Indian Inspired Capri Pink Chair with Faux Bone Inlay Stencilling
by Annie Sloan
This chair is a nod to the use of hot pink in traditional design across the subcontinent of India. Hot pink is widely used in India and can be seen on everything from wedding saris to police vehicles! Annie Sloan wanted to demonstrate the casual way Capri Pink can be contrasted with its colour opposite, earthy green Château Grey for a look that exudes colour confidence.
The pairing of two colour opposites is a signature of Annie’s work and is a failsafe way to get the most out of a colour. By contrasting opposites, you’ll emphasize the unique qualities of each colour to maximum effect. To further underline the nod here to traditional Indian designs, Annie has used different elements of her Faux Bone Inlay Stencil on the chair and the rug beneath. Click here for a video on how to get the most out of this fabulous stencil.
Annie painted the whole chair using Chalk Paint® in Capri Pink, then used the structural details of the chair to decide where to add Chateau Grey. She painted the topmost bracket in this soft green to anchor her stencil design and give it a more intentional look than if the stencil were merely floating against a Capri Pink backdrop. She rendered the stencil by masking in place and then used a Small Sponge Roller to apply paint. Using a Roller can help get a very crisp, clear outline on stencils. Annie’s top tip is to make sure your Roller isn’t overloaded with Chalk Paint® by doing a “practice run” on some scrap paper. Overloaded rollers or paint brushes will cause paint to leak out from stencil outlines and will compromise your design. If you’re reusing the same stencil multiple times, be sure to wipe between uses to avoid smudging your work. Once dried, Annie protected and finished her work with a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax applied using her Large Wax Brush and a lint-free cloth (to wipe away excess Wax).
Eagle-eyed observers will notice the painted rug beneath the chair. Here, Annie rolled out stripes of Chalk Paint® in Capri Pink in Chateau Grey then overlaid her Faux Bone Inlay Stencil in random-seeming directions. Annie used Chalk Paint® in a mix of brights and neutrals (Barcelona Orange, Provence, Honfleur, and Paris Grey) to create a rich and dynamic pattern over the top of the stripes for a beautifully textured look.