Luxuriously Textured & Rustic

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Dark and Moody, textured and rustic is this recipe, great for creating that feature character piece. A great recipe for those stand-alone pieces like a sideboard, hall table or something you want to add a bit of character and charm too.

What you will need 

1 Litre  Carbon Black Premium Chalk Paint 
1 Litre Potters Clay
Artisan Clear Wax 
Artisan Dark Wax 
Metallic Gold gilding wax (optional) 


Paint 1-2 coats of Potters Clay with a Staalmeester Pure Bristle brush, load generously and vigorously brush the paint in all directions, then as the paint is drying come back and brush over again as you go to create lots of rustic texture and leave to dry 

Water down the Carbon Black by approx 10-15% then lightly brush over the coat of Potters Clay (this doesn't need to be full coverage) A thin layer of Carbon Black is all you need. Leave to dry. 

Lightly sand selected areas with 240 grit sandpaper to bring out the underlying texture and Potters Clay. Only gentle pressure is required as there is only a thin layer of Carbon Black, focus on areas where it would naturally wear like corners and edges.  

Waxes : 

Apply dark wax in sections and wipe with lint free rag. 

Mix your coloured wax Approx 1:1 Artisan Clear wax with Carbon Black  and brush over in areas to detail,  darken and shadow 


Detail and Enhance with Metallic Glide in Forgotten Gold on edges (optional) 

TIP: Ensure there is a nice layer of Potters Clay before you move onto the Carbon Black. The beauty of this finish is nothing is even and everything is imperfectly perfect so allow yourself to get creative. If at anytime you have sanded too much Carbon Black back, just reapply your diluted Carbon Black over the areas. This will blend back perfectly given the rustic nature of this finish. This finish balances itself beautifully with a touch of gold. 

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The Artisan Company is a New Zealand owned and based company focussed upon 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 own exclusive formulations including 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. Our trademarked FLOWplus® technology further differentiates our range being built in from the ground up and allowing our thick full bodied and highly pigmented paints to mould and flow effortlessly. 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.