Had fun transforming this useful cupboard with drawers unit. It was very scratched and had old (dead) woodworm holes which I treated anyway just because I always do that.

So then I filled and sanded the holes and then painted the inside of the cabinet, the inside of the drawers and the back panel in the stunning new Frenchic Al Fresco range “ Kiss Me Sloely”.

Once that was done I painted the carcass with two coats of the Lazy Range “Loof” which has a beautiful finish that doesn’t even need buffing.

Then I mixed “Sexy Silver” and “Gorgeous Gold” Frensheen together with Finishing Coat to the consistency of double cream and painted all the original handles and key to breathe new life into them as they were such a pretty shape.

 

 

Then I painted the moulding around the top of the unit in the same mix of Frensheen.

Finally I used a diamond shaped stencil (which we sell in the shop) and using a sponge applied the “ Kiss Me Sloely” through it to really give the piece a “pop”.

The contrast between the beautiful black and the vibrant blue with accents of pale gold really works well I feel.
I love to paint the insides of any piece I do in a strong vibrant colour.

As I always say….. it’s a bit like naughty underwear, you don’t expect to see it but it’s lovely when you do!!!

So be bold…. go for colour and the more demure it is on the outside the more fun it is to open it up and reveal the interior.

It really finishes a piece off in my opinion and is just fun!!!

 

 

 

Had a bit of impromptu fun in the shop today when two of my lovely painty lady friends came for a coffee and a catch up.
I decided it would be fun to see what three individuals using the same colour paints, the same methods on three identical wooden love hearts would create and how different they would be. (As usual I forgot to take “before” pics!!!)
The idea was to create a really chippy, chunky, distressed layered look.
We used a combination of Frenchic “Lima”, “ Lipstick”, “Anguilla”, Panther, Easy Crackle and Browning Wax.

Here are the the photos of the different stages and finished hearts.

We also ate chocolate eclairs and almond choux pastry things to such an extent that I’ve not eaten any dinner tonight!!!
Our experiment used very bright contrasting colours but would look great using subtle shades of the same colour hue. We also buffed ours to a high shine in line with something that had an aged patina.
The reverse of the hearts had some raised stencilling which we rubbed back to expose before finishing with the Browning Wax.
Let’s just say that it was a fun thing to try and a good way of learning new techniques!!

We get so many questions about the Fabulous Frenchic Paint Products that we thought it may be useful to share Fifi’s expertise here for easy access.  I have tried to transcribe Fifi’s answers but there may be some errors or omissions.

FIFI what’s the difference in the paints?

We’ve got four different ranges. We’ve got the Original range, which is a chalk paint which you use in the usual way as in  you seal it either using a wax  or using the Finishing Coat. That’s the one that most people have heard of.

We then have the Lazy range, which is fantastic if you don’t particularly like waxing, as we’ve got the wax already in it.  So as you paint it on the piece of furniture, it is sealed and it comes out looking a bit like a mat, velvet and you can leave it like that, but if you want it to have a nice sheen on it, all you do is buff it and you can use one of these little washing up sponges, the white ones not the green ones, because they leave a green mark on the paint, but these white ones are great. The more you buff it the more it will activate the wax and give a lovely natural sheen. You can use exfoliating gloves, which is good exercise and gets rid of the bingo wings, that will also help to give up a nice shine and you can also use very fine sandpaper as well, which will help to activate the wax.  Just by doing that already I can see how it’s activated that little bit, so these little sponges are great.

Do you need to sand it first?

No, no sanding required, all you need to do is wash with Sugar Soap. This will just remove any grease, that’s on the piece of furniture. If there is grease on the furniture, it won’t matter how many coats of chalk paint you use, it will just go straight through and you will have a grease mark through the paint. By washing it first you get rid of the grease and then you can apply the paint, usually two coats is required. If it’s a dark piece of furniture and you are using pale colours, you might need three, possibly four at times. No preparation in terms of sanding.  And with regard to the other ranges of paint that we have.  We do also have now the beautiful   Wall paints, which is a chalk paint. It is absolutely dead, flat mat, but it’s fully scrubbable, don’t ask me how they do that, but it is. It goes on like a dream. We do matching Trim Paint as well which are beautiful, again, minimum preparation required, just making sure that it is all clean and grease free before you start and the paints match the wall paints, so that’s a beautiful range that’s just come in.  And we have the AL FRESCO RANGE, which is also very popular at this time of the year for painting all your outside  bits and pieces in the garden, fences, dog houses, stable doors, terracotta pots, plastic pots, seats, anything in the garden and actually people use it to paint their UPC front doors as well so it’s a super paint, needs practically no preparation, other than making sure the piece is completely clean, no cobwebs, no algae, a good old scrub and then apply the paint, it goes a jolly long way and it doesn’t need to be sealed afterwards.  Additionally, if you had wanted to paint your kitchen  or any units in the bathroom, that one is particularly good because it is very robust because it is designed to be used outside. That’s the Al Fresco range which come in tester pot sizes as well so you can check the colours, we have six currently and  six about to be launched any day now. Hopefully by middle of next week we will have them.

Did I just ask you about the Crackle Glaze?

Crackle Glaze is fabulous if you are wanting to add some texture or some age. This is very easy to apply. Base coat is the colour that you paint on first  and that’s the colour that will s how through. Then you apply your cost of Easy Crackle which is like  clear varnish and when it is completely dry , you then put your top coat over  and whatever the colour is underneath is the colour, is the colour that will show through in the cracks. Once you have done that you can then highlight those cracks by using one of the different waxes that we sell. Easy Crackle fabulous for texturing things and adding age.

What are the uses for the Finishing Coat.

Ah, Finishing Coat, if I could drink it I would, I reckon, it would make your hair curl, it’s fabulous stuff [We don’t recommend anyone to drink it].  It goes a long way.  If you are using it to seal your Original Paint range, which might be something perhaps in a kitchen, if it was going to be getting a lot of use, maybe the table top, in your kitchen, this will protect it and make it, absolutely robust and water proof. Table legs and things like that get a lot of scuffs and this is very good for that.  We also use it for any thing to do with Decoupage, I have a board here I did on a course a few days ago,  these are napkins.  I bought some beautiful napkins in Bath, these are 3 ply napkins, and by pealing them into three layers, you can then apply it to your piece of furniture and you would use the Finishing Coat as both the glue and the sealer afterwards.  Sometimes when you are painting things you wil get bleed though, that’s when a stain from a previous paint finish or something like a dark mahogany has very old varnish will create a stain that comes through. It won’t matter how many times you paint over it, it will always come through, unless you seal it with something. The finishing coat is really good for that. If you apply two coats, leave it to dry in the night, then paint over the top of it, very, very rarely does it ever have a bleed through, so it’s a really great product.

WAX verses Finishing Coat?

I use wax most of the time, we have several different coloured waxes. Clear wax will seal things and let the colour shine through. We have a white wax, which gives a lovely sort of chalky finish. We have a defining wax, which is a grey wax, which will get caught in any bits of detailing on your piece of furniture and we have a Browny Wax, which will add age and make it look really antique.  I would use the waxes for most of my things because I like working with the waxes.  However, it is sealing kitchen units or if you want to make something water proof or extra robust  then I would use the finishing coat, it will give you a slight sheen, not a high gloss. I would day that is you do three coats using one of these amazing kitchen sponges  and it will be rock hard and completely water proof. No buffing up required with the finishing coat  Obviously if you are using waxes, then you put them on, with the sponge or better still with one of the Frenchic waxing brushes. We have a large one and smaller one.  I hold it like a fisty cuff action  and you can really work in to all the corners of your piece of furniture. Once it’s dry, then buff it up using the sponge, to get a nice high sheen. It is a personal preference which finish you use, unless you need it to be water proof, unless you need it to be water proof, in which case I would say yes definitely use Finishing Coat, but otherwise, I tend to use the waxes because I just like doing the waxing.

CAN YOU MIX THE COLOURS?

Yes you can mix colours.  It’s a good idea to use a measure so that you can recreate it. I tend to dip my finger into one colour, dip my finger into the other colour, blend them together and see if it is going to give me the sort of colour I like, then I build up the volume from  that.  Yes absolutely you can mix the colours, no problem at all.   With regard to applying the paint, brushes wise, Frenchic do a fabulous range of brushes, they are domed on the top, they are very voluminous, so they hold a lot of paint and you can get them right up into the corners, they really do paint well and help to prevent brush marks. There’s a great little brush there 27mm, I use this one all the time, very useful for getting in and out of the nooks and crannies.  We have flat brushes as well, small one and larger one than that, which is wonderful for doing decoupage or for applying your finishing coat, if you don’t want to use the sponge, so fabulous brushes, well worth the investment and you just wash them out under the tap. All the products are water soluble, so they can rinsed out under the taps.

Can you use Finishing Coat over the Lazy Range?

Yes you can, if I was painting my kitchen using the lazy range, I would then finish it with Finishing Coat, but without buffing it first.  If  you buff the lazy range it will activate the wax and then of course the varnish won’t sit easily on top of the wax. So if you decide that you really like one of the colours in the Lazy Range  and you apply it to your kitchen work surfaces, then seal it using Finishing Coat, rather than buffing it to get a high shine.

You can you any brush?

You could use any brush, it’s like anything, if you intend to do something a lot and you want to do it to the best of your ability it’s always a good idea to have the right tools for the job, and these brushes are just absolutely fabulous.  So yes if you are going to do it, invest in a brush, it will last you a very long time, just wash it out with warm, soapy water, under the tap, make sure it’s dry and it’ll keep you going for ages and ages.

How do we use Frensheen?

It is another use for the wonderful Finishing Coat. We sell these lovely little pots of a glittery sort of powder   called Frensheen which you can use for highlighting things.  You mix the powder and the finishing coat together, to the consistency of roughly double cream.  You can mix it in a Tupperware container, it will keep for ages.  If it gets dried out you just put in some more finishing coat.  You can use it to highlight with a dry brush to pick out anything with lots of detail on it, to accentuate it.

Here are some photos of a chest of drawers that I bought as a part of a job lot of furniture from a recently closed care home.
All the residents had been re-homed into the community and other institutions.

Walking around the large collection of buildings was a surreal experience as it was as if the occupants had just left the building in the clothes they stood up in. Everything else was still there waiting to be cleared. This particular set of drawers had been caked in the sort of powder paint that you mix with water that I used at primary school and was a vivid green colour. It was also covered with stickers which were a pain to remove. In spite of its initial appearance I liked the proportions and detailing and decided it was worth the effort to save it.

After removing umpteen stickers and sanding off the terribly lumpy green paint and washing it with sugar soap I applied two coats of Frenchic “Anguilla” See our Paint Range Here

The mouldings I highlighted using a mix of Frenchic “Flamenco” mixed with a little “Panther” to replicate the rich dark red often found under gold leaf and then instead of gold leaf I applied “Gorgeous Gold” and “Sexy Silver” Frensheen   Our Frensheen Range together with Finishing Coat to make a paler gold and painted over the red and over the handles.
The whole thing was then coated with dark wax and rubbed back with fine sandpaper to create a wonderfully smooth surface with a beautiful patina. More wax was applied for added protection. Our Waxes here

I hope that the original owner of the piece would be happy that it’s had a makeover and that it will be around for many years to come.  See it on our Shop Page Here

Here Fifi is sharing her top tip of the day for painting wooden mouldings. We stock a variety of wooden mouldings in the shop that can be used to enhance any piece of furniture and painted with the Frenchic Paint.

He Fifi demonstrates two paint effects. Let us know what you think? Have you tried using these wooden mouldings?

Let us know in the comments below.

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