The Classic French Look Paint Recipe

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This classic French finish has subtle age and texture.

For this paint recipe, we walk you through how to create a classic French finish with chalk paint.

This technique works really well with the pale, classic French colours. This includes whites and off-whites, pale blues, greens, greys and pinks.

What you will need:

  • Crystal Chalk Paint
  • Stonebreaker Chalk Paint
  • Clear Wax
  • Metallic Gold Paint
  • Natural Bristle Brush
  • Pro-Hybrid Synthetic Brush

1 - Paint in Crystal chalk paint using the round synthetic brush. Add 5% water and paint in large crosses to create subtle texture.

2 - Add 7-10% water to the paint for the second coat, paint to achieve full coverage.

3 - Make a coloured wax using Stonebreaker chalk paint and Clear wax, using a 1:1 ratio. Brush on with a natural bristle brush and wipe off excess with a rag.

4 - To create highlights, pull back the coloured wax using fine (0000 grade) steel wool or use Clear wax.


  • Click here for a printable PDF with the instructions on the back.