No more stripping and sanding, minimal prep....just paint!
This 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 our all natural paints before,
here are a few important tips to get you started
on your way toPainting-Excellence!!!
If you have used it, you're likely already in love, but you might pick up something new.
Tip 1 — Ask Questions
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?
We are here to answer all of these questions and more.
We're also available for waxing tips as well as
basic colour mixing techniques...and much more.
Be sure to join our Facebook Group to share your projects,
ask questions and have a chance at winning free paint.
Tip 2 — Is it Really NO Prep?
With some projects, you don't want to take a chance.
With others, you might be going for a different look!
Our 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?
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 or greys or even blues
and greens, it's always best to
test the colour to make certain it's what you want.
Also, our samples whether you want Fusion Mineral Paint, Old World Paint
or Miss Mustard Seed's Milk 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 to Start
All of our paints behave differently to ordinary latex 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.
See our Paint Brush GuideBook blog post HERE.
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 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 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!!