Vintage furniture and home decor made easy!

Instructions on how to use products and techniques

Restoring vintage furniture or refreshing a newer piece, you can create one of a kind, unique furniture and home décor in these easy steps:

1) Surface Preparation:

Begin by making sure your piece of furniture is clean and free of any dust or particles. You can do this by using soap and water, or Murphy's oil wood cleaner. We also recommend using a tack cloth to go over your piece once it is cleaned, just to make sure all dust is cleared away.

No sanding or priming is needed unless the surface is rough, chipped, or too glossy. We recommend using a 100/120 grit sanding paper in these cases to create a smooth surface. After sanding, always remember to wipe away dust and particles before painting.

2) Paint preparation:

Shake paint can before opening. Stir the paint to mix the pigments, chalk, and minerals properly. Select one of our brushes and your ready to go!

3) Paint application:

Apply the first coat in even strokes. A little paint on your brush goes a long way! To avoid drips don't apply the paint too thickly per coat. The paint does dry fairly quickly, but you should allow the paint to dry for 2-24 hours before applying the second coat for best results.

4) Creating a vintage distressed look:

Once your project is fully dried, you can distress you piece for a vintage timeless look. We recommend using a 150 grit sandpaper on a block. Rub gently on the places that you would like distressed to expose either the wood underneath or, if layering colors, to expose the first color coat you applied. If you do have 2 different color coats, rub gently back and forth so you do not rub off both colors together.

For best results, distress on the curves, legs, wooden detailing, and beautiful moldings to highlight these areas on your piece of furniture.

5) Classic Clear Wax application:

Waxing your piece of furniture will create a protective coating on it and will add a professional finish that will give you that final Classic Charm touch.

Using one of our wax brushes, apply an even coat of wax that is not too thick. Once applied, buff and polish the wax with a lint free cloth to remove and smooth out the surface. Your project should have a glossier, smooth finish.

6) Antique Charm Wax application:

To give your piece of furniture a more antiqued look use the Antique Charm Wax. After applying the clear wax as outlined in the step above, allow to dry completely, then apply the Antique Wax either on just the wooden details and moldings to highlight them or apply a coat over the whole piece. Use a thin layer at first so you can see how dark of antiquing you would like. You can experiment with the wax by wiping it with your cloth and using more or less of the wax to your liking.

Special Techniques

Creating a color layering effect:

Choose two Classic Charm Vintage Paint colors that you think will match well together.

Apply the first color that you would like to show through after distressing your piece. Allow the first coat to dry, then apply your second color choice. After the second coat is dried, you are ready to distress!

Make sure to rub gently back and forth with the sandpaper so you do not remove both color layers - just enough to expose the underlying color.

Creating a whitewash effect:

To give your project a whitewashed look, begin by applying the color Bows and Lace. Apply a thin layer of paint starting with one small section at a time. Allow to dry for a few minutes. Using a lint free cloth, pull the paint off evenly towards the bottom edge of the piece. Some of the paint will go into the grain of the wood and some will peel away from the piece.

You can vary how much you remove for your desired look. If the paint has dried too quickly and you want less paint on the piece, dampen a cloth to remove the excess and it will come off easily.

Watch for more creative techniques coming soon!