SANDI HANDS gets the approval of MELANIE LISSACK
best Craft & DIY blogger of the year!
Melanie Lissack Interiors
Melanie Lissack is a DIY and Interiors blogger and has been a massive hit from the get go. She speaks to the readers with a comfortable ease and you find yourself sucked into the pages of her blog. It’s not hard to understand why she received the Amara Interior blog award for 2016 or why she has been featured in Reloved magazine, The Lux home and Ideal Home to name but a few.
We thought what with the DIY projects Melanie gets up to she could do with a helping hand…or more to the point a Sandi Hand! So we sent her some and this is what she had to say.
“One of the problems I find using sanding blocks, paper sheets, or even the iron shaped electric sanders is that I just can’t always reach into all the nooks and crannies and sand and creat the effect required. Sandi Hands Sanding Glove is a great invention which gives me so much more control when sanding! Using my fingers I can glide the paper through all the crevices of the wood. They are equally brilliant for creating the perfect finish, adding a touch of that ‘slighty worn’ look that is so classic and timeless.”
We’d like to thanks Melanie for her honest review and we are thrilled she likes the Sandi hands Sanding Glove. Customers can buy this product in our webshop. http://homerevivalinteriors.co.uk/product/sandi-hands-cotton-glove-women
You can get tons of inspiration and even a design service over at Melanie’s blog http://www.melanielissackinteriors.com/
Painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint.
Interior of the car.
Painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint.
Um yeh, I know it’s absurd! and right off I’d like to say that Fusion Mineral Paint was designed as a furniture paint. But the product is excellent and hardwearing and can be used on so many surfaces, so I’ll explain how we got our weirdest commission ….to date 😉
A few posts ago we did an interior revamp for a lovely client and ended up painting her leather armchair. It no longer went with her design and it was headed for the local landfill, so we thought why not! fast forward to a couple weeks ago and her husband who is a car dealer asked if we could spruce up the leather interior of a Mercedes convertible. You see he sits on that leather armchair night after night, the kids jump on it and so does the dog. His thinking was that if the paint held up to all that it should work just great in the car.
We explained to him that it wasn’t meant for this purpose and we couldn’t guarantee that it would have a long life, but he decided he wanted to go ahead.
Here is a before of the car interior.
Seat with yellow insert
We were asked to paint all the yellow parts of the interior, and he decided he wanted to go black. The seats we knew would be easy and durable but the dash board etc was made of a combintion of rubber type material and plastic.
It took a bit of time to prep and tape everything up, it was cleaned and prepped with a lttle sanding using our fabulous Sandi Hands. They came in useful in the hard to reach areas.
It’s all in the prep work
masking the door panels.
It probably took just as long to prep as it did to paint, but this wasnt the type of job you could just start over.
Hard at work
Starting the fun part.
Once all the prep was done and we were sure we had masked everything, it was time to start painting. We were so excited! and at one point we had maybe 5 men all standing around the car, arms folded shaking their heads and mumbling under their breath! sooo funny.
It took about 2-3 coats all over, a variety of different brushes were used including a roller for the leather seats.
First coat applied with a roller.
centre panel being painted.
Everything was given one to two thin coats the first day and left overnight. The third coat is were it all started coming together.
Looks better even after one coat!
The dashboard and door inserts after 3 light coats.
The car had to be kept inside on day 2 as it was raining and we needed the roof down , so the pics could be better but I think even in this light it’s clear there is a massive improvment.
nearly done, just the tape to remove and touch ups to be done.
After the 3 light coat the tape was removed and a few touch ups done and it was ready! We are dissapointed we haven’t got a beauty shot with the car all washed in some pretty location, but the weather had been real bad and before it cleared up the dealer sold it !
Still drying but a huge improvement from the banana yellow.
Finishing touch ups done.
In the picture above the chairs are still drying but the centre panels and dash has dryed to a lovely matte finish. It was a intricate job but we really enjoyed the challenge.
We often say in our trade that we would ‘paint anything’ and now we can tick a car off the list.
We would love to hear what you think , leave a coment and let us know.
to see the leather armchair painted in Fusion Mineral paint click here.
Painting leather with Fusion Mineral Paint
MMS Milk Paint, a french settee and some blisters!
This is going to be a picture rich post, you know what they say … a thousand words and all that.
Good condition but very dull and brown!
We had a cute settee in and it was in good condition but was very brown. I had some fabric I was saving for the perfect project and I thought they would go well together. I stripped the fabric off carefully so I could use it as a template.
Now any notions I had about branching out into the world of upholstery was soon squashed! this was a beast and by the time it was done I realized it will be the last time I attempt anything this big. Dining room seats only from now on!
I think there was at least a billion tacks removed!
After stripping the fabric and checking everything was in good order I painted the frame with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the lovely colour Linen. I gave it 2 coats all over and force dried it with a hairdryer in the carved areas to get a little bit of crackling ( That’s my tip of the week ).
After 2 coats of Linen
I distressed it lightly with my Sandi Hand ( I’m telling you these are game changers when it comes to prep and distressing.) It was then waxed with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture wax and a touch of Antiquing wax added to the carvings to really bring out the details
looking pretty already
Fun time over now back to getting it covered. The back of the chair felt like to me that it was missing a bit of padding so I added some cotton batting ( looks like candy floss ) and use spray adhesive to secure it . Some more padding was added to which the correct name eludes me but it’s real soft and squishy if that helps at all. 😉
Fluffy squishy stuff
I used the fabric I took off as a template and started stapling it into place. It was nice seeing it come together and at one point I had a bit ‘OMG I’m actually going to be able to get this done’ moment, I’m sure you all know what I mean.
Just love this fabric
This fabric came in double width so not much was needed for this project, you can fit 2 people on this chair comfortably and surprisingly it is real comfy.
nearly finished just needing bit of trim.
Some trim was added with a hot glue gun and DAH DA !
Isn’t she pretty
Tempted to take her home
and the other side
last beauty shot x
I know it has taken away some of the femininity with the map fabric, but I think it looks fab what do you think?
I love finding new and exciting products to use and have for years have trawled the internet looking for them. I found Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint from watching Marian (aka Miss Mustard Seed) on youtube and before it was available in the U.K. I used to get it shipped over for my own personal use. I did this with many products as i love trying new things.
Painting leather with Fusion Mineral Paint.
We have a lovely client whom we helped on a huge interior job a little while back. We helped with lighting flooring, obviously furniture and some accessories too. We had a blast sourcing her very specific furniture requirements, one of which was an industrial vintage style table and chairs, we struggled to find exactly what she wanted but did come up with some ‘out of the box’ ideas. Take a look, what do you think ? is it not fabulous? doesn’t it look like a magazine article?
We sourced an original BierKeler table and matching benches and grey washed the very orange wood, we sealed it with Polyvine dead flat varnish and it looks amazing.
That was the dining room the other end of the room, the living room end is where we had some fun.
Zoe and I are delighted to announce that we are certified and approved stockists for the fabulous MMSMP and Fusion Mineral Paint. Stock will be arriving soon and we can’t wait to get stuck in .
Waxing frustrations and tips.
Everyone who paints furniture has, at one time or another wanted to launch the tin of wax out the window! …It’s true, don’t deny it!
smudgy greasy marks, streaks, spots, dots and dull patches.
Now I’ve heard all sorts of tips and tricks since I began painting nearly a decade ago, most of them are just incorrect or unhelpful. I heard this one a couple years ago and I laughed and laughed and laughed…. ok that’s a bit mean but COME ON !!!!
‘waxing should be effortless and no exertion should be used’
AS Paris Grey waxed.
Emperors Silk AS chalk paint and Dark wax, buffed to a sheen.
Aubusson AS chalk paint Dark wax glazed
Anyone reading this who has waxed anything bigger than a postage stamp knows this is simply not true, I mean if you haven’t worked up a bit of a glow after waxing a chest or bedside I don’t know what to say ( which makes a change ).
All jesting aside, it did make me wonder if it contributes to the endless frustrations about waxing.
waxing frustrations and tips
You often see wax tutorials on Youtube where they are swirling the wax in a circular motion across the top of a table or sideboard, now all of this is only my humble opinion but, this is not the Karate Kid people! it’s not wax on wax off.
As with paint, it should be applied in the direction of the woodgrain and when all said and done you should not be able to see the manner in which it was applied.
#Top Tip 1
I use a dense sponge to apply wax and do a small section at a time, wiping the excess off in the direction of the wood before starting the next area. When the wax has had time to harden a little and the spirits to evaporate off, I buff with a lint-free cloth in the direction of the wood. Dark wax should be applied over clear wax, at least on porous painted furniture like Chalk or Milk.
#Top Tip 2
Put some dark wax and a little white spirits in an inexpensive squirty bottle, similar to the type your kitchen cleaner comes in. Let the dark wax dissolve until you have a liquid consistency then once your clear wax is dry, spray the liquid dark wax. Cover a small area and wipe off. It’s easier to control and because diluted, it sits nicely into the carvings and hard to reach nooks and crannies much easier. In essence, you are getting a wax glaze.
#Top Tip 3
Pick up the can of wax and…..
I have actually done that!
Only kidding, like with anything worth doing it just takes some practice, so don’t give up.
I must say that after using Annie Sloan wax for years and coming across these issues time and again I was skeptical when I was told of Homestead House’s wax, but after trying it I could not believe the difference! It’s smooth and creamy and buttery soft and melts into the paint so none of the above issues. If you have had troubles in the past with waxing and are ready to throw the towel in I highly recommend it giving these waxes a try. They come in 4 colours, a clear, Espresso, Black, and White.