Introduction to our Products
Have you ever used or thought about using regular house paint or a wax finish on a piece of furniture or cabinets? If you have used these products and have experienced some levels of disappointment with them, then you’re not alone!
*Note: All points made are from our own experiences with these products, our customer testimonials about using them, and through research.*
We have painted with house paints, and we know that even if you do the most strenuous prep work beforehand, you may still end up with some dreadful results: things sticking to your surface as you try to lift them, peeling paint, awkward scratches… the list could go on! And with other chalk paints? Well, the wax finish that is usually required with them can be a total nightmare to apply and upkeep.
I am here to tell you that a new day has come for furniture painting! We have painted 500 pieces of furniture and counting in just about every type of paint out there, so we have a lot of confidence in telling you that we carry some of the most durable paints we’ve ever used and that they are a great value based on quality and cost! Other leading brands out there can cost around $40 for a quart of paint. Plus, you have to purchase a $30 wax and a special brush for $40. Our paints run $14.95-$19.95 a pint and $24.95-$29.95 a quart and can be brushed on with simple, everyday brushes. Though these costs are still more expensive than most latex paints, don’t let that scare you! This paint will cover a surprising amount of square footage! And yes, there are cheaper specialty paints out there, but I am just going to be blunt and tell you that in my experience with them, you will get what you pay (or don’t pay) for!
So let’s start with latex paint vs. our paints!
OUR PAINT VS LATEX PAINT
1. Regular paint requires sanding the piece down to the bare wood, adding a coat or two of primer, then painting. Our paints require very little prep (if a DIY paint ever tells you there is no prep involved, they’re only trying to sell you their paint. Prep work is ALWAYS a must if you want durability).
2. Regular paint can be distressed, but without any type of additional top coats, it can start to peal once the paint has been distressed. Our paints were made with distressing in mind! Not only are they easier to distress, but they look more natural once distressed with no peeling or bubbling!
3. Regular paint takes much longer to dry and can take MONTHS to cure. This is why the surface will seem “sticky” when you lift an item off of it. Your underneath layers haven’t had the proper curing time of six months and are now trapped under the final coat of paint, causing the surface to fell dry, but have a tackiness. Our paints and top coats dry and cure very rapidly and will never feel tacky, allowing you to finish your project in a fraction of the time.
4. Regular paint does cost about the same amount of money per gallon as our paints costs per quart. HOWEVER, you can paint multiple pieces with just one quart of our paint. One quart can paint up to about four or five pieces of large furniture for us. Needless to say, a little goes a long way!
Still skeptical? See the difference for yourself! Come try out our paint in a workshop or purchase some at our store and compare it to the latex paint.
WHY SAY NO TO WAX?
If you haven’t heard yet, furniture wax is pretty much the bane of our existence. Though it keeps increasing in popularity (mostly due to the fact that people are unaware of better products out there), wax is a product that requires tedious work. We used to use wax because the paints we used at the time “required” it. There were many factors about the product that made us decide to make a switch.
- When you purchase your wax, most people won’t tell you that the wax needs to be re-applied ever so often. We didn’t even realize this ourselves until we stopped using them.
2. Many brands will require you to purchase special, expensive brushes for their waxes.
3. Wax requires lots of time and exhausting application. We literally developed bumps, sores, and blisters when we used wax.
4. After vigorously applying the wax, you have to remove excess wax (which is a waste of product) and then buff it, which is also another step we do not miss doing.
5. Wax doesn’t offer as much protection to painted furniture as it easily scratches, stains, and wears, so forget using it on pieces of furniture that your family is actually going to use.
6. Wax can rub off onto fabric and colored waxes will stain your clothing, textiles, and table linens.
7. Wax can also start to melt overtime when placed in the sun, causing it to attract dirt and dust and eventually becoming impossible to keep clean.
8. You also can’t paint over a wax finish unless you completely remove the entire layer of wax. Some chalk paints claim you can, but you may not get very good results.
The good news with our products? The only product you will have to use if you want added protection is our water-based high performance top coat that is a breeze to apply! All you do is smoothly glide it on with a foam brush and watch it dry in a few minutes. That’s it! No waxing, no buffing, no mysterious growths forming on your hands because of the pressure from the wood wax brushes (yes, it happens)! Now this sounds like a dream!