When painting furniture I only use mineral paints; sorry chalk paint fans but I never use this type of paint. Mineral paints are the next step on from chalk paints; environmentally friendly, emitting nearly zero VOCs, and toxic free like chalk paints, they are in addition exceptionally hard wearing, wipeable and waterproof. They have a built-in topcoat and so, unlike chalk paints, there is no need to apply a further protective layer. I may also use waxes, glazes, hemp oil, finishing oils and top coats or imitation precious metal leaf.
Whilst furniture is hand painted and will therefore show brush marks, mineral paint is self-levelling which means there are considerably fewer brush strokes in my work than if I used a traditional paint. It takes approximately 3 weeks for the paint to “cure” i.e. become fully hardened, and hence I do not recommend using a refurbished piece of furniture until this period has passed.
The paints are available in a wide range of beautiful colours and have a mat feel.
Using the paint I can create a modern sleek look, a shabby chic style or something in between.
The furniture itself will always be vintage and preloved, and it may still carry some scars of life in its newly upcycled form. For me, this gives each piece its own character and warmth, a loved, lived in feel, rather than a stark new piece of furniture being added to your home.
If you have a piece of furniture you would like to commission me to paint, I would love to hear from you! Please send a photo and details of the kind of style you are hoping to achieve to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices are based upon each individual piece, its current state and the finished style to be achieved.