Who is Annie Sloan?
Personal Annie Sloan lives and works in Oxford, England with her husband David who runs the business with her. Born in Australia to a Scottish father and a Fijian mother, she came to England to a farming life in Kent when she was ten years old. With spells in Southern Africa and connections to France, Cuba and the US she feels she has world roots. She has three sons all in their twenties and has lived in Oxford for the last twenty five years.
Career Annie Sloan is probably the main reason for the painted furniture revolution through her easy, lively and creative approach to painting. She has a strong desire to communicate and empower people creatively which she does through her books, workshops and paint.
She has been painting for over 40 years as well as writing numerous books on the subject. She has made her own very special decorative paint called Chalk Paint®, which is specifically designed for furniture, that can also be used on walls, floors and in paintings. This paint has been developed through Annie's knowledge of paint, pigments and art history.
Annie trained as a painter, but turned to decorative work and understanding colour after university. In 1987 she wrote the phenomenally successful book 'The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques' which was followed by over 20 other books on traditional paints, colours and techniques and has led to total sales of well over 2 million books worldwide in 11 languages. Her latest books are the highly successful 'Creating the French Look' published in April 2008 and 'Quick & Easy Paint Transformations' published in April 2010.
In 2000 she set up her shop in Oxford to showcase her Chalk Paint®, run courses, and offer interior design services using her knowledge about colour.
Would you turn down the chance to tour America with rock legends Pink Floyd? Annie Sloan did. It was in the 1970s and her girl band, The Moodies, was heading for success. They made front cover of The Sunday Times Magazine and counted Mick Jagger and David Bowie among their fans. But she did not want to be a rock star. As a trained artist, she knew her future was in paint. Fast forward 30 years and Annie has combined her love of colour with a successful career as paint designer, teacher, entrepreneur and writer - with over one and a half million of her books sold so far.
The Annie Sloan empire covers a mail-order business, website and two shops - one in Spain - to market her paints, courses and books.
The shop is a riot of colour and textures and epitomises her particular style, which she terms 'eclectic modern'. French chandeliers, hung on pearlised painted walls, are juxtaposed with Moroccan glasses, stone figures and subtle, sophisticated bowls, designed by local potter, Sophie Smith.
What makes Annie special is her ability to make money from her passion for paint. Her game plan has always been to earn enough to do what she wanted and work for herself.
She began in the mid-1970s by painting murals in people's houses and running courses on paint finishes, decorative gilding, decoupage and furniture decorating. Marriage and motherhood were easily combined with this part-time career until her third son came along.
What is Chalk Paint®?
Chalk Paint® is a unique decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan about 25 years ago in 30 decorative and historical colours made specifically for painting furniture, painting floors, and for giving walls a completely matt, velvety finish.
Chalk Paint® sticks to just about any surface... wood, concrete, metal, matt plastic, earthenware and much more, inside and outside the home. It dries fast too so you can add second or third coats quickly, and start enjoying your revitalised walls, floors and furniture sooner. Gorgeous results have never been so simple and straightforward.
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