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Seeking Sanctuary – Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Outside

I love to surround myself with plants and if you’ve visited J’adore la Maison you will have seen pots and plants galore. Having moved house only a few weeks before we went into lockdown I haven’t been able to do any big jobs but I have managed to create a pretty little spot outside.  

We’re lucky to have a little balcony off the kitchen and this has become my sanctuary. I’ve pulled together a hotchpotch of planters and terracotta pots that I’ve collected over the years and the plan is to fill them with lots of bee loving colourful scented flowers – heaven. 

Since lockdown I have adopted a slower morning routine, I sit here with my coffee and contemplate the day. With launching the online ordering service on our website a week ago, I check for any Annie Sloan Chalk Paint orders, pack them up and send them on their merry way so you can all enjoy your painting projects.

As soon as the lockdown is over I’m going to pick up some outdoor string lights and turn my morning retreat into a magical place to relax in the evenings…that is when the warmer weather arrives…or not, I’ll just throw another jumper on! 

How to paint outdoor furniture and pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

You can paint anything outdoors with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, just remember it’s not going to preserve the wood so use Chalk Paint® Lacquer on furniture for the garden. Simply paint your piece, give the Lacquer a good stir. You can use either a Matt or Gloss finish, using a Chalk Paint® Brush, apply Lacquer all over making sure to fully cover the piece, not just the bits you can see. This will ensure complete protection from the elements. Once completed, wait for a few hours for the Lacquer to dry. Then do a second coat of the Lacquer, making sure to wash your brush between coats to save it! Make sure the Lacquer has had time to fully cure (up to 2 weeks) before subjecting it to the rain and elements outside.

To paint terracotta just paint with your favourite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and nothing else, the pots will stay breathable and over time the colour will fade gently. 

Here I aged a brand new terracotta pot with a simple wash of French Linen chalk paint and a little Antibes & Amsterdam Green. Lush!

Order your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint here www.jadorelamaison.co.uk/chalk-paint-by-annie-sloan/