Annie Sloan Furniture Painting Workshop at Rigby & Mac

It's one of my 2016 resolutions to learn new skills and meet people so I was really looking forward to the Annie Sloan workshop organised by the super shop Rigby & Mac. On Saturday morning I travelled to the other side of London to Dulwich and was greeted by the very lovely Lucy who was running the class. I spent a really inspirational few hours learning lots of painting techniques, enjoying cups of tea and getting covered in paint.

It really was a lovely day and I want to give a big shout of to Lucy the tutor who was so helpful and encouraging. I teach workshops myself so it was such a treat to be on the other end to learn something so useful and fun. 







We learned a range of really beautiful techniques including distressing, cracking and a marble and stone effect. My favorite method though, was the gilding. I was clearly a magpie in a former life as I couldn't get enough of the gold and bronze leaf. I left the workshop thinking "what could I gild; a table, my bed, MY FRONT DOOR?" 


I mean, come on just look at those colours. So fabulously trashy. 

Below are some more of the samples I created during the workshop, I can't wait to try out the techniques I learnt in the class in my own home.




If you'd like to attend one of the workshops click here to take a look at the Rigby & Mac site.

This post was shared on the Home Etc link up. 


24 comments

  1. That sounds like so much fun! When it comes to home decor I need all the help I could get, so I would definitely benefit from a workshop like that. And yes to gilding your front door! :)
    Shea | www.shealennon.com

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    1. Hi Shea, it was great! How amazing would a gold door look?

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  2. Oh I would have loved that too. Ha! I'd be the same what can I gild? I love the pink with the gilding on it, now that would make for a fine front door x

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    1. The pink and yellow were my absolute favourite colours!

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  3. Sounds like so much fun! I will take a look if there is anything similar near me. #HomeEtc

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    1. Hopefully you can find something, if not there's always online / youtube tutorials!

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  4. Oh that would be a great workhop, I love the colours. I am in love with grey at the moment so I spotted the grey one!

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    1. Yes, grey everything please! Its the new white in interiors I think :)

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  5. Oh wow, that looks great! I love the gilding and the distressed finishes. Well done to you for trying something new! Have you read any of Jocasta Innes' books about paint and interiors? I really love them. #HomeEtc

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    1. I haven't, I'll definitely have to check them out. Thanks for the tip!

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  6. I would love to do a workshop like this. The techniques you learned are so beautiful. I can't wait to see what you do with them. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Showcase this week.

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    1. Thanks so much for hosting! You should see if you can find something similar :)

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  7. This is my idea of heaven! I love Annie Sloan paint, in fact I'm a little obsessed. Have fun trying out your new skills! #HomeETC xxx

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    1. Thanks Kerry, yes her paints are a dream to work with!

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  8. Sounds amazing and I love the techniques you have learned. I am always coveting Annie Sloan paint but I haven't yet taken the plunge, these really do look fantastic though, I would want to do everything in my house too! #HomeEtc

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    1. Hi Hayley, It really was such a lovely morning. I would recommend getting some sort of chalk paint if you have wood you need to spruce up!

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  9. Wow I am very jealous indeed, look at all those beautiful designs, I am instantly drawn to the gilding too, that looks amazing and I love the idea of a front door done like it xx

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    1. The gilding was definitely my favourite project, I love anything gold though!

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  10. I did this exact same activity almost precisely one year ago, it was so much fun and Lucy taught our class too, she's so lovely and kind with her support. Your samples look much better than mine did though, you're clearly a natural (and I say GILD that front door, why not?!) x #HomeEtc

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    1. Oh wow! It was such a good class wasn't it? I probably have an advantage seeing as I work as a crafts journalist though!

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  11. Wow super jealous, this looks like the most fun workshop! Really good skill to know as well :) A gilded front door would be amazing.

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    1. I'm sure there's a class near you in Australia, if not there's always online classes like skillshare :)

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  12. Hello Nancy! Thanks so much for linking up with us! My house was hit with the dreaded winter sick bug last week so I’m so behind with my comments. Just catching up now! I'd absolutely LOVE to do an actual workshop — I've painted SO many items in Annie Sloan chalkpaint but it would be lovely to get a proper lesson on it. Am going to look for one in my area :)

    PS #HomeEtc is live tomorrow from 6.30am xx

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  13. Sounds fab! I am addicted to painting salvaged furniture nut a only trying out chalk paint now. It is almost impossible to get it here in Germany. I have resorted to buying online. A class like the one you attended would be fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
    #homeetc

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