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This information is intended as a guide only. Allow for small variations using this method. In order to reproduce exact colours you will need to use accurate measuring equipment.
You will need:
- Chalk Pot base paint (WP or DB)
- A preparation area
- Chalk Pot pigments (C,R,B,Y)
- Stirring sticks
- Colour record log & pen
- Apron, Gloves & paintbrush
Open and prepare your base.
- White Paint (WP) for light colours.
- Dark Base (DB) for stronger or dark colours.
Find a good starting point for your desired colour using our colour chart.
Add shots of pigment colours to your base using the pigment dispensers provided.
- Y – Yellow
- R – Red
- B – Blue
- C – Charcoal
Mix well using a stirring stick.
Remove excess paint from the stick.
Add a dab of paint to your record log and allow to dry, recording the colours for future reference (example below).
Record your colour (example):
Repeat steps 2 & 3 and record until you are happy with your colour.
Re-apply the lid and give the paint a careful shake to ensure a thorough mixing thoughout.
- For darker colours, especially dark greys, try adding some Chalkboard Black and record it in the notes.
- For very light colours, try adding just a drop of pigments to create off-white colours.
- For very accurate repetition of colours, record the grams of pigment using accurate scales.
We have many user tips on achieving a wide range of finishes, please check out our gallery for some ideas.
- Always record your colours in the log for future reference.
- Find a similar colour to the one you want to make, from our colour charts. Consider a good starting point for the colour you want to achieve and work from there.
- Start lighter than your intended colour and work up to your desired colour. Colours usually dry slightly darker.
- Larger or smaller amounts of paint can be mixed by transferring some paint into a smaller or larger pot, but don’t forget to record weights.
- For more accurate mixing use accurate scales and also record the weights.
- White paint can be used without pigment on its own to achieve a soft, pure-white chalk finish.
- Off-white colours can be achieved by adding a small drop of pigment to the white paint
- The Dark Base (BD) will need a reasonable amount of pigment to give a nice solid colour. For mid-range colours you can mix White paint and Dark Base together.
- For darker grey tones, try adding some chalkboard black.
- Work methodically and avoid going over areas that are drying.
- For a fine finish, use a soft synthetic brush and apply 2 thin layers.
- For a textured finish, apply a heavy coat and allow the paint to move and form ridges and peaks or fill gaps.
- Use a sponge (wear gloves!) for a fast base coat and differing effects.
- Our unique varnish-wax hybrid VarWax is as versatile as our paint.
- Achieve a clear protective coating with a sponge, or dilute with a small amount of water to apply with a soft brush. Buff to bring out a soft sheen wax layer.
- Wax can also be mixed with the paint or the pigments to achieve a number of unique finishes.
- Use the gold and silver to highlight or add detail.
- All our products are water-based and should be washed with water, but please bear in mind, our paint and wax STICKS! Wash and clean up while paint is still wet, or use a natural cleaner and paint remover.
- Pigments can dye some porous surfaces, so be careful with spills and wash well with water.
- Always observe our health and Safety Information.
Does your furniture paint contain chalk?
Yes. The largest, most substantial and first ingredient in our paint is in fact chalk. We . We have also used other minerals to improve the finish of ChalkPot paint.
Chalk is used in many paints and plasters and with good reason: It is natural and harmless, even having medicinal use. It is soft yet durable, it can be creamy smooth or textured. It offers fantastic versatility when its capabilities and limitations are fully understood.
Are all paints the same?
Paints vary significantly and this gives people a wide choice to select their preferred paints and finishes. Paints that are described as chalk paints can either refer to the finish of the paint, or the most significant ingredient. Historically, chalk paint was made by homeowners by simply mixing chalk powder and water with colour pigments and applied regularly as a decorative and protective coating to mineral substrates and more typically known as limewash. This is a very simple way to make a paint but the finish is not very durable.
As specialists in lime and chalk and mineral products, we understand the limitations of these historically used products. We have taken a true chalk base and added high quality binders to make it durable and functional on almost any surface. We will never compromise on quality and as such we have a smooth, thick and creamy paint which covers beautifully and a little goes a really long way!
Is your paint organic?
‘Organic’ has in recent years deviated from its scientific meaning and is widely used to describe food or farming methods. Have we taken every step to ensure we are not using harmful chemicals or pesticides? Yes. Is our paint organic? No. All paints containing inorganic minerals such as chalk and natural earth pigments could not be considered organic. This ensures the highest quality paint that will not support mould growth or bacteria to which organic products can quickly become susceptible. This also avoids high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) often found in paint products.
Why use natural earth pigments instead of organic pigments?
Earth pigments have been used for thousands of years and today we are lucky enough to have access to a huge range of natural colours. Natural earth colours not only provide a beautiful range of natural tones, but also many of the minerals we use are found in health food shops as supplements! In addition, unlike organic or synthetic pigments, they do not require any chemical stabilising to prevent mould or bacteria in your paint.
Why use natural water-based wax?
Our wax has been specially formulated as a buffable cream wax. It contains natural plant oils and can be used neat or diluted to a smooth varnish consistency. It is not only very quick drying with no strong smell, it gives a beautiful, protective sheen finish. We feel this product really is quite special.
Are there any toxic ingredients in your products?
We are very passionate about ensuring all our paints and products are non-toxic. All products are classified as such within the EU’s tightly controlled regulations for toxins and sensitising ingredients. Our paints and waxes have no VOCs and no strong smell.
Is Chalk Pot easy to use?
Our extensive blind testing suggests that our paint is one of the easiest chalk paints to use. As with all paints, there are techniques that can give you quite different results and we have worked very hard to provide as much information as possible for you to get the best out of your paint and experience. ChalkPot is fast drying, non-drip and has outstanding coverage. The creamy consistency means it is highly versatile. It will go straight over most surfaces, can fill small gaps and cracks and be beautifully smooth or heavily textured.
Is your chalk sustainable?
Strictly speaking, the extraction of all minerals should not be described as sustainable. However, mineral extraction can be good for supporting wildlife if there is a well- managed ‘Stewardship’ plan in place where extraction is carried out in a responsible manner. Our chalk is from a local UK source where chalk exists in abundance and is a good natural resource for us and wildlife to make use of.
Are your products manufactured to ethical standards?
Yes. Our paint, pigments and wax are all made in England where we have total production control. We care about conditions of production. We also source materials from UK Companies who share the same ethical standards.
Is your paint the best product available?
We believe that most paint manufacturers try their best to meet the expectations of their customers and we do the same. The Chalk Pot team have worked very hard to develop a full package of robust products that are not only ethical, but that you will hopefully find fun and easy to use.