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By Clementene Coates, Mar 21 2015 10:51AM

Today was the day to move on to painting some new furniture now that the gorgeous oak washstand had been finished (don't forget - visitors to the fair can still win this beautiful piece by visiting the Marston & Langinger stand!).

My wonderful fiancé Pete travelled all the way down to London from Yorkshire to join me for the second half of the fair. He's my best friend and an absolute legend. On top of having a full time job in Digital Media, he spends most of his spare time working on my business - everything from creating my website, my business leaflets and business cards, to organising and updating my social media accounts and being the chief lifter and transporter of my heavy pieces of furniture all over the country. Without his love and constant support I wouldn't be able to do what I'm doing right now.

Whilst Pete doesn't paint any furniture, there's little he doesn't know about the process (probably because he's had to listen to me chatting about it constantly over the years!) and he was happily speaking to visitors and exhibitors about what it is I do. In between me waiting for the paint to dry I too got the chance to have a good wander around the fair and chat to fellow craftspeople and visitors to exchange stories and business details. Please see my Twitter feed, Pinterest board or Facebook page to see some of the wonderful people I met.

The Jane Means stall always seemed to be very busy!

Back to the painting...

The lovely Catherine Gee and Linda Abernethy from Country Living made a trip to IKEA and bought a selection of pieces for me to paint. The first of these were a pair of cheap IVAR IKEA chairs which cost just £15 each.

I painted one chair in 'Barley' Interior Eggshell and the other in 'Charcoal' Chalky Matt, both of which were from the Country Living palette.

No prep and no priming - the paint went straight on a treat! Despite the knots in the wood, after just two coats of paint I had complete coverage.

However, the pale coloured paint on the pale pine wood looked a little insipid and didn't show off the true beauty of this paint colour. So, we chose to add a bit of character by painting some Charcoal along the edges of the Barley painted chair and some Barley on the edges of the Charcoal painted chair. What a difference it made!

I used approximately a tin and a half of the Marston & Langinger tester pots per chair, which shows what fantastic coverage this paint has.

By Clementene Coates, Mar 20 2015 08:40AM

Thursday was the second and longest day of the Country Living Spring Fair. The doors opened to visitors at 10am and stayed open until 9pm for 'Gala Evening' which is a relaxed affair where visitors peruse all of the wonderful exhibitors at their leisure whilst enjoying a glass (or two!) of complimentary wine.

It was another early start for me as I was champing at the bit to get my paint brushes out again to finish off the gorgeous oak wash stand.

A number of visitors wanted to know about my paintbrushes. They're 'Picasso' paint brushes by 'Proform' and they're great for using with this type of water-based paint.

First, I painted the outside of the drawers in another layer of 'Deep Teal' paint from the Country Living and Marston & Langinger palette. Then, I painted the inside of the drawers in the cool 'Polar Blue' paint also from the same range. For the Teal coloured paints I used the Interior Eggshell, whilst I opted for the Chalky Matt for the Polar Blue.

After applying a second coat of the latter I waited for the paint to dry completely before 'distressing' the edges with a little sandpaper to give the piece a natural weatherworn look.

I then rubbed a little gold leaf gilding wax onto the antique brass handles to make them pop against the dark teal coloured paint.

All in all I used approximately a quarter of a litre of the Deep Teal paint, an eighth of the Chalky Matt and a minimal amount of the Teal which I used just around the edges of the piece.

For a final flourish I added a stunning long gold tassel which I attached to one of the handles.

Here she is, the finished piece, a gorgeous up-cycled antique oak wash stand. If you're at the Country Living Spring Fair drop by and enter the competition to win this stunning piece.

Still much more furniture left to paint tomorrow. I have a number of chairs and a chest of drawers, which I will be painting between Friday and Sunday. So, if you're coming to the fair, be sure to pop by and say hello and remember, if you're here on Sunday I will be a guest speaker in the Country Living Lifestyle Theatre answering your questions on how to select the right paint colour.

If you can't make it and you want a piece of furniture which looks like this, get in touch with me via my contact page. For more information on commissions visit my bespoke furniture commissions page.

If you’re interested in trying your hand at painting furniture yourself, please read my older posts where you can find my handy hints and tips on painting and caring for your own hand painted furniture.

Please read the rest of my posts from the Country Living Spring Fair 2015

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