La Craie Paint

I used the new La Craie paint last night.  I am doing a dining room table set for a client and she is so much fun to work with.  I did this desk for her and she brought me this table to redo.  I love when clients are open to new ideas and really have vision of “what could be”.  Beth is one of those that makes it a pure joy to paint for her.  This is just a sneak peek… the chairs are done in all wrought iron.  Which I am happy to tell you are a perfect shade of black!! I love it!! She hasn’t seen those yet so no sneak peek…

It had an okay paint job when I got it… only a few drippies here and there but the top was peeling off and not the color she wanted. So I stripped her down.

All the red gone & before sanding it down
Basecoat in ASCP French Linen
And then the fun began.. I got to use the new La Craie Wrought Iron and lots of distressing and wax.
Pay no attention to the garage, one day it will look marvelous {likely when I’m not painting in it any longer }

Annie sent her new retailers this story about the paint and it couldn’t hold more true so I thought I would share with you…

La Craie

Just two simple words, but with a huge impact in the market. La Craie is in demand. And we are sure, this is all just the beginning. Especially when consumers begin to understand the difference between the real stuff and the fakes.

We are from the generation when teachers wrote on blackboards to get their message across. We then actually learned that 1 plus 1 is 2 (nowadays they tell you that it all depends on how you want the outcome to be). They wrote with a white piece of chalk and some of them managed to write a blackboard full in no time, telling us to keep up. And then it happened. The teacher took a wet cloth, wiped the blackboard clean and started her second teaching offensive. When we started moaning because we couldn’t read her transfer of knowledge, she used to say “be patient, this is chalk and it becomes readable when the board dries”. And it did.

And here’s it all about. Chalk becomes visible when the (sub)surface has dried. This is caused by the light breaking index. Light reflects on a wet surface heavier than on the chalk itself and that is why there is a difference between “wet” and “dry” coverage of La Craie. When this happens, you know you are actually working with the real stuff.

La Craie is 100 % natural paint. We do not add chemical drying catalysts (so called “super-dryers”) because the paint will then dry too fast leaving those nasty chalk balls.

When you notice the first coat looks more transparent than colored, don’t worry. It is there, but you don’t see it (yet). Think about the teachers from the past and let it dry for 30 minutes. When your first coat has dried completely, start your second coat (with the same color or play around with other colors or different techniques) and you will be amazed by the results. Yes, you are painting with the real stuff.

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  1. Pamela says:

    Beautiful so far!

  2. Norma says:

    Just recently heard of this paint. What if any are the differences from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint?

    I do love the colors, especially that there is a black, wrought iron. Is this a true black?

    Can this paint be finished in with any water based poly or is it wax only?

    Can’t wait to hear and learn more about this product, also like that waxes are available in several choices.

  3. gena.roozen says:

    Did you dry brush the Wrought Iron on or did you give it a full coat of the black and then just wet distressed it? I want to do the same technique on a piece of furniture but not sure how you achieved it.

  4. Has anyone re done kitchen cabinets using this paint. If so so it hold up to the abuse cabinets get?

    • Lori says:

      There is a kitchen that was done in French Blue- I have it posted in my wall photos on facebook. I believe his name was Rick. It was an amazing job!! The paint itself would be perfect in/on kitchen cabinets. I would just recommend sealing with a polyacrylic that has more of a barrier with everyday cleaning and touches!!

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