Last week, Melbourne Street in North Adelaide welcomed its newest family member, Brocante In The Barossa. As the name suggests, the studio is usually a Barossa-dweller, but now has a brand new studio space, nestled in the east end of Melbourne street. This is great news for all you city folk out there with an eye for colour and a thirst for DIY projects, because Brocante In The Barossa is the first Adelaide stockist of Chalk Paint.
Is giving old furniture a new lease on life totally your thing? Is the roof of your house practically being held up by the layers of paint you have used to redecorate with over the years? Do you have a fetish for unique home wares and pretty trinkets? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then surely you have heard of the internationally renowned Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan? If not... you really, REALLY want to keep reading.
Already hugely popular in South Australia, the paint created by Annie Sloan is credited for its usability, range in colours and matte finish. Promoting the idea of up-cycling and creating art from something old, the paint can be used on almost any surface, wall or piece of furniture-but get this... without any prepping! No sanding or priming required. It literally takes the hard and boring work out of any project, allowing you to get creative and colourful as soon as inspiration strikes.
To celebrate the opening of their new studio, Brocante In The Barossa held a VIP Launch, complete with wine and cheese and a live painting demonstration by local Adelaide artist, Lucy Brewin. Known for her intricate and highly detailed pieces, Brewin worked on a unique one-off piece throughout the evening, using Chalk Paint on timber to demonstrate the product. ‘We are so delighted to be collaborating with Lucy Brewin to celebrate our new store,’ said owner Kim Valois, ‘What a fabulous way to celebrate and share our journey with tonight’s guests.’
Known for stocking the popular Chalk Paint, Brocante in the Barossa is also known for beautiful home wares, unique artworks and craft workshops. Husband and wife as well as business partners, owners Kim Valois and Ian Mathieson have found a keen and appreciative market for the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the Barossa. ‘South Australians are falling in love with Chalk Paint,’ says Valois. The beautifully painted and restored pieces within the new studio explain this love affair. With vibrant colours, a velvety texture and a matte finish, Chalk Paint really is like no other.
The new studio opened its doors on the 14th May 2015, and like the Barossa studio, the North Adelaide space stocks the full range of Annie Sloan products as well as furniture pieces that have been restored and turned into works of art using Chalk Paint. The studio itself is also a real charmer, with lots of pastels, exposed wood and a dainty yet quirky atmosphere. Definitely worth a peek.
So the next time you are taking a stroll down Melbourne street in North Adelaide, check out the brand new Brocante In The Barossa studio with all of their Annie Sloan products. Walking out with a serious itch for a new DIY art project is a guarantee!
All images by Rachel Darling