What is the Van Gogh paint collection?

You’re about to fall in love . . .


{what is the van Gogh paint collection?}

You’re about to fall in love with these gorgeous paints! The van Gogh paint collection is specifically designed to refinish furniture and create a velvety soft, shabby chic or french Provence look. This paint line imparts a beautiful soft matte finish that is incredibly smooth to the touch. Whether you want to update a piece you’ve had for years with a new color or take that second-hand find and turn it into a work of art, the van Gogh paint collection makes it easy!

With minimal prep work required, you can usually breeze through the nasty part and get right to the fun stuff!

van Gogh paint collection - How to Guide

{find a piece to transform}

This is the easy part. You probably already have something in mind. Be sure to look for something with good bones. Use your creative side to envision what it could be. Think of the potential of the piece!

{tools and prep}

You will need a good brush. Be sure to use a high quality brush for best results. For table tops and large flat surfaces you may wish to use a small micro fibre roller to apply. You may also require additional brushes, sandpaper or lint free rags depending on your finishing application.

If the piece you are transforming has been previously finished you will need to give it a quick sanding with a medium sanding sponge or 180 grit sand paper so that the paint has something to grip into (scuff, scuff, that’s enough). Ensure that you wipe completely clean prior to painting.


{apply 1st coat of paint}

Don’t be stingy with the paint. Lay on a good coat, not so thick that it sags or drips, but thicker than you would normally paint with. You’ll notice that this paint is thicker than ordinary paint, and it has a rich creamy consistency! Once you’ve got your first coat done - allow to dry.

{apply additional coat(s) of paint}

One coat may be all you need, but if you think it needs more, go ahead and apply additional coats. Consider using a different colour than the first coat for a layered approach.


You don’t have to distress your piece, but a light sanding is always recommended prior to applying your protective finish. You can wet distress or dry distress. . . 

Dry distressing is done using sandpaper or a sanding sponge to create a weathered look once the paint has dried on your piece. A fine sanding block (220 grit) is great to quickly distress edges. This is also perfect to smooth out the entire piece and/or add a more subtle distressed look.

Wet distressing can be done using either a wet rag and/or wet sandpaper. Use a wet rag to rub lightly over the areas you want to distress. If you continue rubbing you can get right down to the bare wood. You can also use wet sandpaper to achieve this look more quickly.

A good combination of these distressing technique over edges, details and areas where your piece would naturally distress creates a beautiful look. If you distress too much – no problem! Add another quick layer of paint and start again. When you are happy with your distressing, wipe the whole piece down with a dry cloth to remove any loose dust and allow to dry.


{apply beeswax finish}

The gorgeous handmade van Gogh beeswax finish is completely non-toxic and smells delicious. Using a wax brush or lint free cloth, dip into the product and wipe it onto the furniture in a small area. Be sure to use some pressure to really get the beeswax into the absorbent paint. Wipe off the excess with a soft lint free cloth. Move onto the next area of furniture and repeat.

To create an even more unique look, repeat the above process with the addition of any number of alternative wax finishes offered at Mango Reclaimed! Our studio carries lots of wax finishing options: antique, black, white, pearl, rose gold. . . Be sure to use a wax brush to help get the wax right into all the details of your piece. Use a lint free rag to remove the excess and buff the piece to a beautiful soft finish!