Hey friends! I finally did it. I tried Heirloom Traditions Paint. It’s an all-in-one paint that some of you keep talking about, so I had to give it a try for myself.
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First, let’s talk about how I used to use Heirloom Traditions Paint.
Then we’ll dive into my review of Heirloom Traditions Paint.
Here’s what I tried it on.
A cute little piano bench that was only $10 at the thrift store.
And while piano benches aren’t moneymakers if you’re wanting to flip furniture for profit… It was the perfect little thing to test some paint on.
I don’t know if you can tell, but it’s mostly made of laminate, and a little bit of real wood.
And paint doesn’t stick to laminate very well, so this should be fun!
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- Heirloom Traditions Paint in Oyster
- Krud Kutter and Old Rag
- Liquid Deglosser
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- True Applicator Sponge
How to Use Heirloom Traditions Paint
- Clean and Degloss
- Paint 2-3 Coats of Paint
- Wet Distress (Optional)
Step 1: Clean and Degloss
Alright, so I cleaned the bench, filled in some damage, and sanded that down.
From what I’ve seen, Heirloom Traditions recommends to just use their deglosser to clean and scuff up the surface of the furniture.
I didn’t buy their deglosser, but I did wipe this liquid sander deglosser on all of the bench.
They do recommend lightly scuff sanding slick surfaces, and this surface is definitely slick, so I rubbed my 220 grit sandpaper on half of the bench… and I left the other half of the bench alone.
You know, just because I want to see what this stuff is really able to do.
Step 2: Paint 2-3 Coats of Paint
I used this beigy neutral color, called Oyster.
And I stirred it for 2 whole minutes like the back of the can says to do.
And…Then I used the true applicator sponge to paint the paint on everywhere.
I ended up kind of wiping it on, and then, I did the stippling (bouncing) thing that they tell you to do so that you don’t get brush marks.
Here’s what it looked like after the 1st coat of paint.
It definitely needed another coat.
So I let it dry for 2 hours and then painted another coat on.
After the second coat was dry, I could still see plenty of spots that needed better coverage, and I could still see that damage that I had filled.
So I sanded it out more, and then I painted another coat of paint.
(So it took 3 coats of paint)
Step 3: Wet Distress
While that last coat of paint was still wet, I removed the tape from the inside.
I didn’t do a very good job of taping, and paint had seeped under it.
So I rubbed it off with a wet rag… and while I was at it, I distressed the edges with that same wet rag.
Can you Distress Heirloom Traditions Paint?
Wet distressing with a rag worked, but when it was dry, you could see that there was a difference in the sheen right around where I had distressed.
It doesn’t seem to be any less durable right where I wet distressed it though.
It wasn’t too hard to rub off, but it definitely didn’t wipe right off either.
Then I let it dry completely.
And here’s what it looks like all finished up.
But we’re here to talk about the paint huh?
No Brush Strokes??
Alright, let’s get close up to the bench… It definitely is a brush-free finish, because I didn’t use a brush at all.
But man, that is some pretty heavy texture there.
From a few feet away, you don’t really see any texture, but when you’re right there, it’s definitely there.
It’s personally not my preference. But I think there are a lot of you out there that don’t mind it at all.
Brushing Heirloom Traditions All in One Paint
Just for kicks and giggles, I tested out how well it brushes on.
I used their paintbrush, and a well-known high-quality brush, the Cling On Brush.
Two coats of paint later, and this is what it looks like brushed on.
I think there are fewer brush marks with the Cling On, but either way, there are still a lot of brush marks left behind.
I was so tempted to thin it out a little bit, but they say to not thin it, so I didn’t try.
My guess is that it would make the paint less durable, but it would probably also have less brush strokes in it.
Maybe I’ll test that out sometime and update you in the comments.
Is Heirloom Traditions Paint Durable?
Speaking of durability… I’m blown away!
Almost 3 days after I painted it, I scratched at it.
The deglossed and scuff sanded side barely scratched at all.
And the side that was not scuff sanded (only had a deglosser,) scratched off only a little bit more.
And honestly… that’s really really impressive for painting laminate furniture.
I actually even did a sample on it before…no deglosser and no scuff sanding… and yeah, it scratched off more than these did.
But after a week, I couldn’t get it to scratch at all.
If you saw my blog a couple of weeks ago, (the one on how to paint furniture black) I had to scuff sand and prime before some of my favorite paint would stick to laminate.
And even last week’s blog post, (with the chalk paint and wax that I didn’t scuff sand or prime before) that stuff is still scratching a tiny bit, and it’s had a month to cure!
If you can’t tell, I’m really impressed with how well this Heirloom Traditions Paint sticks.
Easy to Work With
It was pretty easy to work with. I mean, if you can skip prep, and you don’t need to topcoat… I’d say that’s pretty darn easy.
Speaking of sheen, I really love that it’s not a matte sheen.
So many All in One paints have a matte sheen, and even though it’s pretty, it just gets scuffed up so easily.
So I love this satin sheen.
I did NOT want to like this paint.
Haha, I thought it was just another paint company that was selling pie in the sky dreams again.
But holy moly I love how well it adheres! It really is an All in One Paint!
If I can figure out a way to have a true brush-free and texture-free finish with it, without sacrificing durability, I’m all in… I wonder if I can spray it!?
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Is Heirloom Traditions Paint a chalk paint?
No. Heirloom Traditions Paint is an All in One Paint. It doesn’t require a topcoat like chalk paint does.
Once dry, it has a satin sheen, unlike chalk paint that has a very matte and porous sheen.
How long do you wait between coats of Heirloom Traditions Paint?
Heirloom Traditions Paint is usually dry within half an hour.
Once dry to the touch, you can paint the next coat of paint.
Can you water down Heirloom Traditions Paint?
Technically no. Heirloom Traditions recommends to not thin, for maximum bonding and durability.
Can you though… yes. But beware that your paint probably won’t adhere as well, or be as durable as it could be.
Can you use Heirloom Traditions Paint in a sprayer?
I want to try it out, but I don’t know how well it will go.
You can spray it, since it’s not as thick as chalk paint, and I have sprayed thick thick chalk paint before with the Homeright Sprayer and Wagner FLEXiO sprayer.
But I don’t know that you will get a true fine finish if you spray it without thinning it out.
*Update: I tried spraying Heirloom Traditions paint on this little farmhouse cabinet and I love how the finish turned out!
Where to Buy Heirloom Traditions Paint?
You can buy it on their website or on Amazon.
How much Heirloom Traditions Paint Do I Need?
I used maybe a quarter of a quart on this bench. I don’t think that I would have even needed a sample size for it.
A medium dresser (3-5 drawers) usually takes about a pint of paint.
Typically you can paint a large dresser (6+ drawers) with a quart of paint. You may be able to get away with a pint of paint if you are using a dark color on a 6 drawer dresser.
If you are painting the inside of a piece as well, then you’ll need more paint.
Heirloom Traditions Paint on Laminate?
Yes! This bench was mostly laminate and after a week, it doesn’t scratch off at all.
Even where I only cleaned it (no scuff sanding and no deglossing!)
It’s always a good idea to scuff sand laminate before painting or priming it though, so I would still recommend scuff sanding just to be sure.
Or test it out on your furniture. Let it dry for a week, and then see if you can scratch it off.
For me, the paint didn’t scratch off at all after a week!
Heirloom Traditions Paint for Cabinets?
I think it’s a great paint for cabinets, especially kitchen cabinets.
As far as durability is concerned, it’s definitely durable and will stick really well to cabinets.
I personally don’t love all of the texture that the stippling of the sponge left though.
Have you tried this paint before? What did YOU think?