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Mini upcycling project with Frenchic paint

by LaurettaCWright
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I’ve got a few mini upcycling projects that I keep meaning to do. One of them is to revamp my indoor storm lantern, which has seen better days. It’s a lovely conversation starter when friends come to dine (it’s in the dining room), but it just needed a bit of sprucing up.

So when Frenchic Paint got in touch to see if I’d like to try their paint range, I took them up on it.

I haven’t heard of Frenchic before, but discovered that the company launched in 2015 and offers a huge range of high quality chalk and mineral paint – ideal for helping DIY enthusiasts give old or unused furniture an entirely new look without skimping on style or substance.

I chose ‘Mother Duck’ paint, which looked like it would tie in beautifully with the colours of my dining room.

First of all, I gave my storm lantern a good old clean using baby wipes – I hadn’t realised quite how filthy I had allowed it to become! I also cleaned the glass and the base of the lantern.

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Painting with a little help from my daughter

The next step was of course to paint – I found it went on really well and the consistency on application was good – it helps to have a good paintbrush too.

I loved the colour and although it wasn’t the exact same shade as what I had on my walls, the colour complemented the room’s theme.

I gave the storm lantern two coats of paint, which was ideal for the coverage I was looking for. It’s a matt, chalk paint and looks great in the room now that it has been given a new lease of life.

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I’ve recently discovered that Frenchic has now launched an Al Fresco range for outdoor garden furniture range, which is available in five pastel shades; Wise Old Sage, Ol’ Blue Eyes, Cream Dream, Parma Violet and Apple of my Eye.

All the paints are all EN:71-3 certified making them safe for children’s toys and pets, with no odour, no stirring or shaking required and very low VOC content. Prices are £16.95 for 750ml.

Mmmh….I’ve been meaning to give my garden bench a bit of an update – now I’ve just got to wait for the sun to make a good, solid appearance!

Check out what happened when I went to Frenchic's Bloggers event & met the founder (and Max McMurdo!)


Zena's Suitcase 24th November 2017 - 9:42 pm

It looks amazing. Hasn’t the paint done a great job. It looks new
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LaurettaCWright 24th November 2017 - 10:00 pm

Thanks Zena – was really pleased with the outcome!

Stephanie 23rd November 2017 - 8:50 pm

I love how paint can transform something so easily and quivkly. Looks fab

Newcastle Family Life 22nd November 2017 - 9:45 am

It looks great with a new colour, I keep meaning to upcycle some bits in our home but never get around to it but this has inspired me to give it a go x

LaurettaCWright 22nd November 2017 - 3:01 pm

That’s great to hear – and good luck with it!

Sonia Cave 21st November 2017 - 8:36 pm

ooooooo I love that colour and it so nice to be able to make something that is a favourite so fresh looking again. Those paints definitely look worth giving a try

LaurettaCWright 21st November 2017 - 8:45 pm

Thanks very much Sonia!

Cathy Glynn 21st November 2017 - 8:14 pm

I love the colour. I like to achieve different looks with items we already have, upcycling is the way to go x

Caroline 25th May 2017 - 1:18 pm

Beautiful colour, the finish looks really nice too. I hadn’t heard of Frenchic paints before, so I’ll have to give it a try.

kerry 24th May 2017 - 7:18 am

I actually really like that! I love a chalk paint, and the idea of sprucing up a couple of my garden things appeals to me. Great find Lauretta

LaurettaCWright 24th May 2017 - 7:32 am

Thanks Kerry! 🙂

Vesna 23rd May 2017 - 1:14 pm

Looking nice! Thank you for tips on making things look good!

LaurettaCWright 23rd May 2017 - 1:20 pm

You’re very welcome – thanks for commenting 🙂

LaurettaCWright 23rd May 2017 - 1:04 pm

Thanks Cal – that’s a great idea – the colours they showcase are really nice too….I’m sure you’ll find something you love.

Cal at Family Makes 23rd May 2017 - 1:01 pm

This is a lovely makeover! I’ve tried a few different chalk paints, but never this one. I might give the outdoor paint a try, as we always have so much in France which needs painting outside, and the chalk paint look goes really well with our ‘shabby chic’ style out there.


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