Commissioned Chair in Artisan Alexis with coloured waxes

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Every chair has potential to be an Artisan Paint Project, a chance to revive it in a way that's perfect for your home...small chair, big impact, and a great before and after. 

Chairs make great decor pieces, great candidates for Artisan paints and products; a chance to revive and completely redesign regardless of its condition. A commission project for our client looking to lighten and neutralise this old chair and a complete re-design to suit whilst in the midst of a home re-styling. With markings chips and dings from it's previous history, a few paint stains,  we worked in with it rather than against; giving it character whilst keeping it soft and elegant using Premium Chalk Paint, subtle texture paint work and subtle layers of coloured waxes for a gentle depth in finish and colour allowing us  to highlight and accentuate it's shape. Bringing out the details with the rivets in artisan metallic creme adds a stylish designer touch to it and overall re-interpreting this chair into a beautiful piece giving it a completely new look and design. Hand painted  and detailed specifically to suit our clients home. 

What we did :

Painting: 
Hand painted with Subtle texture in Burmese Premium Chalk Paint using a Staalmeester angled brush, pointed tip (2022 style) size 12 and round brush (2020 style) size 18. It's important to use brushes in proportion to chair to avoid build up; although we did allow some build up on edges to fill in some chips and dings. 2x coats. Once painted, a light sand with 240 grit sand paper  to remove any unwanted texture.  

Waxing in order done: 
A 50/50  dark and clear wax was mixed together to create a subtle dark wax. Brushed over with our Staalmeester 3600 pure bristle brush gently wiped excess back with a clean lint free rag, allowing it to add an earthiness to the Burmese as well as creating subtle age to the finish.

Our Premium Chalk Paint in Kirimi colour applied as a coloured wax was mixed and lightly brushed over the top of the dark wax and lightly wiped back with a clean lint free rag, allowing waxes to mix and merge for depth, also pushing the dark waxed finish to the background and overall creating a lovely soft aged look. 

Rivets were hand painted in Carbon Black using Staalmeester 1090 fine detailing brush, then painted over in Artisan Pewter Creme to detail the rivets on the front and back into an Artisan pewter finish

Background in Picture: Artisan Stone Effects in Black Truffle 

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The Artisan Company is a New Zealand owned and based company focussed upon making and making and providing the highest quality decorative paints and tools for homes and all types of spaces. Born out of a rich heritage of bespoke furniture and interiors through the merging of Taylored Revival and Vintro Paint NZ and with several decades of experience we are unashamedly focused upon luxury DIY products and in helping people achieve bespoke looks in their interiors. 


As NZ's only bespoke paint manufacturer making our flagship Premium Chalk Paint we combine technology with our fine tuned natural skills. We use advanced machinery with an exact accuracy measured within less than a ¼ of a ml and use a custom formulation database with complex colours formulated by hand; most of which can't be replicated by machines. We are a proud NZ company who promotes and uses local suppliers and products wherever possible. We also aim to have a positive impact on environment through low VOC paints, minimised wastage and smart use of materials.


To provide the best possible experience for our customers we have also curated artisanal tools including the world renowned Staalmeester brushes which work in perfect  unison with our Premium Chalk Paint and otehr ranges with there rich and creamy consistency. From the advanced bristle materials through to the  INOX steel ferrules it all really helps to achieve the best results, and yes brushes do make a big difference to your painting experience and finish.

Aside from our unique range of products, we are also proud of our decades worth of experience in the field of decorative painting and training. Having been recognised locally and overseas for these efforts has also led us to directly train over three thousand people and paint over two thousand bespoke furniture or interior pieces for clients.

Heritage of Taylored Revival


Taylored Revival or TR as it was known by its regulars was a family business started in a garage in East Auckland in 2012. A leading decorative painting studio which undertook thousands of commissions projects over the years and was considered the leading Chalk Paint retailer in the Australasian region. Progressing through the years from a small retail store in Whitford through to a large format 300m2 retail site in Botany. Take a quick look at the history and the prequel to The Artisan Company below.