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Use whites to lighten  other colours to create custom shades.  Try Classic White, Antique White, Bone China, Glacier or Sandstone.

When painting small items or doing minor touch-ups use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. Put it on medium heat so you don't scald the paint.

Vintage Paint on its own has a satin finish; apply Vintage Clearcoat for a gloss finish; or use Vintage Chalk to create a matt finish.

Wash brand new brushes in water before using. This will limit dust particles and loose bristles from ruining your paint finish.

If painting large items clean your brush occasionally to keep the paint from drying inside the bristles.



Paints that use a deep base such as red work best on a even, light surface. Try painting a base coat of white or pale pink.

Don't scrape your brush along the edge of the paint can. Paint will build up around the lip making it hard to close.

Avoid painting the sides of drawers. Paint will build up and stop the drawer from sliding in and out.

Multiple layers of thin paint is better than one or two thick layers.

Lightly sand between coats with 180 grit sandpaper for a smooth professional finish.



Check for paint drips and edge buildup as you work. Use your brush to remove the excess before it dries.

Use a smooth grade wood filler to fill small cracks and scratches prior to painting. Sand smooth when dry.

Paint quickly but carefully. Do not rework partially dry paint or it will leave a rough finish. 

Lightly dampen brushes and rollers before you begin painting.

Always place your furniture on a drop cloth or tarpaulin to avoid mishaps.



Vintage Paint  is super sticky - wear disposable gloves to protect your hands from stubborn paint stains.


Stir  Vintage Paint  with a small flat paddle stick before use - shaking is the less effective method of mixing paint.

For extra shine and durability use Vintage Clearcoat. Apply with a brush over Vintage Paint once fully dry.

Ensure Vintage Paint  is thoroughly dry before using masking tape or sandpaper.

If using masking tape, remove tape just before paint fully dries to get a smooth edge.



Remove loose varnish or paint before starting using a paint scrapper and sandpaper to smooth it out.  

You can use water to thin out Voodoo Molly Vintage Paint  but add only a few drops at a time. 

Mix Vintage Chalk  powder to Vintage Paint  to create your own chalk based furniture paint.



Paint in long strokes in the direction of the wood grain for the best result. This will keep it looking smooth and professional. 

Dilute the final coat of Voodoo Molly Vintage Paint  with a little water to create a smoother topcoat.


Remove hardware such as handles and hinges before you paint. Keep them in a labelled bag for safe-keeping.

Mix Vintage Paint  with Vintage Chalk to make your very own blackboard paint. 

Prime new blackboards by rubbing a stick of chalk across the entire surface and dusting off.




Sugar soap is an excellent detergent for cleaning furniture. Dilute into warm water

If you see stains bleeding through your paint seal with Voodoo Molly Stainblock Primer. 

Prolong the life of your brushes by washing them well each time with water and a little mild soap. Dry flat.

Place furniture legs on upturned tins to help raise your furniture up off the floor. It makes the feet easier to paint.

Don't paint in the direct sun or the wind. It will speed up the drying process and make the paint surface rougher.