GETTING STARTED WITH PAINT:

  • Be sure your surface is clean of any dust, dirt, grease or grime
  • Lightly sand any high gloss surfaces with a fine grit sandpaper
  • Be sure to stir your paint from the bottom using a stir stick
  • For a smooth finish with minimal brush strokes, use a natural bristle, oval shaped brush
  • Watch for drip marks and any paint build up in nooks and crannies  
  • Allow the first coat to dry for 1 hour before applying  your second coat

TECHNIQUES:

DISTRESSING

Once paint is completely dry, use a fine grit sandpaper (220 grit) or a wet sponge to gently take off some of the paint to allow the original colour or wood to pop through. Distressing looks best when done on the edges and anywhere you would see natural wear and tear on the piece

COLOR WASHING

To achieve a colour wash, add water to your paint to create a thin liquid. Apply a layer of thinned paint to your surface and using a brush or lint free cloth. Remove excess paint. You can repeat this process with as many layers as you choose. Pair this technique with Angora for a white wash effect.

LAYERING

Apply your first coat of paint. Allow to dry for one hour. Apply a second coat of a contrasting colour. Allow to dry for one hour. Once completely dry, use a fine grit sandpaper (220 grit) or a wet sponge to gently take off some of the second coat to allow the first coat to pop through. You can repeat this process with as many layers as you choose

TEXTURE

To create a super thick paint, leave the lid off you paint for 60 minutes or until you achieve desired thickness. Apply paint with a brush in different directions using different strokes and stippling to create texture. Allow to dry for 2 hours. Apply a second coat in a contrasting color. Allow to dry for one hour. Once completely dry, use a fine grit sandpaper (220 grit) or a wet sponge to gently take off some of the second coat to allow the first coat to pop through. You can repeat this process with as many layers as you choose

FINISHING WITH WAX

  • Leave your freshly painted piece overnight to fully dry
  • Choose your wax tint.  Clear, Amber or Walnut

CLEAR

Clear Wax Top Coat is a non-yellowing formula that dries crystal clear.  Perfect for pastel colours like Blush, Whisper and Lavender

AMBER

The Amber tinted Wax was designed to give neutral colors a lightly aged, antique finish.  Layer it until you reach desired effect. Try it on Angora or Champagne

WALNUT

Walnut tinted Wax is recommended for all dark paint colors, as it subtly deepens and richens the colors and adds dimension to the finish.  Try it on Shadow, Underground and Rich Navy

  • To apply the wax, use a round wax brush or lint free cloth
  • Get a generous amount of wax on your brush and apply wax to the surface in large strokes
  • Remove any excess wax with a lint free cloth, constantly flipping your cloth over for a clean section
  • Do small sections at a time (example, one shelf at a time)
  • Apply a second coat of wax to high traffic areas
  • Allow your piece to fully cure for 14 days before regular use