Saturday, June 10, 2017

Taking Care of Your Paint Brushes!

One of my first recommendations to anybody that wants to paint their furniture is to invest in a good paint brush.  A good quality paint brush will last you for years, especially if you take care of it!  A good paintbrush will run you anywhere from $15 and up depending on what you are looking for.  I always give my paint brushes a good cleaning after every use, so when Country Chic asked me to try their new brush soap I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive. An old dried up unusable brush? Because I tend to be OCD about cleaning my brushes, I don't have any that are unusable! Because I completely trust in Country Chic's products, I decided to put the brush soap to the ultimate test. I dipped one of my favourite paint brushes in a can of paint and then let it dry for a week on my paint table. My favourite paintbrush was hard as a rock!

I gave my brush a good rinse in hot water, added brush soap, and worked the bristles in a circular motion in the palm of my hand until it was nice and sudsy.  The hard paint softened almost instantly! I kept rinsing and soaping my brush until it was clean. In total I used less than 2 tablespoons of soap.

In about five minutes my brush looked as good as new! I have used several different brush soaps on the market and this is by far my favourite.  You may have tried puck style soaps before - I always find they leave a filmy residue on my brushes.  That reside can transfer to your project when painting and can ultimately ruin your finish.  Country Chic's Brush Soap  cleans and conditions your brush but leaves no residue.  The light scent of peppermint essential oil in the soap is lovely! 

If you are ordering paint or a brush from County Chic, I highly recommend adding the Brush Soap to your cart! It's not expensive and will help you keep your paint brush investments in top condition for years to come!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Simple Pine Cabinet Makeover with Country Chic Paint

It's garage sale season! As a furniture refinisher, this is the ideal time of year to pick up great furniture.  People are spring cleaning and purging their clutter.  I always carry a bit of cash with me this time of year for quick garage sale stops when I'm out and about!

I picked up this simple cabinet recently, despite the fact that I literally have nowhere to store more furniture! I knew I could get it done start to finish in and afternoon so I snagged it.  Projects that you can pick up for a great price and refinish in an afternoon are some of the most satisfying - they don't take a lot of time but can completely change in appearance!

This cabinet started out as a honey oak colour.  It was nothing special and definitely needing a new look.  I sanded the finish off the top and applied General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut. For the rest of the cabinet, I quickly and lightly gave it a sanding and then painted it in two coats of Happy Hour from Country Chic Paint. If you are looking for the perfect paint to do a quick project, the All-in-One formula is exactly what you need.  It has fantastic adhesion, and because it is a primer and a paint in one the coverage is excellent. It dries fast and has a built in top coat!

My furniture style is generally lightly distressed, which is exactly what I did with this cabinet.  I opted for a light coat of Natural Wax to add a little extra depth to the colour.  In order to seal the top of the cabinet, I gave it a coat of Hemp Oil.

From blah to happy in just a couple hours! Happy painting!

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