Grand Illusions Vintage Chalk Paint

Authentic chalk paint with over 46% chalk

What is chalk paint?

Emulating the Butttermilk Paints of the 18th Century and perhaps now more commonly known as a chalk paint, it is packed with natural earth pigments. This eco-friendly VOC free (Volatile Organic Compounds) water-based product has over 46% chalk, one of the highest percentages in the industry. The true chalky, matt, breathable finish is just perfect for ageing and distressing furniture and can also be used on walls and floors.

How to use chalky paint

Apart from on walls, our Vintage Paint should be finished off with either our matt, flat Simply Varnish or our traditional Simply Wax. With excellent adhesion qualities, the paint can be applied directly to a previously painted or varnished surface, without the need for a primer, just give the piece a light sanding. If painting onto a waxed surface, do remove the wax first with Methylated Spirits or Sugar Soap or, if painting new pine, we suggest you stain it first with our Simply Stain. In both these cases, you need to seal with Simply Shellac to prevent knots or stains appearing at a later stage.

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How to upcycle furniture using chalk paint

Due to the high chalk content of our paint and lack of plasticky vinyl found in modern emulsion, it is highly suited to the shabby chic look that is so popular. Find out how to apply chalk paint to a piece of varnished furniture below.

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Grand Illusions Paint Vintage Book

A Foolproof and Inspiring Guide to Creating the Modern Rustic Look

If you are looking to dress, distress or upcycle furniture or your home, our latest paint book contains a plethora of wonderful inspiration for your DIY projects. With 176 pages brimming with inspiring imagery and clear step by step instructions you can redecorate your home and refresh your old furniture with confidence, with professional results every time.

Explore comprehensive sections covering:
Modern Rustic Style
Painted Country Style
Painting Walls
Painting Floors
Image Transfer
Our Paint Range


All the essentials for your paint project are available in our sundries section. We have a range of finishing products including woodstain, wax, varnish and shellac sanding sealer, plus three different sizes of acrylic paintbrush.

Waterbased Woodstain - apply to darken wood, then seal with shellac

Wax - available in brown or clear, to create an aged appearance

Waterbased Varnish - provides a strong protective coating over paint

Shellac - seals wood stain, knots and unknown surfaces before painting

Full instructions are provided on the packaging.

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Our Paint Range

Inspired by a Nordic-French palette, we currently offer a range of thirty six colours - however, given they can be mixed together, the possibilities are endless. Mixing chalk paint colours allows you to create the perfect hue for your project, however we advise you test a good sized area especially if painting a wall and observe the result for at least 24 hours preferably in bright sunlight to make sure you are happy. Also ensure you mix enough of the paint to complete your planned project, and record the recipe for the future.

Please do remember the swatches give you an approximate idea of the colour, for a true representation, please refer to our hand-painted Paint Chart here. Click a swatch to view paint tin size options, or click here to view the full range.