Back in the 1990’s when Mr B and myself bought our first house, there was a company called Grand Illusions, who brought the trend for French shabby chic furniture to our attention for the first time. The painted and distressed furniture, which is now available practically everywhere,was, at that time, something we had only ever seen on our summer trips to France and the beautiful chalky finish was otherwise, unattainable unless you bought an original piece, which was of course very expensive.
Fast forward a couple of decades and everybody it seems is adept at upcycling and transforming old pieces of furniture with a lick of paint and some briwax. Of course the finished product is not only down to the technique but the materials used and I was delighted to find that Grand illusions have relaunched their vintage chalk effect paints, with a new range of 27 colours.
I picked up my copy of their paint chart last week whilst in The Hummingbird in Altrincham Cheshire, who are stockists of Grand Illusions paints. This is a lovely new shop, which is a collaboration of florist and shabby chic gifts and furniture. Both Hummingbird and Vintage Angel were previously at Traders Outlet which I blogged about earlier in the year and they have now joined forces and opened a beautiful new shop together.
You can find your nearest Grand Illusions paint stockists here.