Softly aged table in Artisan Premium Chalk Paints- Video included

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We are all too familiar with these vintage tables, dark mahogany with that shiny dark glossy varnish,  maybe a few water stains, a bit of a crack in one of the legs with a whole lot of dust. Such great candidates for Artisan Paints and Products, no priming, or sanding being able to paint straight onto them means little effort, great visual impact and so functional for the home.

This was a small table where we chose to work alongside the imperfections and history of the piece to create a softly aged table using the colours drawn from the room it's going into to create a really subtle connection to the cushions, throws and soft furnishings in the room. 

What we did: 

We have used the Artisan Colour Smudge technique on this. If you haven't seen the video for this we've included it below for you where you will see and understand what a diluted colour smudge, and dry colour smudge is all about. We are using Peony an off white as a base and with colours that contrast rather than merge so steel wool has also been used as well see below. 

Painting: Painted in Artisan Premium Chalk Paint in Peony using a Staalmeester series 2020 brush; size 18 for the table top and a pointed tip; size 12 for the legs (make sure you choose the right size brush to avoid paint build up on the delicate details). Brushed in all directions to create subtle texture just like in the video . We did two coats. 

Waxing:  Just like in the Video, we continued with a Club House grey colour wax. Bear in mind there is a stronger contrast between Clubhouse grey and Peony than the colours used and shown in the video, so after this step your project may look a little overpowered by that clubhouse grey wax (if you've totally mastered it, move on to the next step). If you feel it's gone too grey use fine steel wool a bit like an eraser and lightly run this over the painted and waxed surface to highlight, and bring the Peony back more,  let the Club House grey collect  between the brushstrokes, corners and edges. You can find the steel wool we're talking about by clicking here 

Colour Smudges as shown in the video in this order: 

Diluted Colour Smudge first in Tahr just in the corners and on  selected areas  
Diluted Colour Smudge in Duck Egg in selected areas only with some overlapping the Tahr, you will find this start to soften the whole look. 
Dry Colour Smudge in Tahr just in the corners, dips and some of the bevels 
Dry Colour Smudge in Duck Egg just here and there

Optional Final run of the fine steel wool if needed which will help you to balance your colour smudges in areas where you may have gone to strong, this will help to soften or highlight the area.

Optional: a touch of Metallic glide in forgotten gold on the edges if your like the imperfect look, lightly run your fine steel wool over this too. 

The Artisan Colour Smudge technique is a fun and easy technique that can get you creating all types of different soft looks with Artisan Premium Chalk paint colours and waxes. There are no mistakes, just what you like, explore have fun and have fun painting!

Shopping List and links :

Premium Chalk Paints: Peony, Club House Grey, Peony, Tahr 
Clear Wax 
Fine Steel Wool grade 000
Staalmeester 3600 pure bristle brush for waxing 
Staalmeester series 2020 for painting in the size appropriate for your project

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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.