Hi. My name’s Hannah, and I’m a Frenchic Paint Junkie. My local dealer is Juna Home and Garden in Angmering, West Sussex. I currently message them more often than most of my family. I am 100% addicted to Frenchic paint, and I am not ashamed to admit it. Nor am I kidding.
What is Frenchic Paint?
Frenchic Paint is one of the fastest growing UK brands. The company was founded by Pam Gruhn in 2014 and makes exquisite chalk paints in a variety of shades and for different uses that are all both durable and eco-friendly.
From the Frenchic website:
Frenchic Furniture Paint has no hidden nasties (ALL our ingredients are written on the can). An all-natural, eco-friendly paint that requires minimal stirring, contains minimal added VOC’s, zero toxins and has virtually no smell, so great for painting indoors! You’ll find that it is creamy, rich and easy to use so is the perfect paint for upcycling revamps. As an added bonus, Frenchic Furniture Paint has endured rigorous testing and has been EN:71-3 certified, meaning it is safe to paint children’s toys and nursery furniture.
AND Frenchic was recently awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the ‘innovation’ category! An amazing achievement!
My Frenchic Paint journey began
Just 3 short weeks ago, I’d never even heard of Frenchic Paint. That seems impossible to me now. But it’s true.
I have followed Juna Home and Garden’s Facebook page for a while, but had never gotten around to actually going in to the shop. It’s local to me, but not drive-past-for-a-quick-nosey local, if you know what I mean?
Anyway, I was scrolling through Facebook one day and I saw a picture of a UPVC door which had been painted by one of their customers and shared on their page.
Yes. Painted. UPVC. Sounds crazy right?
But it looked incredible. Not just the colour, or the finish. It looked like a brand new front door. And one of the expensive ones at that. I wasn’t sure I was reading the post right. I mean, how can you paint old UPVC and it be ok? Especially in the wonderful (?) climate we have here in Britain.
I typed a quick comment asking what this magic paint was, and whether it really could be used on UPVC.
When the reply came back pretty quickly that Frenchic Paint – specifically the Alfresco range could indeed be used on UPVC (as well as pretty much everything else!) I was sold. And it was just a matter of picking a colour and placing an order. From a quick look at the Frenchic colour chart, I knew instantly that I wanted – no, needed my front door to be the ‘Kiss me sloely’ colour.
It’s such a beautiful shade. My absolute favourite colour is blue. Any, and every shade of blue. And although ‘Kiss me sloely’ isn’t technically a true blue colour, the fact it had sloe in the name – which just so happens to be my favourite kind of gin, sealed the deal.
Placing an order
In a normal scenario, it couldn’t have been easier to place a contact-free order. It was just a case of transferring payment and waiting for the paint to be delivered. However, as with most things in my life, this magic paint discovery happened to coincide with my eldest daughter’s admission to hospital with a mystery illness. Which meant I didn’t have my card reader on me to set up a new payee from one of my accounts. And then I found that I couldn’t use my other account to transfer payment because I was so knackered, and looking so crap that my Face ID wouldn’t recognise me. I also had no idea what my passcode was. This meant I wasn’t able to make payment for my order straight away. But my dealers couldn’t have been more lovely or understandable about it.
After some sleep, and my Face ID working again, I finally paid for my order and began researching the best ways to paint UPVC. Which actually turned out to be the best activity to do whilst sitting next to my eldest daughter’s hospital bedside as she slept fretfully. It’s not nice feeling utterly useless as a parent, so this took my mind off everything going on perfectly.
Jessica was in hospital for almost a week, so I had plenty of time to look at front door makeover research. Most of which was done by joining the Frenchic Fan Forum group on Facebook.
I’m not being paid to write this, and this is in no way endorsed by either Frenchic Paint or my ‘dealer’. Not have I received anything in exchange for this post.
How to use the Alfresco Paint on UPVC
There really are only a few steps to achieving a whole new entrance to your home. I found this paint so quick and easy to use and at under £20 for a 750ml tin (which was more than enough. I used less than a third of the tin) I wanted to share with you how easy it is to get a statement, Instagram-worthy front door.
1. Sugar soap the door
I used Frenchic Sugar soap for my preparation. You can use any kind of sugar soap. I only used this because my dealer had some in stock and it made sense to add it to my order rather than look elsewhere. Mix the sugar soap with water as directed on the bottle, then use a sponge to thoroughly clean your whole door. Then either leave it to dry, or if you’re impatient (like me), dry it yourself.
2. Remove your door furniture.
It’s really easy to unscrew door numbers and remove letterboxes. And far less time consuming than using masking tape. If you can’t, or don’t want to remove your door furniture, make sure you use a good quality decorator’s masking tape to protect the bits you don’t want to paint.
3. ‘Key’ the UPVC.
This sounds a lot more complicated than it is. All you need is a small sanding block or sheet of sanding paper. Rub it all over the UPVC a few times to make a slightly more rough surface. This gives the first coat of paint something to stick to.
4. Wipe the door down.
Use a dry cloth or dry paintbrush to dust down the whole door to remove any particles created by sanding.
5. First coat of paint.
The absolute key to using Frenchic Paint is the first coat. You need to do an incredibly light coat of paint. Think of it as laying the foundation for a beautiful finish. You should barely use any paint for this coat, and try to keep your brush as dry as possible. Basically pretend that your pot of paint is empty and you need to stretch it across your whole door. It will look AWFUL once you’ve finished. But this is completely normal, and exactly what you’re aiming for with your first coat. Leave to dry for 2 hours.
6. Second coat of paint.
This is where you’re going to start building up the paint. You can use slightly more paint for this coat, but not too much more. Frenchic paint works best by applying multiple thin layers. At this stage your door will look patchy and a bit rubbish. You will probably get ‘the fear’ and think you’re making an absolute hash out of your project. Again, this is perfectly normal. Don’t panic. Leave the paint to dry for another 2 hours.
7. Third coat of paint.
As the third coat of paint goes on, actual magic happens. The paint suddenly looks beautiful, no longer patchy, and starts to self level. For most people, the third coat is enough to look perfect. Some go for a fourth thin coat, but it’s really a personal choice. I went for a fourth thin coat only because I was covering a white (and very old) door with a darker colour and just wanted to make sure it was perfect.
8. Refit your door furniture.
A couple of hours after your final coat, you can refit your door furniture, or carefully remove the masking tape.
And that’s it!
This is my before and after pictures of my front door.
Top tips for painting your door with Frenchic Paint.
If you can get hold of one, a Frenchic round brush is the perfect brush to use with the paint. If, like me, you’re too impatient to wait for it to come back into stock, you can use any brush with natural fibres.
Wash your brush with warm water after you’ve finished each coat, and hang upside down to dry. You can use a bit of hand soap if you need to, but if you rinse it out straight away it’s not really necessary.
If you accidentally leave your brush out and the paint dries, wash with warm soapy water and then use a nit comb to remove the dried paint.
Outside temperatures need to be in excess of 10°c for the first 48 hours after painting. This is to help the paint cure. For the same reason, you need to avoid rain for the first 48 hours. So check your local weather forecast carefully before painting.
Lastly. A warning.
Frenchic Paint is utterly addictive. Once you’ve painted one thing, you won’t be able to stop. You will be eyeing up everything in your home or outside of your home and imaging them in different colours. This is why you need to find your own local dealer. One who perfectly understands your new need to paint everything in sight.
Your local dealer can source and receive Frenchic Paint faster than you can online (there is currently unprecedented demand for it). AND you’ll be supporting a small local business too.
What’s not to love? Genuinely inexpensive home makeovers, amazing results from paint that’s environmentally friendly, and support for your local businesses too! Absolute winner!
If you’re at all interested, I will be sharing my downstairs WC complete transformation with you too shortly. So make sure you come back soon to read about that 🙂