Annie’s arrived!

Annie Sloan’s marvellous chalk paints have arrived at Stables Antiques and are proving to be a great success here in Worcestershire. I have also set up a number of paint courses to take place in the Charlton Old Schoolroom, which is a lovely and spacious facility with all modern cons. The next available date will be  14th May, followed by 11th June. Both of these are Saturdays and I am determined to offer my students an enjoyable and fun day in the country. There will be an opportunity to visit the shop, which is five minutes away.

 I have completed my first month at Stables Antiques, which  has been very good fun. My colleagues there are lovely and most helpful. They are  getting used to having painted and ‘girlie’ things in their shop, and rushed forward today to hang up my latest pastime –  some colourful retro lampshades!

For details of the courses, visit the Annie Sloan page on this site and the lively lampshades can be found under ‘Other Projects’.

Enjoy the daffodils!

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New home for Lottie’s stuff

Craycombe Farm

Stables Antiques

I am very happy to have set up shop at Stables Antiques at Fladbury this last week.  Stables Antiques is a true treasure trove operated by the charismatic ‘H’ , his wife Angie and a handful of enthusiasts like me, which combination produces the happy effect of having something to suit everyone. In my sun-filled corner, you will be able to find hand-painted furniture, paintings, mirrors and plenty of vintage china. Shortly,  I will be stocking Annie Sloan’s beautiful chalk paints, which I use extensively in my work.

Stables Antiques is part of Craycombe Farm, a former farm complex at Fladbury on the A44, the main road between Evesham and Pershore in Worcestershire. Apart from our own lovely shop there are plenty of other attractions on site. There are more antiques, fine art, pianos, an excellent farmshop and cafe if you fancy gaining a little weight and a  gym, should you wish to lose it again. There’s ample parking with beautiful views over the wooded hills of the Lenches. Fladbury also has an award winning butcher – try the pork pies- in the village centre, a golf course as well as delightful walks in the  meadows along the river Avon from Jubilee Bridge.

annie sloan painted chair

Little chair painted in two Annie Sloan colours.

Stables  Antiques is only five minutes from my home so it is easy for me to spend time there and to make sure that the stock is always interesting.

We look forward to seeing you!

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This week at Lottie’s Creative Living

On Monday I drove down to Oxford to do a course with Annie Sloan in her delightful shop at St Clement’s in Oxford. Many years ago Annie taught James Booth, with whom I did my apprenticeship, the ropes of decorative paint techniques at The Inchbald Institute in London. So, in a way we go back a long way and it was very special for me to see Annie at work and to learn some new techniques using her own range of chalk paints.

course panel


Crackle finish

I finished a writing desk , which I painted in Annie’s paint.

gustavian style bureau

Writing desk in the Gustavian style DetailInteriordetail of handles


Detail of handles
writing desk interior

I have two more new items for the shop; the mirror has a metal frame with a slightly dome-shaped glass and measures 42cms along the diameter (£19.50). I decided to leave the small oak table unpainted and to give it some love and care with furniture restorer. The unusual arrangement of domed cross members between the legs is marvellous (£45).

small oak table

small oak table

I carefully placed a Valentine’s card on the desk and I must tend to romance next! Wishing you all a very happy day!

Metal framed mirror

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New at Lottie’s Creative Living ….

faux marble table

Faux marble table.

This table has a marbled top; to achieve this I used time-honoured techniques I learnt many years ago together with modern acrylic paints and varnishes, which are extremely hard-wearing.The rest of the table has been painted in various colours and shades of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint; my own mix of green and grey is underlaid with primer red. It will be for sale at £120.
Detail of table with faux marble top

Detail of table with faux marble top

I finished this painting on a Dutch theme.
It measures 51x61cms and is in acrylics.
£130 unframed.
Dutch still life

Modern Dutch flower painting

I hope this post finds its readers well and happy!          
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Make-over project; a table transformed

This table arrived coated in a thick, drippy coat of white gloss. I wanted to experiment with various layers of paint to achieve new depths of colour. This is how I set about transforming the table…

Plain painted table


Step 1

I sanded the table thoroughly and scrubbed it with a fairly abrasive cream cleaner. 

Step 2

When completely dry, I applied a first coat of  Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Chateau Green.

Step 3

I added patches of colour in a contrasting colour, Primer Red, especially on the scalloped edges which will be finished in a gold paint.

Step 4

I mixed up a lighter version of the paint by adding Paris Grey to the Chateau Green and brushed it on, not being too careful to cover the previous coats entirely.

Step 5

I used an artist’s acrylic gold paint on the edges, brushing it on drily with plenty of opportunity for the previous coats to show underneath. The gold looks especially good on the red background. A few gold specks spattered all over can also add life to the paintwork. Add a little water for a slightly wetter paint to achieve delicate specks.

Step 6

I applied a coat of wax with a brush, wiping off the excess with a clean cloth.

Step 7

I took to the table with fine sand paper to reveal more of the  first and second colours, especially where the table historically may have been subject to wear and tear.

Step 7

I applied a second coat of wax, which was left to dry overnight before buffing up into a gentle glow.

finished table -detail

... After

detail of finished side table

Sadly the table is not for sale, but I will be producing similar ones! Soon I will be running workshops on how to be creative with paint and transform a piece of furniture that is not realising its potential! Watch this space or contact me via the Contact page.

Also new in the shop is this piano stool, which doubles as a music cabinet. The drawers are painted pink on the inside and the stool has been reupholstered in a cheerful Cath Kidston fabric.

reupholstered shabby chic piano stool

Piano stool

piano stool showing interior

piano stool showing interior

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Happy Christmas to you!

These last months I have been working steadily on various new projects.

I now have a little shop window display at The Old Stores, Ryden Lane, Charlton, near Pershore in Worcestershire, so  if you would like to see some of my work, I will always have a piece on display there to give you an idea of the quality on offer.


Lottie's shop window in Worcestershire

I have been learning to reupholster and finished my first pieces under the expert supervision of Jenny Collier at Winchcombe. One of them is the piano stool you can see in the shop window in the picture.

I have been developing my paint techniques to evermore colourful heights and am working on a makeover of a bedroom into ‘shabby chic’ style, which will be featured on the website.

So, please, do visit us again in 2011!

With our best wishes for a joyful Christmas and good health and happiness in 2011,


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New this week

vintage china cake stand

vintage cakestand

Toadstool cakestand

dutch vintage cake stand

This week I have been concentrating on preparing small portable items for the fair at the Cheltenham Racecourse this coming Friday and Saturday. The cakestands have been hard work. It’s taken me months of scouring markets and charity shops to collect various items to make into a homogenous and appealing whole and I hope you like the  result.

carved Dutch coat rack

Coat rack with carved corbels

 I bought this coat rack at the Delft Antiques market which is strewn out along the canals every Saturday during the summer months. I have painted it in two shades, a Prussian blue followed by a coat of Paris Grey, to accentuate the elaborate carvings.

scandinavian style chair

Gustavian style chair

This beautifully carved chair with its scroll ends has a Gustavian or Scandanavian feel to it. It is wider than most chairs and arrived in this blue finish, which I have left. The cane seat is in very good condition.

country chair with rope seat

Chair with rope seat

Finally, this little chair has an unusual seat woven of rope. It has been very lightly painted in a dark Prussian blue to complement the original tones of the wood.

All these items can be found in the Other Projects and Painted Furniture Galleries and I will be bringing the cakestands to the Cheltenham Fair along with a selection of chairs.

Hope to see you there!

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New English Delftware

New English Delft…

is a new range of  ceramics handpainted by Yang Wern Ooi, exclusive to Lottie’s Creative Living.

Yang Wern Ooi Delft

New English Delft Plate

Yang Wern has been collecting the originals for many years, undertaking various trips to Delft each year.  Frustrated by the shortage of tastefully painted and affordable modern Delftware, he decided to launch his own ceramic range. At the moment, we stock plates only, but we are looking to expand production to include mugs as well as other items.  Prices range from £18.50 to £28.50 and each plate is painted free-hand, so every item is unique. You can find the plates on the Other Projects page

In addition, Yang Wern is happy to consider commissions.

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Lottie’s Stall Opening Delayed

young man sitting in lotties creative living shopSome of you may have heard about the fire that ripped through Station Mill Antiques Centre in Chipping Norton on 5th September.  Lottie’s Creative Living stall had only been opened for a few days when the fire occurred.

Unfortunately, this means that Station Mill will be closed for the next few months while the damage is repaired and will reopen in the spring of 2011.  Keep reading my blog or sign up for my email news updates to find out how the restoration work is progressing.

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