(14) XIV Chalk Finish Paint Familia Medici (regal Red)

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This vintage chalk finish paint colour Familia Medici (regal Red) is a full bodied red with a character that inspires innovation.

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 Familia Medici

  • Familia Medici  may not be everybodies colour of choice but its bold rich tones lends itself to making a statement. one of my favourite uses is painting the existing wall of family phot frames. the colour adds a real sence of class and emphasizes the photos within.  
  • use as a wash over bare wood . thin Familia Medici down 1 part Roma wash to one part paint 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
  • if Familia Medici is too bright use the buff colour in eco wax to dull down the colour a bit.
  • Familia Medici is a contrast colour  so goes best with light colours though using with wood and charcoal and black can give some really effective results.
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.
The Medici family of Florence can be traced back to the end of the 12th century. It was part of the patrician class, not the nobility, and through much of its history the family was seen as the friends of the common people. Through banking and commerce, the family acquired great wealth in the 13th century, and political influence came along with this wealth.
 Lorenzo (1449-1492) and Giuliano (1453-1478) ruled as tyrants, and in an attack in 1478 Giuliano was killed and Lorenzo wounded. If the family fortunes dwindled somewhat and Florence was not quite as prosperous as before, under Lorenzo, known as the Magnificent, the city surpassed even the cultural achievements of the earlier period. This was the high point of the Florentine Renaissance: Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Boticelli, Michelangelo, etc. But Lorenzo's tyrranical style of governing and hedonistic lifestyle eroded the goodwill of the Florentine people. His son Piero (1472-1503) ruled for just two years. In 1494, after accepting humiliating peace conditions from the French (who had invaded Tuscany), he was driven out of the city and died in exile