This weekend I bought my first can of the Australian company Porter's Paints new range Chalk Emulsion. I chose a beautiful soft white called Cornflour to paint this pretty sideboard.
Now chalk paint, as you know, doesn't usually require primer, either does this Chalk Emulsion but this sideboard was walnut burr and the varnish on it was extremely old and very unstable so I sanded most of it off and used two coats of Zinsser BIN to contain the bleed through.
Here is the before and the primed stage.
I then needed two to three coats of the Porter's Chalk Emulsion in Cornflour for a nice opaque coverage. I chose the standard base rather than the clear base and it has more titanium in it so it requires less coats of paint.
The drawers are very lovely and inside is a sliding drawer insert that is lined with felt. The person who bought this sideboard is going to use it as a dresser in her bedroom and plans to put her makeup in the insert. Perfect also for jewellery. I am pretty sure this drawer has never been used as it is in spotless perfect condition.
While I was a bit sad to paint over the walnut burr I knew that no one would buy it like that as it is just not in fashion, but painted white I've had four offers to buy it already and it was actually sold to a regular client before I had started painting. I am sure there are timber purists who shudder then they see me painting pieces such as this but I think it's better to paint these old pieces and bring them back into use rather than them not being bought and ending up as landfill or sitting in a dusty auction house or shop.
I think it's so pretty now and so does my buyer so that's the main thing.
I can't wait to renovate our house and have a studio at home. The reality of photos shoots of my furniture usually means photographing the pieces in our bedroom, squeezed up against our bed! We are currently progressing with plans for the house and are hoping to sign with a builder in the next month. it's a huge undertaking and quite stressful as it's so much money but I know it will make our lives much easier having a renovated house.
So my thoughts on the Porter's Paint Chalk Emulsion. It is a lovely paint but quite different to ASCP. It is way less chalky than ASCP but that does mean it's easier to wax. It probably is more like my home made chalk paint as it still has a slight latex feel and also is smellier than ASCP. It retails for $48 for one litre and $28 for half a litre and you can get it in the full beautiful colour range of Porter's Paints which is fabulous. The paint is slightly more opaque than ASCP so you get better coverage. It gives a lovely silky finish but possibly slightly less velvety than the ASCP.
Now just remember that I've only painted this one piece with the Chalk Emulsion and I'm sure to refine my opinion as I use it more but it's worth a try if you are painting your furniture. I will still be using ASCP as well but I'll definitely be adding Porter's Chalk Emulsion to my toolkit.
Have you tried it yet?
Do you love this sideboard as much as I do?
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