When you paint do you go expensive or cheap? Do you favour brands such as Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth or do you think that Crown and own brands do the same job? Let us know.
Personally, I favour a mix of higher priced brands and trade names on occasion such as Johnstone's and Macpherson but I do find that the more expensive paints offer better coverage and colour intensity.
Here's an interesting debate on the topic from The Guardian which makes for good reading if you're about to change your home interiors.
Read it here
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Just picked up Fired Earth's 'The Paint Edit' mini brochure and wanted to share. Also on their website there are some daring and some really soothing colour combo's used to great effect so plenty of inspiration to be had. Which is your favourite 1-6?
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What do you do with your old paint sample pots? I'm hoping that they don't go in the bin as they'll end up as toxic landfill. Instead you could try some of these projects which require very little time or paint.
If like me you want to make sure that you make the right choice when changing your décor you'll end up with a lot of those cute little sample pots, and I end up with a small boxful for every job I do. So this is what I suggest you do with them:
Of course the sample pot can be poured into you final choice tin of paint or you can keep it as a touch-up pot for scratches and scuffs down the line, but what about the others?
If like in my photo above you have complimentary variations on a colour left over, you can use these pots to decorate items that will sit in your newly decorated space. Vases, chairs, picture frames, side tables and baskets are all perfect for this.
Paint A Canvas
Grab a canvas from any art shop or art departments in larger stores and get Abstract to make a mini Modern art piece of your own
You may of noticed dip-dyed furniture and accessories in interior design shops for inflated prices? You may also have a tired piece of furniture which you struggle to find a suitable room for? So grab a sample pot and a paint brush and make an instant change to unify the piece with an existing home interior scheme.
Grab anything and stencil it with your leftover paint. Overlaying the stencilled image with metallic paint is especially fetching . You can make your own as seen in this tutorial for a 'modified chevron lamp' here or there is always the brilliant Cutting Edge Stencils or Annie Sloan which has everything you need to carry out your custom job.
Frog tape is a brilliant masking tape that peels off easily and leaves perfect straight lines unlike traditional masking tape. This means that you can tape up paint and remove in one day with no fear of the dreaded wobbly lines and paint being ripped off the walls. Abstract and geometric patterns work best. So stick and paint those stair treads, children's beds, table tops, etc*
Now that you know how to integrate pieces that you already have or up-cycle cheaper pieces here are some more lovely ideas and tutorials:
*I would recommend using a varnish or hard-wearing wax on most items to protect them once dried
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