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A chic introduction to the world of Frenchic

2nd July 2017
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I was invited to join Frenchic Furniture Paint for its 2017 Press & Bloggers’ Showcase event in London and learn more about their products.

I’d already tried a mini project at home using Frenchic’s paint and, being impressed with what I saw, I was keen to learn more.

On arrival at the London event we were presented with a goodie bag and were told that we each had a wooden heart inside that we could choose to decorate how we liked.

What better way of getting acquainted with the company’s paint range than by trying it out…what a great idea!

Once inside I received a really warm welcome from the team, who explained how I could go round the different tables to experiment with the paint ranges. Now this was an event right up my street!

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I don’t think I’ve seen so many wooden hearts in one room before; everywhere I looked people were painting, glazing or decoupaging (is that a word?) hearts.

A lot of attendees were opting to paint their hearts in pretty pastel shades which looked lovely, and some chose to try the crackle glaze look, which I think always looks really effective, especially when you use two bold contrasting colours.

However, as I’ve tried both these methods before, I thought I’d go for something a bit different – decoupage.

I’ve always admired this – but I’ve never had the confidence of giving it a go myself. But with an expert in front of me, I made sure to grill her for all the info!

I decided to keep my heart ‘au natural’; my lounge décor is dark wood and sage green – quite a masculine look and I wanted something that would reflect this.

So I chose a napkin with a stag on it and decided to leave my heart unpainted.

The Decoupage Deal

First things first, once you’ve chosen the print you’d like to use, you need to tear it out – as close to the image as possible.

I asked the expert why you couldn’t just cut round it and she told me that it leaves edges very obvious on application, but by tearing it, the edges are blended in much better. Makes sense.

I also learnt that napkins have three layers on them and that you’ve got to separate each of the layers until you are down to the last layer with the print on it.

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The way you do this is by licking your fingers and then pressing the napkin in between your thumb and index finger. As you gently pull your fingers apart, the first layer of the napkin will come away.

I repeated this process until I was left with the last layer with my stag image on it.

The next step was to paint my heart surface to wet it (we used Frenchic’s ‘Frensheen’ Finishing Coat) and then gently place the image in the heart.

To press the image onto the heart, a great tip I was given was to use cling film, because if you use your fingers you run the risk of tearing the napkin.

Using the cling film, you gently press and smooth out the image from the centre working your way outwards.

And that’s pretty much it. The item should be touch dry in about 10 minutes, but you can speed up the process with a hairdryer.

Here’s my attempt!

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My finished decoupage stag heart!

Meeting the team

One of the other highlights of the event was meeting Frenchic’s brand ambassador, the one and only Max McMurdo!

I was really pleased to find out that he’s genuinely a really nice, down to earth guy, who was very happy to chat with me all things interiors.

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With the lovely Max McMurdo!

And the other highlight (just as I was about to go up for a second round of sarnies), was meeting Pam – the founder of Frenchic.

Pam was lovely – again, really down to earth with a wonderful sense of humour.

As Pam was chatting away to me I was desperately trying to type up notes on my phone – that’s one time when I wish I’d had my dictaphone with me!

A few things that I learnt about Pam was that she only uses colours for Frenchic’s range that she herself likes (after doing her research on emerging colour trends).

And when it comes to choosing the names of the paints she just thinks up the first thing that comes into her head.

My personal favourite names of some of the paints include Sugar Puff (I wonder if she’s a fan – I am!), Wolf Whistle and Plum Pudding.

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Meeting Pam (right) and having a chat about all things Frenchic

What’s In a Tin?

Along with the various accessories, waxes, varnishes and crackle paint, Frenchic has three main paint ranges:

  • The Original Paint
  • The Lazy Range
  • Al Fresco Paint

The difference between the Original Paint and The Lazy Range is that wax has already been added to The Lazy Range, meaning it’s great for those who want the job done quickly; they simply paint and when it’s dry, gently rub the item to buff it – no prep or finish needed. Simples.

What I particularly love about Frenchic’s philosophy (having a young family and being health conscious) is that there are no hidden nasties.

Pam explained that she wanted to develop a paint range that ticked all the boxes – it doesn’t need stirring or shaking, you don’t need to add water and it doesn’t smell.

In fact, Frenchic Furniture Paint has gone through rigorous testing to be certified child safe; there are no VOC’s, toxins or solvents. And of course it gives superior coverage. Just check out my mini paint project on a storm lantern to see!

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The six new al fresco range colours (in the little bottles)

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Another interesting fact that I discovered at the event is that there are currently 400 stockists in the UK.

In fact, having a good old nose around Frenchic’s website I noticed that the company really looks after the companies it teams up with, hosting events for suppliers who have the opportunity to network with each other and pick up new ideas.

It has also recently expanded to the USA –and currently has 25 stockists there already – all this for a company less than three years old!

On leaving the event, and armed with a fantastic goodie bag, I’m raring to get going with some paint projects.

I especially want to try the company’s new al fresco range, which sees the introduction of six new colours.

Now all I’ve got to do is wait for the sun to come out at the weekend and I’m ready to go!

Check out the video of the showcase event and check out the treats I picked up in the goodie bag!

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55 comments

Stephanie 11th July 2017 at 11:09 am

I’ve never heard of Frenchic before but I love the sound of it – I try and upcycle as much as I can so I’ll have to look out for it xx

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LaurettaCWright 11th July 2017 at 3:58 pm

I think you’d like the paint if you had the opportunity to use it.

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Sarah 10th July 2017 at 10:26 pm

This seems like a fantastic idea – upcycling is definitely popular so it’s great to see products coming out specifically with that target market in mind. And it’s obviously very popular, having moved over to America. I just hope the trend for painting one’s own furniture continues because not only is it beautiful, but it will keep companies like this thriving.

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LaurettaCWright 10th July 2017 at 10:32 pm

Yes good point Sarah – I think people have really embraced upcycling over the years – so much so that I can’t see it becoming unpopular..

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Gareth Torrance 10th July 2017 at 11:45 am

Never heard of Frenchic before, but it certainly seems unique and really cool!

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LaurettaCWright 10th July 2017 at 5:46 pm

Thanks Gareth – it’s definitely cool! 🙂

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London Mumma 10th July 2017 at 8:25 am

What a great blogger event and perfect day out for decorating and meeting new people.

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LaurettaCWright 10th July 2017 at 5:47 pm

Thanks – I met a couple of new bloggers which is always really nice!

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Stephanie Usher 9th July 2017 at 8:06 am

Your heart looks really good, it’s nice to do something a bit different! xxx

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LaurettaCWright 9th July 2017 at 9:36 am

Definitely! If you don’t stretch yourself you won’t discover new things…

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WhatLauraLoves 8th July 2017 at 3:50 pm

You did so well for your first attempt!! I love to try new things like this xxx

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LaurettaCWright 8th July 2017 at 6:32 pm

Thanks Laura – wish I had more time to try things like this!

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Kizzy 7th July 2017 at 5:37 am

Love the decopage heart, would love ot have a go at that. I’ve also always wanted to have a go at painting furniture properly. I’ve tried it once and the results were ok, will look out for this product
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LaurettaCWright 7th July 2017 at 8:07 am

Thanks Kizzy – it was actually easier than it looks – just got to go for it…usually ends up turning out ok! 🙂

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Jenni 6th July 2017 at 10:49 pm

I used French chic on my sons set of drawers into a lovely blue colour x

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Home and Horizon 6th July 2017 at 11:37 pm

Oooh very nice – I bet it looks great. I love their colour range.

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Kara 6th July 2017 at 7:35 am

This sounds like a great event. I have not heard of the brand before but will definitely check them out

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LaurettaCWright 6th July 2017 at 7:57 am

Worth checking out – thanks Kara

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Becca Talbot 5th July 2017 at 10:55 pm

This sounds like one event I’d love to have attended! I love interior inspo things like this, as you always come away with loads of amazing ideas! x

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LaurettaCWright 6th July 2017 at 5:53 am

Yes that’s true.. I’m always coming away with ideas on things to buy (or ‘make!)

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Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... 5th July 2017 at 8:45 pm

Love your heart design! Haven’t heard of their brand but looks fab!

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 9:18 pm

I’m definitely a converted fan!

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Anne Marie 5th July 2017 at 2:08 pm

Wow! It looks like you had a lovely day, definitely my type of events as I’m a bit paint crazy ? That’s a very good post, enjoyed reading it.

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 4:27 pm

Thanks Anne Marie – glad you enjoyed it!

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Anosa 5th July 2017 at 8:51 am

Wow, glad you had an awesome time. It looks like an interesting and fun event. I hope I could be able to join in this kind of event too.

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 9:03 am

If you’re an interiors or crafting blogger ask them to be added to their press list?

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Anonymous 7th July 2017 at 6:17 pm

Yes please do! Contact Sarah Nagy sarah@bellepr.co.uk. We’d love to keep you up to speed with Frenchic! http://www.frenchicpaint.co.uk

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kerry norris 5th July 2017 at 6:50 am

Sounds like a great event. Love the packaging on the furniture stain. x

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 7:30 am

They got the packaging spot on didn’t they? Thanks Kerry 🙂 x

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Ali Rost 4th July 2017 at 9:36 pm

What a fun thing to do! This reminds me of a friend, she’s super creative and always making things like this. I’ll definitely pass your post along to her .. maybe she’ll make me one too! x

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 7:29 am

Ha ha! Thanks Ali – very flattered!!

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Joanna 4th July 2017 at 4:51 pm

Your wooden heart looks lovely. Sounds like an interesting and fab event to go to.

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 7:29 am

Thanks Joanna – I hope they host another one next year….I’m there!

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Talya 4th July 2017 at 1:18 pm

I really wanted to go to this event but couldn’t make it….looks like you had a fabulous time and loving the look of the range!

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 7:30 am

Ah – wish I’d met you Talya – love your blog! Next time hopefully…!

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Charlotte 4th July 2017 at 9:40 am

ooo this would be a great addition to my craft box and looks like there are a lot of things to do with it! Loving the stag

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LaurettaCWright 5th July 2017 at 7:29 am

Yes lots of versatility with the products/paint – thanks Charlotte!

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Ana De- Jesus 3rd July 2017 at 11:46 pm

I have to confess I don’t know about painting but I found the process of transferring a print onto a heart fascinating. So pretty! x

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LaurettaCWright 4th July 2017 at 6:40 am

Thanks Ana… I was quite proud of my first attempt ?

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Nayna Kanabar 3rd July 2017 at 9:23 pm

Your wooden heart looks lovely, I adore the picture you have transferred. Its a lovely event I would have loved to attend something like this as I make alot of my own background boards for my blog photos. These products look fab.

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LaurettaCWright 3rd July 2017 at 9:35 pm

I’m sure they’ll be having other events so possibly see if you can pop along to one!

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Mel 3rd July 2017 at 8:29 pm

Wow this sounds like a really interesting event. The Al fresco paint sounds intriguing!

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LaurettaCWright 3rd July 2017 at 8:32 pm

Thanks Mel – I’m hoping to try it out over the summer hols – so watch this space!

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Connor Silver 3rd July 2017 at 4:49 pm

I never knew that there was all these different types of paint options out there. I must be living in the dark ages. I really liked your attempt, the stag looks awesome 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 3rd July 2017 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Connor! I’m pretty chuffed for a first attempt 🙂

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Jenny 3rd July 2017 at 11:56 am

What a fab event, love the sound of this brand!

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LaurettaCWright 3rd July 2017 at 8:23 pm

Thanks Jenny!

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Cathy Glynn 3rd July 2017 at 11:44 am

This sounds like a fabulous event. Your wooden heart looks amazing, such a great idea x

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LaurettaCWright 3rd July 2017 at 12:40 pm

Thank you Cathy!

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Rachel Neal 3rd July 2017 at 11:33 am

I think that wooden hear you made looks great. I have never heard of this brand before its always nice to come accross new brands to check out, thank you

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LaurettaCWright 3rd July 2017 at 11:39 am

Yes – it’s always good to hear about new brands and try them out!

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Caroline 3rd July 2017 at 10:52 am

I like the sound of the lazy range, that would suit me very well. I love your decoupage heart with the stag on it, some great tips for decoupaging too.

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LaurettaCWright 3rd July 2017 at 11:28 am

Thanks Caroline! The Lazy Range is my fave too!

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Jon 3rd July 2017 at 10:01 am

Looks like you had a fantastic time at this event. I’ll have to have a look at their paint range as there are some bis and bobs we need doing around the house!

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LaurettaCWright 3rd July 2017 at 11:37 am

Thanks Jon – it’s well worth a look!

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