There are currently 18 colors in the line, can they be mixed for more shades?
Yes! Although the Junk Gypsy style is known for bright, funky colors, it is easy to mix many lighter shades of each color by adding Dreamcatcher or Buttermilk Biscuit. Just remember to mix enough to finish your project or be sure to measure the amounts added together.
Do I need to sand or prime?
In most cases, you will not need to sand or prime your junk find. However, if you are painting a piece with a previously glossy finish, for best adhesion, light sanding would be recommended. If you have a piece that is particularly damaged and you desire a clean finish, then priming is recommended. Junk Gypsy Clear Primer dries clear to retain a wood look often desired when distressing and revealing the wood underneath. It will block stains and bleeding from seeping through your paint, which can often happen with vintage furniture. Review all warnings on the label before sanding possible lead paint.
How do I prep my piece before painting?
It is always important to clean your piece properly. When junking, we are finding furniture that has a past life and may have been abused or left alone for many years. Remove all the dust and debris, and any loose paint. Wash your piece thoroughly with warm soapy water, a degreasing solution or a 50/50 water and vinegar mix. Allow to dry before painting.
How is this different than latex paint?
Latex paint is made of synthetic materials and Junk Gypsy Paints are made up of chalk and clay. The paint also distresses easily for a vintage look.
How long does it take to dry? How long should I wait before applying a second coat?
It depends on the weather, but mostly the paint will dry within a few hours, and sometimes much quicker. When it is dry to the touch, it is safe to apply a second coat.
What kind of brush should I use for the paint?
Brushes are a personal preference, but if you are looking for a smoother finish a synthetic brush is best and if you would like more texture, use a natural bristle brush. (We love a 2" Purdy angle brush) If brush strokes occur and are not desired, you can always lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper.
Can I distress the paint for a more vintage look?
Yes! Layer different colors together and sand lightly to reveal each desired layer. Since most of us are finding junk to transform, it is difficult to know what you will be covering and how the paint will respond, so using a medium to fine grit sandpaper is best to avoid removing too much paint. When using Clear coat you need to distress before applying then dust with cloth. When waxing we wax first coat and then distress, we have found this gives us more control and makes a smaller mess! We then dust off piece and add a second coat of wax, then buff.
How many coats of Clear Coat should I apply? Do I always need a finish coat?
Yes, your paint should be protected as it is a matte finish. Apply 2 coats of Clear Coat to a completely dry painted piece. For an ultra-smooth finish, buff between coats with a super fine grit sandpaper. At Loulou Belle we also use wax to finish our pieces. This gives a smooth durable finish.
How do I care for my finished gypsy-fide painted furniture?
Dusting with a soft dry or damp cloth is acceptable. Avoid scrubby sponges as they could scratch your finish. The Clear Coat is water and chemical resistant.