When Sada Vee, from For the Love Creations sent me some of her Old World Paint to try, I had the perfect set of furniture to play with. A Facebook friend was getting rid of her daughter’s bedroom furniture (below) and so I added it to my pile of “to do” items.
Although the pieces weren’t an exact match with each other, painting them would tie them in nicely together to make a pretty bedroom suite that any girl would love.
Introducing Old World Paint
Australian owned and operated, For the Love Creations, has come up with a chalk-type paint that is so similar, in my opinion, to the well loved Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
From their website:
“Old World Clay & Chalk Paint is a natural paint created from traditional formulas that use chalk, clay and other safe ingredients from the earth. It is a VOC-free, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly paint designed to be used on nearly any surface without the need for extensive priming. Drip-free and water cleanup.”
Before painting, I usually give most pieces a rough sanding down to prep the surface and give it some “tooth” for the paint to grip onto. With most chalk paints, this isn’t always necessary, but I do still find that some surfaces that are especially glossy or tricky are better off having a little roughing up.
After the first coat of Old World Paint, I was pleasantly surprised at the chalky texture as it dried. The coverage was pretty good, as the paint is quite thick. If it is too thick for your liking, just add and stir in a drizzle of water until you are happy with consistency. If too thin, you can leave the lid of the can for a while and it will thicken.
Some people would be happy with this look (below) after one coat of chalk type paint, giving a really rustic feel after a bit of distressing. However, I wanted to achieve better coverage, so opted for the second coat.
After two coats of Old World Paint, I have lovely full coverage and in this case, ready for some sanding to distress the edges of this set.
During the second coat, I actually used my Cling On! paint brush after using another type of brush for the first coat. I noticed a huge difference using this amazing brush. I love how smoothly the paint goes on with it. I’m so glad we decided to stock these brushes in our online store. Customers are LOVING them!!
I used a technique during this coat, where I dipped the very tips of the Cling On! brush in water, wiping it on the side of the container, then dipping it into my paint to load the brush. This created such a smooth, flowing, motion that is hard to describe, but I might do a video on this soon, so you can get the visual.
A second coat is really just “filling in the gaps” missed on the first coat, so thinning down the thick paint a little with the water tipped brush really worked well.
The Final Look
I set up these pieces in a corner of my workshop space like a little pretend bedroom to stage them for their mini photo shoot. I have used a white bed spread, so that you can notice the difference in the paint colour, Industrial White, which has soft greyish tones. It was so much fun watching these pieces all come together and I love the little heart and flower details in the wood.
I am selling this as a set or seperately for anyone interested in the Brisbane, Qld area.
My thoughts on Old World Paint:
- If I were to compare it to other furniture paints on the market, I would say it is very similar to ASCP, and that For the Love Creations has nailed the formula for an Aussie version of the popular chalk/clay furniture paint.
- It is different than Milk Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint, and to see my comparisons on these paints with Chalk Paint, see my blog post: Milk Paint, Chalk Paint, Fusion Paint – What’s the Difference?
- Great coverage, easy to distress, nice textured finish.
- Available in more than 35 colours, with an additional 100+ colours that can be mixed on request.
I was not paid to blog about Old World Paint, but did receive product to try. All opinions about Old World Paint are my own.