5 Chic DIY Painted Garden Projects



One of the things that I love about summer is spending time in the garden, especially when I get home from work. I love eating outdoors and spending time with my friends and family. When it starts to get dark, I light the candles and this creates a very pretty, romantic atmosphere.

I painted the chandelier shown here using my paint, which is called Chalk Paint™. I chose three different purples: Emile, Old Violet and a custom mix of Emperor’s Silk (which is a bright pure red) and Napoleonic Blue. I chose to use purple because I love how it works against the green foliage – and it’s a colour combination that is not seen that often.


Old Violet Chair

I have a real thing for chairs and fell in love with this one! It lived in a friend’s garden and had started to rot away. I knew it was a good Arts and Crafts chair, but that it had totally had it! The seat had gone, so I put a tray on top and used it as a plant stand. I then painted it in my colour, Old Violet, and left the paint to bake on in the sun. I never wax anything that is going to live outdoors.


Yellow Metal Chair

This is a wonderful metal chair that I bought from a friend. I love the shape of the chair and think it looks beautiful in the garden. I painted it in my colour, English Yellow – a glorious bright yellow. One of the amazing things about my paint is that it goes straight onto metal – no need to prime. I simply painted the chair on a very sunny day and left it to dry in the sun. The paint bakes on to the surface beautifully.


Watering Cans

I actually use watering cans in my garden regularly as the hose doesn’t reach the end of my garden! I painted the first watering can in Duck Egg Blue some years ago, so it’s looking a little worn but I like that. The other watering can has been painted recently in Old Ochre. I think it would be quite fun to have lots of these in the garden, painted in all different colours!



I bought this ladder in England, although it is French. I love the construction of French ladders, They look so complicated and intricate, and are wonderfully unique. I had this ladder in my shop for a while and then realized it would look great in the garden to sit plants on.

I painted the frame all over in a wash of my colour, Old White. You can create a wash with my paint just by adding water. Then you can paint straight onto the wood without priming first. I loved the idea of putting a different colour on each step too. So I did the steps in a variety of Chalk Paint™ colours – mainly cool colours with the occasional warm colour in between.

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Annie Sloan

One of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts, Annie Sloan brings decades of expertise – and plenty of style – to her hugely popular line of decorative paint, Chalk Paint™.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Chalk Paint™ is a unique, eco-friendly, formula that sticks to just about any surface – inside and outside the home – without the need for priming or sanding. Inspired by 18th and 20th century décor and design, the range comprises over 30 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette. With a brand new line of stencils, fabrics, brushes, waxes to provide protection and durability to painted projects, and other finishing products, Annie’s inspirations are transforming more and more homes every day.

While growing the range, Annie also finds time to swap paintbrush for pen. Her 24 books on decorative painting, with a 25th due to come out later this year, have sold well over 2 million copies and are giving people the world over the skills and confidence to get creative.

A passionate supporter of small businesses, Annie only sells her products through independent shops. She encourages each of her tight-knit group of global Stockists to be individual and inspiring in their ventures and – like the lovers of her paints and products – to find their own Annie Sloan.

Annie trained as a fine artist and turned to decorative work after university in the mid -1970s while painting murals in houses as commissions. By 1987, Annie had written the phenomenally successful book ‘The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques’ which is considered to be the industry bible on the subject. Unable to find the paints that she wished to work with, Annie used her knowledge of colour, paint, pigments and art history and invented Chalk Paint™ in 1990.

In 2000 Annie set up a shop in Oxford to showcase Chalk Paint™, run courses, and offer interior design services. More books followed and there are now nearly 1,500 Stockists around the world, with 43 Stockists in Canada and growing, and an ever-expanding portfolio of complementary products.

2 thoughts on “5 Chic DIY Painted Garden Projects

  1. You have created a happy space that is really inviting.

  2. I’m wondering whether I should have put a finish coat on my garden bench as it has lost so much of what I applied last year. I actually did 2 coats. We are located in Canada and have had extremely long and cold winters the last two years, so maybe that has added to the degradation. Is there anything you can recommend?

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