How Do You Add Vanilla to Latex Paint?

You can eliminate odor by adding vanilla extract to your latex paint before applying it to your walls. Gather your paint, a screwdriver, a hammer, a bottle of vanilla extract and a painter?s stick. This process takes about 5 minutes.

  1. Open the container

    Use a screwdriver to pry open the lid of the paint container. You can also use the prongs of a hammer to open the container. Wedge the prongs around the side of the lid until the lid freely lifts away from the top of the container. Open the container carefully to avoid spilling the paint.

  2. Add vanilla extract

    The experts at Home and Garden recommend using a ratio of 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract to 1 gallon of latex paint. Pour 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract into 1 gallon of paint.

  3. Mix by hand

    Using the painter?s stick, mix the paint by stirring in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion. Blend the paint carefully to avoid messy spills and splatters. Make sure that the mixture is thoroughly blended together before use.

  4. Mix by shaking

    Alternatively, you can put the lid back on the container and shake the container to mix the vanilla into the paint. Should you choose this method, replace the lid by hammering it back into the top of the container. Make sure that the lid is securely in place before attempting to shake a gallon of paint.