Vintage Paints now in store!

Vintage paints arranged on shop shelves

We are very happy to be stockists for the amazing Vintage Paint by Grand Illusions. We stock all 27 colours along with all the sundries you may need for your creative, furniture painting projects. We have been having fun trying out these fabulous paints and can highly recommend them.

The paints are water-based and are designed to replicate the ancient buttermilk paints of the 18th and 19th century. This gives it some very unique characteristics and allows it to perform differently when compared to regular vinyl emulsion. It does not contain the plasticky vinyl that most modern emulsions do. This paint is made with earth pigments, clay, a very high chalk content (over 45%) and a very small amount of an acrylic medium to bind it together, replacing the casein or milk from days gone by. This gives a truly chalky, matt, breathable finish, perfect for walls, floors and furniture, the latter being highly suited to the shabby-chic look which is so desirable. It is self-priming, VOC free and therefore very Eco Friendly.

Twenty-six gorgeous colours!

Available in an eclectic mix of twenty-six gorgeous colours from a Nordic-French colour palette as well as black. We also offer the supporting range of sundry items such as water-based stain, sanding-sealer, craqueleur sets, wax, varnish and brushes!

Available in two sizes, £6.50 for 125ml and £18.95 for a one-litre tin. Colour charts with real painted sample-swatches are also available.

Grand Illusions Vintage Paint Colour Palette
Full view of painted cabinet with three drawers and a door, standing outside next to a wall
Painted wooden drawers
Three Vintage paint pots with lids removed

Painted Cupboard

One of our first projects with the Vintage Paint was the well-proportioned but rather plain cupboard, which we transformed into the bright and quirky little number shown here!

As the cupboard was already stained/varnished, we just gave the surface a light sanding with sandpaper then evenly applied two coats of paint, the first acting as a primer. We used five colours of paint—Stockholm on the top and sides, Dijon on the door and Artichaut, Vanille and Mousse on the drawers.

Once dry (which didn't take too long) we gently rubbed the edges and top with sandpaper to reveal the stained surface below and highlight the grain of the wood. Having tried this before with conventional paint, we found the Vintage Paint produced that wonderful distressed look without the elbow-grease usually required!

We finished it off with a coat of water-based Simply Varnish, which gives a flat but rich, wax-like lustre.

We are looking forward to getting creative with these paints on more projects, we have already used it to paint walls in our interiors shop!

brandsTracey Padgett