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Closing Down all products have to go!

Yes, you read that right! I am closing down the retail side of my business. I will no longer sell ...
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11 New Fusion Paint colours

Fusion has just launched 11 new colours to add to their permanent collection! I have had a chance to have ...
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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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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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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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Home Revival blog is DIY, Upcycled, furniture paint blog. Sarah Pelley shows the latest, paint techniques, tutorials so you can do it too!


D.I.Y Glam Gold wall art

It’s been a while since I last did a post, but I’m back now and hopefully, the posts will be more regular. We have had lots of exciting things happening while I’ve been away from blogland.

I have posted a video on my You Tube channel of a D.I.Y. Glam Gold leaf wall art tutorial I did recently.

The client is a very stylish 12yr old girl and I’m very pleased to tell you that she loves it ! ….. phew.

I have an old school OHP Overhead Projector that I purchased on eBay many years ago so I choose a silhouette of a pair of lips and printed in on acetate ( the clear paper for the printer) I purchased the acatate from Staples but you get it on Amazon and Ebay too.

The rest of the supplies were

  • Gold size/adhesive
  • A small artist brush
  • Gold leaf ( bought from Amazon )
  • A fluffy blusher brush.

I projected the image onto the wall and carefully painted on the gold adhesive when the glue had come to tack I applied the Gold leaf. When the entire surface was covered I used the blusher brush to gently brush off the excess leaf.

Hope you like it, leave a comment and let me know.

Mae sure you subscribe to my channel for my newest projects.

Sarah X

I had a couple of good quality bedsides in my stash and thought it was time for a quick makeover. They were solid and a good classic shape but very dark and sad. The wood was in good condition, so I decided to strip the top. I used an old brush and liberally applied the stripper to the top. The brand I used was Polycell and it hasn’t failed me yet, also I like the smell …. it smells like marzipan ! For health safety and common sense reasons, please don’t sniff the stripper! use in a well-ventilated area.

It only took about 20 minutes for the finish to bubble and peel, I then scraped it off and put the goo in an old paint can which I keep for this purpose. I cleaned the entire piece and once dry gave it a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a custom mix. The colour was a very pale Linen/beige and was made up with one part French Linen and four parts Original.

I gave it another coat of paint and stained the top with Java Gel Stain which is made by General Finishes, it’s a dark stain but the top had come up fairly light from the stripping so I didn’t leave it on too long before I wiped it off

All finished.

All finished.

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gel Stained furniture

Gel Stains

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the shop, new stock in and out and lots of commission painting has been done. Although I love to paint I also love to refinish wood, and one of my favorite wood treatments is Gel stains, they are thick in consistency so don’t run or drip and are easy to use.
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Home Office

Home Office

Running a small business is no easy task, but one of the areas which I don’t excel in is organization! The amount of paperwork which is required to keep the machine going is huge. So a designated area was needed for my overflowing inbox. I don’t have a spare room but I do have a large kitchen so after a little re-arranging I managed to clear an entire wall at the end of the room. I then went trawling for inspiration in the usual places and found some great ideas like this one on Pinterest.
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Confessions and Crafts

I have a confession to make ….. like lots of people I am a bit of a hoarder (massive understatement), and I was going through my linen cupboard the other day and came across all my children’s baby blankets!

I didn’t want to throw them away so decided I should make something with them. Now I’m not really a crafty person as such but after much deliberation and thought ( a visit to Pinterest) I decided to try a rag rug.

I like things that give me instant gratification ( another confession ) so this was perfect, quick easy, and pretty.

I cut the blankets into rough 6inch by 1inch lengths with pinking scissors and poked (TECHNICAL TERM) through a piece of hessian and tied a knot! before I started used a felt tip pen to draw a pattern and followed the lines …..easy peasy.

This is what I ended up with how pretty is that?
Confessions and crafts pillow

It’s easy to wash and my grandson uses it to play on, all in all, I’m glad I didn’t trow them away.

Sarah X