Tuesday, May 22, 2018

a perfect starter project with fusion mineral paint

If you're brand new to painting furniture, you may be feeling overwhelmed at doing a large piece right off the bat.  Doing a small piece, like a side table or nightstand is the perfect piece to start with! Personally I love doing side tables because they are small pieces of furniture that can make big impact in a room! They're also the perfect piece to add colour to if you're a lover of neutrals like myself!

Here is the piece I started out with:

I picked up this piece from a local buy and sell group and it was definitely in need of a good scrub! I used Krud Kutter on this piece to give it a thorough cleaning and then gave it a rinse wipe down with clean water.  The piece wasn't majorly  glossy so I knew I wouldn't have any issues with Fusion Mineral Paint adhering - however, it needed a little smoothing out in places, so after I removed the hardware I gave it a light sanding.

The hardware gave it a more feminine feeling, so I pulled out two colours - Little Piggy and Laurentien.

I kept coming back to Laurentien, so that's what I did!  I gave the piece two thin coats letting it dry about 45 minutes in between.

When it was dry I distressed it lightly to give it a little extra dimension and character.

This colour is such a beautiful mix of heritage, vintage, and modern - the makings of a true timeless colour.  I can see this colour being used regularly in my shop!

painting laminate furniture easily

A question I am often asked by my client's is if I can paint a piece of furniture for them that isn't real wood.  The short answer: yes! It may require a little extra prep, but the steps are all the same!

1. Clean well! No matter what surface you're painting, cleaning well first to remove any grime, grease dirt is the first step to take to ensure good adhesion.  My choices are typically TSP or Krud Kutter (make sure to do a rinse wipe after to remove any residue).
2. Sand! Scuffing up your surface will give your paint something to adhere to - you may have heard of terms such as tooth or key that are used to describe this.  A good scuff with sandpaper is all you need!
3. If your surface is particularly glossy or you are concerned about adhesion, you can take an extra step and prime your piece.  You can use a primer like BIN, or a clear primer or bonding agent that works well with the paint you are using.
4. Paint!
5. Topcoat!

Here is what my client's piece looked like before I refinished it:

And here is what it looked like after:

I followed all the steps above, using Country Chic's Clear Primer for Step 3. I really love this primer because it easily applies (using their painting sponge makes it incredibly easy!), and it is clear so when you distress your piece when it's finished you don't see white primer underneath.

After I painted the table in Vanilla Frosting from Country Chic Paint, I felt like it needed a little something extra.  I happen to be friends with the owner of the table and she gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted! Her and I share the same love of farmhouse style, so I knew it needed a grainsack stripe.  I know I do this pattern a lot, but I love it so much!

I measured and taped off the stripes with painter's tape, and then painted them in one coat of Nightfall. When it was dry I distressed them well so they looked worn. The combination of colours is perfect and gives the table added interest!  I sealed the entire piece with three coats of Clear Coat.

Painting laminate furniture can be daunting for some, but rest assured it's just as easy as painting a solid wood piece!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

pretty antique vanity in my favourite colour

Some pieces are just meant to be a certain colour - if you have painted furniture for a while this is something you'll know! When I found this piece I knew it had to be off-white and distressed.  Actually, when I found this piece it needed to be ANY colour except what it was! Let me show you the previous paint job:

Ack! I don't know what process was used to create this faux wood look but it had to go.  Immediately.

I cleaned it really well with Krud Kutter, rinse wiped it, and then gave it a good sanding.  And I did it in my dining room, because...well, my workroom is packed with furniture! I had a feeling this piece wasn't going to play fair, so I gave it a coat of BIN Shellac Primer before I started, and then did some repairs with Bondo, and sealed it again with Shellac.  Then I painted it in my favourite colour! Any guesses?

If you guessed Vanilla Frosting you're right!

And it definitely wasn't cooperating and had many spots of bleed through, so I spot treated it with Shellac in the aerosol can - my BFF.  I gave it two more light coats of Vanilla Frosting and distressed it really well as soon as it was dry.

This piece has definitely had a lot of use over it's many years, and I wanted to highlight that instead of mask it.  Pieces this old and this worn need their character highlighted! I sealed it with a couple coats of satin poly.

Sign from Westoria
Tassel garlands from Little City Market

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Monday, May 14, 2018

grainsack inspired drawers with fusion mineral paint

Classic farmhouse decor always seems to include something with a grainsack pattern - pillows, curtains, and even furniture! Personally I absolutely love the style and have done it on several pieces in the past.  When I found these tall pine drawers, I felt like they needed some interest rather than just being painted in a solid colour.

I decided to do a grainsack pattern in classic colours - cream and blue.  I have had Raw Silk from Fusion Mineral Paint on my shelf for a while, and despite my deep love for off whites I still hadn't used it! I prepped this piece following my usual steps: clean well and lightly sand. Then I gave the entire piece two coats of Raw Silk.

When it was fully dry, I measured and taped off three stripes.  One wider stripe centered, and then two narrow stripes on either side.  I painted the stripes in what might just be my new favourite blue: Homestead Blue (also by Fusion Mineral Paint)! I did one coat and then distressed it well when it was dry. I like to distress Fusion paint fairly soon after it's dry.

To add some age and authenticity to the piece, I finished it by rubbing in Antiquing Wax from Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line.  I absolutely love the soft buttery feeling of this wax and how easy it is to apply.  It added just the right amount of age to the piece!

I added antiqued brass cup pulls to the drawers for the finishing touch! Homestead Blue and Raw Silk are definitely two colours that will be used very often in my shop from now on!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The tale of a black bookcase

Several weeks ago I purchased a pair of bookcases - one for my husband's office, and one to refinish and sell.  I had planned to show how the same bookcase could have two completely different looks, but when my hubby saw mine finished, he changed his mind on his colour choice completely! Both shelves ended up in the perfect black - Liquorice from Country Chic Paint!

And I completely forgot to take before photos! The bookcases were a blonde laminate and needed a new look.  These pieces had a factory finish - and you never know what that might be! From Urethane to Teflon - who knows! After a good cleaning with Krud Kutter and sanding with 120 grit, paint wasn't willing to adhere properly.  So I pulled out my go-to product for exceptional adhesion: Clear Primer from Country Chic Paint.  I gave the bookshelves each a coat and let it cure.

After finishing my hubby's bookshelf in Liquorice, I felt like mine needed something with a little bit of wow factor.  I played around with doing a floral papered back, but something about it just wasn't working.  So I flipped my plan completely and went with a more masculine look.  I painted the back in Lazy Linen and then taped off grainsack style stripes in Rocky Mountain (both colours from Country Chic Paint).  It was exactly what the bookshelf needed!

I distressed the bookshelf to give it a little extra wear and character, and then gave it two coats of poly.

I love how this shelf turned out! I can see this piece in a library or men's office, or even in a boy's room!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

library inspired side table

I have been extremely inspired lately by library / card catalogue style furniture lately.  Combined with classic colours, it's a style that is versatile in any decor scheme.  Some women love make-up and fashion, but put a couple label hardware plates in my hand with a can of paint and I am one happy lady!  

Here's the table before:

Definitely not terrible, but a little worn.  The knob was actually perfectly fine, but I opted to change it for a farmhouse meets library vibe!

I started by my usual prep: CLEAN and SCUFF.  I followed that up with two coats of Sunday Tea - one of the prettiest neutral greige shades in the Country Chic paint lineup.

When it was thoroughly dry I lightly sanded it smooth and gave it a very light distressing around the edges.  

I gave the piece a light coat of wax to give it a slight sheen.  Country Chic Paint's All-in-One paint formula has a durable topcoat built in, so you don't have to worry about putting an additional topcoat on it if you don't want to!

This piece has a lighter feel to it now, doesn't it?  Fresh and clean with a little library inspiration! You can purchase this paint colour here, and make sure you are following Country Chic Paint on Facebook for more inspiration using this colour! 

Monday, May 7, 2018

industrial inspired cabinet with fusion mineral paint

I am so excited to share this piece with you today! When I picked this piece up, I immediately had a vision for it, and it worked out exactly as I had hoped! Here is what it looked like before:

Pieces like this make me fall in love with paint all over again.  Can you believe that dresser turned into this?

When I opened the top drawer when I got the dresser there were industrial style castors in it - it was kismet! The castors completed the look of the dresser completely.  Now, let me tell you how I refinished this piece.

First, CLEAN! This piece was by far the dirtiest I have ever cleaned.  It just didn't stop! I used Krud Kutter for the gunk on this piece.  Then I gave it a light sanding.  This had a very glossy finish on it, so to ensure perfect adhesion, I scuffed it up.

I used Soapstone by Fusion Mineral Paint for this piece.  I absolutely LOVE this colour! In the jar it is very grey, but dries to with a hint of smokey blue to it.  It's gorgeous! I painted this dresser by brush instead of spraying it because I wanted a little bit of texture to it to make it look like it was an old filing cabinet.  When it was dry I buffed in a coat of Black Wax from Fusion Mineral Paint to deepen the colour slightly and highlight the texture.

I added some label style hardware from D. Lawless Hardware for the perfect finishing touch!

Can you believe that glossy pine dresser turned into an industrial inspired piece? The power of paint!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

a chippy milk paint bench

When I first started my business many years ago, I was exclusively using milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed. Chalk paints were just slowly hitting the market, but at that point I couldn't be bothered.  I loved milk paint.  Eventually I jumped in with both feet into the world of chalk and mineral paints, but I have a deep affection for milk paint.

I found this cutie on a local bidding site and I actually won it! Bidding sites stress me out! I try to stay away from them, but sometimes I just can't resist!

The bench was stained plywood with spots that seemed to be sealed and some that weren't at all.  I envisioned this really chippy, so I took a few extra steps to ensure that happened.  First, I rubbed in a light coat of stain - slightly darker than the original - to see if I could darken it up a bit. I didn't wipe the stain off completely in all the areas and let it become oily/tacky to create resist for the milk paint. Secondly, I used semi-gloss lacquer in a spray can and randomly spritzed/sprayed the bench - milk paint doesn't like to adhere to gloss, and this is an easy way to make that happen.

I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Linen.  I like to mix my milk paint before I start any prep on my piece so it can rest and fully absorb.  Milk paint is one of those things you can mix to the consistency you prefer to work with - thinner or thicker, completely your choice! I prefer the consistency of about 2% milk!

Can you see the milk paint starting to resist adhesion? Be still my heart...

White paints always take an extra coat or two, but I wanted a faded authentic look to this, so three coats is where I stopped.  I used 220grit sandpaper to remove all the chips of paint, distress the edges, and give it an overall smooth feel.  I then use the brush attachment on my shop vac and give it a scrub style vacuum to make sure I remove all the chips.

I sealed it up with Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Wax.  But I felt like it needed something more.  Because this bench is small and quite feminine it needed an extra girly little flair.  I decided to paint the inside with Fusion Mineral Paint in Little Piggy - a soft pretty blush shade.


I absolutely love how this piece turned out! There's nothing quite as authentic as milk paint!