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Things to know Before Using Heirloom Traditions All-In-One Paint- Honest Review

See how I transformed a dark dated bedside table with Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint in Cashmere. I’ve also shared my thoughts (and mistakes) about how to use this product with an easy to follow tutorial.

All in one paints are the “thing” today and when you walk the isles of the hardware store you will notice many of these. I’ve been intrigued for a while by this particular all-in-one paint so I decided to give Heirloom Traditions paint a try.

They offer a free sample which is great if you are wanting to give it a try before diving in to a big project.

What is Heirloom Traditions Paint?

Heirloom Traditions paint was founded by Paula Blankenship in 2013. This paint is known for its “all-in-one” ability to combine primer, paint and a top coat all in one.

Things to note about Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE Paint before you begin your project

Heirloom Traditions gives some great tutorials and step by step instructions on how to use their paint. I would highly suggest watching them before starting a paint project.

One thing to note (that I didn’t do a good job of following) is using a “brush and roll” or “brush and stipple” technique where you apply a full coat of paint on the surface and then immediately roll it with a foam roller or stipple it with a foam pad.

I found the hard way that this is super important because the paint is thick and it will show brush strokes. I thought I could follow my typical “painting laminate cabinets routine” where I apply the first coat with a paint brush and then the final or last two coats with a foam brush to get a smooth finish. This is not the case with this paint.

First impression about Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONe paint

  • ALL-IN-ONE paint dries fast (30 minutes to one hour)
  • It has great durability similar to an enamel paint
  • Doesn’t require a top coat which cuts down on paint time
  • Be mindful of paint drips because it does dry quickly
  • It’s a thick paint that will show brush strokes if you aren’t careful- follow Heirloom Tradition’s tutorials and you shouldn’t have a problem
  • It’s best to use a foam roller or paint sponge to apply it

Bedroom furniture makeover with ALL-IN-ONE paint

For this paint project I’m going to start with a bedside table makeover. We inherited this bedroom suite from a friend and the dark color contrasts the rest of my cottage style bedroom style.

ALL-IN-ONE paint cashmere
bedside dresser

Before I started this project I thought hard about using primer first. I decided I would try the first table without primer because the paint states “all-in-one.” I figured worse case scenario I could always paint over it with primer and start over if I needed to.

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Supplies for bedside table makeover with ALL-IN-ONE paint:

Heirloom Traditions website states “just clean and paint.” So that’s what I did!

I started by cleaning the surface real well with Krud Kutter to degrease the bedside table. Once the surface was dry and clean, I began my paint project.

How I messed up when I first used Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint

Here is where I screwed up (I always try to be real with y’all, even when it shows my stupidity, LOL.)

using paint brush with ALL-IN-ONE paint

Like I said before, I used a paint brush for the first coat and this is where I went wrong.

I’ve painted a lot of furniture and I guess I got a little over confident that I could use my own methods and not follow the recommended instructions for this paint product.

after first coat of heirloom traditions all in one paint

Pictured above is after the first coat of paint. It doesn’t look terrible, but what you can’t see is a heavy texture that the paint leaves. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing although in this case it is because the texture makes it hard to cover up the brush strokes.

This is why the paint directions state to use a “brush and roll” or “brush and stippletechnique.

Once I realized that I needed to even out the texture from the brush strokes, I sanded the entire table down with 220 grit sandpaper.

sanding paint

Once I lightly sanded and cleaned the surface, I pulled out the foam brush to see if I could smooth out the paint job.

using foam brush with ALL-IN-ONE paint

Look how much smoother it looks already by using the foam brush!

I applied the second coat of paint with a foam brush and here is what it looks like now (I actually went over a few spots with three coats).

It definitely still needs a full third coat and you can still see brush strokes. In my experience with painting furniture, a third coat (including primer) is almost always necessary when going from a dark color to a light color.

At this point I wondered if I should have used primer.

How far does the ALL-IN-ONE paint go?

They say that 8 oz’s of paint will cover 35 square ft. As a point of reference I used an entire 8 oz can of cashmere on TWO COATS of this side table.

If I had used the right technique to begin with (duh Lindsey), this side table might have only required two coats.

I got smart and ordered a few painting sponges to complete the third coat of paint. It looked much better after that (see below).

third coat of all in one paint

Now that I’ve shown you the WRONG way to apply this paint, It’s time to share the RIGHT way to do it.

Like I said before, the recommended technique to apply this paint is a “brush and stipple” or “brush and roll” technique.

Make sure to watch my video where I explained in real time how to apply the paint.

How to apply Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint the right way

In a nutshell, you dip a heavy amount of paint on your brush, apply it generously on the surface and then use a foam roller or foam pad to either “roll” the surface or “stipple” the paint evenly. This prevents brush strokes and creates a smooth finish.

Let me show you.

first coat of Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint

You can see above where I’ve already applied the paint and used a roller and a foam pad for the first coat.

The first paint coat is never pretty, but the most important (in my opinion). I know it looks like a hot mess, but it feels smooth to the touch and using these methods creates very little paint drips. Did I mention that this paint dries fast? You have to work quick to eliminate drips. As a matter of fact, it’s best to work in sections.

first coat of Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint

I rolled as much as I could but due to the curves and lines in this dresser, I had to mainly use the paint sponge.

first coat of Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint

Once the first coat is dry (dry time is only 30 minutes to 1 hour), I applied the second coat the same way as the first.

second coat of ALL-IN-ONE paint

You can see where I’m using the brush to get the paint on the surface.

Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint

Next I used the sponge to stipple the corners and edges where the paint roller won’t get to.

Then I applied more paint to the surface with the brush and used the roller to even the paint out.

using roller to apply Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint

The point in using the roller isn’t to apply the paint, but to even it out and prevent brush strokes. Don’t apply too much pressure when you are using the roller. If you have to apply pressure, you don’t have enough paint on the surface.

After the second coat is dry, asses the piece and see if you need a third coat. Since I was painting a dark wood dresser white, I did apply a third coat to the top and front of the dressers.

Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE painted bedside table

Look at my new bedside table now!

Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE painted dresser cashmere

Look how much better this dresser matches the room! No more dark dated wood.

Heirloom Traditions painted bedside table top
Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE painted bedside table in Cashmere
how to use Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint

Is Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint durable?

It’s been a week since I painted the first dresser and I can honestly say that yes this paint is very durable. I can take my fingernail and apply decent pressure to the surface without any scratches.

I would definitely recommend this paint if you want a quick, easy and one step paint product. I even used it to paint the top of the bed frame where I had to repair the wood with Bondo after my dog chewed it.

I hope I’ve give you an easy tutorial on how to successfully use this ALL-IN-ONE paint. I really do believe it’s a great paint product. As long as you follow the recommended instructions, your project should turn out beautifully.

Lindsey**

Things to know Before Using Heirloom Traditions All-In-One Paint

using roller to apply Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint

Thinking of using Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint? This is a very durable paint, primer and sealer in one paint product. There is a technique you need to know before applying this paint. See an entire bedside dresser makeover tutorial and how I transformed a dark dated dresser with Heirloom Traditions ALL-IN-ONE paint.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost 120

Materials

  • Paint brush
  • Foam brush or Paint sponges (I would suggest the sponges over the foam brush)
  • Degreaser or cleaner
  • lint free towel
  • ALL-IN-ONE paint in cashmere
  • Drop cloth

Tools

  • fine finish roller

Instructions

  1. Clean the surface with a degreaser and a lint free cloth
  2. Using a paint brush, apply a generous amount of paint to the surface
  3. Use either a paint roller and roll the paint evenly across the surface or a paint sponge to stipple the surface
  4. Work in sections making sure to eliminate paint drips
  5. Apply either 2 or 3 coats of paint to the surface
  6. Dry time is 30 minutes to 1 hour

Notes

This is a fast drying paint. Be mindful of this and work in sections to eliminate paint drips.

The point in using the roller isn't to apply the paint, but to even it out and prevent brush strokes. Don't apply too much pressure when you are using the roller or the sponge. If you have to apply pressure, you don't have enough paint on the surface.

chuck

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Is there anything special that needs to be done in prepping a bare wood surface? bought a bare wood cabinet and using AIO to paint it. Have used the AIO before on a previously painted cabinet and it turned out great just wondering if the same process is necessary for bare wood? Thanks, Chuck

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Sunday 20th of November 2022

I would personally use probably one coat of primer just to make sure the tannins from the wood don't eventually bleed through. Hope this helps!

Tammy

Thursday 10th of November 2022

I used Heirloom Traditions paint on kitchen cabinets for a client. I followed all of the instructions, but no matter what I did the paint raised up with bubbles covering the entire surface of the doors. It said it was self leveling—not so. It never leveled out. Instead it dried so rough I had to sand the doors. The home owner called the company, but all we got was a run around. This paint is expensive, so they WAISTED over $200.00 on this totally horrific paint. We had to buy more paint from Sherwin Williams to finish the job without completely ruining all the cabinets. I would not recommend this paint to my worst enemy. Please do not waist your time or money on this paint. And don’t expect them to ever give you a refund, they refused to make anything right for the home owner. And said,I didn’t follow the instructions.

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Thursday 10th of November 2022

Oh goodness, thanks for the input. I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. What did you clean the surface with before you applied the paint?

Amber

Monday 8th of August 2022

I just ordered a sample and will be testing the color on my bedroom furniture. My biggest concern is the top - my dad has painted some furniture in the past and we’ve had many problems with things sticking to the top. Any suggestions to avoid that?

Mary

Sunday 28th of August 2022

@[email protected], What kind of primer would you use? Would Kilz Tribute contemporary white eggshell work? I think it’s acrylic?! Not sure what Heirloom Traditions base is. Help. Thanks!

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Tuesday 9th of August 2022

If you are worried about it not sticking to the top I would use a good Primer. See more about primers here- https://repurposeandupcycle.com/best-primer-for-wood-and-wood-furniture/

Yifat

Monday 30th of May 2022

Thank you! I wanted to know if you saw any difference in the adhesion between the 2 tables? With and without the primer?

Carey

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Where the drawer slides in, has the paint rubbed off… on the top?

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Friday 15th of April 2022

It has not but it doesn't touch the top when it slides.

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