I get so many questions about the paint I thought I would address the most common ones, off we go…
What can I paint with Maison Blanche Paint?
Just about anything! Because this is a true chalk-based paint it will stick to everything. I’ve painted formica, melamine, glass, ceramic, silverplate, iron, brick, leather and of course wood. Some people paint fabric, and that works also but I haven’t because to be honest, that’s just not my thing.
So I need to sand first, right?
No! Just clean your piece, I vacuum then clean with Maison Blanche Furniture Prep. If there’s loose paint that does need to be removed and you can lightly sand that to even out the surface. Otherwise no sanding needed!
I’m painting an old mahogany piece, what should I do if the original stain “bleeds” thru the paint?
I advise my customers to do what I do to test the “bleedability” of the finish. After cleaning your piece and it’s nice and dry do a brush test. Brush a small amount of your well shaken Maison Blanche Paint at a joint of the furniture. Wait for the paint to dry and you’ll see pretty quickly if you have a bleeder especially with white and lighter color paint. If you see a stain you need to seal your entire piece with shellac, I swear by Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac. I use a china bristle brush and PLEASE be sure to wear a respirator and do this in a well ventilated area. Maison Blanche Paint has practically zero VOCs but this is not the same for the shellac. Once the shellac is dry you can start to paint.
Is it okay to mix the different Maison Blanche Paint colors together to make my own colors?
You bet! One of the most enjoyable parts of creating with this line is mixing it up. Add white to any color in different parts to create an “ombre” effect. Mix any of the colors together to create new ones, just remember, write down your formula so you can get that wonderful color again.
Do I have to wax my piece after I paint it?
Yes you do, pick one of the Maison Blanche Waxes or you can use Maison Blanche Varnish, these seal the paint. As far as I’m concerned the waxing is where the magic happens. Maison Blanche Wax is the easiest wax to use, hands down! You brush it on, let dry and buff. There are 7 different waxes to choose from and allow for endless possibilities. I’ve been know to mix my different color waxes together and I also like to mix Le Dirt directly into the wax before I brush it on my piece for a beautifully complex and aged effect. The waxing brings out the paint’s rich color and depending on how much you buff it (after it’s dry) you can get an eggshell to a pretty shiny finish.
This is how I use Maison Blanche Paint, once you learn the basics I encourage experimenting and breaking some of the rules. That’s what creativity is all about! If you’re still nervous and need a bit of guidance head over to the workshop page and sign up for one of our project based classes!
If you have any other questions feel free to ask in the comments,