Annie Sloan

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Annie Sloan (born 19 June 1949) is a British artist, colour expert and author. After studying Fine Art at university in the 1970s,[1] Annie Sloan went on to write several books on traditional paints and decorative painting techniques, starting with The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques in 1988.[2] She developed her own line of decorative paint "Chalk Paint" in 1990.[3]


Following seven years of studying Fine Art in England, Annie Sloan turned her attention to decorative painting.[4] Her first book, The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques, was co-authored with Kate Gwynn and published in 1988. The success of the book launched her career as a decorative paint expert and led to opportunities to teach decorative painting techniques internationally.[5]

Annie Sloan then went on to develop her own brand of paint "Chalk Paint" in 1990.[6] Initially the paint was manufactured in Belgium.[7]

She opened her first shop in Headington, Oxford, in 2000, a base from which she could sell her paint, as well as fabrics and ready-painted furniture.[8]

Her book "Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More" was published by CICO Books in 2013.[9] This was followed by "Room Recipes for Style and Colour" in 2014.[10]

In 2015, Annie Sloan introduced a second brand of paint, called "Wall Paint", in Europe.[11] Her business is based in Oxford, England, which she runs with her husband, David.[12]

In 2017, Annie Sloan entered into a partnership with Oxfam to create a new colour called Lem Lem, inspired by Oxfam's Ethiopian Seed Project.


  • "The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques: An Inspirational Sourcebook of Paint Finishes and Interior Decoration", Ebury Press (ISBN 0712619054, 1988)
  • "Nursery Style: Creating Beautiful Rooms for Children", with Felicity Bryan. Contemporary Books (ISBN 0809242826, 1989)
  • "Simple Painted Furniture", DK (ISBN 0863183506, 1989)
  • "Colour in Decoration", Frances Lincoln Publishers (ISBN 071120604X, 1990)
  • "Traditional Paints and Finishes", Collins & Brown (ISBN 1855851695, 1993)
  • "The Practical Guide to Decorative Antique Effects", Readers Digest (ISBN 0895777940, 1995)
  • "Annie Sloan Decorative Paint Effects: A Practical Guide", Readers Digest (ISBN 0802114288, 1996)
  • "Decorative Gilding: A Practical Guide", Readers Digest (ISBN 0895778793, 1996)
  • "Annie Sloan Decorative Stenciling and Stamping: A Practical Guide", Readers Digest (ISBN 0895779277, 1997)
  • "Annie Sloan Decorative Wood Finishes: A Practical Guide", Readers Digest (ISBN 0895779285, 1997)
  • Annie Sloan Decorative Decoupage: A Practical Guide, Readers Digest (ISBN 0762100117, 1998)
  • "The Painted Furniture Sourcebook: Motifs from the Medieval Times to the Present Day", Collins & Brown, (ISBN 1855854686, 1999)
  • "Modern Paint Effects: A Guide to Contemporary Paint Finishes from Inspiration to Technique", Collins & Brown, (ISBN 1855856719, 2000)
  • "Paint Alchemy: Recipes for Making and Adapting Your Own Paint for Home Decorating", Collins & Brown, (ISBN 185585886X, 2001)
  • "How to Paint Furniture", Collins & Brown, (ISBN 1855858819, 2001)
  • "Annie Sloan's Colour Schemes That Really Work", Collins & Brown (ISBN 1855858061, 2002)
  • "Annie Sloan's Painted Garden: 25 Easy Outdoor Paint Effects to Transform Any Surface", Laurel Glen Publishing (ISBN 1571459278, 2003)
  • Annie Sloan's Painted Kitchen: Paint Effect Transformations for Walls, Cupboards, and Furniture, Laurel Glen Publishing (ISBN 1592231845, 2004)
  • "Annie Sloan's Complete Book of Decorative Paint Finishes", Collins & Brown, (ISBN 1843400529, 2004)
  • Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 step-by-step ways to makeover your home for next to nothing, CICO Books (ISBN 1906525757, 2010)
  • Creating the French Look: Inspirational Ideas and 25 Step-By-Step Projects, CICO Books (ISBN 1907563954, 2011)
  • "The Annie Sloan Work Book: For Your Colour & Paint Ideas & Inspiration", Oxford Folio (ISBN 0956740545, 2012)
  • Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More: 40 step-by-step projects to transform your home, CICO Books (ISBN 1908862777, 2013)
  • Annie Sloan's Room Recipes for Style and Color, CICO Books (ISBN 1782491546, 2014)
  • "Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint Workbook: A practical guide to mixing paint and making style choices", CICO Books (ISBN 1782493034, 2015)
  • Annie Sloan Paints Everything: Step-by-step projects for your entire home, from walls, floors, and furniture, to curtains, blinds, pillows, and shades, CICO Books (ISBN 1782493565, 2016)


Chalk Paint in India

  1. ^ Hamburgh, Rin (August 27, 2015). "The Chalk of the town: 25 years of Annie Sloan paints". The National (Abu Dhabi).
  2. ^ Gray, Virginia (5 February 1989). "AROUND HOME : The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques BY ANNIE SLOAN AND KATE GWYNN (Salem House; 1988)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  3. ^ Bolger, Jillian (24 April 2016). "Chalking up Success - up-cycling tips from Annie Sloan -". Irish Independent.
  4. ^ Chandler, Barbara (25 June 1995). "The Sunday Times Style".
  5. ^ Galagher, Alanna (21 June 2014). "Annie Sloan The Queen of Paint". The Irish Times Magazine.
  6. ^ Denyer, Lucy (31 December 2014). "Interiors: why upcycling is having its moment". The Telegraph.
  7. ^ Dale, Sharon (24 November 2012). "Slow Start, Fine Finish". Yorkshire Post.
  8. ^ Oliver, Gill (April 2012). "Colour of Magic". Oxfordshire Limited Edition.
  9. ^ Kelsey, Sarah (30 December 2013). "Budget DIY projects for winter: How to Chalk Paint your furniture". National Post.
  10. ^ Scott-Jeffries, Samantha (November 2014). "Master Strokes". Homes & Antiques.
  11. ^ Marty, Victoria (1 September 2015). "Wall paint, la nouvelle gamme de peinture signée Annie Sloan". Marie Claire Maison.
  12. ^ Bell, Stephanie (8 October 2014). "Queen of shabby chic: Annie Sloan on reviving old items". Belfast Telegraph.

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