with a piece of cloth. A dab of clear wax on top finished it off nicely. For such a simple process the results were stunning. Call me a magpie, but now I want everything own to be gilded in this way!

So, after a morning of tea, cake and many different paints effects, I left raring to get going on my own home chalk paint projects. Watch this space for my painting exploits! If you fancy booking in for a chalk painting workshop, you're in luck - Rigby & Mac have some dates listed for October, so click here to find out more. 

Thank you for having me, Rigby & Mac!

Have a lovely weekend, friends!


Please note, I was invited to attend this workshop at no charge but as always all my opinions and thoughts about it are my own. I only ever write about things I really love!