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Reloved Vintage Paint can be used on furniture, floors, walls, signs, glass, stone, wood, really anywhere you can think of!
Find a great piece of furniture to transform. Look past the grunge or boring colour in favour of good bones. Is it well built? Does it feel solid and is it built with quality materials? Garage sales, relatives basements and second hand stores are full of great opportunities.
Get your tools together.
You’ll need: a brush
roller and paint tray for larger projects
240 grit sandpaper
Always be sure to protect your surroundings with a floor covering and wear clothes you don’t mind spilling on. There will always be a few drops of paint that escape! Most supplies can be found at a dollar store and can be used as disposables.
Vintage Paint is formulated to stick to pretty much any surface and will save you hours of prep time but always be sure to start your project with a clean surface. Any wax, oil or dust must be removed before you begin. If there are blemishes that you’d like to hide you must deal with those before you begin.
Apply one coat of paint. Be generous with the paint, not so much that it sags or drips, but more than you would be with ordinary paint. Allow to dry. Vintage Paint is thicker than regular paint but will dry quickly.
Apply second coat of paint if necessary. One coat may be all you need but if you think it needs more go for it. Consider using a different colour than the first coat to add interest to your piece.
Distress your piece. You could be finished at this point and finish your project with a coat of Wax or Varathane, but if you’d like to create a shabby chic or French Provence look it’s time to mess up your paint job.
There are two ways to do this. One is to use sandpaper to remove the paint from all of the naturally wearing edges and corners. Sanding makes quick work of the distressing but creates dust to clean up and may take off more paint than you wanted. If that happens you can add paint back over those spots and try agin once it has dried. Sanding is great for pieces that are using one colour or have a beautiful wood base underneath.
The second way to distress is to use a wet cloth or kitchen scrubby. This should be done within one hour of painting, before the paint has finished curing. Soak your cloth in water and go back over the painted areas that you want to distress. This will make a slurry of paint in those areas and you’ll be able to wipe the paint away. This is the best technique for showing a second colour underneath. To reveal a base coat colour you must go slowly. It will also smooth out any little brush marks or imperfections that may have happened while painting. Wipe off the piece with a damp cloth to check your work. When you’re satisfied just let it air dry.
You can leave your piece as it is once painted and it will continue to get marked and distressed with use. If you’re happy with it just the way it is you can preserve it with Wax or Varathane. Dirty Wax helps the distressing process by simulating years of wear, abuse and dirt. Wax can be applied two ways as well. One is to use a natural bristle brush which is very helpful if you’ve got lots of corners, texture or intricate work on your project. Rub the brush into the wax and then push the brush into those spots on your piece. The wax needs to be absorbed into the paint to make it wear and waterproof. Wipe off excess with a clean lint free cloth. The second way to apply wax is to use a cloth. Take a chunk of wax and wrap it in the cloth to make a ball that you’ll squeeze to cause liquid to seep through. Wipe this liquid onto your painted piece, wait a few minutes to let it soak in and then buff it with a clean edge of the cloth to remove any excess. Work in sections and move on to the next one when you’re satisfied with the look. If you feel it’s too dark you can use Clean Wax to ‘erase’ Dirty Wax. This process takes bit of practice so always go lightly because you can apply second and third coats of wax as desired.
To achieve a glossier finish on your furniture you may want to use a Varathane protectant. If you’ve got the space a couple of quick coats of Varathane spray will seal your piece but the roll on version is just as effective.
Our favourite ways to use reloved Vintage Paint:
-Using 2 colours. One as a ‘peek a boo’ base coat, the other as the main colour for the top coat.
-Mixing colours. For lighter shades add small parts Cotton to any colour. For tonal changes add small parts Midnight, Storm or Cashmere.
-Stripes! Vintage Paint makes great stripes because it doesn’t bleed under tape.
-Washes. Adding small amounts of paint to water to create a wash effect that you wipe on with a cloth. Subtle and very vintage.
-Mixing Wax. Create coloured wax by adding small amounts of paint to Clean Wax. Warmer wax works better for this. Use it on gorgeous wood or to add dimension to a solid colour paint job.