Annie Sloan Painters in Residence projects at a glimpse

Painters in Residence

Annie Sloan set up her ‘Painters in Residence’ programme to collaborate with like-minded people and showcase the innovative and inspiring ways you can use Chalk Paint™.

How does it work?

Founded in 2014, the Painters in Residence concept is loosely based on the way an art gallery or museum will have an ‘artist in residence’, to live in the gallery as a way to get inspired to create art inside or outside the venue.

Each Painter in Residence is carefully selected and invited by Annie based on their skill as furniture painters and the pieces they create. They won’t be taking up residence at Annie Sloan HQ, but they will be exploring the boundaries of decorative furniture painting from their home studios. They are all different in approach, colour, tone, textures and style, and have been chosen from all around the world.

Meet our current resident and previous residents below, discover their style, residency projects and be inspired yourself. You can also visit our Inspiration page for all our Painters in Residences’ projects. And remember to follow #PaintersInResidence on Instagram and Facebook, as well as Annie’s Painters in Residence board on Pinterest.

Our Current Resident

Aida franco
Phoenix, Arizona

Aida Franco

If you haven’t heard of With Love Furniture, please allow us to introduce this passionate, talented and adventurous artist as Annie Sloan’s latest Painter In Residence.

Aida is from Mexico originally and is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona. She comes from an artistic family and grew up surrounded by artistic expression in many forms; from music and visual arts to a Bolshoi dancer!

She discovered her passion for painting when she moved from Barcelona, Spain to the United States. Upcycling unwanted furniture was an outlet for her creativity which allowed her the flexibility to take care of her young daughter.

As an artist, she’s always been drawn to bold colours and enjoys experimenting with different styles. Inspired hugely by her Mexican ethnicity, Aida loves incorporating vibrant patterns into her work. She’s particularly drawn to the minimalist design of mid-century modern furniture, and the way her flamboyant style transforms and enhances these geometric shaped pieces.  She always approaches each project with a clear plan and vision, ensuring that the outcome aligns with her creative vision.

Her work will inspire and delight those who love painted mid century modern furniture, joyful artistic expression, and the magic of bold design.

Aida Franco

Previous Painters in Residence

Chalk paint
Croydon, South London

The Rocky Crystal

Introducing Nick Spencer, the creative force behind Rocky Crystal and Annie Sloan’s upcoming Painter in Residence. With a style that’s best described as a captivating blend of boho and grunge, Nick’s charismatic work is undoubtedly 100% unique.

His journey as a full-time furniture painter began in 2008 within his family’s business based in Croydon, South London. Since then, he’s embarked on an artistic adventure, bringing his passion for vintage-style painted furniture with a French rustic flair to life. He’s worked extensively with Annie and spoken at events with our very own Jonathon Marc Mendes.

Nick’s talents have expanded to include the modern industrial aesthetic, and we particularly love watching him paint his Rock n Roll pieces alongside his son, showcasing and sharing his boundless creativity through the transformative power of paint. He’s poised to bring fresh perspectives and extraordinary designs to the world of furniture restoration and decoration, and we want him to share with all of us just how he does it. Stay tuned for his exciting residency with Annie Sloan!

PIR Rocky crystals
PIR Rocky crystals
PIR Rocky crystals
rocky crystal
Atelier 1966 chest of drawers painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Quebec, Canada

Martine Lestage

Martine Lestage, founder of Atelier 1966, is based in Quebec, Canada. At the end of the 90s, Martine discovered Annie Sloan’s books and stencils. She started using them everywhere: in several areas of her house, on the porch of her parent’s cottage, on any kind of object, everywhere! There’s a reason Martine gets called “Miss Pochoir” (Mrs. Stencil in French!).

After raising her daughters and working for the real estate company she founded with her husband, Martine wanted to do something for herself, something for her personal fulfillment. Martine started transforming and upcycling furniture as a hobby, but it soon became a full-time job. Little did she know, many years later her work would be recognized throughout the world, particularly by Annie Sloan! Martine’s specialises in all forms of texture and colour.

Atelier 1966 Portrait
butterfly cabinet

Previous Painters in Residence

Painter in Residence Carina Reimers Chalk Painted Furniture Banner
Cleveland, Ohio

Carina Reimers

Annie Sloan’s latest Painter in Residence is the fabulously talented Carina Reimers of The House Warmings. During her residency she’ll show you how to paint heavily-textured, rustic bohemian furniture that oozes character and charm.

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence, Carina Reimers aka The House Warmings

Carina's Projects

South Devon

Monika Charchula

We’re thrilled to announce Polish born, UK based glam-rock gothic furniture painter 84 Square as our Painter in Residence. 84 Square has delivered 6 maximalist, glamorous, totally jaw-dropping furniture transformations, complete with full follow along step-by-steps to inspire you at home to pick up a brush and start upcycling!

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Monika Charchula 84 Square Portrait

Monika's Projects

Sabah's work, Annie's latest Painter in Residence

Sabah Bardhan

We’re thrilled to introduce the fabulous, colour-confident, maximalist Sabah Bardhan of Just Restore as Annie Sloan’s Painter in Residence. Sabah’s work is bright, bold and beautiful. It’s also rich with references to her upbringing in Mumbai, her life in the UAE and her love of East Asian artistic traditions (look out for her signature painted herons!).

Sabah, Annie Sloan's latest Painter in Residence

Sabah's Projects

Our recent residents

Olivia Lacy's pearl and olive cabinet painted in Chalk Paint®

Olivia Lacy

We’re delighted to announce Connecticut based, American furniture artist Olivia Lacy, aka Pigeon & Pip as Annie Sloan’s newest Painter in Residence. Immediately identifiable thanks to her whimsical, theatrical staging; Olivia has brought imagination and surrealism to the art of furniture painting. Follow her journey as she demonstrates how to use Chalk Paint™ to bring a sprinkling of magic to your furniture and home.

Portrait of Olivia Lacy, Annie Sloan's latest Painter in Resident, with her dog

Olivia's Projects

Mid-century modern geometric sideboard by Polly Coulson, Annie Sloan's Painter in Residence

Polly Coulson

Polly Coulson is closing 2020 with some remarkable painted pieces produced at her home in Sydney, Australia. Chosen as Annie’s Painter in Residence for her contemporary quirky cool and playful use of colour, this UK born upcycling maven has tonnes of stylish ideas to inspire you to take your furniture painting to the next level.

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Polly Coulson

Polly's Projects

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Maisie's House Chalk Paint® in Scandinavian Pink hand-drawn floral cabinet

Chloe Kempster

UK based Chloe Kempster is the brains and brush behind ‘Maisie’s House’. Simple styling allows the Fine Art details of this one-woman creative powerhouse’s painted furniture to really shine. Nothing is more persuasive an argument in favour of upcycling old instead of buying new than Chloe’s stunning, artistic, witty painted pieces. This is furniture art in its purest form; and it’s driven by a passion for sustainability, a desire to leave the world a better more beautiful place with each commission, and pure creative impetus! Catch Chloe on BBC show Money For Nothing, on her highly inspirational Instagram account, or right here as part of the Painters in Residence programme.

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Maisies House portrait

Chloe's Projects

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Charlie Massey of Girl in Blue Designs green ombre side cabinet painted with Chalk Paint®

Girl in Blue Designs

Charlie Anne Massey, better known as Girl in Blue Designs, first picked up a Chalk Paint™ brush whilst pregnant with her daughter and finding herself with a little spare time. What started as a hobby has now turned into a fully-fledged business for Charlie, who sources second-hand furniture in her home state of Georgia, USA to upcycle with Chalk Paint™ and sell on her Etsy shop. Her residency was all about ombrés, distresses, layering, and more.

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Charlie Massey Girl in Blue Designs


Annie Sloan Painters in Residence shed eleven leopard-print cabinet painted with Chalk Paint® in Scandinavian Pink

shed eleven

Australian sister-in-law duo Fanny and Jemma of ‘shed eleven’ live in the leafy North Shore area of Sydney, Australia. Fanny was born in Ivory Coast, Africa, and Jemma in Papua New Guinea. They both describe nomadic childhoods which developed into a shared love of travel in adulthood. They paint furniture, largely commissions, from a shed in Jemma’s garden, at house Number 11 – where shed eleven was born!

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence shed eleven portrait

shed eleven's projects

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Jeanie Simpson Art Deco inspired wardrobe painted with Chalk Paint®
New Zealand

Jeanie Simpson

From a country sheep farm in a small region in New Zealand, Jeanie Simpson explores the art of up-cycling furniture and homeware using Chalk Paint™. Jeanie has always had a strong interest in art and design – something that she draws on heavily for inspiration in her pieces which are all meticulously researched. Jeanie is also passionate about re-using tired, unloved furniture from the past because of the better quality workmanship and materials, and the sense of history not seen in modern pieces.

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Jeanie Simpson portrait

Jeanie's projects

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Hester van Overbeek Matisse inspired games table painted with Chalk Paint®

Hester van Overbeek

With four DIY books under her belt, Hester is an expert in her field. Originally from the Netherlands, Hester is now based in the seaside town of Ramsgate in the UK, where she has lived for the last 14 years with her partner, her daughter Kiki and her dog, Kermit. Hester says “I’ve been making things all my life; my mum taught me how to work with fabric and my dad showed me woodwork and power tools.” Her residency included upcycles, hacks, and heaps of Nordic style.


Hester's projects

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Ildiko Horvath blue and green ombre wardrobe painted with Chalk Paint®

Ildiko Horvath

Based in Canada, Hungarian-born Ildiko Horvath has been creating wonderful work with Annie Sloan’s paint and products over recent years. She has no formal training as either an artist or interior designer (she used to be a piano teacher in Hungary!) but has had her home featured on HGTV and in House and Home Magazine. She is the master of the ombré technique, gradually blending colours from one to the other and creating a gorgeously rich and sumptuous patina.

Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Ildiko Horvath portrait

Ildiko's projects

Our past residents


Jonathon Marc Mendes in the UK

Hanayuishi Takaya in Japan


Simon Olsson in Sweden

Jelena Pticek in Canada

Tim Gould in the UK


Abigail*Ryan in Northern Ireland

Agnieszka Krawczyk in Poland

Karen Donnelly in the USA

Alex Russell Flint in France

Beau Ford in Australia

Janice Issitt in the UK



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