Abigail*Ryan Dresser Makeover

Abigail & Ryan Bell's Floral Coral Chest of Drawers. Annie Sloan Painters in Residence (3)

I set up my Painters in Residence program last year. I’ve met so many wonderful people over the years that have been doing brilliant things with my paint, so this is my way of showcasing their work. Every three months, I work with three different Painters in Residence who work with my products in interesting, innovative and inspiring ways. They can come from all over the world – my current residents are from Poland, the USA and Northern Ireland.

My Northern Irish residents are in fact Abigail and Ryan ¬– a husband and wife design duo based in Belfast, who work together as Abigail*Ryan. Together they create hand-illustrated florals on homeware using bold pattern and a bright colour palette. I was introduced to their work through one of my stockists and I was immediately struck by their modern approach to floral pattern and print.

Abigail & Ryan Bell's Floral Coral Chest of Drawers. Annie Sloan Painters in Residence (2) Abigail & Ryan Bell's Floral Coral Chest of Drawers. Annie Sloan Painters in Residence

For this project, Abigail and Ryan experimented with mixing my colours to create a bright – almost neon – coral pink. They had a very specific colour in mind for this little chest of drawers – something retro and vibrant to match the clean lines of the piece. To find the right colour, they began mixing colours from the Chalk Paint® palette; Scandinavian Pink, Emperor’s Silk, Barcelona Orange, a little English Yellow and Pure… and Voilà!

COLOUR TIP: Mixing colour with Pure as opposed to Old White will create a very clean, bright colour. Mixing colour with Old White creates a softer hue.

As Abigail and Ryan were looking for a smooth, modern finish, they used my Flat Brush to apply the paint. They then applied my Clear Soft Wax to protect and finish the piece, and styled it with a vibrant floral arrangement bursting from the drawers.

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