Annie Sloan Chalk Paints at Beckett Interiors

I’m anything BUT a DIY kinda gal. Living in Bahrain for almost 18 years will do that to you. However I’ve definitely gone a little ‘arts and crafts’ lately, thanks to Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and the Beckett Interiors boys, and I must say – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Beckett Interiors is a beautiful little store located in Muharraq
You’ll find the full range of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and accessories at Beckett
A pair of Jamie’s sneakers painted with chalk paint!

One of the reasons why it’s been so fun is because of the simplicity of the whole Annie Sloan painting process. No preparation required – just paint straight on to almost any surface, and it’s dry within minutes. The chalk paint may be sealed with either clear or dark wax depending on the look you’re after, followed by a quick buff, and you’re done. Oh, it’s non-toxic as well, making it safe to use around curious little people or pets.

The paint gives a lovely velvety matte finish
Apply a super-thick layer and blow dry to create a crackled effect

Another reason is the beauty of the chalk paint itself. Every one of the 33 colours is simply stunning, and can be mixed to create new colours, thinned out with water to create different effects, adorned with gold leaf or decoupage, sanded with superfine sand paper to achieve a glossy finish…the possibilities are endless.

Glue painted onto my board before applying gold leaf
Beckett stocks imitation gold leaf – a steal at only BD5 for 20 sheets
A metallic mix of gold, silver and copper leaf
Getting ready to decoupage my board with this vintage beauty

And of course, there’s Mohamed and Jamie of Beckett Interiors. The stockists of Annie Sloan, and the hosts of the two-day workshop that taught me everything I know. They’re both super sweet and completely creative, and I can’t think of two better ambassadors for the brand.

Mohamed applying the dark wax with an Annie Sloan wax brush
Workshop participant Holly working on her transfer
Jamie and Mohamed of Beckett Interiors

Beckett runs Annie Sloan workshops on a regular basis. Day 1 (BD45) covers essential techniques including different paint finishes, waxing, distressing and buffing. Day 2 (BD55) includes gilding, decoupage, transfers and stenciling. A discount (total of BD90) is offered to participants of both workshops. For more info, call +973 17344432.

Happy painting! xxx

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