How it started with Vintage Paint
• Back in 1986, when I was 26 years old I fell in love with a beautiful historic house. It was built in 1874 and as it was in a very very bad condition, nobody wanted it..
My passion for this house had no limits and together with my wife Ineke we used all the money we had to buy the house and start restoring it.. building our dream. What followed was a very long journey of many years with hard and dedicated work. I wanted to give the woodwork an old style with the ancient look and I had to find the right materials and mix my own paint colors to achieve the desired effect of the ancient patina. That is how my interest and experience with paints and ancient patinated colors started 36 years ago.
I’am currently still involved in several renovations and restorations of historic buildings and also here I love to bring back the beauty of ancient details and colors.
• All available paint brands in the market where tested and noted all their pros and cons. Based on the fielt research, I made my own wish list…. It had to be an easy to use clean and natural smooth breathing paint, which could be used inside & outside, on furniture & walls and without the specific need to finish or protect it with wax. With the laboratory team of an ancient Dutch paint factory, specialised in natural paints, we have worked 2 years to develop Vintage Paint. We started off with the old recipe the factory had and tweaked and improved that in time. The new developed paint was so safe and clean that we could apply for the EU Ecolabel right away and also the EN approval for use on children’s toys, which we both passed with ease. Therefore Vintage Paint became an instant hit.
•Next goal was letting the workers collect and pack orders and manage the warehousing. A big goal, since no mistakes may occur in such a process. A new and very costly software was developed, ensuring we could reach our quality standards while bringing our social goal to a higher level. All orders are now collected and packed by passionate workers. All these people have their own story and all play an important role within our company.
• Recycling and sustainability has become more and more important nowadays. We strive to reduce waste and use of plastics as much as possible. Our natural paints and waxes are free of plastics and also in our packaging we don't use plastics like adhesive tape. We use metal staples to close our boxes. To preserve and protect our products while shipping we invested in a machine which shreds used cardboard boxes. It turns the old used boxes in a soft cardboard coat, which we can wrap around the products. That really works very well and if offers also a daily job for 2 workers who love to do simple repeating work.
The end result fills me with pride: all these great workers fulfil an important role in creating a natural high quality and sustainable product on a social basis. This combined with our dedicated sales team and network of loyal resellers all over Europe and abroad makes us a very special company…