It’s a rainy Saturday and I am sitting in Volcano coffee works with my husband the lovely Lucy from Rigby and Mac, likeminded creative folk and a table covered in Annie Sloan chalk paints. Since I read the book Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture I have been wanting to try out these paints but din’t know where to start.So with a table pilled high in Annie Sloan chalk paint colours, waxes, gold leaf and Lucy to guide us through various techniques and finishes, some messy learning and fun began.We learnt how to layer the colours, distress the surfaces in a few different styles and embellish with gold and silver gilt, all of us grown ups were as excited as children when the gold leaf was passed around the table. You know me – to quote Liberty’s Ed Burstell – my favourite colour is shiny.I was so pleased with my samples especially the sanded back and metallic ones. Volcano coffee works was a great setting, inside a giant old white industrial building, with huge windows and old coffee machines displayed in the gallery space, delicious sandwiches and prickly cacti adorning the tables, so a happy discovery for my coffee loving husband. Once the class was over we zipped over to Rigby and Mac’s shop Tomlinsons (No.89) in Dulwich Village and walked away with tins of Pure, Aubusson blue, Graphite, Paris Grey, clear and dark wax! We also had a wander around the village while we were there, popping in some very nice shops and for the car ride home I picked up a box of treats from my favourite bakery – Gail’s.Nothing is safe in our home now, cupboards and frames have been made over and we have decided on chalky grey skirting boards in the bedrooms. Thank you Lucy and Dan for a fantastic and fun day! If you would like to attend one of the workshops, they take place on Saturdays at Volcano Coffee House in West Dulwich and cost £99, include all materials and equipment plus Volcano Coffee and Cake!