Anyone that knows us, knows that we love Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint. The 42 paint colors and 7 wax colors are beautiful, the products are eco-friendly, and they are incredibly easy to use. With so many paint lines out there now, there is no wonder that we chose to carry Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint. In our opinion, it is THE premium furniture paint on the market.
We know you have questions, so here are answers to the top 5 questions we get from our customers about using Vintage Furniture Paint.
1. What can I paint with Maison Blanche Paint?
Just about anything! This is a chalk-based paint and thus, it will stick to nearly everything. We have painted wood, metal, glass, silverplate, iron, brick, leather, fabric and more.
This is a vintage wood buffet that we painted using the Maison White Vintage Furniture Paint and Light Brown Antique Wax. Read more about it HERE on our Blog.
2. Do I need to Prep the Surface before Painting?
No! This is a true chalk-based paint and so it will stick to everything without the need to strip, sand or prep your surfaces. We do recommend cleaning the surface and if dusty, giving it a once over with a duster or vacuum before beginning to paint.
3. Can the original furniture stain “bleed” thru the paint?
Yes and No! Occasionally it does happen that a piece of furniture has a strong stain, oily finish, or other type of finish that will cause its color to bleed through the Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint. We have found in our own work that this is more likely to happen if the piece has not been well-cleaned and we are using a very light colored paint.
We recommend that you clean your piece well with an eco-riendly cleaner and if there are any oily or waxy residues that remain, that you use a strong household cleaner available from your local grocer. After you have cleaned your piece, it is dry, and you are ready to paint, we advise that you do a "bleed" test. Simply apply a small amount of well-shaken Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint to a small corner of the surface of your piece. As the paint drys, it will become evident very quickly if the original finish/stain is going to bleed through the paint. If this does happen, we recommend sealing the entire piece of furniture in Maison Blanche Varnish and letting it dry before applying Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint. You may also elect to use a shellac-type product, but we prefer the water-based Varnish because it has a fast dry-time, quick and easy clean up, little to no smell, and it has a much smaller impact on the environment over shellac. We have found that shellac has a long dry-time, it is noxious and requires that well ventilated area for application and setting. Once you have applied the seal and it has dried thoroughly, you can now apply your Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint right on top of the seal.
4. Can I mix the paint colors for a custom blend?
Yes! One of the best parts of working with Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint is that your creativity really is the limit on what you can do with this paint! You can mix any colors together to achieve that custom color you want. We love to combine the leftovers of multiple cans to create unique colors and make sure that we are not wasting any precious paint. We also blend the paint right on the surface of the piece we are painting. This advanced vintage furniture painting technique creates depth and interest.
If you do mix a custom blend and you want to use it on multiple pieces, make sure to write down your recipe/formula so you can mix up that color again and always shake your products well before and after mixing.
5. Do I have to seal my piece after I paint it?
Yes. We recommend that you either wax or varnish it to seal and protect your paint. We love using the Maison Blanche Antique Wax to seal our pieces because the colored wax allows us to add depth, bring out the paints rich color, and achieve a unique vintage patina at the same time. We also mix the wax colors to achieve that complex and aged look that is so highly sought after by our clients.
We recommend using the Maison Blanche Varnish for surfaces that are going to experience a lot of traffic. For example, we use varnish over wax for kitchen cupboards, dining tables, and custom built bathroom vanities. The finish is up to you as the Varnish is available in both a Satin and Matte finish.
Sometimes that the best way to learn is to let your creativity guide you, to toss aside your fear of failure, and to reach out for help. The best thing about chalk paint is that it is really forgiving in that you can either paint right over it or sand down any blemishes that you feel are not right. We have made lots of mistakes along the way that have turned into beautiful finishes that we both fell in love with.
If you have any questions or need any help along the way, reach out to us.
Holly and Jan
Owners and Artists
Vintage Arts Inc.