Wicker Basket Makeover

Materials 2 x Wicker baskets Blake & Taylor Chalk Paint French Linen and New White Blake & Taylor Clear Top Coat Satin Finish Blake & Taylor 25mm flat brush Blake & Taylor 25mm Round Brush These wicker baskets were in need of a lift with some new colour and so I decided to use some French Linen for the main body with a New White trim using the 25mm flat brush. Soon after starting I changed my mind, as I often do, and decided the New White trim just wasn’t working for me.  If you find the same thing happening [...]

2019-03-04T13:45:46+00:003 March 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Dyeing Fabric With Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

My Chalk Furniture Paint has so many possibilities when it comes to painting different surfaces.  I have shown you in previous blog posts how to paint cushion covers, leather shoes and how to stencil fabric but did you know you could actually dye pieces of fabric with my Chalk Furniture Paint?  Yes really you can make up a dye bath and throw your fabric straight in!   Materials Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint – Colour of your choice Fabric – I used a 70 x 70 cotton tea towel. Large metal tub or something similar.  The container must be [...]

2019-02-28T01:55:23+00:0021 February 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Shoe Makeover Using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

Yes, you really can use my Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint on leather shoes!  Here is a pair of great wedges that I needed to go with a specific outfit but I didn’t want to go out and purchase a new pair.  I had a bit of 'Hampton' colour left over from some other projects, so I thought I would give them a little makeover and create a new look. Here’s how I did it. Firstly I gave them a good clean with a damp cloth to remove any dirt.  I then left them to dry fully. I then [...]

2019-02-07T11:36:35+00:007 February 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Mirror/Frame Makeover

Over the years I have collected a number of old frames and mirrors with beautiful and intricate carving details.  I am always on the look out at vintage shops and flea markets to add to my collection.  I just love these old frames and decided to revamp them with some Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in New White and have them made into mirrors and ready for a new lease of life in my store.   Before photos These frames and mirrors have been hidden away in my garage just waiting for the time to be transformed.  The first [...]

2018-11-01T03:00:09+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

Console Makeover at the Blake & Taylor Workshop

Do you have a piece of furniture you would like to paint but you just don’t have the time or the energy to do it?  My expert team is available at the Blake & Taylor in the workshop space to transform your pieces for you using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint. If you are interested in having a piece of furniture painted, you may inquire in store, phone or email so we can help you. This is a custom piece that our paint experts worked on recently for a customer.  They wanted to change the look of their console [...]

2018-11-01T02:59:11+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

Revamp Your Cushions Using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

Have you got some old cushion covers you need to revamp but can’t be bothered to dye them with fabric dye?   Then just reach for your Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint and in a few easy steps transform their look into something fresh and new.  Our Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint can be used on many types of fabric from cottons, linens, velvet and even leather! You will need only a few materials to complete this project: Linen cushion cover Spray bottle 25mm Round Synthetic Blake & Taylor Paintbrush Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (here I have [...]

2018-11-01T02:57:31+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

Stencil a Cushion Cover Using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

Stencils are an easy way to spruce up a blank space on any surface.  They offer crisp lines and there are so many different stencils to choose from.  Today we chose to stencil a cushion cover with a beautiful 'Paris' stencil using the Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint. Materials Used Linen Cushion Cover 25mm Round Blake & Taylor Synthetic Paintbrush Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (I used colour Ink Navy) Removable Spray Bond Good Quality Stencil 1. Lay the cushion cover out flat ready for your stencil. It is important to work on a flat surface.  Spray the [...]

2018-11-01T02:55:48+00:001 November 2018|Blog|

How To Care For Your Blake & Taylor Brushes

Choosing the right brush to use with your Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint is really important to achieve the perfect finish.  Everyone knows it is important to choose the right tool for the job and this means selecting the best brush for your Chalk Furniture Paint. I have learned from past experience using a cheap brush will only leave you with disappointing results and the most annoying part is the bristles dropping in your lovely paint finish and then having to spend all that time picking them out! There are 3 sizes in the Blake & Taylor range, 25mm [...]

2018-11-10T06:39:49+00:0024 October 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

How to Block Print a Cushion Cover

I am always on the look out for beautiful wooden blocks at craft fairs and flea markets and I have built up a collection of vintage Indian wooden blocks in my box of treasures. I wanted to do a quick design to liven up this plain linen cushion cover and Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint. I only had 30 minutes spare to do this project so I decided to use my mini blocks to print with to make it quick and easy. Materials Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint (I chose colour Toulouse) Small artists brush Wooden blocks Old [...]

2018-10-21T07:13:27+00:0021 October 2018|Blog|

5 Things To Do Daily To Keep Housework Under Control

After using Chalk Paint and chalk furniture paint, there are 5 Things To Do Daily. But before that, if you want to make chalk paint for painting furniture or chalk paint decorative, don't forget to use flat brushes or bristle brushes for chalk furniture paint I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to get into a good rhythm with some of the most basic tasks and chores that just have to be done around the house. I’d love to spend every day at my workbench creating beautiful, handmade projects and designing interiors, but some days I just [...]

2018-10-19T05:03:39+00:001 October 2018|Blog|