A very good friend gave me a chest of drawers – she would have thrown it in the skip if I hadn’t rescued it. The draws were sticky and it was showing its age in chips and marks to the wood, but it offered me the opportunity to just ‘go for it’ with the painting. I had recently returned from a trip to Charleston House in East Sussex. For those not familiar, it’s a farmhouse associated with the Bloomsbury group, and the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant who decorated almost all the features of the house, painting the walls, floor and furniture in their distinctive style. Feeling liberated by the visit, and taking inspiration from the decoration, I went at it to paint the drawers using Annie Sloan paints (who’s colour palate was also inspired by the house). Here’s the result ….
… and I absolutely love it!