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Copper Gilded Bath

at Annie Sloan HQ

This gilded bath sits at Annie Sloan HQ in Oxford. It’s where we do all our fabric dyeing with Chalk Paint®.

Annie had this rather dilapidated old enamel bath here plumbed in at Annie Sloan HQ in Oxford. It’s used for dyeing fabric with Chalk Paint®.

Annie used Chalk Paint® in Florence to paint the base of the bath. The pinkish-orange of copper and the pale green of a true verdigris patina form opposites on the colour wheel, a complementary colour scheme.

She then brushed it with Gold Size and, when the size was completely clear, applied Loose Copper Leaf over it (crumple the leaf in your hands before putting it over the size to make sure the look isn’t too uniform). She let small gaps and cracks appear in the leaf so that a sublime flash of Florence green would peek through.

She then sealed the outside with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax.

The stand of the bath has been painted with Chalk Paint® in Olive and the wall behind is painted with Emperor’s Silk and stencilled with Old White to create a wallpaper effect.

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