The venue for the First Furniture Painters Conference

Why a conference?

I’m so excited to be able to tell you all about this event. It has been an idea I have been obsessed with for over a year and a half and now and with the help of my partner in crime Kate Holt of Colour Me KT it has now become a reality.

I have been investing in myself and my business for a good few years now, These have included being in Jennifer Allwood’s membership coaching group, Rachel Miller’s membership group, I have taken Rachel’s flagship course Moolah and Stu Mclarens Tribe course and conference. These honestly are just naming a few. It seems I can’t get enough information!

Learning new things about the business you are in, is essential to growth. I am a firm believer in this! The opportunities that have opened up because of this learning has been incredible and pushed my business to new places. Including planning this event.

Talking of the event, this is why we decided to go ahead with it because the things we learned, the people we met and the connections we made when attending similar events have been a huge asset to our businesses. We want you to have the same!

Dreaming Big.

Take action for your business.

I have learned to push myself out of my comfort zone! In fact, I’m getting addicted to doing the big scary thing … I have had this event on my mind for years now, I daydreamed about it and tried to concentrate on other things but the dream of it wouldn’t go away. Do you ever get that?

So, despite the little voice saying ‘ you can’t pull that off’ I got hold of Kate and together we decided to do the big scary thing and stop dreaming about it and start making it a reality.

You see I’ve learned a very valuable lesson these last couple years and that’s when you take yourself out of your comfort zone and dare to try new things .. AMAZING stuff happens. Essentially I am creating my own reality. It sounds a bit woowoo really but, do you know what I mean? I’m basically getting off my ass and working towards the things I want and making them happen.

The Event.

Elevate your business and find your tribe.

The event will take place at High Leigh conference center in Hoddeson, just North of London. Close to all transport links. It will be a 2-day residential event and the price will include all your meals, accommodation and the event itself. The date of the event3-5th September 2021

We know that the best way to help you launch your business to the next level is by having us all in one place, at the same time – learning the skills we need to grow! Not to mention the get-together, meeting new people or people we know online only. it’s really going to be something to remember!

​How do we know this? Because that’s exactly the catalyst we used to start growing ours.​ So, don’t miss out! Join the UK’s first business conference for Furniture Refinishers, we can’t wait to get started!

All information can be found on the Event website, www.paintersacademy.co.uk or click the button below for more information.

So why should you come?

Having your own business can at times be lonely, you have no one to help you make the decisions and you have to be pretty self-motivated to get it all done. Lots of us are accidental business owners! we started doing something we loved and soon realised that we have to know how to do all the other things! Social Media, website SEO, running ads, writing blogs! the list goes on and on. The conference will not only do trainings on some of these things but you will be signposted to all the things that matter to you and your biz.

We have guest speakers and a panel of experts lined up for you to ‘pick their brains’ There will be demos from brands we all know and love. I’m gonna be honest here .. I have been to a few and although the learning is good the only thing you remember is meeting everyone, finding new friends and building lasting relationships. That’s what this is about, that’s what we want for you!

Don’t miss out.

We are so looking forward to meeting you all.

Kate and I Relaunched the event last weekend and we have sold just under half of the tickets in one weekend! We are blown away by the response of people wanting to come and brands wanting to sponsor our event. If the brand you represent isn’t already a sponsor give them a nudge!

This event is for anyone who professionally paints furniture for a living, no matter what stage of your business you are in. If you are retail space, or a home business this is the event for you. Let us know what brands you want to see there join our Facebook group and meet some of the attendees before the event.

So Don’t miss out! Grab your tickets while you still can. Come find your tribe.

We can’t wait to meet you.

Sarah & Kate

Yes, you read that right! I am closing down the retail side of my business. I will no longer sell paint and brushes and topcoats and Gold Leaf and plaster and all the things!

Changes

There seems to have been so many changes to my little business of late but it’s not all bad news. I will still be here blogging and of course online too. Closing down the retail side is not the end! You will have to stay tuned to see what I get up to! But back to the paint. Don’t worry there is still plenty in stock and because you have all supported my business over the many years I am going to have a huge sale! I will still paint I just can’t imagine not! but will be sad to see this go.. but go it has to ( did I sound like Yoda then? )

Fusion Mineral Paint

I will be selling all Fusion stock off at 20% discount. The paint, waxes, topcoats, SFO, Ultra Grip .. everything. with 20% off it won’t hang around long so stock up on your favourites quickly!

50 Fusion colours plus custom recipes!

Posh Chalk Artisan Range

Deluxe Decoupage papers, stunning metallic pigments, pastes, patinas stencils and so much more all will have 10% off. This whole range has been hugely popular and the creative aspect of this just appeals to so many. See the sale here.

Milk Paint by Fusion

If you haven’t tried this you really must! there is nothing to be scared about just mix with water stir and paint. It is my first love! Milk Paint was the reason I found Fusion but it is still my favourite. The colours in this collection is just stunning! grab a bag and give it a go! You will thank me … it’s the bomb! Read more about it here

worn soft blue paint over navy, a touch of gold leaf peeking through.

Whitson’s

We have lots of stock of Whitson’s plaster and Universal lacquer and their fabulous Whitson’s primer too. This is also a high demand product and I don’t think this will stay on my shelves long either! 20% off

Decorative plaster sample board, gold highlights

Closing down everything must go!

There are many other accessories still available like a few Staalmeester brushes, rollers and frames. I have some Sliver leaf and Polyvine adhesive Re design by Prima transfers and so many pretty things! you really must have a look at the website and see if there is anything you need. All 20% off

pack of roller and frame
Virtual Paint Class Learn how to Gold Leaf

Stay Tuned

I will write a blog post about what is actually happening really soon it will be a frank and honest story of what running a business is really like! I’ll let you know what will be happening next for me and my business! But YOU GUYS! without you, I wouldn’t have had this amazing little business that has supported me and my children since 2013. 8 years! You’ve read and shared my posts, watched my videos, bought my products, told your friends about me followed me on social, pinned my pins … I hope you do know that all those little things make small businesses like mine possible. It is because of you all that my family took holidays or kickboxing classes. None of this is hyperbole these are facts.

So thank you very much.. you are the best .. now go buy some stuff! 🙂

SALE STARTS SATURDAY 24th JULY 2021

Fusion has just launched 11 new colours to add to their permanent collection! I have had a chance to have a sneak peek at these and I may have got my hands on some 😉 .. They are stunning! and I know you are going to love them, so without further ado let’s have a look at them.

11 new colours

HAZELWOOD

This deep grey feels both warm and grounding. Use it to create dimension as an accent or to make a dramatic statement.

Pair with:

Cashmere for a neutral look Rose Water for a feminine flair

EUCALYPTUS

A muted green with undertones of grey, this shade is calming and serene. 

Pair with:

Raw Silk for a calm, serene space Lamp White for a perfect neutral pairing with depth

ROSE WATER

A neutral pink inspired by the droplets from steeped rose petals. Delicate and modern, this shade is stylish in any space.

Pair with:

Cobblestone for a timeless feel Victorian Lace for a purely glamorous look

CHATEAU

A grounding neutral inspired by enchanting castle walls. This shade reflects light beautifully and creates an instant feeling of cozy sophistication. 

Pair with:

Blue Pine for a feeling of whimsy Algonquin for a warm, natural palette

PAISLEY

An ode to our heritage. Inspired by the rivers edge that runs through the beautiful town of Paisley, Scotland; this multitone blue evokes a whimsical feeling.

Pair with:

Little Whale for a neutral tone-on-tone backdrop Rose Water for a charming twist

VICTORIAN LACE

Romantic in every way, this multitone white is perfectly balanced between warm and cool. This shade is inspired by the intricate details of its namesake.

Pair with:

Little Lamb for a chic tone-on-tone look Inglenook for added depth

CASHMERE

Wrap up in the warmth of this luxurious neutral. Soft and elegant, this shade offers a slight cream undertone. 

Pair with:

Paisley for an unexpected sense of playfulness Damask for a luxe look

BELLWOOD

A timeless green with a lush feel. This versatile sage-inspired shade works beautifully with both classic and modern decor. 

Pair with:

Plaster for a classic feel Cathedral Taupe for a warm, earthy look

BLUE PINE

This versatile blue-green has a grey tint, making it the perfect choice to make a bold statement on its own or as a neutral foundation within any room.

Pair with:

Victorian Lace for a warm, relaxed look Fort York Red for a pop of contrast

MIST

Playful and charming, this periwinkle brings a cheerful pop of colour to any room.

Pair with:

Casement for a refined yet effortless look Lamp White for added sophistication

COBBLESTONE

This warm grey is inspired by winding cobblestone roads – equal parts romantic and sophisticated.

Pair with:

Bedford for a truly traditional look Homestead Blue to bring a laid back vibe

Beautiful shades

Fusion already has beautiful colours and these just round out the collection. There are a few in there that will be firm favourites but they all fill a gap in the colour palette.

Which one do you want to try first?

It is almost impossible to choose!

These will be available in the UK in August so stay tuned.

Milk Paint is a natural paint. Think 100year old chippy paint and Milk Paint usually comes to mind. This post will show you how easy it is to get a smooth full coverage solid look using Milk Paint with just a few added steps.

Milk Paint by Fusion Night Swim mixed
Mixed Milk Paint in a bowl

Mixing Milk Paint

Mixing Milk Paint is really simple, just add the same amount of water to Milk Paint powder and stir. It doesn’t take long at all, maybe a minute or so. IF you have used it before you know it can sometimes look gritty. Where the pigments and other ingredients haven’t dissolved properly.

Lumpy Milk Paint

This example is extreme just to show you how it can look if you don’t allow the ingredients to dissolve. Even this isn’t a problem! You just brush back and forth and watch it blend into the paint.

Top tip to smooth Milk Paint.

The best tip for getting your mixture just right is this…. Mix as normal and go put the kettle on! …have a nice cuppa, mix again and viola! the perfect Milk Paint mixture. This blend will make the flawless flat smooth Milk Paint. For a chippy look see this post.

Sanded Milk Paint, chalky looking and smooth

Prepping for smooth modern finish.

The next step to getting a modern clean look is your prep. The usual cleaning and scuff sanding is usually enough on most no glossy surfaces to ensure a non chippy look. IF you surface is glossy a more vigorous sanding will work or just add bonding agent ( Ultra Grip ) into the mixed Milk Paint.

Ultra Grip

At a push you can add a layer of ultra grip to your piece before painting with Milk Paint, that works too. For a modern clean finish I usually just sand it well before painting.

pigmented watery paint

Sanding between coats.

For an ultra smooth finish you can lightly sand between coats, luckily Milk Paint dries very quickly and cures in 30 mins! There is only 5 natural ingredients and water, so once the water has evaporated it is cured. Compare that to modern paints on the market today and it really is amazing.

Sanded chalky looking paint

When Milk Paint dries it looks almost chalky and much lighter than the in the wet state. Do not fear! as soon as you apply any topcoat the vivid colour comes alive. When sanding be sure to wear an appropriate mask, and remove the dust before applying another coat.

Redesign with Prima Transfer.

Some interest was added to this piece with a furniture transfer, This one was the Folk 11. It has a boho vibe to it and looks great over this dark inky/navy blue.

Transfer over Milk Painted chest of drawers. Blue with white transfer

It didn’t take the whole transfer and one drawer was left with just the paint on. The over all effect looked good so now it was time to topcoat it.

Sealing Milk Paint

You can use almost any sealer / topcoat you like over Milk Paint but it does need sealing unless you are using it on walls. It is porous like chalk paint is and although really durable it will soak up water and dirt and grease. Adding a topcoat is a simple way to ensure you paint finish lasts.

Stirring a can of Stain and Finishing Oil

For this piece Stain and Finishing Oil in the natural was the perfect option. It will add a slight sheen and give it a water resistant protective finish. Alway make sure it is mixed well before using it, all the good stuff sinks to the bottom of the can. It enriches the colour and really makes it pop!

applying SFO over blue milk paint

The SFO was applied with a cloth and rubbed in circular motion across the whole piece. The excess was buffed in the same way with a clean rag. The difference between the the finish with and without a topcoat is huge, and it’s always fun to watch the colour come alive.

MCM Boho vibe

The overall look is a MCM Boho vibe and the colour gives the piece versatility. This chest of drawers would look good in a hallway a lounge or even a girls or boys bedroom.

side view of blue MCM chest of drawers

The hairpin legs give it some height and glamour. See another MCM piece painted in Fusion here.

Close up of of blue MCM chest of drawers

The wooden handle were wax with Antiquing wax and buffed to a sheen.

upward view of of blue MCM chest of drawers

The size and shape of this AustinSuite Mid Century Modern chest makes it a really useful piece of furniture and a style that never goes out of fashion.

Full frontal view of blue MCM chest of drawers

Is Milk Paint for you?

What I will say right off the bat is if you are a perfectionist this won’t be for you. Why? because there are imperfection when using Milk Paint even on a flat modern finish like this. There can be slight variations in colour or pigment streaks.

Close up of transfer on blue MCM chest of drawers

This is a natural paint with no modern binders in it. It relies on you mixing well and often durning painting to keep the mixture good. Not stirring during painting can result in the heavy pigments sinking to the bottom of your cup changing the colour of your paint very quickly and easily.

left side view
 of blue MCM chest of drawers

The many benefits of Milk Paint.

The huge list of benefits far outweigh the cons. First it is an all natural paint, ancient, tried and tested. Durable and long lasting. If you use a natural finish such a Hemp Oil you have a eco solution to painting! so not only are you saving furniture from landfill this paint is bio degradable and not harmful to our environment !It has anti bacterial properties is perfect used over lime plaster as a breathable solution.

Milk Paint by Fusion colour chart paint sticks - Home Revival Interiors

We stock the Full Range of Milk Paint by Fusion and all the topcoat options you need in our online shop. The whole process of mixing your own paint and the end result of a tactile finish is my favourite things to do. It is so therapeutic and all natural paint. Give it a try!

After closing the shop last year, I needed somewhere to work from home. I already had a She Shed rough and ready that needed some updating. If only I knew how much! Follow along the journey of My She shed workspace home office build.

She Shed

This shed is where it all began for me, This was the space I used to first start upcycling furniture almost 14 years ago. It was a bit rough but had plenty of space for my ever-growing collection of crap!

I decided on refitting this one instead of buying a new one or rebuilding … I should have thought that through a bit more ha.

After ripping off the white cladding on the front, the roof needed replacing, with new joists and well, the entire roof. I decided I needed a new door and went looking on Market Place. I found a bifold door that had been manufactured opening the wrong way for the client and so i got it for a steal.

The wall had to be knocked out and new supporting pillars built. the old windows looked taty with the new door in place, so I replaced those too.

Internal work

The inside also needed more work than I first thought, but I could see it all coming together. The floor’s wall and ceiling were waterproofed. Insulation was installed on the floor under new floorboards. All of this was done after an internal wall was knocked out.

Lighting up the she shed

The electrics was the next big job on the endless list and I made sure there were plenty of outlets and lights. I wanted some hanging lights at this end to hang over the double desks I had envisioned going here. I had mocked up a design in Canva and knew it was what I wanted.

After the electrics were installed including the internet connection which guess what? turned out to be a little bit of a nightmare! The walls were plastered and a mist coat applied before the floor went down. I opted for laminate wood flooring, it was a cheap option from B&Q and the whole flooring was very inexpensive.

New workspace and office

Next up was to get some storage sorted for the stock, at this point in time lockdown is in full swing and I’m packing boxes on my kitchen table with stockpiled up high in my hallway … not ideal. I went for these metal shelving units and sprayed the Gold, I didn’t like the steel look, with the walls being white and the floors a grey I wanted some warmth.

Next up I bought some off-the-shelf kitchen units from Wickes and Karen and I spent a good few hours putting them together. A length of faux marble worktop and some kickboards and we had a packing station and storage for boxes and my personal paint supply.

I kept my counter from the shop for storing all my tools and more of my personal paint collection and brushes etc. I must confess to a paint brush addition! Some girls like shoes.. I love brushes!

Home office

After completing the kitchen end ( all except the kickboards which I still haven’t got around to doing ) the office space was next. I had already found the desks I wanted from Ikea similar to this one and spent some more hours putting those together. I got some pretty lights and got Ed & Co Designs to make new shades for them. The office chairs I just couldn’t find in a pink anywhere so settled for these grey ones instead.

Ready for business

That essential was all done on the inside the last thing to do was the new cladding on the outside and plastic capping for the roof line. All the stock was moved and I no longer had to pack boxes on the kitchen table!

Would I do it again? I’m not going to lie, it was probably more expensive than buying one of those put-together ready-made offices. I love the space and enjoy throwing open the doors and letting the sunshine in while I’m working.

Pro’s and Con’s of working from home.

Working from home has its pros and cons like anything. I can pop in the house and put a load of washing on or dinner, the con side is I find myself in there late at night still working as I can wander back and forth between the house and the shed/office/workspace. All that being said I love the space and it works which is the most important thing.

It is a space to work in making it more enjoyable and it’s big enough to grow and change if needed. The paint looks fab on the shelves.

So what do you think? Have you got a home office? Let me know in the comments below.

This is the question I get asked the most. Do you need to prime before painting furniture? So with our modern paint, there are only two reasons why you would prime before painting. The first reason is adhesion. The second reason to prime would be to stop the bleed-through of wood tannins, Saving you time painting so let’s jump straight in.

bare wood cabinet doors

Priming for adhesion.

Let’s start by checking the surface we are going to paint. Is it shiny?  If it is shiny, we need to work out why. Has it got a varnish or lacquer on it which could be sanded? Or is it a man-made surface such as a laminate veneer or melamine?

This is varnish/lacquer and can be sanded.

If it is lacquered or varnished you can scuff sand after cleaning with a degreaser such as TSP Alternative. Your aim is to de-gloss the surface, to make it matte-looking. You can then go ahead and paint. See this blog post where this method was used.

I have a video showing you how on IGTV

If it is a man-made surface such as melamine or veneer ( wood veneers can be sanded and falls into the above category) Plastic like melamine and Thermafoil and laminate ( think Ikea furniture) will need an extra step. For these types of surfaces, you will need to clean, scuff sand if possible, and add a coat of Ultra Grip before applying your paint. 

Ultra Grip adhesion primer.

Ultra Grip is an adhesion primer from Fusion. It is made of 100% Acrylic resin (the stuff in paint that makes it stick) apply in thin coats with a damp applicator pad or sponge. Using a brush can create texture and a little of this product goes a long way. It needs to dry overnight for best results before applying your paint.

If I wanted adhesion and I was painting a dark wood to a light paint I would use Whitson’s adhesion Primer. It is a great quality white adhesion primer giving you a light coloured base to paint from.

Priming to stop wood bleed through / wood tannins/knots.

The second reason you would need to prime when using Fusion Mineral Paint is to stop knots or wood bleeding through the paint. This can happen with red coloured woods and oil knots. For this you will need a shellac based primer. This is the only stain block that works effectively with wood bleed through. It completely seals it in and stops it migrating through the paint.

Zinnser Bin stain blocker

I would recommend Zinnser Bin in the Red can in comes in a spraycan too which can be useful for just knotting. Apply a couple thin coats, it dries very fast so there isn’t much waiting time before you can paint over. You would still need to do the usual prep before using this product of cleaning and scuff sanding.

Saving time painting furniture

When I had the shop I painted all day 5 days a week and I rarely had to get the Zinnser out. I would maybe bust the can out once every 6 months or so. Checking if you need it first will save you so much time! This applies to both reasons you would use a primer for. Saving time painting.

Gold leaf a before and after.
This was red oak and needed stain block

If you think your piece may bleed test it by adding a thin coat of white paint in a spot that looks suspect. Wait 10 mins or so and see if the white paint has change colour. If so bust out the can, if not proceed with caution keeping a spray can on hand for spot control.

Despite it being metal this didn’t need Ultra Grip .. alway test first!

This metal piping was a big job and I thought it may need to be Ultra Gripped before painting. After testing first by painting a few coats of paint on a day later I couldn’t scratch it off! So testing first will help. Saving you time painting! Watch the video of that test.

Just for your reference here is Fusions Prep card to take a look at.

Hope that helps

Sarah X

paint brushes open cans of paint
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Zibra brushes in the UK

If you are in the furniture refinishing industry here in the UK , you have been staring forlornly across the pond at the US and Canada furniture flippers using Zibra brushes. They have been hugely popular for their quality and their price point.

angle palm pro
Sign up to the email list on the Zibra Brushes UK Website

We are happy to announce that Home Revival Interiors will be the UK distributor! We are expecting the brushes to be available to you all by the end of March beginning of April. There will be a chance to join our wholesale program if you’d like to retail these fabulous brushes in your store sign up to the email list on the website www.zibrabrushes.co.uk for more information.

2 brushes and open paint cans
Palm Pro and the Square Paintbrush

Smooth Bristle Technology

Zibras proprietary, high-performance engineered poly- monofilament blend is designed to create a balance of tip softness with high stiffness retention resulting in ultra-smooth paint release and long-lasting durability even in hot and humid climates. Our bristles are smaller in size allowing for 25% more pack-out than the industry standard brush. All of these features contribute to providing incredible paint pick-up, controlled release, unmatched smoothness, and effortless clean-up.

2' flat brush

Constructed to Last

Zibra paint brushes are designed to last. The professional painter will appreciate the craftsmanship of aluminum and wood inserts, using 100% epoxy glue, combined with three-headed nail pins. Zibra brush filaments are wrapped in a stainless steel ferrule, showcasing the finest proprietary filaments ever created.

Ergonomic Handle Design

Our exclusive rounded, hour-glass-shaped design is carved out of hardwood with strategic locations on the handle to provide optimum comfort, a reduction of hand cramping, offering all-day ease of use.

4 different brushes in a line

Enjoy Zibra

Zibra has a great Instagram account where fellow flippers are showcased and stunning furniture makeovers are shared. They have contests and competitions and a fantastic podcast!

The Zibra Blog’s Before & After Furniture Refinishing Podcast. On the podcast, they talk with furniture refinishing experts from around the world on how they find, select, repair, strip, sand, paint, protect and sell their refinished works of art.

I love listening while I’m painting and I am a guest in this episode announcing the brushes coming to the UK

Listen here
Now for sale on the website

Furniture Art Milk Paint by Fusion

My Daughter Stevie Leigh is a talented canvas artist ( you all know this I brag about her often ) I am a furniture painter, so it really did take a while before I thought about getting Stevie to paint her art on my furniture!! I mean hello McFly! 🙈 Introducing MCM sideboard hand-painted Art with Milk Paint

Milk Paint by Fusion colour chart paint sticks - Home Revival Interiors
See the full range of colours here

I got Stevie to paint a stunning MCM sideboard with one of her meadows. Watching her paint always fascinates me, she paints like she was born to do it, without any fear and with a clear vision of what it will look like ….amazing! Find out more about Milk Paint here

corner of painted flowers on  sideboard and dog in the background with plant
Tinkerbell had to get in on the action

Milk Paint art

We used few different brands of Milk Paint for this meadow, Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint, Homestead House Milk Paint, and Milk Paint by Fusion. I mixed them all up and watched as Stevie created magic. Mixing Milk Paint is so easy to do! Just add one part powder and one part water, stir for a few minutes and viola! Instant paint.

Timelapse of Stevie doing the Milk Paint art work.

Milk Paint

I have long had a love affair with Milk Paint, it is the reason actually that I found Fusion! It is the perfect paint if you are feeling creative. If you would like to get your hands on some and you are in the US or Canada I have an affiliate link that you could use. ( I get a some pennies for my coffee habit if you use it 😊 )

Side view of painting on furniture

Stevie has decided to call her Spring Meadow and she is listed up on the website for sale. Spring Meadow the first in an exclusive collection of furniture hand-painted art pieces.

Low view of hand painted milk paint art MCM sideboard
side on view of milk paint art MCM sideboard showing flowers

Bespoke painted furniture

Having a one -off unique bespoke piece of furniture in your home is always such a treat just like art. Now you can have the best of both worlds! Be sure to leave us a comment Let us know what you think…Stevie is nervous about showcasing her first #furnitureart piece.

This old bedside table had once started life as a desk! It was damaged beyond repair and so was chopped up. It already had been painted in Milk Paint so when the new Milk Paint by Fusion arrived in the shop I wanted to use some of the new colours.

old chippy paint nightstand
It had seen better days!

Prep for Milk Paint

Prepping for Milk Paint is similar to prepping with Fusion.. Except there is the chance of Milk Paint ‘chipping’ So what do you do if you don’t want chipping and you just want a smooth modern finish? No problem you just add Bonding agent ( Ultra Grip ) into your mixed Milk Paint after you have cleaned well with TSP and scuffed sanded. Wondering what the difference is between Milk Paint and Fusion? See my previous post here.

bottle of ultra grip Home Revival Interiors
Ultra grip and Bonding Agent is the very same thing.

Getting Milk Paint to Chip

If you don’t mind chipping or you want it , just clean and paint. If you surface has a finish on it like varnish or lacquer the chances are it will resist those areas and you’ll get some chipping. This is the kicker! You don’t know if you will get some or not, it may resist everywhere or nowhere. So you have to be ok with that.

A chippy paint finish on a vintage style sideboard

With that being said the more you Milk Paint the more you get a feel for what will and what won’t chip. If you don’t want any chipping just add Bonding Agent to your first coat after proper prep. No chips! The other way to guarantee no chipping is to use it on raw wood. It soaks in and binds with the wood fibers almost like a stain so no chipping at all!

A small bedside table painted in a soft aqua blue with gold hardware and legs. Bedroom scene
Smooth flawless finish. Amalfi Coast Milk Paint by Fusion

Prepping the bedside

I don’t mind chipping and as this bedside already had some so I just sanded off all the loose Milk Paint. Word of warning, this stuff is tough! Normal paint stripper won’t touch it so sanding really is your easiest option. After sanding I filled the holes from the old hardware

A drawer front sanded and filled with wood filler

Layering Milk Paint

As Milk Paint is just powder mixed with water it is thinner than regular paint. There are a few bonuses to this, 1 it leaves zero brushstrokes, I mean you can put this on with a sweeping brush and still not get any brushstrokes! OK I may be overstating but it really is almost impossible.

The other added bonus is because it is so thin you can layer multiple coats of paint without the build-up you would get using regular paint. This makes it great for those 2 toned or even 3 toned layered looks. An authentic aged look of being painted many times over its life. It’s not for everyone but it can look delicious on the right piece.

Homestead House Milk Paint -Solider Blue

Homestead House has manufactured Milk Paint for decades! In fact, it manufactures Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, Milk Paint by Fusion as well as having a huge range of colours in their own line. You should check them out here. I used Solider Blue for the base coat, it is a beautiful bold almost royal blue.

Packet of Homestead House Solider Blue Milk Paint and a cup with mixed milk paint.
one part water to one part Milk Paint = no wastage

I applied one coat all over the bedside and allowed it to dry. Did you know Milk Paint only takes approx 30 to cure! not just dry, cure! another bonus to using Milk Paint.

The first brushstroke across the front of a drawer
Blue paint being brushed on drawer front

Milk Paint by Fusion

Monterey from the new Milk Paint by Fusion line was the colour I choose to layer over top of Solider Blue. It has an almost grey green stormy seas sorta vibe to it. You must know I love green by now!😜 Just one coat as I wanted to sand through the layer almost leaving just a hint of the colour behind.

MCM painted sideboard styled in a frontroom
Monterey Milk Paint by Fusion

This is one of my favourite picture of some stormy seas in Port Issac in Cornwall and this colour reminds me of it.

Stormy blue green grey seas in a  cove
Almost a perfect match right!?

I did get a little chipping and I was ok with that. I could have prevented this had I wanted to by adding Ultra Grip to the mixed Milk Paint.

Milk Paint beginning to chip as it dries

Finishing touches

The drawers got a little peekaboo pop of colour with Hawaiian Hibiscus a beautiful coral/red. I also used one of the stencils from the Posh Chalk range, this one is called Woodubends they have over 30 designs from A4 to floor and wall sizes and if you haven’t seen them yet you are missing out!

Vector of stencil

The stencil design was painted with Posh Chalk pigments and Whitson’s Lacquer. The lacquer has a beautiful semi-gloss sheen which keeps the pigments bright and metallic. I used 2 different coloured pigments the Pale Gold and Orange Gold mixed to make a brassy tone.

side view of opened drawers on bedsides bright coral and gold
inside view of coral and gold drawers
For sale over on my website

Hemp Oil sanding

Milk Paint has to be sealed, it can be sealed with your favourite top coat or you can use wax, Tough Coat, Hemp Oil, or even Stain & Finishing Oil. My favourite is Hemp Oil, I just love the feel of the finish. Milk Paint is cool to the touch and very tactile when finished with Hemp Oil.

side view of bedside table painted in chippy layered milk paint finish

I applied the Hemp Oil and using a soft sanding sponge I sanded the piece all over gently. It revealed the base coat of Solider Blue and in some spots the original paint colour. I added some new drawer knobs and buffed the piece all over for the smoothest feeling finish and a subtle lustre.

chippy paint finish
Chippy layered Milk Paint
gold highlight details on legs of bedside table
Cute little metallic socks
front view of bedside table painted with gold knob handles
A great guest room or sofa end table

Ao what do you think? Is the Chippy Look for you? Or would you like to see a smooth flawless finish next time? Leave a comment and let me know 🙂

Creating different paint effects can be easy, and one of the simplest techniques I know, to enhance beautiful effects to features such as carvings, and intricate details on your furniture is my paint glaze and dry brush technique. I love to glaze!

Supply list – You will need the following 

  • A mid-tone Fusion Mineral paint colour of your choice.
  • A dark coloured glaze. Such as the antiquing glaze or the clear glaze with a dark colour to tint it with. 
  • A light tonal colour of Fusion Mineral paint which compliments your mid tone colour. – This will be for the dry brushing effect. 
  • A brush to paint with.
  • An old brush for glazing.
  • A large flat brush for dry brushing. 

For example you could Devine lavender and twilight geranium.

Enhancing the details on your furniture 

Starting with your chosen mid-tone colour. Give your piece of furniture two good coats of paint. Make sure to follow all the prep steps for the paint, and allow the given drying times. If you’re not sure about how to prep your furniture for painting checks out this blog post here. After your paint has thoroughly dried. I would leave the paint to dry for at least overnight. This is really important because we need the paint to be as dry as it can be. You will be applying a wet glaze over the top, and wiping it back. So we need the paint to be really good and dry. 

Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint - Home Revival Interiors
Make sure you paint is really dry.


We are now ready to apply the glaze. You can choose to use the antiquing glaze, or Fusions clear glaze can be coloured/tinted using a darker colour. I often use the Fusion Mineral paint clear glaze with Fusion’s coal back colour paint as a dark glaze, it is my go-to.

pot of Fusion glaze on clear background

Tinting your Fusion glaze 

Tinting fusion’s clear glaze can be real fun. You can choose any colour you like, including Fusion’s metallic colours to make your tinted glaze. In this video I used Cranberry to create faux leather using a technique called frottage.

Always love seeing my wonky eye on camera! lol

Top tip:
The rule of thumb for tinting your glaze is the more paint you add the more opaque the glaze will be. The less paint you add the more transparent your glaze will be. So think about it like a pair of tights you may put on. The higher the denier of the tight , the less of your leg you can see, its the same thing with your glaze.  
Glazing pops the details


You apply the glaze in sections making sure you get the glaze into all of the details and features on the furniture. I always leave my glaze for 5-10 minutes to make sure it’s got enough time to seize up and grab hold of the paint. I then use a lightly damp cloth to remove the excess glaze. You can use a dry cloth but I like the control havening a damp cloth gives me it allows me to remove almost all the glaze on the flat areas leaving it in the recessed areas perfectly. I want the contrast between the two colours to be strong. 

Antiquing Glaze over Gold Leaf for a great contrast


The fusion glaze is very forgiving and it has a long open time. This just means that it stays wet much longer than the paint does. So you have got the time to stand back and look at the piece, assess it, and decide whether you have removed enough of the glaze or not. After the glaze has dried which will take around 48 – 72 hours. 

Dry brushing for a 3d effect 

When your furniture has carvings or intricate details and you paint it in one colour it can appear to make the details look flat and take away from the feature. By adding the glaze your re-applying in some dark and mimicking age and dirt, which helps to bring back that depth and 3D effect.

See more in this blog post

By dry brushing with a lighter colour then adds to the effect bringing back the highlights. You can think of it as contouring with your make-up. Adding a highlighter to your cheeks just makes them pop! This helps to enhance your features.  That’s what we’re doing to your furniture with this technique, just highlighting its cheekbones.

We do this by dipping a large flat brush very lightly into some paint. You need very little paint, as we’re going to wipe it all off. I use some scrap cardboard as a pallet to dap off the excess paint on my brush, till there is barely any paint coming from the brush. Then we’re going to brush vigorously but lightly over the tops of the carvings and it will just catch on all of the high points. This is what you’re looking for to bring out those highlights. When it’s all done it really does give it a 3D effect. 

Virtual paint class
Plaster, Antiquing glaze with a touch of Bronze metallic and Raw Silk Dry brush
Dry brushing and glazing The Beast.
Dry brushing and glazing The Beast.
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Have you got a front door that’s looking a little worn? Spruce it up with a pot of Fusion Mineral Paint. It’s simple, easy, and an inexpensive way to get a brand new look. The best part is you do not need to add a topcoat! Follow along to see how easy it is to paint your front door.

a soft sage green painted front door with brass hardwear
Sacred Sage

dark brown door

Prepping your door for painting 

Prepping your door for painting is simple. Here are the steps I’d recommend. 

Prep sheet -Home Revival


Take off all the hardware from the door. This can be handles letterboxes ect. 

Mix up a small bucket with water with Fusions TSP alternative, and scrub that front door. A kitchen greeny would work well for this. There’s lots of grime and dirt from things like roads, and daily life, so this step is crucial for prepping your door. 

Fusion Mineral paint TSP
TSP removes all grease, oils, and dirt.

How to scuff sand funriture

gloves with sand papaer in hand shaped attached  to the glove


After cleaning well with TSP leave the door to dry thoroughly. Once dry you can scuff sand the entire door. Making sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain. This is important so you don’t see the sanding marks, going against the grain even with paint over top can be seen through the finish.

Scuff sanding is just giving the surface a ‘key’ or ‘tooth’ this is only needed on surfaces that have paint or finish already on them, especially if the surface is shiny. We are trying to matt the surface not remove the finish.

After removing all of the dust from sanding you are ready to apply your first coat of paint. See this blog post about prepping your furniture ready for paint.

Less Paint is more.

When applying paint especially to a front door, less is definitely more. You want to apply the paint in thin even coats. I’ll pre-warn you, the first coat will look scary, just trust the process, and just know that once you apply the second coat it will begin to look amazing.

A roller tray and white paint
You can use a roller and tray or a brush!
pack of roller and frame
You can get these from my website HERE

A brush or a roller or both is good for this project. You can roller the larger flat areas and use a brush for the crevices and detail work. I just used a brush for this door, just do what is best for you!

3 different brushes
Click here to see all brushes


When allowing the first coat of paint to dry, remember to leave the door propped open. Sunny dry weather conditions are always better for this. I would also recommend starting this project in the morning. After the first coat dries apply the second coat of paint. Again make sure the door is propped open for drying.  As it’s an outside door there will be seals and flush fittings that can mark your new paint.  

2 colours tipped out on the surface
Not all colours will cover in one coat! don’t fret the second coat is when the magic happens

Once the second coat is dry you can reattach all of the hardware you removed when prepping the door. Your now ready to style it up and take a picture! 

Video showing you how to paint a front door. 

I painted this front door Live on my Facebook page. You can see how quickly the job is to do and so is easily manageable in a day. The prep was done before we went live and my customer had a a new look door for under £22! How great is that?

You can watch that video here

Let me know in the comments if it has inspired you to paint your front door, and if you don’t already please pop over to my Instagram account and give me a follow! It really helps small businesses such as mine.

painted front door slightly ajar