24 May 2021 | Products, Projects

Artisan Natural Chalk Finish  and Mineral Paints are the perfect paints to use to easily upcycle furniture and décor items!  It is easy to use, VOC free (that means there are no nasty smells ) and it dries super fast so you can easily paint a piece in a morning! Best of all it is 100% Aussie made! 

The first thing to remember about painting furniture is that your finish will only ever be as good as the surface you are painting on.  But don’t worry- getting your piece ready to paint is pretty simple!


The first step is to thoroughly clean your piece.  Give it a really good clean with tsp or sugar soap and a scourer to remove all the built up grime.  We use Tricleanium form Bunnings that you can mix with water.  You will be amazed at how much gunk comes off!  You will also see that this helps to take the gloss off too.

Wipe down with clean water and sponge to remove all the residue and dirt.

Mix up a little metho and water (50:50 mix) wipe your piece down with this mixture to ensure you have a squeaky clean surface

We always suggest that you take off the hardware before you paint for a more professional finish.  Keep the handles safe in a labelled zip lock bag. If you choose not to remove handles you can prevent paint adhering to them (and hinges) by applying a smear of furniture wax or Vaseline.

Step Two

Sanding.  This is only needed if you want to smooth out any imperfections or repairs, decrease gloss, or smooth existing flakey surfaces.  DO NOT sand heavily as this can lead to more work!!! If you need to sand, just lightly scuff sand the surface with 180-220 grit sand paper.  The idea is NOT to remove the existing surface, but to scuff the surface to give the surface “tooth” for the paint to adhere. Wipe off the dust and if necessary wash down again. If minor cosmetic repairs are needed we recommend using Artisan Emboss. This smooth flexible filler, is perfect for filling small dents, cracks and doing minor repairs as it is smooth and flexible. It is also great for doing raised stencils and adding texture!

Step Three-  OPTIONAL

Priming.  This is only really necessary if you are painting  Asian mahogany, 1950s rosewood, or some oak pieces as the tannins can leach out of these timbers especially if the original finish is damaged.  If you are painting in dark colours it is not necessary to prime.  If you are painting a very dark timber white it can help to apply a coat of mid grey (such as cobblestone ) as an intermediate colour  to minimise the number of coats of white required. Otherwise, as long as the original top coat is in good condition priming is not generally needed.  

If you have an Asian mahogany piece or a timber that is likely to bleed we recommend 2 coats of Artisan Quick Prep  primer.  This will prevent the tannin coming through your paint. We find that the mid colours in the Mineral range also become more vibrant and opaque if applying over a coat of Quick Prep!

And that is it… Three easy steps to the perfect prep!

Now on to the fun part! Happy Painting