Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint- #more than paint?

It's finally here, all please kneel before the true glory of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint; revealed through the resurrection of my pine towel rail. A rail that has not graced any discerning house since 1979  returns to my guest bedroom. Yes that's right excited readers-the towel rail is complete and in use.

Clearly now this done nothing will ever be the same again. I have finally (but one month after I began) completed a project. Yes Annie Soan your paint is beautiful, yes you are extremely talented at what you do, the effects your paint can achieve are sublime and thought provoking; but really the testament to your skill lies in my guest bedroom-as I, mother of one, carer of puppy and cat, sole adult in charge for longer than should be allowed, and delayer of all things whenever possible, has finally finished something. I thank you. There is far more to this towel rail than meets the eye. Annie's hash tag #morethanpaint appears to be correct. 

You must excuse me now readers as while the guest room looks wonderful, my sitting room (and dining room and hallway and kitchen) now need to be reconfigured-it turns out Maj C is not keen on making the entire ground floor "my studio" but I'm sure once he sees the towel rail he will change his mind? Surely?

A few arty close ups for you (these are the kind of shots I shall be saving when I start my Rascal and Roses Coffee Table Book). 



  1. This looks lovely. How did you finish the wood? I painted a towel rail last night and I'm not sure what to varnish it with. I would usually use the soft wax to finish, but obviously not suitable when using with damp towels.

    Many thanks

  2. Rascal and Roses24 August 2013 at 20:46

    Thanks so much for your comment - I'm sorry its taken me so long to reply, we have been traveling home from our holidays.

    Ok, so firstly: The wood was finished with the normal Annie Sloan clear wax. As I recall I applied the wax one evening, using a lint free cloth and then buffed it off the next morning. This gives the matt(ish) finish which you can see in the pics.

    I have to admit you do raise a very good point about damp towels- one that I had not considered at all! So, this towel rail has on the whole been used to hold spare blankets in the guest bedroom(a product of the lovely summer), but there have been a few weekends when it was used for damp towels with no adverse outcomes.

    But, mainly due to my own curiosity I did put the rascal's post-bath towel on it this afternoon (very damp indeed) and have gone back to check and it is still very white and the towel rail remains very blue! So my conclusion would be (purely based on the very non scientific experiment that I have conducted today) that the clear wax is sufficient if it is only damp towels - I would worry if you were using it to dry washing from the machine for example.

    As you can see, I have probably spent too long pondering you comment, but it has led me to decide to undertake some (slightly) more technical studies into the problem.

    Tomorrow I plan to purchase some vanishes (only the standard wood vanishes, the type you can buy at all good DIY stores) and I will report back which are the best.I suspect the issue will be look over practicality, but once I have a verdict I will let you know.

    Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you are having a lovely Bank Holiday.