When I kept seeing posts on Facebook from fellow furniture painter, Sada, from For the Love Creations in Adelaide, SA, about Autentico Paint, I knew I had to try it … I believe my email started something like this: “Okay Sada, enough already! I’ve gotta get me some Autentico Chalk Paint to try!”
And so my package of sample paint soon arrived in the mail …
I had the perfect piece I wanted to try it on:I sanded this small bedside table back a little as it was heavily varnished. As with other chalk paints or furniture paints on the market, very little to no sanding or prep is required when using Autentico Paint. If a piece is pretty glossy as this one was, I like to sand lightly just for extra grip or “tooth” for the paint to grip onto. This also had some scratches on the top, which needed to be sanded out too.I used my incredibly handy Sandi Hands sanding gloves which you can find on my product page under accessories. I used the finer grit and only spent about a minute all up giving it a rough up. The colour for the basic frame I chose is called White Cliff, and here it is after just one coat all over.I may have been a little stingy with the paint on the brush, but I wanted to get even coverage and only had a sample pot, and wasn’t sure how far one little pot would go! I ended up using 3 coats all together for a good coverage. If I had been a little more liberal to start with I may have covered well with just two coats. I’ll show you the finish in a sec. AND I still have a bit more in my little pot left over!
First, feast your eyes on this delicious pink: Pink Mink suits its name! So yummy I could eat it. I used this colour for the single drawer.Here’s the finished look after distressing the edges for an authentic shabby chic style:I had the perfect little glass crystal knobs in stock for updating pieces like this. You can view my selection of knobs available HERE. Looks fantastic with that Pink Mink!I can imagine how pretty this would look in a little girl’s room!
So there you have it! Autentico Paint! A great overall feel, so silky smooth to apply, and a lovely smooth, but porous finish similar to ASCP and other chalk paints. This is also a non-toxic and environmentally-friendly paint.
Autentico is a UK based company with the Australian distributor in Melbourne. You can check out their range of colours and order Autentico Paint from For the Love Creations. They even sell sample size pots like the ones I’ve used.
Always finish your chalk painted or milk painted pieces with a finishing wax or oil like Hemp Oil. I finished this piece using a lovely finishing wax called Léssentiel Lustre Beeswax Polish, by Vintage Roses and Things. It has a beautiful aroma and is another great all natural product. It gives a lovely sheen and smooth finish.
At the time of this blog post, this little bedside is still available for sale in my Facebook page ‘For Sale’ album.
Thanks, Sada, for the opportunity to try some of this beautiful paint!
Happy Painting everyone!