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 […]
Basic Skills Using Chalk Paint August 3rd, 10th and 24th 10am - 2pm
This workshop teaches you the basic techniques using chalk paint, familiarising you with brushes and wax. Bring a small piece of furniture to paint e.g. chair, picture frame or tray. Choose from the entire paint range to paint your piece and learn how to achieve the vintage look. If you are unable to make the date and would like to come along on a different day please call to arrange.
$140 Bookings essential. Lunch and all paint /materials are included.
(Please let me know if you have any dietary requirements)
Receive 10% discount on all paint supplies purchased on the day.
2 day Paint & Mixed Media Workshop $350
September 12th &13th, Thursday/Friday
for anyone who enjoys DIY and would love to visit the wonderful village of Tyalgum.
involves a day of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This paint has revolutionised the DYI furniture world! No sanding or prepping required. wwwanniesloan.com
You will learn the four basic techniques of chalk painting, her colour palette and all the tips and tricks for creating wonderful furniture. After lunch you will paint your piece of furniture using your new skills. All materials included. (10% off all paint supplies purchased at the workshop.)
will be spent using the Iron Orchid Design air dry clay, resin, stamping and moulding; creating the vintage look. We will also be stencilling and learning some great techniques for decorating furniture and feature walls.
Lots of take home goodies as well as the latest news from the vintage upcycle craft world.
We finish the retreat with Pizza Night, held at Flutterbucks – located inside Flutterbies Cafe Restaurant; delicious pizza, live music, the Gin Bar, wine and boutique beer.
A great way to start the weekend!
Celestial Dew Airbnb, offering 20% discounted accommodation, has 4 bedrooms, sleeps 6 people and is right next door to Flutterbies Cafe. (Call Emerald to book your room/group)
Bellbird Cottage, another gorgeous local Airbnb, is just around the corner from Celestial Dew; everything at your fingertips. Breakfast supplied and cooking facilities. (Book this accommodation online)
There is also lots of B & Bs in the outlying area not far from the village itself.
Only 45 minutes from the Gold Coast airport, this two day immersion promises to satisfy all your creative passions. As well, you will be spending two days in the peaceful heart of the green cauldron, part of the Mt Warning rainforest area.
A wonderful little village to wake up in.
Tell your friends and make a weekend of it!
0413 975 774
to book your space.
See you there!
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. Somewhere in the Sunshine opened in 2015 with a vision to revitalise home and business environments using 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!