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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

By Clementene Coates, Mar 19 2015 12:36AM

Today was the first day of the Country Living Spring Fair. I got up very early this morning to navigate my way through the rush hour (people) traffic on the London Underground. Forty-five minutes or so later I emerged at Angel Islington. A short walk to the Business Design Centre and I was well and truly in Country Living Spring Fair mode.

The place was a hive of activity with people rushing around making finishing touches to their stands. I had a quick chat with the ever delightful Catherine Gee (the organiser of the fair) before making my way to the Marston & Langinger exhibition stand to get started.

Over the next few days I am working with the lovely M&L ladies, Jenny and Joyce, and the Managing Director, Phil to showcase their brand new Country Living palette paint range; a beautiful palette of paints showcasing a variety of different heritage style colours. The paints come in three different finishes: Chalky Interior Matt, Interior and Exterior Eggshell.

They have extraordinary pigment strength and provide a very high quality finish that is very durable and easily maintainable. It's a technically advanced paint that is a pleasure to use; smooth flowing and quick too. It's a self-priming paint, which means minimal preparation beforehand. It's almost completely odourless and carries the Nordic Swan mark to endorse its ecological credentials.

The Country Living team have provided a range of pieces ready to be painted and until Sunday you can find me at the fair producing some beautiful and unique pieces with these lovely new colours.

Before I knew it the doors to the fair had opened and I had my paint brushes in hand ready to start painting a beautiful old, oak wash stand with paints from the new range.

I chose to paint the exterior in Deep Teal, with accents of the slightly lighter Teal, and the interior in Polar Blue. These three colours complement each other beautifully, although we could have picked any combination of paints from this palette with equally lovely results.

Once finished this beautiful wash stand will be given away as a competition prize. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning it, please stop by and complete an entry form. You can find out more details on the Country Living Blog.

A wave of people approached our stand excited to see a piece of furniture being transformed before them. Lots of questions followed about how to use the paints and the various techniques involved in applying it. It was great to meet so many lovely people and wonderful to see such an interest in furniture painting and upcycling.

The lovely Susy Smith (Editor in Chief of Country Living) also dropped by to say hello and check on our progress, as did a handful of neighbouring exhibitors, keen to see what we were getting up to.

I only had time for a short break and a sneak peek at some of the other exhibitors' stands. Such a wonderfully creative bunch they all are - it makes me very proud to be a British craftsperson. I couldn't resist stopping by to stroke the little lambs also on show!

By the end of the day, we'd painted three bar stools in Eiderdown and the oak washstand had been treated to two coats of paint. What a transformation! The interior is still to do, but that can wait until tomorrow...

If you're attending this year's Country Living Spring Fair make sure you come visit us at the M&L stand and enter our competition for a chance to win the wonderfully bespoke painted wash stand....it's a true one-of-a-kind piece of furniture!

The Marston & Langinger stand is next to the Country Living Lifestyle Theatre. Please see the floor plan to find your way here.

If you have any questions about the paint, feel free to contact me, or if you have a favourite piece of furniture that would look perfect in one of these beautiful new colours, why not take a look at my painted furniture commissions page.

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

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