How to Add Vanilla to Latex Paint


Many paint manufacturers now offer latex paint formulations with either zero or low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are gases that enter the air from some chemicals. These include the chemicals contained in paint products, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Whether your latex paint contains VOCs or not, you may still detect an odor in latex paint. Add vanilla to latex paint to help cover up odors you find disagreeable.

Things You'll Need

  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Measuring spoon
  • Paint stirring stick
  • Measure or estimate the amount of paint you wish to scent. There are 4 quarts in 1 gallon. If you have less than 1 gallon in a can of paint, you can estimate how much paint remains in the can. For example, if the can is three-quarters full, you have about 3 quarts of paint.

  • Measure the amount of vanilla extract needed for the amount of paint you have. The book "Painting and Wallpapering Secrets from Brian Santos" recommends four drops of vanilla extract for each quart of latex paint. If you have three-quarters of a gallon of paint -- 3 quarts of paint -- this means 12 drops of vanilla. This is slightly less than 1/4 teaspoon, according to the What's Cooking America website.

  • Stir the vanilla into the paint thoroughly with the paint stirring stick. Continue stirring for at least one minute to ensure the vanilla and paint mix completely.

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