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The Palace Darling - Chester

A 5 minute walk from The Cross at the heart of Chester City Centre. We are friendly & inspirational - showcasing a wide range of painted furniture in various Annie Sloan colours & techniques. We host regular Annie Sloan & Upholstery Workshops.

At The Palace Darling we are a well established Annie Sloan stockist, we have been offering Annie's full range of products and workshops since February 2012.  We aim to inspire you with ideas and examples for you to create your beautiful home, we have a range of painted furniture examples dotted around our two storey building.  We showcase a range of interior styles, showing that painted furniture doesn't have to just be Shabby Chic.  

Feel free to bring in photos of the rooms and furniture that you are looking to transform, we love to discuss projects and colours with you, show you examples of colour combinations and colour mixes all using Annie Sloan's range of fabulous paints (Chalk Paint and Wall Paint), fabrics, stencils and other products.  

We offer a furniture painting service if you are too busy or unable to paint your own pieces - we can visit your home and discuss colour and style.

We run a wide range of workshops (including Annie Sloan Essentials 1, 2 & 3) on a regular basis in our first floor studio.  We welcome group bookings and are happy to put on dates to suit you where possible.  

We look forward to welcoming you! x


Address

20 Handbridge
Chester
Cheshire
CH4 7JE

Opening Hours

Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays


Contact Details

Contact Lucy Edwards
Phone 01244 681990
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk

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Finding Us

FROM CHESTER CITY CENTRE: As you cross the old Dee bridge from the City Centre, there is a children's play park on the right and we are the second shop on the right after the park. There is 30 minutes free parking opposite the shop.

FROM A55 - travel past the Chester Business Park, at the Overleigh Roundabout take the last exit signposted for Handbridge. Follow the road past the Church, as the road bends to the left we are after the pedestrian crossing on the left.

Workshops

Annie Sloan 1 Workshop: Introduction to Chalk Paint™

Hosted by Lucy Edwards, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

The first of three Official Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ workshops.

Out tutor, Lucy Edwards, has been trained by Annie Sloan herself and has been running Annie Sloan Workshops since February 2012
  ‫‫‫‍  ‫‫
This workshop covers all the techniques you need to get you started on painting your own furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ .

The Workshop covers the following:

-Comprehensive Introduction to Annie Sloan herself and her fabulous Chalk Paint and its many uses.
- Two colour distressing
- Uses of Annie’s 4 waxes: Soft, Dark, Black & White plus lacquer
- Creating a smooth finish
- Creating a wash
- Textured paint effects

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 21 Feb 2018
End 13:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681 990

Annie Sloan 2 Workshop: Decorative Finishes

Hosted by Lucy Edwards, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Our second Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ workshop covers four further finishes to use on top of your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.
These will enable you to create unique and bespoke pieces of furniture and help individualise your work.

In this workshop, we cover extras to add that creative flair to your piece!
This includes:
Flat finish
Decoupage and Image transfer
Stenciling
Textured effect
Craqueleur
Gilding using leaf

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 14:00, 21 Feb 2018
End 17:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Open Studio Session

Hosted by Christine Williams or Charlotte McAdams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Wet your Chalk Paint™ appetite with our Open Workshop!
Ideal if you want to try furniture painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or complete a project in our workshop space.
Why not come along with a friend and share some quality time together whilst getting creative.
Duration: minimum 1 hour
Cost: £18.95 per person or multiple hours are £15.00 per hour (so 2 for £30, 3 for £45…)
(Group bookings are welcomed)

What you will need:
A small piece of furniture:- something you can carry on your own, a chair, stool, small cabinet or table
Your ideas and enthusiasm!

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 11:00, 23 Feb 2018
End 16:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Open Studio Session

Hosted by Christine Williams or Charlotte McAdams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Wet your Chalk Paint™ appetite with our Open Workshop!
Ideal if you want to try furniture painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or complete a project in our workshop space.
Why not come along with a friend and share some quality time together whilst getting creative.
Duration: minimum 1 hour
Cost: £18.95 per person or multiple hours are £15.00 per hour (so 2 for £30, 3 for £45…)
(Group bookings are welcomed)

What you will need:
A small piece of furniture:- something you can carry on your own, a chair, stool, small cabinet or table
Your ideas and enthusiasm!

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 11:00, 24 Feb 2018
End 16:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Lampshade Making Workshop

Hosted by Christine Williams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Learn how to make your own 30cm drum lampshade using Annie Sloan's collection of fabrics and your own chosen fabric.

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 11:00, 26 Feb 2018
End 13:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Open Studio Session

Hosted by Christine Williams or Charlotte McAdams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Wet your Chalk Paint™ appetite with our Open Workshop!
Ideal if you want to try furniture painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or complete a project in our workshop space.
Why not come along with a friend and share some quality time together whilst getting creative.
Duration: minimum 1 hour
Cost: £18.95 per person or multiple hours are £15.00 per hour (so 2 for £30, 3 for £45…)
(Group bookings are welcomed)

What you will need:
A small piece of furniture:- something you can carry on your own, a chair, stool, small cabinet or table
Your ideas and enthusiasm!

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 11:00, 02 Mar 2018
End 16:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Annie Sloan 1 Workshop: Introduction to Chalk Paint™

Hosted by Lucy Edwards, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

The first of three Official Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ workshops.

Out tutor, Lucy Edwards, has been trained by Annie Sloan herself and has been running Annie Sloan Workshops since February 2012
  ‫‫‫‍  ‫‫
This workshop covers all the techniques you need to get you started on painting your own furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ .

The Workshop covers the following:

-Comprehensive Introduction to Annie Sloan herself and her fabulous Chalk Paint and its many uses.
- Two colour distressing
- Uses of Annie’s 4 waxes: Soft, Dark, Black & White plus lacquer
- Creating a smooth finish
- Creating a wash
- Textured paint effects

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 03 Mar 2018
End 13:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681 990

Lampshade Making Workshop

Hosted by Christine Williams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Learn how to make your own 30cm drum lampshade using Annie Sloan's collection of fabrics and your own chosen fabric.

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 11:00, 10 Mar 2018
End 13:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Annie Sloan 3 Workshop: Colour Inspiration with Chalk Paint™

Hosted by Lucy Edwards, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

‫Within this 3 hour session we cover:
Colour theory – understanding a colour wheel, looking at primary, secondary, complementary & clashing colours. We create a colour wheel using Annie’s beautiful Chalk Paint™ colours
Altering tone – we experiment by mixing the Chalk Paint™ colours to create lighter and darker shades
Mixing colours – we look at mixing the colours together to create unique shades to suit your piece/design style
Colour to suit various furniture styles – we discuss colours that are complementary to a variety of furniture styles
In this workshop we work on sketch pads and the price of the workshop includes a copy of the Annie Sloan Work Book worth £14.99.
We provide all materials, tools plus tea/coffee and biscuits.

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 17 Mar 2018
End 13:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Annie Sloan 2 Workshop: Decorative Finishes

Hosted by Lucy Edwards, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Our second Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ workshop covers four further finishes to use on top of your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.
These will enable you to create unique and bespoke pieces of furniture and help individualise your work.

In this workshop, we cover extras to add that creative flair to your piece!
This includes:
Flat finish
Decoupage and Image transfer
Stenciling
Textured effect
Craqueleur
Gilding using leaf

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 14:00, 17 Mar 2018
End 17:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Open Studio Session

Hosted by Christine Williams or Charlotte McAdams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Wet your Chalk Paint™ appetite with our Open Workshop!
Ideal if you want to try furniture painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or complete a project in our workshop space.
Why not come along with a friend and share some quality time together whilst getting creative.
Duration: minimum 1 hour
Cost: £18.95 per person or multiple hours are £15.00 per hour (so 2 for £30, 3 for £45…)
(Group bookings are welcomed)

What you will need:
A small piece of furniture:- something you can carry on your own, a chair, stool, small cabinet or table
Your ideas and enthusiasm!

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 11:00, 19 Mar 2018
End 16:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Classic Footstool Workshop

Hosted by Christine Williams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

The classic footstool course is a one day extravaganza combining painting techniques with upholstery. You will start the day with a solid hardwood frame, made and throughout the day you will follow the step by step guidance of the workshop leader, learning all about the tools and materials used, as well as covering lots of techniques from webbing, applying hessian and wadding, cutting fabric and corners. You will also be introduced to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ and basic painting techniques and be able to choose from a palette of 37 colours to paint your legs to match your fabric choice. The legs will be finished with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax. At the end of the day’s course you will be able to take your footstool home to show off your new found skills!

The course includes everything you need to make your stool, you just need to supply one metre of fabric. Our class sizes are small so that you benefit from greater one on one teaching and if you then fancy making another footstool for your friend or family member (and trust us, you will be asked!) then kits, containing everything you need to make the stools, will be available to purchase on the day or via our website.

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 21 Mar 2018
End 16:30
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

My Charming Chair - Beginner's Upholstery Workshops using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™

Hosted by Christine Williams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Within this workshop you will paint and wax a drop-in seat dining chair (supplied by us) and learn basic upholstery techniques for you to use on your own projects at home.

You will be able to choose from all 36 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ colours to paint your chair in and select a co-ordinating fabric from our varied selection of materials in our fabric basket to recover your seat pad with or you can bring your own fabric with you (please bring one metre).

Course Content:

Paint the woodwork in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™
Strip the existing upholstery layers from the seat pad of the chair using tack lifter and/or staple removers
Re-upholster the seat pad using the various layers including foam, wadding, fire barrier cloth and top fabric
Finish the paintwork with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to complete your project.
upholstery_workshop_in_chester
Paint your chair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
We provide everything you need for this lovely project, including tea/coffee and biscuits. However if you would like to use your own chosen fabric to cover your chair please ensure that you bring one metre of fabric per chair.

Duration: Start at 10am and we usually finish by 4pm

Cost: £120 including chair and all materials

OFFER Bring a friend and book two places for £198 – saving £42!

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 24 Mar 2018
End 16:30
Email hello@the
Phone 01244 681 990

Open Studio Session

Hosted by Christine Williams or Charlotte McAdams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Wet your Chalk Paint™ appetite with our Open Workshop!
Ideal if you want to try furniture painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or complete a project in our workshop space.
Why not come along with a friend and share some quality time together whilst getting creative.
Duration: minimum 1 hour
Cost: £18.95 per person or multiple hours are £15.00 per hour (so 2 for £30, 3 for £45…)
(Group bookings are welcomed)

What you will need:
A small piece of furniture:- something you can carry on your own, a chair, stool, small cabinet or table
Your ideas and enthusiasm!

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 11:00, 31 Mar 2018
End 16:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Lampshade Making Workshop

Hosted by Christine Williams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Learn how to make your own 30cm drum lampshade using Annie Sloan's collection of fabrics and your own chosen fabric.

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 11:00, 09 Apr 2018
End 13:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Annie Sloan 1 Workshop: Introduction to Chalk Paint™

Hosted by Lucy Edwards, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

The first of three Official Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ workshops.

Out tutor, Lucy Edwards, has been trained by Annie Sloan herself and has been running Annie Sloan Workshops since February 2012
  ‫‫‫‍  ‫‫
This workshop covers all the techniques you need to get you started on painting your own furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ .

The Workshop covers the following:

-Comprehensive Introduction to Annie Sloan herself and her fabulous Chalk Paint and its many uses.
- Two colour distressing
- Uses of Annie’s 4 waxes: Soft, Dark, Black & White plus lacquer
- Creating a smooth finish
- Creating a wash
- Textured paint effects

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 14 Apr 2018
End 13:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681 990

Annie Sloan 1 Workshop: Introduction to Chalk Paint™

Hosted by Lucy Edwards, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

The first of three Official Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ workshops.

Out tutor, Lucy Edwards, has been trained by Annie Sloan herself and has been running Annie Sloan Workshops since February 2012
  ‫‫‫‍  ‫‫
This workshop covers all the techniques you need to get you started on painting your own furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ .

The Workshop covers the following:

-Comprehensive Introduction to Annie Sloan herself and her fabulous Chalk Paint and its many uses.
- Two colour distressing
- Uses of Annie’s 4 waxes: Soft, Dark, Black & White plus lacquer
- Creating a smooth finish
- Creating a wash
- Textured paint effects

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 18 Apr 2018
End 13:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681 990

Annie Sloan 2 Workshop: Decorative Finishes

Hosted by Lucy Edwards, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Our second Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ workshop covers four further finishes to use on top of your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.
These will enable you to create unique and bespoke pieces of furniture and help individualise your work.

In this workshop, we cover extras to add that creative flair to your piece!
This includes:
Flat finish
Decoupage and Image transfer
Stenciling
Textured effect
Craqueleur
Gilding using leaf

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 14:00, 18 Apr 2018
End 17:00
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

Classic Footstool Workshop

Hosted by Christine Williams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

The classic footstool course is a one day extravaganza combining painting techniques with upholstery. You will start the day with a solid hardwood frame, made and throughout the day you will follow the step by step guidance of the workshop leader, learning all about the tools and materials used, as well as covering lots of techniques from webbing, applying hessian and wadding, cutting fabric and corners. You will also be introduced to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ and basic painting techniques and be able to choose from a palette of 37 colours to paint your legs to match your fabric choice. The legs will be finished with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax. At the end of the day’s course you will be able to take your footstool home to show off your new found skills!

The course includes everything you need to make your stool, you just need to supply one metre of fabric. Our class sizes are small so that you benefit from greater one on one teaching and if you then fancy making another footstool for your friend or family member (and trust us, you will be asked!) then kits, containing everything you need to make the stools, will be available to purchase on the day or via our website.

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 25 Apr 2018
End 16:30
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

My Charming Chair - Beginner's Upholstery Workshops using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™

Hosted by Christine Williams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

Within this workshop you will paint and wax a drop-in seat dining chair (supplied by us) and learn basic upholstery techniques for you to use on your own projects at home.

You will be able to choose from all 36 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ colours to paint your chair in and select a co-ordinating fabric from our varied selection of materials in our fabric basket to recover your seat pad with or you can bring your own fabric with you (please bring one metre).

Course Content:

Paint the woodwork in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™
Strip the existing upholstery layers from the seat pad of the chair using tack lifter and/or staple removers
Re-upholster the seat pad using the various layers including foam, wadding, fire barrier cloth and top fabric
Finish the paintwork with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to complete your project.
upholstery_workshop_in_chester
Paint your chair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
We provide everything you need for this lovely project, including tea/coffee and biscuits. However if you would like to use your own chosen fabric to cover your chair please ensure that you bring one metre of fabric per chair.

Duration: Start at 10am and we usually finish by 4pm

Cost: £120 including chair and all materials

OFFER Bring a friend and book two places for £198 – saving £42!

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 25 Apr 2018
End 16:30
Email hello@the
Phone 01244 681 990

Classic Footstool Workshop

Hosted by Christine Williams, The Palace Darling - Chester, Chester

The classic footstool course is a one day extravaganza combining painting techniques with upholstery. You will start the day with a solid hardwood frame, made and throughout the day you will follow the step by step guidance of the workshop leader, learning all about the tools and materials used, as well as covering lots of techniques from webbing, applying hessian and wadding, cutting fabric and corners. You will also be introduced to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ and basic painting techniques and be able to choose from a palette of 37 colours to paint your legs to match your fabric choice. The legs will be finished with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax. At the end of the day’s course you will be able to take your footstool home to show off your new found skills!

The course includes everything you need to make your stool, you just need to supply one metre of fabric. Our class sizes are small so that you benefit from greater one on one teaching and if you then fancy making another footstool for your friend or family member (and trust us, you will be asked!) then kits, containing everything you need to make the stools, will be available to purchase on the day or via our website.

Location 20 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE
Start 10:00, 23 May 2018
End 16:30
Email hello@thepalacedarling.co.uk
Phone 01244 681990

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