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An alternative to Farrow and Ball

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hay101 Mon 20-Jan-14 13:29:38

Could anyone recommend a good alternative to Farrow and Ball. I've painted my old pine table and chairs using Farrow and Ball and although the results are OK I really didn't like working with it, I found it very runny and drying times in between coats were long. I've got all the bedroom furniture to do now and was hoping there might be something better in the shops.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Mon 20-Jan-14 13:46:59

I've just had a decorator do some painting here (woodwork and emulsion but no furniture) and he swears by Crown oil based eggshell. Apparently it 'drags' less than gloss and satin, he says it's much easier to work with, which I guess is a must for furniture painting. If you go to a Crown decorators centre it's much cheaper than Homebase etc.

FallonColby Mon 20-Jan-14 14:05:57

Little Greene is excellent, some beautiful soft colours and lovely to paint with.

spotty26 Mon 20-Jan-14 14:11:20

For furniture it has got to be Annie Sloan and then wax. Amazing fast results! Just did a coffee table yesterday in an hour.

NewBlueShoesToo Mon 20-Jan-14 14:34:46

Agree Little Greene is lovely.
Laura Ashley was terrible, stringy, sticky and tricky to get a smooth finish.

givemeaclue Mon 20-Jan-14 14:38:01

Little Greene here too

Itscoldouthere Mon 20-Jan-14 18:03:38

Some Little Greene stockists can match to F&B colours and some of the matches are very accurate. If you are in London I can tell you a shop to go to.

Tweedjacket Mon 20-Jan-14 20:19:22

Fired Earth eggshell is great, goes on well and is tough

SilverSixpence Mon 20-Jan-14 21:08:04

Annie Sloane chalk paint for furniture, its great and no need to prime. We have also used Little Greene in our kitchen and the finish is gorgeous and very durable (no knocks or chips so far).

Alwayscheerful Mon 20-Jan-14 21:12:11

Annie Sloan chalk paint then wax.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Mon 20-Jan-14 21:35:48

SilverSixpence when you say no need to prime are you painting it straight onto bare untreated wood or wood that's already been varnished or waxed?


ggirl Mon 20-Jan-14 21:39:46

Annie Sloan chalk paint can be painted striaght onto varnished wood , even laminate can be painted. You do need to wax it afterwards.
Loads of websites about it.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Mon 20-Jan-14 21:47:20

Oh that sounds perfect, thanks. I know nothing about furniture and it would have to be really easy! I've got lots of old pine bedroom furniture that I want to spruce up for the dc's. It would look lovely with a nice paint colour. smile

Mabelandrose Tue 21-Jan-14 09:03:33

Littlegreene eggshell gives fan results on painted furniture.

fiorentina Tue 21-Jan-14 11:33:06

Definitely Annie Sloan for furniture. Look on their website for local suppliers as it isn't in the usual DIY stores.

SunnyUpNorth Tue 21-Jan-14 11:56:58

There have been a couple of long threads on here before about Annie Sloan if you do a search. It's great stuff.

Melody991 Sun 16-Mar-14 20:24:35

Hi, Wilkes Chalky Matt Paint is very good and cost effective, it also last ages and does a whole lot of furniture. After application I used Autentico Furniture Wax- Use this wax after painting for extra depth of colour & protection.
Lovely results, gentle on the purse x

mewkins Sun 16-Mar-14 20:34:06

Another vote for Fired Earth eggshell. It's nice and silky and covers well. F&b feels chalky to me (but I still like the finish).

ShoeWhore Sun 16-Mar-14 20:40:34

I've painted furniture with Dulux eggshell and found it pretty easy to do. I use those little rollers on the flat bits which speeds it all up.

exexpat Sun 16-Mar-14 20:42:15

I'm looking to paint a cupboard to be used in a bathroom - does anyone know if the Annie Sloane chalk-paint-and-wax method is likely to stand up to a hot, steamy room?

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