A shabby tea for two and a ASCP Giveaway

I’m lucky enough to live in a gorgeous part of the world that enjoys a year round temperate climate.

This means that most days are picnic worthy… and we love a good picnic!


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As you would expect, we have quite a variety of family sized picnic baskets… but nothing that was small enough for a picnic for two.

On my thrifting adventures this week I found the elusive small picnic basket I’ve been coveting.

She was the perfect size… albeit a little battered and worn… she was the ONE.


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There were some minor repairs required…

Before applying a single coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Pure White.

Nothing too much… just a little shabby ‘whiteness’, which still allowed some of the actual rattan weave to show through for that shabby distressed look we all love.

I didn’t even have to prime… chalk paint is that good. You literally just slap it on!

A thin layer of wax for protection and she was ready for stage two of her make-over.


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Next I dressed her up inside with a pretty fabric liner and pink gingham ribbon trim.

The make-over is complete and now my picnic basket for two is ready to hit the picnic circuit.

Her debut outing is an upcoming thrifting adventure with a dear friend…

And isn’t she simply perfect for a little high tea soiree between venues!


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This was such an easy project using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.

I’ve been singing the praises of chalk paint for quite a few years… and now it’s even easier to get with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® being distributed throughout Australia.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is very easy to work with. It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface… wood, concrete, metal, matt plastic, earthenware and much more. That’s one of the things I love most about it.

It dries fast too so you can add second or third coats quickly and believe me, gorgeous results have never been so simple and straightforward to achieve.


Shabby Art Boutique - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Giveaway July 2014


How exciting is this…

An Annie Sloan Chalk PaintTM GIVEAWAY

The people at Annie Sloan heard how much I love their product, so they have very nicely offered some of their amazing product for a Giveaway here at Shabby Art Boutique.

The Prize:

One of my Australian readers will win Annie Sloan 2 x 1 litre Chalk PaintTM, wax and a brush.

RRP – $200

How to enter:

In the comments section on this post, please tell me…

What project would you like to use or try Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on?

Let’s see how creative you can get!

The winner will be chosen based on their answer and notified by email. Please make sure there is a way to contact you. Anonymous entries will not be accepted.

This Giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

Competition ends Wednesday 24th July, 4 pm (AEST)


Terms and Conditions:

· The name of the promotion is: Annie Sloan Unfolded competition

· The promoter is Shabby Art Boutique in conjunction with Annie Sloan Unfolded

· The conditions of entry are outlined above. Please answer the question in your comment and only one entry per person.

· Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.

· The giveaway will close on Thursday 24th July. Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway.

· This is a game of skill. The winner will be awarded based on the strength of their answer to the question – “What project would you like to use or try Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on?”

· The prize will be in the form of product which will be sent to the winner once address details have been provided after the competition has closed.

· The results of the giveaway will be published on this site on Friday 25th July.

· Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-­‐transferable

· The total prize value is $200

· The competition is open to Australian residents only.

· If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available, a product of equal or greater value will be provided.

· The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.


Good luck everyone. I can’t wait to pick the winner!

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  1. Jodie Bailey says:

    Would love to work on a beautiful bow front hall cabinet which I picked up on ebay for $50. She is a beautiful old girl with a need for a face-lift (aren’t we all) and some TLC.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Sounds like you scored a bargain with the cabinet Jodie. My favourite projects are facelifts/make-overs and this would be a fun one for sure.
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  2. debbie van Oostveen says:

    I would like to win some annie Sloan paint ive heard so much about it from Facebook friends in America , I have a old sideboard with heaps of little drawers I hate painting but would give this paint ago ☺

    • Kerryanne says:

      I think even non painters would love painting with this easy to use product Debbie… it cuts out the time consuming priming step, so makes it quicker to paint a project.
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  3. bettyann says:

    I am not entering the contest as I am not a resident of Australia. I just started using Annie Sloan chalk paint in the last few projects. It works so well on wood, metal, glass and metal. I can’t afford the brushes and some of the cheaper ones show brush marks, but I keep trying. So have fun ladies with your winning paint.

    • Kerryanne says:

      You’ll be addicted now Bettyann… it is such a versatile paint. I haven’t found anything yet that I can’t paint with it. I wish I could include all my US and Canadian friends in the giveaway too… I’m sure I’ll have a little something for them soon enough.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  4. Kathy Fr says:

    What I think would be cool would be to take an old guitar or several musical instruments and paint them in Chalkboard paints and decorated with letterpress type fonts. I think it would look great hanging on a wall. If not that, maybe take a really cool serving tray or large platter and paint it in chalkboard paints, then write the Holiday menu or just that night’s dinner menu on the platter or tray

    • Kerryanne says:

      Wow Kathy… your creative mojo is in high gear. Great ideas and they sound like fun projects too.
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  5. Sue Holland says:

    I have just become a Great Aunt to a gorgeous baby girl, Ivie Ellen how arrived into the world 7 weeks early.
    I would love to try the Annie Sloan Chalk paint on a beautiful little wicker pram for our little Ivie to play with when
    she is a little older. I would paint the little pram with Annie Sloans Chalk Paint then as yoi have done with your beautiful
    picnic basket I would line it with a lovely floral print and make a tiny matching quilt. I could then imagine our gorgeous little girl
    playing for many hours with her dolls and pram.
    Thank you for this opportunity to enter you competition,
    Regards, Sue Holland

    • Kerryanne says:

      Congratulations on the new addition to your extended family Sue. Premmies are extra special too!
      I love your idea for a wicker pram project for little Ivie. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  6. Oh how exciting. I have the usual projects to ‘do’ like the CD cupboard but I am expecting I will take to this like most other crafting project and my children will be running for cover before they get painted. lol. But in all seriousness, I think I have to revamp my china cabinet. It is too dark in our new home.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Well you know my motto Debra… if the kids are standing idle for too long, they deserve to be painted. 😉
      Sounds like you’d love the Annie Sloan chalk paint. It makes painting jobs like larger pieces of furniture an absolute breeze.
      Good luck with the giveaway.

  7. Loving your picnic basket, Kerryanne. Everything you touch turns to shabby! I have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and am a fan. It’s versatile and easy to use. Good luck to all the entrants of this competition, the winner is in for a treat. xo

  8. Kerryanne, that is the most adorable picnic basket ever.
    Good luck to all your Australian readers.
    Toni xx

    • Kerryanne says:

      I love how she turned out Toni and I think she is so perfect for a high tea kind of picnic. Not sure my hubby would really appreciate her gorgeousness though!!
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  9. Julie Kempthorne says:

    I am dying to try out Annie Sloan’s chalk paint on a beautiful ( but rather battered) pie crust table that I found deserted on a nature strip. I am laid up at present getting over a knee replacement but this project is something I can’t wait to tackle once my knee is completely useable. The beauty of the chalk paint is that with so little preparation needed this won’t be beyond my physical capabilities. In other words a great makeover for very little effort!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Don’t you just love nature strip finds Julie!! Sounds gorgeous… I hope your knee recovers quickly so you can get this project underway. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  10. I love your basket she came up gorgeous! If love yo win some Annie Sloan chalk paint on a vintage suit valet I thrifter last week.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thanks Mel. She is just a bit gorgeous and I look forward to putting her to good use!
      Now a suit valet does sound like an interesting make-over project. I’d love to see what colours you use. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  11. Jane Davison says:

    I have several projects I’d love to use Annie Sloan chalk paint on, including coffee tables and an entertainment unit but the most important thing to benefit from an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint makeover would be my Grandson’s wicker toy box, which I think could look amazing.

    By the way, absolutely love your picnic basket, it looks amazing 🙂

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thanks Jane. The picnic basket make-over was super quick and easy, but produced a great result. Sounds like you’ve quite a ‘To Do’ list happening there. Good luck in the giveaway.

  12. I have been trying to work out how to repurpose an old timber blanket type box into a dress up storage box for our amazing Princess Grand Daughter and your picnic basket has inspired me, I have some girly fabric, a paint win would be amazing!
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  13. I love how your basket turned out Kerry! I’ve always wanted to try Annie Sloan paint… I have two sideboards of different periods stood beside each other and like the idea of unifying them by the use of one single chalk paint colour… I’d throw in mis-matched photo frames above the one without shelving, also painted the same to tie the whole scheme together. I love tying together eclectic objects and think that paint is the best way to do so. 🙂

    • Kerryanne says:

      I have to agree Vik… paint is the great unifier. Sounds like a fabulous project and I know you’d do a beautiful job too.
      Thanks for your lovely comment about my picnic basket… only wish we could have a picnic together. It’s been ages since we caught up in person. Maybe I need to have a shopping trip to Melbourne soon 😉
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  14. I would like to work on some photography props, I use for children. I’m constantly updating chairs and benches to keep them fresh for special memories of families I shoot. I’d like to try the chalk paint!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Please do try the paint Kate… I know you’ll love how easy it is to use 🙂
      Good luck in the giveaway.

  15. Oooooh! A prize I want to WIN woohoo!! I have about a bajillion furniture projects awaiting their big makeovers and there are so many ASCP paint colors I would love to try!! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

    • Kerryanne says:

      Have to admit Christy, I’m right there with you with the ‘bajillion’ projects. For every project I finish, I find another 2 thrifted items. I may never get to the end of the supply this way – lol. I’ve not yet tried all the ASCP colours, so that would be my aim too. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  16. Sharyn Nash says:

    Love the basket finish Kerryanne! I picked up a red (so not my colour) fabric dressmakers mannequin – been thinking how to soften it. Maybe Annie Sloan paint might work…with a doily or two attached afterwards? What do you think?. Do you think the paint would stick? xx

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thanks Sharyn. You can definitely use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on fabric. I can’t imagine you with anything red… sounds like that mannequin needs a complete make-over so she’ll fit into your gorgeous shabby home. Good luck!!
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  17. Jeanette Barker says:

    The project I would love to give a special treatment to is a solid silky oak chest of drawers on legs, currently my gorgeous shabby bedside table. I salvaged the cupboard out of my girlfriend’s ship when they were cleaning out her parents house. At the time the drawers were “delightfully” upholstered in vinyl with tacks for the studded look and “updated” 70’s handles! Lol. Uplostery gone, handles gone, vintage handle and tassels added to the drawers. Now just waiting for the special Annie Sloan Chalk Paint treatment!!! Lol.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Oh my… that does sound like a 70’s piece. I bet you’ll enjoy transforming that project Jeanette. Definitely a job for ASCP!!
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  18. Love your picnic basket makeover! I have two just like it, a large and small one. I’ve given them the “white” shabby treatment but now you’ve inspired me to line the inside with pretty fabric! I would love to enter the giveaway but, sadly, I live in the US 🙁 boo! Good luck to your readers!

    • Kerryanne says:

      I have to say Cindy that the lining does give it a completely different look… well worth the effort.
      Sorry about the giveaway 🙁
      Us Aussies miss out on all the US giveaways all the time, so know how you feel. I have free things that are often worldwide, so keep a look out for those.

  19. Hey Kerryanne! Oooooh! Your picnic basket makeover is so SWEET!! I wish I was coming on that picnic with you. :0) Hmmm … what project would I use the Annie Sloan paint on? I think it would be a shorter list to write what I DON’T want to use it on! :0) Let’s see … there’s the treadle Singer sewing machine with a ‘beyond restoration’ cabinet that would benefit from a shabby makeover; I have two cream cans that would add more shabby charm to our house if they were wearing a new coat of Annie Sloan paint; I’ve got two nice big, sturdy cane baskets that would look fabulous wearing white …. oh … the possibilities are ENDLESS!! Did you just here the husband diving for cover in case there’s more work for him to do?! Tee! Hee! Hee! Enjoy your picnic … I’ll try not to be envious of picnic weather … as our temps stuggle to get into double digits … SIGH!! Bear Hugs! KRIS

    • Kerryanne says:

      I can just see Geek Boy rolling his eyes at the list of make-overs Kris 😉
      Sounds like you have lots of lovelies just waiting for their transformation and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint would be perfect for all of them!
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  20. Anne Bull says:

    I would like to spruce up some old pot planters that are out our entrance to our house. At the moment they look so dreary and adding a bit of colour will brighten up that area.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Anne,
      I’ve seen pot planters done before with the ASCP and it does look fabulous. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  21. Thank you Kerryanne, I would love some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, as after seeing your picnic basket, I have a brown cane basket that I would like to soften to a light colour and put in a lining of some shabby roses fabric, that extends over the top and make it pretty.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Angela,
      I’ve done some other baskets too that I painted with grey first and then a top coat of white for a more aged driftwood kind of colour. They look fabulous too. I’ll be showing them on my blog shortly. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  22. I would like to try Annie Sloan on a head board or some baskets.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Both sound like fun projects Jennifer. My headboard is painted with chalk paint and I’m still very happy with it several years later.

  23. Such a sweet little picnic basket Kerryanne! I found one a wee bit smaller than yours by the look. some time back with intentions of selling on, but now I want to make it as lovely as yours. It would be a lovely size for one person too, so I’ll change the lining from red/white gingham to something much prettier and it would look so nice painted in a pretty pastel blue or green or pink. A close friend gifted me with a gorgeous trio in pink and wouldn’t it look lovely in the basket when it’s finished!
    A fantastic giveaway, thanks so much. ♥

    • Kerryanne says:

      Oooo… that does sound lovely Pam. You definitely must keep it for yourself. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  24. Marisa Smeed says:

    Hi Kerryanne, it’s been too long since I’ve looked at a gorgeous old kitchen dresser in the garage that I have stripped back and there it remains. I brought it 3 years ago at Holy Spirit Fete Trash n Treasure. The Chalk Paint could be just the inspiration I need, before husband puts it out for hard rubbish!!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Ahh Marisa, she’s ready and waiting for her paint transformation. You can’t let hubby toss her out for hard rubbish… although, that’s how many of us get our curbside finds 😉
      Hang on to your beautiful dresser. Good luck in the giveaway my friend.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  25. oooh I have a shabby chair, very 50’s, that I picked up from the op shop for $2 that needs some tender lovin care……this would be just perfect, dont you think? Gorgeeeeeeous! I was wondering how I could go about it….now it’s clear!
    thanks for the chance to win Kerryanne!
    sugary hugs ox :O) Wendy

    • Kerryanne says:

      Oh yes Wendy, definitely a good project for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Do you know you can paint fabric with ASCP too if your 50’s chair has a fabric inlay.
      Good lock in the giveaway draw.
      Sugary hugs right back at you 🙂

  26. I would love to win and use chalk paint on an old chalk board I have. I have a new kitchen and I would love to change my wooden surround on the chalkboard. thanks you so much

    • Kerryanne says:

      I’ve painted many a chalkboard frame with Chalk Paint Sandra… I secretly have a ‘thing’ for chalkboards. The frames look great when painted and distressed.
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  27. Julie D says:

    Hi. Ive just returned from nearly two weeks in glorious Bali with the most divine Balinese rooftop finial. It kind of looks like a crown and many of the villas in Bali had them. However, although the design is gorgeous, the colour is not going to match my decor and a dash of chalk paint will help keep my island holiday memories alive and looking fabulous. Thanks, Kerryanne

    • Kerryanne says:

      A Balinese architectural project will be so much fun Julie and a great one for ASCP. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  28. That came out gorgeous! Reminds me of picnic baskets that belonged to my grandma. I’m so jealous of your perfect climate too LOL!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thanks for stopping by Dria. Yes, we are a bit blessed living in such a lovely climate all year round. 🙂

    This is amazing! I can’t tell you how many of those exact baskets I’ve passed up at thrift stores! Thank you for sharing your inspiration, I’m now on the hunt for a basket to paint JUST like you did! (that’s what I’d paint) xo

    • Kerryanne says:

      Isn’t it funny when you pass things up and then you see someone has used that very item in a way you’d like to. I do that all the time Robin 😉

  30. What a difference! I have a couple of picnic baskets languishing in the basement – think they need an ASCP redo to bring them back to life! And I love how you lined the inside with that gorgeous vintage looking fabric.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thanks Heather. I think the lining makes all the difference to the ‘pretty’ aspect of the basket.

  31. You did an amazing job transforming this sweet picnic basket. I never thought of using chalk paint on a basket. I’ve got to give ASCP a try one of these days.

  32. How charming! I love reusing vintage items in new ways. Trying ASCP for the first time this week!

  33. Your picnic basket is now a piece of art, Kerryanne. Thanks for sharing all the details of ASCP with us. AH man-I SO wish I was an Aussie, right now 🙂
    Good luck to all those that enter your giveaway!

    • Kerryanne says:

      I’m a bit partial to her new look Meegan. My hubby thinks she is ‘girly’… gosh, you’d think after all these years of living in an all girl household he’d just flow with it – lol.
      You’ll have to enter the next giveaway one sweetie.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  34. I have two end tables I’d love to do in old white or duck egg blue. Thanks.

    • Kerryanne says:

      You know Eileen, I’m tempted to paint my kitchen dresser in the Duck Egg Blue or maybe use it under a coat of Pure White. I bet your end tables would look lovely.
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  35. Lyn Butt says:

    I have heard so much good stuff about Annie Sloan chalk paint, i’d just love to try it on anything, thanks Lyn.

    • Kerryanne says:

      I’m glad you’ve been hearing good things about this lovely product Lyn. I have to admit that I’m a big fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint too.
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  36. Alison Williams says:

    Hi , I would love to win some Annie Sloan Chalk paint to transform an old metal steamer trunk my mum brought out from England. It is in need of a little TLC after all this time. Thankyou for the opportunity to enter the competition.

    • Kerryanne says:

      The wonderful thing about ASCP Alison is that it can paint over almost any surface… and without priming. I’d love to see your metal trunk after its transformation. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  37. Rosemary says:

    Would love to re-vamp an old rococo mirror frame. YUMMMM

  38. Julie Duncan says:

    Oh so many projects come to mind but I’m thinking it would have to be a lovely old pine kitchen table that belonged to my hubby’s Nana. It’s just sitting out the back waiting for a makeover & this paint would be perfect!

  39. Hi Kerryanne, such a fantastic giveaway. I have an old chair that was my grandmother’s. About 3 years ago, I painted the wood armrests and legs with house paint and covered the seat and back with a pretty pink and white fabric. I would love to paint the whole chair, including the fabric in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because the fabric is fading and slightly grubby and the paintwork is scuffed. I’ve watched Annie Slaon on YouTube painting a fabric covered chair and would love to try it.

    • Kerryanne says:

      I’m excited for you Laura. Definitely a project to have fun with and yes, you can paint fabric with ASCP. You are so creative and I know you would do a lovely transformation on this chair. Good luck in the giveaway Laura 🙂

  40. I am becoming known for my painted upholstery chairs with the sewn re-upholstered seats. I have done two that turned out beautiful. I want to try this again but using Annie Sloan paint. I use her paint on all my wood surfaces, but now it time to broaden the spectrum and see what happens.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Be adventurous Terry… there’s not much ASCP can’t do!! Can you tell I love this product 😉
      Good luck in the giveaway.

  41. Chris Azzopardi says:

    Oh I would love some ASCP to paint my table and chairs, I have been trying to sell these for a few months, but no luck, so I to have heard you can paint fabric with this paint, so my chairs are a horrid dark green colour fabric, and your typical pine stained colour, would be good to change the appearance of them. They say it goes a long way and I wonder if I could get a table and 4 chairs done with one can
    Thanks Kerryanne, I love your picnic basket, I just sent a heap of baskets to the Salvo’s (duh).

    • Kerryanne says:

      The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint does go a long way Chris and can be painted directly onto fabric as well. I recon you’d go at least close to painting all of them with one litre of paint.
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  42. A little history first … my mother (rip) was the kind of grandmother who bought each grandchild the same gift for their birthdays … a red tricycle, a wagon, a rocking chair and a table and chairs … my older two children received all of the gifts; however, my mother died when my youngest daughter was born and never received a table and chairs … 20+ years later … my daughter, Victoria has a daughter, Lilli and I have a little round table that I have been saving … I would love to paint this as a tribute to my mom and have a table and chairs to pass on to Lilli … precious memories. Thanks for the chance to win … and I am lucky enough to have a friend (who I met through craft shows as a vendor) that sells ASCP … and she would gladly teach me some techniques. Thanks..

    • Kerryanne says:

      Debb, that is a lovely story and a beautiful thing to do for Lilli. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  43. Jayne Louise says:

    I had been seeing and reading about chalk paint, and until seeing your gorgeous basket makeover, Kerryanne, I didn’t know we could get the paint here in Australia. Yay for that! I have many projects I could use the paint for.
    HOWEVER, what I really want to tackle is my kitchen!
    My husband doesn’t share my interests, and is not bothered that after 22 1/2 years, our kitchen needs some TLC and updating, with at least colour. My problem is that I am allergic to paint fumes, headaches, eyes, vomiting! So I have been on the lookout for something nil/low odour to use, with a great colour range, to boot. Annie Sloan’s paint is definitely looking like the biggest contender, as I understand it can be used to paint lamiate cupboards. Would I love to try it out?? Oh yes pretty please! 🙂
    Jayne xxx

    • Kerryanne says:

      Let me encourage you to give it a go Jayne. You won’t be disappointed… and yes, in answer to yoru question, you can paint your laminate cupboards. Keep an eye on my blog to see my kitchen make-over. I’ve used ASCP on my cupboards 🙂
      Good luck in the giveaway.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne xx

  44. I think I’d like to look around some op shops until I find just the right thing to shabby up! Seeing your lovely shabby items really inspires me and I’d love to try it for myself. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  45. Hayley Daly says:

    Oh my, my grandmothers old food safe so desperately needs a makeover, it has all my beading and buttons within it’s walls….
    Nana would have loved the fact that it is still being used, even though not for the original and practical use.
    Sounds like the perfect paint for the job… thanking you

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