West Egg, together with The Decor Cafe, hosted the first of our furniture painting workshops on Saturday. The workshop took place at the beautiful London home of The Decor Cafe founder Debbie Blott which was the perfect, relaxed setting for a day of learning, experimenting and updating old pieces of furniture.
Each participant brought along a piece of furniture to makeover and in just one day this plain Ikea bedside table was completely revitalised. Two coats of Old White by Annie Sloan, some light distressing and a smooth wax finish has given this piece a whole new lease of life. The really great thing about the workshop is the owner can go home and apply the skills she has learnt to the matching table, and to any other piece that needs a little TLC. It's such a great way to update pieces of furniture that get relegated to the loft and it's environmentally friendly too.
The workshops run from 10am – 4pm but we start the day off with tea and coffee from 9:30am. Over the course of the morning we share the tips and tricks for creating an authentic French country look and experiment with different colours on wooden boards before moving onto painting the actual piece.
Lunch is included in the cost of the workshop and is a great chance to chat about different interiors projects, discuss ideas, and have a good sit down of course!
In the afternoon we work on the finer details including distressing and waxing techniques. We have tea and coffee on hand during the day as well as freshly baked treats - this time I made White Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins. I used the recipe from Nigella Lawson's website which was really easy and they tasted amazing. (Click here for the recipe).
At the end of the day everyone goes home with an updated piece of furniture, transformed in one day as well as a gift bag containing different samples, tricks and tips info sheet and other goodies.
Our next workshop is on Friday 16th March - if you're interested in coming along, click here for more details and to book your place or call 0207 060 2975.
Also, there will be a special guest at the workshop in March - a certain AlfiePug will be coming along! So if you've been dying to meet the official West Egg mascot, now's your chance.