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The taster course was perfect! An ideal way to find out about all the very many ways these techniques can be used and a good grounding in the basics. A lovely informal atmosphere, but very productive too. Many thanks.

Gillian Jasper

Very informative, friendly happy day.

Lynda Watsham, West Mersea

Just completed the advanced course, fantastic day, very friendly, fun & informative. Fabulous, thanks Ann

Diane Morton, Heybridge

Super day - learnt a lot & lovely to have a creative day.

Ann Tarran - Cockfield, Suffolk

Brilliant Day!! Enjoyed the whole experience. Great atmosphere!! Learnt many things Will book again!!

Christina Jones

Had a really lovely day. Learnt a lot and looking forward to doing another project. Many thanks

Caroline Haydon, Old Harlow

Came away feeling inspired, learnt lots of new techniques in a friendly and informative atmosphere, would highly recommend.

Helen & Julie

Just wanted to say a big thank you for the delivery of our beautiful furniture and to say what a stunning job you made of them. Many Thanks.

Sue Harris, Great Wigborough

Fantastic day, really enjoyed learning a new skill and techniques. would love to come again. The host/teacher was just brill, funny and very patient. Will be buying paint, wax etc. very soon. Many thanks.

Lynda Quinn

Had a very good time, learnt a lot in a short space of time; I will now experiment with colour more

Karen Nicoll

Brilliant day! Lots of fun & very informative & innovational.

Carolyn Matthews

Thankyou for a great day. Feel much more confident now to tackle my bedroom furniture. My key cupboard will be hung up with pride. Thanks again.

Kerry Ferryman

Highly recommend. Had a fabulous day creating a piece to be proud of. Had some fun, some laughs & a lovely lunch. Thank you ShabbyAnd...

Sally Anderson-Wai

5* Such a good Day! So good I have booked again! Fun & Informative

Tina Sharman, West Mersea

Great Course. Very informative Love the paint Will be back

Sharon Latham

Really enjoyed the course and my first attempt with Chalk Paint. Have learnt alot

Iona Williams

Very intersting demo. I left me feeling "I must try this"

Jean Lewis

Varierd and interesting course

Sue Colwell

Used the outdoor Sailors Blue on my metal garden furniture. It went on very easily and looks amazing.

Alison Stevens


Leonna Young

I enjoyed learning the new techniques and quite excited about trying them out now. Enjoyable class.

Melanie Manning

Very informative, warm friendly. Welcome. Good pace of teaching Thanks

Heidi Parker

Loved one course! Well taught, freindly and helpful. Will be back and would reccommend. Thank you.

Kara Crunn

Excellent day, would reccommend to anyone

julie Cook


Zena Mc Quiston

Fantastic Day, lots learned! Looking forward to coming back for the advance course.

Bronte John

Really enjoyable afternoon very inspired to transform my furniture Lots of great information which is great

Jane Frewin

Had a brilliant time with Jo, making a little jewllery box. Fantastic. Thank you so much for all your help and advice.

Emma Shirtcliffe

A lovely morning and a nice change from work. Thank you for the fun!

Kelly McPheat

I learnt so much. What a brilliant class and a lovely day out

Alison Cushing

What a lovely day - Learnt to be gentle and not heavy handed. Shall return for the advanced course

Heidi Miller

A wonderful day's workshop. Ann is a true expert, greatly generous in sharing her skills ad very encouraging. Can't believe what I have achieved in a day.

Jane Cook

Have really loved today. Learning something new to practice. Ann was excellent at teaching anf have learnt great tips

Katy Brockbank

Thank you Ann, a very informative day anf I hope to put all that I have learnt into practice soon.

Pearl Saggers

Fantastic course, Ann is a great teacher and I liternally found out about all the things I was doing wrong in the first 5 mins! Highly reccommend the course if you dabble in furniture painting but dont do it properly, You will once you have finished the course.

Donna Cushing

Good food good company, great relaxing atmosphere. Would highly reccommend a course. Learnt alot about so many different techniques and tips. Will definately come back for more classes

Pauline Hamilton

Excellent course - Learnt some really good techniques. I am inspired Your feedback was really very good and constructive - Really helped me to learn. I will be round your shop soon and also the advanced course.

Ann Tarran

I've had a fab morning and ganied some confidence in decorating my furniture at home. Everyone has been really helpful and friendly, well worth the visit. Thank you

Dawn Humberstone

Fantastic Day, Loved every bit of it. Cant wait to get home and upcycle some old furniture now. Thank you x

Nicola Hayward

As a Platinum Stockist ShabbyAnd… can create any colour from the Autentico® Colour palette, in any one of our many paint ranges. This doesn’t only make ShabbyAnd… a fantastically versatile stockist but it highlights just how knowledgeable Ann and her staff are on all of our products. If you’re looking for a passionate, knowledgeable and professional stockist of Autentico® Paint, ShabbyAnd… is a great place to start.

Daniel Barron - UK Sales Manager Autentico

Hi Ann, Just wanted to say a huge thank you for my nest of tables. I am so pleased with them and the colour is perfect : ) I will definitely be after some more furniture in the future. Many thanks. Natalie


Hi Ann I just wanted to say you a huge thank you, we are delighted with the refreshing new look in the cottage. Our old furniture which is now Shabby Chic'd is beautiful and the wall colours and additional ornaments and adornments are perfect and not overdone. The personalised service you included by visiting us to give fresh ideas is invaluable. Thank you so much for your care and attention, we just have a bit of painting to finish and then we are looking forward to putting our feet up and enjoying it all. Best wishes Annette

Annette Adams Colchester

I have been using Autentico paint ever since Ann opened her gorgeous shop. Ok, I am no expert and usually restrict myself to small projects but have recently taken the plunge on some more unusual applications for Autentico with such outstanding results that I thought my experiences may be of interest to Autentico converts and also those who may be thinking of trying this fantastic range. KITCHEN TILES: I painted my kitchen tiles in Autentico Eggshell, Vanille colour (off white). I did this six months ago and they still look as good as new. The paint covered the old blue and white tiles and is so easy to keep clean. I regularly wipe them over with kitchen cleaners (including bleach) and even Spag-Bol Sauce splashes come off easily. The only prep I did was to wash the original tiles with sugar soap, apply paint, leave to dry and apply a second coat. Voila! SUMMER HOUSE: I decided to revamp the summer house to use as a craft room. The inside was bare shuttering ply wood and lots of shelving was already in place. A job for the paint sprayer. I already had a can of white emulsion in the ‘Breathe Easy’ range from a well known manufacturer so I set about diluting it with water to get the right consistency for the sprayer. This was a real pain, so hard to mix that I had to use an electric drill with a paint mixer attachment. The paint spray was erratic, spitting and spluttering but worse o all the smell from the paint gave me a terrible headache. I abandoned the mission after doing one interior wall. Off to ShabbyAnd…. for some Autentico! WOW - what a difference! I added water to the desired consistency, stirred it with a spoon and it blended instantly. Into the sprayer and off we go. Job done in next to no time with no headache and no dreadful lingering smell. WELSH DRESSER AND MIRROR: So impressed with the combination of Autentico and paint sprayer, I set about the Welsh Dresser and an ornate mirror frame. Sprayed the dresser base in less than ten minutes, allowed to completely dry and then sprayed another coat. Easy peasy and a perfect finish with no brush strokes. Did the same with the mirror frame and finished off with some Silver wax to pick out the detail…. stunning! I’m going to spray the outside of the summer house next and looking forward to the transformation. I know whatever colour I choose will cover the old black wood beautifully as I have already painted an old shed with ‘Summer Sky’ Eggshell and it looks amazing. I’ve tried many different paints over the years but nothing even comes close to Autentico and the help and advice on hand from Ann at ShabbyAnd…. is worth it’s weight in gold. Jayne Hanley - West Mersea

Jayne Hanley

I'm thrilled with my new upcycled dining room table and chairs. From dull and boring to really fresh and clean looking. Ann was brilliant, very patient, helped me choose the right shades of paint from the huge selection to blend in with my colour scheme! Wish I'd done it sooner! Thankyou!

Jill Rowe

Thank you for a lovely day on the basic workshop. lots of good advice, ideas and tips. Ann is very knowledgeable, Knows her subject


I’ve enjoyed the basic workshop so much. Lovely atmosphere. Definitely come back to learn some new things about painting furniture.


After struggling with other leading brands of paint to find the right finish and color for a client I visited Ann at her shop Shabbyand . I found her knowledge of Autentico paint to be vast And very interesting she soon had me sorted out with the color and finish I was after. As a professional qualified decorator of 36yrs experience I found Autentico paints to be one of the best I have used and I will be definitely be trying to talk people into using it instead of other chalk paints

Paul Leatherdale

You can make your House a Home from this Jewel in the Crown of Shop's. Reasonable price's and endless variety and uniqueness.

Ian Watson

Lovely shop Ann was great with lots of helpful information and advice!

Lorraine Clark

Ann and Sara recently made over a lovely pyramid set of drawers to my exact and quite specific instructions. Makes such a lovely feature in my little girls room. Very happy with product and wonderful friendly, professional service. Thank you x

Laura Dixon Chelmsford

Fantastic customer service, love the product and going to sign up to a workshop

Christine Marriage

Delighted with the service and lovely items I've recently ordered from ShabbyAnd ... highly recommended to all! :)

Clair Trebes

I am over the moon with my bureau :) thank you so much....!!!! Ill be back with more Furniture Xx

Carly Stokes West Mersea

Thank you I'm very pleased with it, and thank you as you made me feel like I could do it or I wouldn't have had the guts to do it. Great service today really happy with my purchases, picture is up and my mirror is re-painted and back up. Thanks

Nevenka Dale

Really enjoyed the workshop, thanks Ann. Really looking forward to putting techniques into practise! Have used the "Library Red" and love the result!! Looking forward to the next workshop.

Carole Taylor

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Hi Ann, Just wanted to say a huge thank you for my nest of tables. I am so pleased with them and the colour is perfect : ) I will definitely be after some more furniture in the future. Many thanks. Natalie


I am over the moon with my bureau :) thank you so much....!!!! Ill be back with more Furniture Xx

Carly Stokes West Mersea

Really enjoyed the workshop, thanks Ann. Really looking forward to putting techniques into practise! Have used the "Library Red" and love the result!! Looking forward to the next workshop.

Carole Taylor

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