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Smooth finish using Milk Paint a natural paint.

Milk Paint is a natural paint. Think 100year old chippy paint and Milk Paint usually comes to mind. This post ...
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My, She shed workspace home office build

After closing the shop last year, I needed somewhere to work from home. I already had a She Shed rough ...
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Do you need to prime before painting furniture? How to save time when painting.

This is the question I get asked the most. Do you need to prime before painting furniture? So with our ...
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Zibra Paint Brushes in the UK

Sign up to the email list on the Zibra Brushes UK website Zibra brushes in the UK If you are ...
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MCM sideboard hand-painted Art with Milk Paint

Now for sale on the website Furniture Art Milk Paint by Fusion My Daughter Stevie Leigh is a talented canvas ...
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Milk Paint by Fusion bedside table

This old bedside table had once started life as a desk! It was damaged beyond repair and so was chopped ...
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Painting, Glazing, and Dry brushing.

Creating different paint effects can be easy, and one of the simplest techniques I know, to enhance beautiful effects to ...
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Paint your front door with Fusion Mineral Paint™

Have you got a front door that's looking a little worn? Spruce it up with a pot of Fusion Mineral ...
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Whitson’s Impasto Plaster -special effects for furniture and more.

I have introduced my Facebook audience to my lovely friend Cait Whitson and now to you! Featuring her Whitson's Impasto ...
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Boys bedroom makeover on a budget

My son wanted my temporary office ( the small spare room ) as a bedroom so he could change his ...
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Milk Paint by Fusion coming soon to the UK

Fusion is flipping the concept of Milk Paint on its head with this new collection, Milk Paint by Fusion! From ...
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Introducing Posh Chalk Artisan range

I just love trying new products sometimes I like them sometimes not but every now and then I came across ...
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A fireplace makeover – Fusion Mineral Paint Ash and SFO driftwood as a glaze.

A before picture of the Fireplace at Christmas. Using Fusions Driftwood SFO as a glaze. A fireplace makeover - Fusion ...
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UK’s First Furniture Painting Business Conference.

The venue for the First Furniture Painters Conference Why a conference? I'm so excited to be able to tell you ...
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How to Prep your Furniture for Paint.

A few weeks ago a client asked me to paint a large French sideboard for her. It had been previously ...
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A filing cabinet makeover.

A guest blog post. Hi Sarah here! I have had such great feedback from the last guest blog post we ...
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Award winning Fusion Mineral Paint Technical Refinisher of the year.

I won! The Fliprunway award show was this weekend just gone and I'm happy to say I won Fusion Mineral ...
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Fliprunway Awards 2019

The Fliprunway awards have been set up to recognize and reward exceptional talent here in the UK and Ireland in ...
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Goddess Ashwagandha & Enchanted Echinacea makeover.

I was given this cute handmade glazed bookcase, it was cute well made and a good size for a pretty ...
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Mermaid Stag Sideboard.

I was excited as many of you were when Fusion's new Lisa Holmes colour collection came out, I could hardly ...
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Podcast interview with Jacqueline De’Ath.

My first podcast interview. For more info click here. I often listen to podcasts while I'm working as I know ...
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Tips to Grow your furniture painting business online.

So, you have been painting furniture and flipping it for a while, you are earning money and even have your ...
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How durable is Fusion Mineral Paint?

Almost a year ago I painted the outside of the shop in a custom mix of Fusion's Midnight and Liberty ...
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Fusion Custom Colour Before and After.

Mixing Fusion Mineral Paint to make custom colours is simple! they blend so well together that a few stirs of ...
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PAINT TALK

Talking all things paint. I started this series as an indulgence, I thought I could convince the people I admire ...
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Orange Pine dining table makeover.

An easy makeover anyone can do. Orange pine is probably the most common type of furniture that is first on ...
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Christmas wishes

Christmas Wishes Hey everyone, I hope you have all had an amazing Christmas and enjoyed the time with your families. New ...
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How to apply Tough Coat Fusion Mineral Paint

How to apply Tough Coat Fusion Mineral Paint I get a lot of emails and inquiries asking lots of question ...
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How to layer Fusion Mineral Paint.

How to layer Fusion Mineral Paint. This piece was in good condition and very pretty with all its carvings. It's ...
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Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster First, let's talk about Fusion™ Fresco and what it can do. Fusion's Fresco is a texturising ...
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Spray painting 101

Painting with a Spray gun.

Painting with a Spray gun. I have been using a spray gun for many years now and for me and my ...
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Paint your kitchen with Fusion Mineral Paint.

Paint your kitchen with Fusion Mineral Paint. Do you want to update your kitchen cabinets? Is it tired looking? Has it ...
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Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint

Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint Blending Fusion. I had been wanting to try this technique for a while now ...
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Metallic project pot – Fusion Mineral Paint

Metallic project pot - Fusion Mineral Paint Glamour in tester size! You have asked and Fusion has delivered! These tester ...
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How to Gold Leaf the easy way.

How to Gold Leaf the easy way. If you follow me on Facebook you know I often do FB Lives ...
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Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online! Hi everyone ..really long time no see! I've moved to bigger and better ...
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A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers.

A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers. This is the ultimate wish list for anyone thinking about flipping furniture for ...
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Gold leaf a before and after.

Gold leaf a before and after. It's funny how trends come back around, isn't it? Metallics are bang on trend ...
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An easy guide to glazing

An easy guide to glazing. Glazing is a way of enhancing. It's a medium that has a longer open time, ...
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Christmas workshops

Create a Christmas sign workshop

Create a Christmas sign workshop Come to one of our Christmas workshops where you will get to make your own ...
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Home Revival blog is DIY, Upcycled, furniture paint blog. Sarah Pelley shows the latest, paint techniques, tutorials so you can do it too!

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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.

BLISTERS!

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’

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AS Paris Grey waxed.

 

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Emperors Silk AS chalk paint and Dark wax, buffed to a sheen.

 

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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…..

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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