The FAT Paint Company makes a chalk-style paint that goes on smooth, distresses easily and finishes with flair. FAT Paint transforms furniture, frames, jars, cabinetry and anything at all, into enviable works of upcycled art.
Since day one, The FAT Paint Company has been deeply connected to our community – both in our beautiful home of New Westminster, BC and creatively to DIYers and artisans everywhere. Our vision is to make and sell the best chalk style paint across the globe so that all of your projects – no matter how big, small, wild or wonderful – can come to life.
The FAT Paint Company is a CANADIAN company located in Langley, BC.
The FAT Paint Company began in 2012 when Victoria, an avid DIYer, and Bradford, an artist with mad skills brought their collective talents together. This artisan sibling duo sought to make versatile and easy to use chalk-style paint. It didn’t take long for their custom formula made by artisans, for artisans, to turn people certifiably inFATuated. What began in Victoria’s kitchen has now grown into a 2400 square foot production space located in New Westminster, BC, with over 110 retailers across North America.
In the fall of 2019 Lorenzo and Tracey from Urban Decor Centre took over the FAT Paint Company.
The FAT Paint Company (TFPC) makes artisan chalk-style paint, NOT chalk paint. FAT Paint is a latex-based paint “FAT’n’d” up with a little bit of chalky minerals. Hence the clever name.
This chalk-style paint has great adhesion; it easily affixes to most porous surfaces like wood, glass, metal, plastic and fabric, and applies like a dream. It’s naturally smooth and creamy, covering most projects with just a couple of coats. The chalky nature of FAT Paint also means it dries quickly, leaving you more time to get creative with your finishes.
Another great thing about FAT Paint is that is low in VOCs. In fact, it’s lower than Canadian required industry standards which is FAT-tabulous! What exactly are VOCs? Well… let’s get all sciencey.
VOCs is an acronym for volatile organic compounds: organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at room temperature. Basically this means that large molecules in the chemicals easily evaporate into the air. These molecules are usually present for us humans by way of odors, but sometimes VOCs have no odor… and of course exposure to severe VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches or – worse case senario - internal or central nervous system damage. Yucky stuff!
Because FAT Paint is extremely low in VOCs, little-to-no molecules are evaporating into the air and odors are minimal or non-existent. Most importantly of all, FAT Paint is safe to use for everyone; pregnant women and children included. Awesome!!
FAT Paint is soft and easy to sand, which makes the distressing process practically effortless! Most unwanted brush strokes can be sanded out, leaving nothing behind but a smooth, silky, soft-to-the touch.
Give every piece a light scrub with a sanding sponge or paper. Wipe off excess dust, dirt or grime with warm water and a gentle dish soap. If the piece is particularly grimy, a degreaser or heavy duty paint-prep cleaner may be needed. Finish with a good water wipe-down.
Grab your brush. We like a good quality brush or a low-nap velour roller. Ditch the foam - it’s not our favorite. Apply paint to a discrete area, let dry then scratch with your fingernail. If the paint peels, give the piece a heavy sand and, if necessary, apply a quality adhesion primer.
Apply paint with a good quality brush or low-nap velour roller. Let dry between coats, approx. 20-30 minutes. Some surfaces may require more than two coats; you be the judge. If the intention is to not distress the piece and create reveal (see below). FAT Paint recommends that the artisan applies 3 coats of FAT Paint.
Sand the surface with the fine side of a sanding sponge or use medium/fine grit sandpaper for a smooth-to-the-touch finish. For the distressed look, payextra attention to corners, details and areas that may naturally wear. If no distressing is desired, gently wipe down all sides of the piece with the fine side of a sanding block OR with a Scotch-brand (usually green) scouring pad (or another superior brand that doesn’t mark-up the painted surface). It’s particularly important to be careful around edges and corners. Remove all dust. Another method of “sanding” is a wet sand. This technique is advanced and requires practice. Tools for this method are a sponge and/or a sponge with a scouring pad on the opposite side (quality brand) and/or a wet cloth. Keep a bucket of water on hand.
Add a top coat with FAT Wax or CLEAR Top Coat so your craftsmanship lasts! Apply FAT Wax with a lint-free cloth or wax applicator brush. Work in sections; rub in like hand lotion. Wait 10 minutes, then buff. Wait at least 6 hours for wax to cure and buff again. For extra durability, use CLEAR Top Coat instead of FAT Wax.
Pricing on FAT Paint Company paint and other specialty products.
Sample (4oz) $13.00
This is the perfect size for a small project such as a bread box, etc.
Pint (473 ml) $25.00
This is half a quart so it’s the “perfect one project size” can.
Quart (925 ml) $39.00
This will do 2 and sometimes 3 good sized projects (dressers, etc.)
All FAT Paint products can be purchased through my retail location. You can also place your order online for local pickup.
The FAT Paint Company Products are now available through their online store if you are not within driving distance of Netties Expressions retail location @ 213 2nd Ave NW, Roblin, MB.