No more stripping, sanding, prepping....just paint!
Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint saves time and money
by allowing you to reinvent perfectly good (but perhaps dated or abused)
furniture or other treasures giving them a renewed life and brand new style.
All the while being easy and FUN to use!
If you haven't used Autentico Chalk Paint before,
here are a few important tips to get you started
on your way to Chalk-Painting-Excellence!!!
If you have used it, you're likely already in love, but you might pick up something new.
Tip 1 — Invest in a Workshop
And it's true, using the paint is THAT easy.
However, there are so many techniques, tips and tricks to be
discovered through training and a great deal of experience to be shared.
Want the coastal look? Distressed? Love shabby chic
or white-washed furniture? Can you use the paint as a stain?
Or for stencilling? Can it be used outdoors? Or on walls?
Are you supposed to water it down?
Is it safe to use around children or pregnant women?
Or those who are sensitive to or cautious of chemicals?
At a Workshop all of these questions and more will be answered in detail.
You will also learn waxing tips as well as
basic colour mixing techniques...and much more.
All from a Certified Autentico Workshop Trainer!
The Workshop environment allows you to discuss your projects,
ask questions and take home completed works of art.
You are given access to the entire line of Autentico Chalk Paint in
all 39 colours, as well as the Waxes and related products.
And did I mention you'll make new friends and have a blast in the process?!
Join the only South Australian Autentico Chalk Paint
Basic Painting Course Summer Social
Friday, 21st November 6:30pm-9pm
Cost $180 with the opportunity to win free 1L tin of Chalk Paint!
Tip 2 — It Really is NO Prep!
paint without sanding or prep.
The answer is YES!
Autentico Chalk Paint covers and adheres to most surfaces including
plastic, laminate, metal, glass, fabric, pre-painted or
pre-varnished surfaces, ceramic, raw wood...have I forgotten anything?
No priming or sanding necessary!
Tip 3 — The Importance of Colour Charts & Sample Jars
Sample Jars are worth their weight...
Seeing colour options in the light, room or environment
it will be used in can make all the difference.
When selecting from five different whites, eight greys or
10 shades of blue (yes..Autentico has THAT kind of variety!)
it's always best to test the colour to make certain it's what you want.
Our Colour Charts are beautifully hand-painted
for a true representation of the paint and its colour.
Also, the 120ml Sample Jars of Autentico Chalk Paint can cover a chair, stool
or small table...or a number of frames, mirrors, etc...
so it definitely won't go to waste!
Tip 4 — Keep it Small & Simple
practiced with Chalk Paint and completed a small project.
But if this is your first time using Autentico Chalk Paint, it's a good idea
to keep it simple and get the feel for the paint.
Chalk Paint behaves differently to latex/acrylic paints, before
tackling an enormous entertainment unit or your
grandmother's 100-year-old antique hutch
start with a small and easy project like a simple table, chair,
picture frame or mirror.
If you're wanting to paint a dated laminate bedroom suite,
get started by first painting a laminate stool.
Painting a lampshade or upholstery on a sofa or chair?
Start first with a smaller project like a pillow that you can practice on.
This will allow you to get the feel for the paint — its coverage, its drying time,
the colour shift and another very important step...waxing!
Once you've worked with the paint on a simple project,
then you're ready to tackle that large job or try your hand at
distressing, ageing, white-washing, staining etc...
Tip 5 — Tools are Important
Invest in brushes that are purpose built for these specialised paints and waxes.
(We offer the very affordable Flat Paint & Oil Brush for $12
about the same price or cheaper than most low-quality nylon brushes.)
Using purpose-designed Paint and Wax Brushes ensures a more professional finish.
These brushes hold onto the paint and distribute it evenly while
minimising brush strokes and maximising coverage.
This also holds true with waxing.
Although you can apply Autentico Furniture Wax with a rag,
using a Wax Brush reduces the amount of wax used and ensures
even coverage and distribution into detail work and
corners resulting in a beautiful, even finish once polished.
Tip 6 — Wax On, Wax Off
Clear Wax will not only seal and protect the paint but intensifies the colour,
creating a lovely finish with gorgeous dimension.
Waxing is often the most misunderstood part of using Chalk Paint...
but can also be the most rewarding!
Brushing wax onto Autentico Chalk Paint is quite simple.
Use your Wax Brush to apply Clear Wax to the entire chalk painted surface,
allow to sit (anywhere from 5 minutes to overnight),
then polish to a sheen with a soft, clean cloth.
Autentico Waxes are not sticky like other brands and glide on easily,
making the buffing process almost effortless.
If you'd like greater shine, add more coats of wax, repeating the steps above.
Dark Wax will create an aged effect as shown above
as well as highlighting details such as appliqués, moulding and trim.
Your starter project is an excellent opportunity
to experiment with Dark Wax.
It will allow you to get a better feel for the application,
the process and all the possibilities!!
well, other times you can learn a lot of lessons!
Autentico Chalk Paint makes it easy, utilising these basic steps
for your first project should result in a great DIY success!
Here are some inspiration photos that demonstrate
just a little bit of what is achievable with Autentico Chalk Paint.
Find more on our Pinterest page.