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Custom work and why we love it.

 The challenge.

We sell ALOT of furniture, some of it as it comes but mostly painted or refinished in some way. We haul, strip, sand, glue, fix, clean, paint, varnish, decoupage, spray, French polish…. you name it we do it! But our most favorite way is for someone else, why I hear you ask! well, it’s simple really, the challenge!
Custom work and why we love it.

Working with clients.

Most customers have an idea of what they would like, a picture from Pinterest maybe or picture on their phone from a Facebook post, they usually have some inspiration even if it’s only a new fresh coat of paint on their walls. We have even had someone bring in a whole mood board to help translate their vision. When working for private clients we try to achieve exactly what they want and the response is always very rewarding, I also like jumping outside my box and perhaps refinishing a piece in a way I never would! the results have been surprising.

When we refinish furniture to sell in the shop it’s very different, we are trying to reach a broad audience, we use colours that are trending we might be daring with design or colour for a few pieces but we, of course, try and target the widest audience possible. It’s just not quite as rewarding.


Custom work and why we love it.

Wallpaper on an Art Deco vanity.


Custom work and why we love it.

Vintage Haberdashery counter painted in MMSMP Typewriter.


Custom work and why we love it.

Ercol sideboard top stripped and waxed and base painted to match mirror.


Custom work and why we love it.

Vintage Union Jack .


Custom work and why we love it.

Copper and Gold leaf turned this dull bedside table into a glam statement piece.

Taking the challenge

We are lucky that we also do on-site custom work and enjoy getting out of the workshop, we have done entire kitchens to whole bedroom suites to dining rooms and we even customized some stairs! but the strangest job to date was the interior of a car! You can find that here   like I said …we love a challenge. So if you would like to update your furniture and don’t know where to start don’t worry you can join us on one of our workshops we hold each month, we run Fusion Mineral Paint workshops and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint workshops too. All the info can be found on our website so be sure to sign up for our newsletter by subscribing to the website or our Facebook page.

We know that not everybody is hands on so if you would like your furniture customized but don’t want to tackle it yourself, we do the work so you don’t have to.


Custom work and why we love it.

Sarah X

What’s the difference? Milk Paint, Chalk Paint & Mineral Paint.

What's the difference


What’s the difference?

What’s the difference? We get asked that every single day at the shop and I think it surprises people to know that there is a big difference between them. All are used for furniture, Interiors and more and all can be found up and down the UK ( and across the world ) in Independent shops and from online retailers.

 Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

Let’s start with Milk Paint, this is the odd one out in this crowd as it comes in powder form all sealed in a pretty little package. It is mixed with water in equal proportions to make a thin single cream like consistency. (Click to see how easy it is!) It gives you an unrivaled flat smooth brush free finish but is also famous for it’s ‘Chippy’ look. Milk Paint is a porous paint, meaning it needs sealing with a top coat.


smooth finish mmsmp

smooth finish achieved with Bonding Agent


Milk Paint is very versatile and you can get lots of different effects with minimal effort. It can be used as a wood stain by adding more water or will naturally crackle if applied thickly. It can be used as a wash, to tone down a vibrant colour or as a glaze to highlight nooks and crannies. The famous ‘Chippy’ look is simply achieved by painting a prefinished or an already painted piece something that’s slightly shiny, the milk paint will resist the already finished surface producing the authentic chips of peeling paint….vintage heaven.


Antique French cabinet painted in MMSMP 'Mora' with a lovely Chippy finish

Antique French cabinet painted in MMSMP ‘Mora’ with a lovely Chippy finish.


What is Milk Paint?

So now we know the basics of what it can do, what the heck is it? Milk Paint has been around for century’s and has been used for many things from ancient cave paintings, drawings on the pyramids to more recently used for Barns and as a raw wood paint.

It’s made from just 5 all natural ingredients including milk protein ( casein ) Limestone, Clay, Chalk and natural pigments….. that’s it! It’s bio-degradable, no VOC’s, mold resistant and makes a breathable coating so it’s great for lime plastered walls and other surfaces. Milk paints eco-friendly formula makes it a safe option for asthma and chemically sensitive people.


I have already mentioned that Milk Paint is a porous paint and needs to be sealed to be ‘finished’ and there are many ways to do that. Hemp Oil is a solvent free oil finish and protects and seals by absorbing into the wood and hardening to make a water resistant seal. It brings out the richness of the colour and drys to a low luster sheen. It can not be chipped off or peel as it doesn’t leave a surface film.

Hemp Oil is food safe and can be used on chopping boards, kitchen counters etc, it can also be used to bring life back to old cast iron, stone, and bare wood! ….it is basically magic in a bottle!! I’m addicted I literally try and find things in my house to oil.


Hemp Oil on Milk Paint and Bare Wood.

Hemp Oil on Milk Paint and Bare Wood.


Wax is also a great finish for Milk Paint and Miss Mustard Seed’s Wax is amazing, it’s soft and buttery and has virtually no odor and is made from beeswax and a little carnauba. It is a fine museum quality and is simple and easy to use unlike some others on the market, it drys to a low luster with no harsh sheen. Wax brings out the richness of the colour and provides a water resistant finish. Miss Mustard Seed has a range of waxes including Antiquing, white and beeswax.


MMSMP Tough Coat is a water-based non-yellowing wipe on poly, it’s perfect for high-traffic areas such as table tops. It can be brushed on or wiped on and I use it a lot for bleed through (bonus). When you achieve a ‘chippy’ finish and you don’t want any more chipping (which can happen over time) a coat of tough coat seals in the paint chips and leaves a nice matte finish. Easy water clean up.


chippy finish sealed with tough coat.

chippy finish sealed with Tough Coat.


Chalk Paint.

Chalk paint comes ready to use in a can. It has a reputation for being a no-prep paint ( although some prep is alway required even if it’s only a good clean!). It has a thick consistency and can be used in lots of different ways to get different effects. It can be allowed to thicken to make texture, watered down to make a paint wash and a dye for fabric. It is a porous paint and needs to be sealed. Wax is the preferred method to seal Chalk Paint although it can be sealed with a varnish or poly water-based top coat. We only use Chalk Paint if a customer specifically asks for it on a custom job now and never ever wax it, we always seal with a water based varnish. It is easily distressed and is often use for Shabby Chic style painting. We stock GraceMary Chalk & Clay Paint at our shop, it’s water based and VOC free and it has a matt finish that is harder wearing than other brands of chalk paint on the market. It has a fantastic colour palette and a clear and dark wax in the range. Chalk Paint is easy water clean up.


GraceMary chalk paint.

GraceMary chalk paint.


Fusion Mineral Paint.

Fusion Mineral Paint is the big daddy, the grande finale, the piste de resistance!

It truly is the best one step paint on the market, a professional paint for the DIY’er,  it’s an acrylic base paint and natural minerals making it UV stable and eco-friendly, only the finest ingredients are used to achieve that perfect flawless matte finish. It comes ready to use straight from the 30% recycled clear plastic containers through which you can see the gorgeous colours, all 52 of them. It has a thinner consistency than chalk paint but exceptional coverage. It is zero VOC’s, unrivaled durability and drum roll, please …… no top coat is needed! yes, you read that right! no top coat required! why?  I hear you ask, well because it’s an acrylic based paint it is waterproof when dry! yes waterproof so the only reason for you to add wax or glaze is for decorative purposes. So if you hate waxing but love the matte chalky look this is the perfect paint for you.

Fusion Mineral Paint is easy water clean up.


Fusion Mineral Paint (1)

Fusion Mineral Paint


Fusion is very versatile, it’s perfect for the contemporary flawless solid coverage and can just as easily be distressed for the vintage vibe. As its name suggests it fuses itself to the surface and is very tough when dry so if you are thinking of distressing your piece it’s best to be done soon after the paint drys. It does require some prep work though, so if your piece is shiny a light ‘key’ with sandpaper or our fabulous Sandi Hands is good enough. The only thing Fusion won’t adhere to is Wax, so if the piece you are going to paint has a wax finish you would need to wipe down with white spirits and lightly sand.


Midnight Blue contemporary look.

Midnight Blue contemporary look.


 Finishes and accents.

With so many different D.I.Y paints on the market, we know it can difficult to make the right choice for you and your project. So Fusion Mineral Paint has made it easy! they have made a premium paint, luxurious finishes and everything in-between.

We are trained and highly knowledgeable on all the products in the range so any queries and question you might have can be answered. Fusion Mineral Paint have such a diverse collection of products that it makes us a one -stop shop! no more running around trying to find a finishing or a prep product we carry them all under one roof! and of course, you can purchase them all in our on-line shop.
Some of the products available from Fusion

Some of the products available from Fusion

So what’s the verdict?

The conclusion we can take from all this is no one paint does everything, we need to know the pro’s and con’s and decide what is best for our projects before we go ahead. Reading customer reviews is always a good start when trying a new product. I have put together an infographic for a quick tick list for you to check which paint will work for you and your project.

So what is the difference?

SANDI HANDS gets the approval of MELANIE LISSACK

best Craft & DIY blogger of the year!

Melanie Lissack Interiors

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.

Melanie’s review

“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.”



Sandi Hands


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.                            

You can get tons of inspiration and even a design service over at Melanie’s blog








Painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint.

Painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint.

painting a car 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.

painting a car with Fusion Mineral Paint.

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.

painting a car with Fusion Mineral Paint

It’s all in the prep work


painting a car with Fusion Mineral Paint.

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.

painting a car with Fusion Mineral Paint.

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.

painting a car with Fusion Mineral Paint.

First coat applied with a roller.


painting a car with Fusion Mineral Paint.

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.

painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint.

Looks better even after one coat!


painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint

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.

painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint.

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 !

painting a car interior wit Fusion Mineral Paint.

Still drying but a huge improvement from the banana yellow.


painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint.

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.

Sarah x


to see the leather armchair painted in Fusion Mineral paint click here.

Painting leather with Fusion Mineral Paint


A quick tutorial Silver gilded Angel wings.

A quick tutorial Silver gilded Angel wings.

With Christmas coming up we have a special item arrive in store, it’s perfect for home decor or just for Christmas. Angel wings.

We have a local carpenter who makes us these angel wings in a couple different sizes, they have been very popular and we can barely keep a pair in the shop for a couple days!  This time-lapse video shows the gilding process and glazing. I used Fusion Mineral paint clear glaze and Fusion’s Coal, which is the black in the classic range.

Both are available to buy in our online shop.

A quick tutorial Silver gilded Angel wings.

Fusion Clear Glaze


A quick tutorial Silver gilded Angel wings.

Fusion Coal black.



The wings were painted first with Fusion Fresco and Coal, Fresco is a texturizing medium, a powder that you add to the paint to give it body, it can be used to make paint have chalky or very chunky and textured finish !! it’s very exciting and I’ll be posting about that very soon. The Angel wings will also be available to purchase very soon on our online shop, yay!



Sarah xx

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!

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 !

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

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

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

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

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.

nearly finished just needing bit of trim.


Some trim was added with a hot glue gun and DAH DA !


Isn't she pretty

Isn’t she pretty

Tempted to take her home

Tempted to take her home

and the other side

and the other side

last beauty shot x

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?

Sarah x

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.
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Painting leather with Fusion Mineral Paint

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.
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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

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…..

waxing frustrations and tips

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.

Sarah X