(13) XIII Chalk Finish Paint Leonardo (Charcoal)

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This chalk finish paint colour Leonardo is a charcoal or Graphite grey. While a bold colour in its own right is great as a base colour for distressing.

Da Vinci's  “Distressed" Chalk Finish is a self-priming chalky paint that comes in a range of Shabby Chic Colours inspired by the renaissance painters.It can be a base coat, a second coat or a single coat finish. This unique decorative finish is developed for furniture, floors and walls.

Some ideas you can use Leonardo

  • I would say one of the most popular and my favorite looks is using charcoal Chalk finish as a base coat. Imagine a timber dresser, give it a light scuff with sandpaper, paint random parts namely at the edges and where you can distress later with charcoal. Then paint the whole surface with renaissance white ( or another lighter tone) and once dry with a 220grit to 320 grit sandpaper light sand pack the areas you want to expose the charcoal to (and some timber if you like) and then apply a coat of soft wax clear and hey presto you have an amazing piece of distressed furniture ( see photo)
  • use as a was over bare wood . thin Leonardo down 2 parts Roma wash to one part Leonardo and stir well. Apply with brush over surface ( I normally work in sq foot sizes at a time)and wipe off with damp rag until you achieve the result you like
  • as Leonardo is a dark use antiquing clear wax to maximise
  • Leonardo is colour neutral so goes with most colours as a contrast or to compliment.
Once finished for protection you could:
  • apply a coat of clear soft wax to leave a smooth satin finish
  • wipe a coat of coat of Eco-Wax liquid carnauba for a harder finish with a slightly buff colour for aging
  • apply a clear soft wax and once dry apply a dark soft wax for an antique look
  • For a hardwearing finish such as a table top then we recommend Glaze & Medium for a satin clear finish
  • For dark colours you could use liming or white wax to soften paint colour
  • Leave Au natural as a matt finish
Please note colours are an indication only as computer screens an programs may change colours. where possible photos have been provided to show a more accurate presentation of how it will look.

Leonardo da Vinci, ( Italian: “Leonardo from Vinci”) (born April 15, 1452, Anchiano, near Vinci, Republic of Florence [Italy]—died May 2, 1519, Cloux [now Clos-Lucé],  france), Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance ideal. His Last Supper (1495–98) and Mona Lisa (c. 1503–19) are among the most widely popular and influential paintings of the Renaissance. His notebooks reveal a spirit of scientific inquiry and a mechanical inventiveness that were centuries ahead of their time.