Shabby Paints Help, Tips and Color Recipes

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Dedicated to giving you tips and techniques for using Shabby Paints furniture paint and all the products that complement it. Feel free to ask questions and share this page with your friends!

Helpful Tips
Tip #1 – When using your Shabby Paints, chalk-acrylic paint, wipe off any paint spills or droppings off the edge of your paint jars where the lid is attached.  If you happen to allow paint between the lid and the jar, run under warm water and it should help to loosen the the product for ease of opening the jar.
Tip #2 – Stir after opening as you would any paint products (do not just shake it) and pour small amount into separate container (this paint dries quickly) to ensure your paint product remains fresh in the jar.
Tip #3 – Always prep your project by cleaning before painting. We use a mixture of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water mixed together to clean. Make sure to totally wipe off any of the vinegar mixture before starting to paint.  (I always go back over mine with plain water after cleaning with the vinegar mixture).
Tip #4 – Water is your best friend with this paint line. Have a spray bottle or bowl of water close by so if the product seems to be drying too quickly add a little water whether it be a spritz via water bottle or a dip of your paint brush in a bowl.
Tip #5 – We recommend a soft bristle brush, use it damp (not dripping) with thin coats of the products. If painting a large quantity of furniture, invest in a high quality brush.  It helps to alleviate brush marks and enhances the painting experience :).
Tip #6 – Both Varnish and Vax are clear. Vax is more matte and Varnish has a satin finish. ReVax is tinted with the same capabilities of protection as Sheer Vax. ReVax gives you the antique look or adds dimension to your piece. Only two coats of Vax, Varnish or ReVax within a 24 hour period. Thin coats and let dry in between applications.
Tip #7 – If distressing your project, our practice is to distress before adding any topcoat. It can be done anyway you like but I find that vaxing or revaxing after distressing enhances the areas you distressed.
Tip #8 – to get the antiqued/glazed effect, it is best to VAX or Varnish first and then go back over with ReVAX color of choice. This allows you to put the reVAX exactly where you want it, without having to cover and possibly alter the color of your whole piece.
Tip #9 – This product has an indefinite shelf life if stored between 60-85 degrees and not contaminated. Protect your products from high and low temperatures for best use and longivity.
Tip #10Shabby Shimmers – You need to stir it very very well. Sometimes the “stuff” makes little soft balls when it isn’t distributed/stirred completely. The shimmers are a completely different product from the chalk-acrylic. They have elastomeric qualities when dry (meaning they stretch) to maintain the shimmer so they can take a little bit more to mix together properly.

Steps for your first Shabby Paints Project

For all the newbies out there who want to use this product but do not know where to start. These are the steps we do when starting a new project:

  1. Clean/prep your piece. We use 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water mixture to remove any debri and dirt.
  2. Have the following supplies at work space:  bowl of water, soft bristle paint brush, and container for paint.
  3. Add paint to container, dip brush in water to dampen and dip into paint. Apply thin strokes of paint for even coverage. Let first coat dry and repeat again until desired coverage.
  4. If distressing, distress and then apply ReVax, Vax, or Vanish.
  5. If applying a tinted ReVax and you have not used the product before, we recommend coating your project with a clear topcoat first and then apply the ReVax.  Once you have used the product and are familiar with how it is applied and saturates, you can skip this step if desired.
  6. Apply your choice of topcoat. We use the applicator sponge the majority of time. Thin coats, not too thick. Let dry.  Two coats can be applied in a 24-hr. period. Our practice is to have at least two coats for protection and if it is a high use piece we normally apply three to four.

Like trying new colors?

Try this tool to help you create your own custom color.

Here’s some tried recipes from other individuals…

Gigi’s “Frozen”
3 parts Snow White
1 part Baby Boo

Paris Sky
3 parts Ice
2 parts So Serene
for a lighter version use White Ice instead of Ice

AS “Duck Egg”
4 parts Baby Boo
2 parts Lillian Gray
2 parts Worn White
1 Part Oh So Shabby

Regal Blue
50% Marine Blue
50% Purple Heart

Dress Blues
2 parts Marine Blue
1 part Purple Heart
1 part Garfield grey

Shabby Paints colorsShabby Paints

50% antique verde
25% marine blue
25% margarita.

Red Hot Chili Pepper
3 parts Volunteer
1 1/2 parts Betsy Ross Red

Emily Ann
2 parts peacock
1 part so serene
1 part lime time

Ocean Jewel
50/50 Marine Blue and Jewel

Cali Taupe
3 parts Van Bear
1 part Buff Brown

Monsoon Blues
50% Marine Blue
25%Garfield Grey
25% Lillian Grey

Stainless Steel
50% Garfield
50% Lillian

Memphis Blue
4 parts So Serene
1/2 part Licorice

Harper Green
4parts So Serene
1.5 Licorice

3 parts Purple Heart
1 part Licorice

Martini O-Love
3 parts Vintage Glass
1Part Buffalo Brown,

Petticoat Junction
2 parts Antique Verde
1 part Dynasty Blue

Shabby Sage
2 parts Antique Verde
1part Garfield Gray

Swiss Miss
5 parts Buffalo Brown
1 Part Vanilla Bear.

Dolphin Blue
3 parts Garfield Grey
1 part Baby Boo

Harvest Gold
2 cups Oh So Shabby
2 cups Margarita
1/4 cup Betsy Ross Red
1/4 cup Buffalo Brown

Totally Teal
3 parts Jewel
2.5 parts Marine Blue
1 part Antique Verde

Lucky Green
3 parts Jewel
1 part Antique Verde

Guilded Lily Berry
3 parts Passion Shimmer
1 part Betsy Ross Red

Café au Lait
2 cups Alamo White
1 cup Buffalo Brown
1 T Purple Heart

Country Green
3 parts Antique Verde
1 part Marine Blue

Sweet Harper
4 parts So Serene
1.5 parts Licorice

Jersey Girl
3.5 parts Betsy Ross Red
3.5 parts Pit Bull Pink
1 part Worn White