WELCOME TO SOMEWHERE IN THE SUNSHINE
Born in Australia, Annie Sloan grew up in the UK and became an interior decorator. She traveled abroad working in Europe and as there was nothing on the market at that time, she needed to create her own paint to recreate the style of the decoration that existed there. Annie Sloan created Chalk Paint in 1990. Her paint is the original chalk paint, a name trademarked for her paint. There have been many trying to copy her brilliant formula, but nothing compares. Milk paint and home made recipes are all good, but only similar in some ways. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has low Volatile Organic Compounds which makes it virtually non-toxic and undetectable by the nose - no toxic fumes to fill your work space. It's greatest selling point though, is that you don't need to sand back existing paint or prime the surface before starting your project. It adheres to glass and metal, and has no problem with vanished surfaces. This salient point means that the usual hours of prepping and sanding your chair or cupboard before painting, is unnecessary - so you can start straight away! It can be used on furniture inside or outside the house, on walls and floors. And the brush washes out in water. The paint dries quickly and, incorporating the use of her waxes, many kinds finishes are possible. Wax seals the paint and hardens over time. It's quick and easy and comes with a health warning.....it's addictive! Once you start using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint you'll wonder why you hadn't started earlier!
We love seeing the potential in every piece of furniture. Whether you have modern or antique, new or preloved pieces, the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint lifts and brings new life to each one. Our showroom is full of painted items we have been given or bought from second hand dealers because they are interesting, retro or show a craft from a bygone era.
Clients also bring pieces in for transformation. Sometimes rooms, sometimes whole houses get the shabby chic touch from Somewhere in the Sunshine. There are lots of different styles that are important to us: French, Boho, Country, Swedish and Modern Contemporary. Drop in for some professional guidance for your next renovation!
Click one our projects below to find out how we did them.
This beautiful old dresser was painted with Old White and Old Ochre. It is a functional piece of furniture that […]
Tables and chairs are the most functional pieces that you can paint and decorate with chalk paint. It’s amazing to […]
Annie Sloan has had two main waxes on the market Chalk Paint; Clear and Dark. Clear wax seals and protects […]
Chalk Paint on Canvas. This was another amazing project for a friend who was revamping her verandah. Her tired old […]
This lovely old dresser is from the 1950’s. It’s great for overnighters – just enough room for hanging a few […]
Beginners in Chalk Paint 10am-2pm Saturday June 16th, July 14th, August 11th.
We will learn the basic techniques of painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and get a grounding in using waxes and furniture restoration. Bring along a chair or small piece of furniture to paint and receive private tuition to get your piece looking its best. Lunch is supplied. $120 includes all materials. Bookings are essential.
Wall, Floor and Furniture Stencils 10am - 2pm Saturday June 23rd, July 21st, August 18th
Stencils are a great addition to floor, furniture and wall decoration and can be used to quickly transform your living space. We have a unique collection of stencils which we will use to explore different applications and styles. If you are interested in creating vintage or ultra modern - everything is catered for! You'll fall in love with how easy it can be. Join us for an action packed day!
Lunch is included and we will start promptly at 10am.
Cost of the workshop is $150. Bookings are essential.
These workshops run monthly with updates via our email newsletter.
Our workshops are an inspiration for those people who want to paint and create wonders but can't start… yes – so many people come in and are overwhelmed by the choices!
The chalk paint is such an exciting medium when you consider how versatile it is – it paints on metal, glass, fabric – you can dye your curtains with it! As well as an education for those who would like to start to bring new life to their favourite pieces of furniture, the workshops are a great way to meet others already painting and have great ideas with colours and experiences with the paint. There are so many amazing ideas: from stenciling furniture to fabric, to painting out your entire bathroom... including the tiled floors!
A Little About Us...
Welcome to Somewhere in the Sunshine, stockist of the Original Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
Discover French Country-inspired furnishings and vintage homewares in the heart of Tyalgum. We are situated 45 minutes from Gold Coast airport - a short drive from Murwillumbah through the green cauldera of the Mt Warning Rainforest National Park.
Somewhere in the Sunshine is a unique cottage industry and offers an extensive range of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products as well as home decorating services. We also participate on the massive Houzz website for house renovators, which is an honour to be included, and counted among the creative home building businesses of Australia!
We live in an exquisite part of the world that naturally inspires creativity in the artisans of this area. Grace Loire started her business two years ago with passion and a vision to revitalise home and business environments with the non-toxic, water-based Annie Sloan Chalk paint. It's been very much a community project with many of the local businesses using the chalk paint to decorate their shops and give Tyalgum a unique village style. Word spread quickly that we were stockists of the chalk paint and we now proudly service the rural and coastal areas of the Northern Rivers.
Our workshops are an added inspiration as well as an education for those who would like to bring new life to their favourite pieces of furniture, paint out a room or restore much loved items to their former glory. These workshops run monthly with updates via our email newsletter. The topics change each month so there is always something new to learn. And that's the key - endless possibilities!