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

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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
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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 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

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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.

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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. 

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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

I have introduced my Facebook audience to my lovely friend Cait Whitson and now to you! Featuring her Whitson’s Impasto plaster for special effects for furniture and more. Find it here in my online store

Special effects

I twisted Caits arm to come onto my FB page and give me a master class in her plaster finish. She is one of those friends you call about XY or Z and end up talking for hours and putting the world to rights! We all have friends like that right?

Cait Whitson also know as Painty Cait and is a legend in the painting refinishing world and beyond! There isn’t enough room to list her accomplishments but trust me when I tell you she has forgotten more than I know!

Check out Caits decorative painting business for more inspiration here

She is a decorative painter specializing in paint, plaster, and leaf finishes for domestic and commercial projects. Cait has a company Whitson’s Ltd which offers a range of products for the specialist decoration and plastering industry along with training in many aspects of decoration – Whitson’s own brand and Stucco Italiano plaster along with carefully sourced tools and accessories. You can find out more here >

I interviewed Cait on my Paint Talk with the Pros series, it was a fun interview check it out!

Special effect made easy.

Whitson’s Impasto Plaster is a super-versatile plaster capable of being used to create textured, embossed and low relief plaster finishes so I got Cait to walk me through a simple finish step by step on camera! Luckily she agreed to do a Facebook live so you can follow along with the steps too.

textured surface Gold and Black /grey
Close up of my board.
Artist Easel with Whitson plasters finish
This finish would be great on wall, furniture or as abstract art.
artist Easel catching the sun, with Gold plaster finish
Catching the sun it looks more Golden

Anyone can use it!

This was the second time I used it and I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to know that anyone can use this product on almost anything. Cait walked me through the very simple process on the video and my imagination was running wild with all the possibilities!

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This was the first time I use it and I added Orange Gold Posh Chalk Metallic Pigments

Impasto Plaster on furniture

The plaster has been made to be flexible unlike the original lime or marble plaster that is commonly used for those beautiful wall finishes. Whitson’s Impasto plaster is flexible! so it is perfect for furniture. One of the bonuses of it being an acrylic plaster is you don’t need a special primer, just normal prep, and away you go. Cait demonstrates how flexible it is!

Whitsons plaster on a flexible demo board - Home Revival Interiors
Plaster finish on s sample board being rolled

There really are so many looks you can get with this plaster and Cait has a download on her website with 3 detailed different finishes you can try. It’s hardwearing when dry and if you are not adding a decorative finish to it there is no need for a topcoat.

Hammer Coppered effect suing Whitson's Impasto Plaster -Home Revival Interiors
Hammered copper effect
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Troweled effect
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Cracked Gold plaster effect.
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Crocodile finish

Watch the Plaster Masterclass

You can watch the full finish here on my Facebook page

Click on the Picture.

Sarah Pelley Cait Whitson Plaster Masterclass - Home revival Interior

So what do you think? Would you try it on a wall or your furniture? Let me know over on Instagram

My son wanted my temporary office ( the small spare room ) as a bedroom so he could change his room into a gaming room. I did the usual Pinterest surfing to find some inspiration. You wouldn’t believe how many pins there are for boys bedroom makeover on a budget!

Wall paint

After all the correct prep we painted the bright pink walls with LICK wall paint. This colour os Blue 07 in matt and is deep dark n delicious. If you haven’t seen this brand yet I recommend checking them out. The paint was thick and covered amazingly well and has a velvety feel to it.

We painted the base boards and all the wood trim in the room with a water based eggshell in bright white. It really contrast the blue and is cleanable.. which lets be honest is the most important thing!

New bed

Malachi ( my son ) has wanted a double bed for a long time and to be honest, the room really isn’t big enough .. but as he is using it only as a bedroom and he won’t have anything other than a bed a nightstand a maybe a little unit. I gave in and ordered a small double.

I grabbed some new curtains and hemmed them with wonder web! You won’t see them they will be behind the bed. They were a bargain from B&Q and really are just for show. I had a blind made by the very talented Penny from Ed and Co Designs. We have chosen an amazing new fabric more on that to come!

Creating an inviting space

The only brief I had was to make it cozy. We got some cushions, throw and bed covers online ( we were in lockdown ) and layered up the bedding. His nightstand he has had for years and we just repainted it with Coal Black and Casement. I used a Re·Design with Prima® Stick and Style stencil

We have a few designs of this Stick and Style Stencil in stock and this was the first time I had used them! Pretty cool I have to say and I will be using them again for sure.

Upcycling a Facebook Marketplace find.

This unit was needed for his clothes ( which he refuses to hang up ) I have to say the fight just isn’t worth it! 😜 I’m imagining the clothes will be shoved inside where no one can see and I’m just gonna have to be ok with that!

This one started life as part of an office furniture set. It has definitely been transformed that’s for sure but it was the right style and the right size so a little extra slog was needed to make it work in the room. Stay tuned for a blog post coming soon on that!

Grown up teenage boys room

So with all that done the blind was fitted the new light installed, Malachi (my son) is pleased which of course is the main aim but it’s always nice to know it will look good too.

This room is now suitable for a good few years as he gets older and with only a few items in the room it makes it easy to update if needed.

This has prompted me to start my bedroom and so it sorta looks like the house is getting a makeover 🙈 … what have I started.

Boys bedroom makeover on a budget

I’d love to know what you think? Leave a comment and be sure to check out my Pinterest account for more inspiration!

Fusion is flipping the concept of Milk Paint on its head with this new collection, Milk Paint by Fusion! From colours to inspiration, Milk Paint just got a fresh new feel! and I’m soo excited about bringing it to all my customers.

Milk Paint by Fusion UK - Home Revival Interiors

25 new gorgeous hues.

Fusion and the parent company Homestead House has been producing Milk Paint for 30 years. They are still Canadas only Milk Paint manufacturers. The colours and the recipes have been perfected over time to bring us this glorious riot of colour. See the full range here

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What is Milk Paint?

If you haven’t used it before you are in for a treat! Milk Paint comes in powder form that you mix 1-1 ratio with water. It is simple and easy to use. Thinner than normal paint and is dry and cured in 30 mins! Did I mention it is Bio-degradable and natural?! It really is my favourite paint to use.

Milk Paint by Fusion at Home Revival- Home Revival Interiors

Finishing Milk Paint

Milk Paint needs to be top coated to protect it, as it is a porous paint. You can use Wax, Hemp oil, Tough Coat or Stain and Finishing Oil. Or just use your favourite top coat. Hemp Oil and wax is my favourite to use over Milk Paint as it just brings out the richness of the colour. Wait till you try it!

Different effects.

Milk Paint is soo versatile, you can use it as a stain or a wash by adding more water and if you add less you can use it as a thick impasto paste that you could use on canvas art or create texture, it is so cool! Milk Paint is famous for it’s Chippy look! there is no other paint on the market that can achieve that old world finish authentically like this paint.

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How is it different to Fusion Mineral Paint?

The short version is (What’s the difference full blog post here ) Milk paint comes in powder form that you mix with water and Fusion comes ready-made in a pot. Milk Paint has to be sealed with a topcoat, Fusion has a built-in topcoat. Milk paint cures in 30 mins! and leaves no brush strokes. It can be layered without build-up and when used on raw wood it binds with the fibers and won’t chip or peel. It is also the greenest paint around! This is such a creative medium

Hawaiian Hibicus Milk Paint by Fusion - Home Revival

Milk Paint is coming soon to the UK and I’m so excited for you to try it!

If you are in the US or Canada you can purchase your Milk Paint by Fusion here this is my affiliate link so each time you purchase you are fueling my coffee habit 😉

Keep in touch

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Sarah XOXO

I just love trying new products sometimes I like them sometimes not but every now and then I came across a real gem. This was one of those times.

Shiny objects

So I’m not really a girly girl and don’t really do glitter and sparkles but I do love a touch of metallic, whether that’s Gold leaf or a gilding wax or even a spray can of Gold! I have a detailed video tutorial and lots of post about Gold Leaf over on my Facebook page

The paste used as a wash in the background, and the smooth pastes used through a stencil and heated until they popped

So finding these products was fun! they are so versatile and well .. blingy. So let me introduce you to the Posh Chalk Artisan Range.

Posh Chalk Products

There are 4 products in the range, Metallic Pigments, Metallic Patinas, Metallic smooth pastes, and Metallic textured pastes. Each one has different uses and properties but all of them are fab!

Add it to your favourite top coat for a lux metallic paint

Smooth Metallic Paste

These bright and bespoke Pastes come in 14 colours and are quick and easy to apply and used for a 3D dimensional look. The range can be used to make a surface wash, for sculpting or raised stencilling, as well as wall panels. Using heat will help achieve a deeper texture and greater tactility. Pastes will expand and create a 3D artist effect when heated. They literally pop! Perfect for indoor and outdoor use. 

14 fab colours and more coming soon!

Textured Pastes

The pastes are infused with genuine Swarovski Crystals and dry to a diamond-hard textured finish. The range adds chic to any piece worked on and comes in three colours, providing designers with an exaggerated effect when applied. Used with a pallet knife or a brush it can be ideal for raised stencilling, sculpting or as layers to create varied textures in any art or creation. Perfect for indoor or outdoor pieces the Pastes are also water-based and feel as tough as a diamond when dried. 

Diamond Hard Swarovski Crystals in the textures pastes


Perfect for ageing surfaces and giving your piece depth. Available in six unique colours these Patinas are an oil-based gilding wax product. Applied lightly the Patinas dry overnight and once buffed, boast a glowing appearance. Posh Chalk Patinas can be used with a brush or lightly with fingers for hands-on enthusiasts or with a pallet knife or stamp brush. They have multiple uses with high adhesion to most surfaces and ideally used for shading, highlighting and multiple effects and can be used on indoor or outdoor materials. 

Patina waxes 6 different colours


These metallic Pigments standout with their metallic liquid infused finish. The five colours present natural metallic powder, which can be mixed with a top coat of varnish to achieve a metallic liquor finish. The Pigments add dazzling effects to paint pours and resin work and can be mixed with waxes, patinas and glaze mediums – achieving a variety of effects. For a translucent glaze use a little pigment with the chosen topcoat. For an opaque finish mix in more powder. The Pigments are perfect to sprinkle too and sealable with a chosen medium. 

5 fab metallic and more being added to the collection soon!

So what can they do?

There are so many applications these products can be used for. My favourite has to be the pigments although the smooth pastes come a close second for me! I have used the pigments in Epoxy Resin and in Whitson’s Impasto plaster and, of course, the easiest and the maybe most spectacular way it to add your favourite colour pigment to some topcoat for a really molten gold-like paint! FAB

There is a short video showing you the Pigments up close here

Byzantine Pigment added to Epoxy Resin
Orange Gold added to Whitsons Impasto plaster

What’s not to love?

I love them so much I decided to become the UK distributor for Posh Chalk Artisan Products. If you’d like to get your hands on some or you’d like to retail them in your store contact me or you can find your nearest stockist here. If you have already tried them I’d love to see your pictures!