A table! We fall for Colorantic!
There are many paint choices available to us when it comes time to paint a table!
I had known for several years (even before I started my career as a furniture illusionist) that I would use Colorantic paint.
I looked at their website and their news regularly for several years.
Hence, I really enjoy looking at their photos and their new colors!
When I decided to buy the paint for the first time I went to the store for advice on using these products.
When I got home, I immediately started painting and trying the wax once the paint was dry!
I’m falling for Colorantic!
Where do I start? (….) I’m going over the wax!
The look it gives is just really blown away!
We can really create all kinds of styles.
Personally, I really like to give an antique look to furniture, I find that it ages well.
I don’t just like wax! Oh no!
The paint dries in no time and it allows me to work quickly but also applies super well with stencils unlike a lot of other paints.
There is a huge choice of colors and if we can’t find our favorite we can tailor one, it’s really wonderful!
A super important point for me is the low level of organic volatile compounds.
Basically, the less the better, it is for our health and that of the planet!
My go-to products:
To continue with the products that I like, I go with the polish.
I find it excellent because it is very matte which makes it easy to apply but also gives a real antique look.
I could talk to you for a long time about what I love about these products, there are so many of them, the cleanser, the brushes, the glazes (oh the glazes!)
You can do so many beautiful projects with this.
The primer really grabs everything to name a few.
But what I love most is how easy it is to communicate with this company!
I order online now, which I never did in the past.
But I was amazed by the speed of delivery (24 hours), WoW!
Plus I can get advice by email, phone, Facebook. Customer service is impeccable, it’s a fiery team, with a fiery designer!
They always have a smile and they are available for my questions.
It’s for all that I am proud to have painted my table with Colorantic products.
One crack at a time!
It was super easy to give an antique look with the charcoal wax.
But long before the waxing stage;
– I cleaned my table with a cleanser and left it on for 20 minutes (TSP cleanser-make-up remover)
– Furthermore, I sanded the whole of my surface (paper # 150)
– In addition, I also applied a crackle medium found in hardware stores.
How does it work; you must apply the medium with a brush in the direction you want the crackle pattern.
For linear cracking, it is always applied in the same direction be vertical be horizontal.
For a random crackle, we apply horizontally and vertically.
A little tip, the more medium we put on our brush, the greater the crackle effect will be.
Once everything is dry I say dry well because I have experimented with a medium that is still wet and it does not work.
So, once dry, we can apply the paint.
For this project, I used the color volcano, a soothing light gray.
I must tell you that this step is more or less easy.
The paint should be applied quickly without back and forth and in the right amount.
If this is not the case there may be variations of the crackle (from not at all to a lot) it is preferable not to come back with the paint as the normal application (back and forth) because on the return the paint sticks and rolls.
But do not be afraid to launch into this effect, on the contrary, the more imperfect the piece of furniture the more beautiful it is.
Highlighting the flaws in our painting is an art, and gives it a certain charm.
The advice 📌
Tips for the crackle effect:
The background color will be the color of the cracks.
For the second color (the one above), only one coat is needed.
Personally, my background color was the color of the table at the base.
Otherwise, you have to apply the colors in this step.
- Background color
- Medium to crackle
- Main color
Then to further antique my table leg, I applied the famous charcoal wax which adds its special touch.
Yes, because the wax gives the little kick that makes the whole thing really unique.
I applied it with brush number 6 (the purple one).
I warm the wax in the lids of the wax container and spread out however much I want.
The application of the colored wax is much easier if you put the natural wax on beforehand, this allows the colored wax to glide on during the application.
As for the tabletop, well I used a stain/varnish I had in my garage and applied it with a sponge.
List of products used:
- Colorantic no10 paint brush
- Cleaner and varnish remover
- Colorantic Chalk Based Paint ; Volcano
- Colorantic top coat clear matte varnish
- Crackle medium
- Sanding paper 150
Before I let you go:
I wanted to name the gratitude I have for working with this Quebec-based company because when you like something you have to share it with others.
I discovered Ali Baba’s cave! Colorantic is my little gem.
The products are fabulous, I love the texture of the paint, I appreciate the team and their advice and on top of that, I encourage local people.
Colorantic is an entrepreneur from here who in turn allows enthusiasts like me to flourish as collaborators.
To try it is to adopt it as they say!