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A before picture of the Fireplace at Christmas.

Using Fusions Driftwood SFO as a glaze.

A fireplace makeover – Fusion Mineral Paint Ash and SFO driftwood as a glaze.

This fireplace has been white since I installed it many years ago, I loved it when I got it but it looked tired and a bit well frilly. I wanted to spruce it up and decided the Christmas break was the best time to do it!

I painted it on a live video over on Facebook and left it unfinished for quite a while

https://www.facebook.com/home.revival.1/videos/456654975052671/
You can watch the video here!

Having some spare time on my hands recently as we all have, I thought I should finish the job I started! So I touched up the Ash and when that had dried a day or two I added Fusions Driftwood Stain and finish Oil over the top for a glazed effect.

Driftwood Stain and Finishing oil over Fusion Mineral Paint
Ash

I applied it with a small brush in all the detailed areas to make them more noticeable.

Glazing using Fusions Driftwood stain and Finishing Oil

Apply over all the details

After applying all over in sections I let it set up and grab at the paint for maybe 5 mins and then wiped back with a clean cloth. Doing it like this you can decide how much or how little stain you’d like to leave behind.

Wipe back with a clean cloth

Glazing and protecting all in one

The Stain and Finishing Oil is a penetrating stain and it meant for raw wood, but works perfectly over Fusion Mineral Paint as a topcoat. if applied thinly. In this case, I have used it as a glaze and protection all in one. A win/win.

You could have just as easily used the clear glaze with maybe Algonquin to mimic this look but this is what I had handy in my paint kit at home.

Glazing with driftwood SFO one section at a time

A fireplace makeover – Fusion Mineral Paint Ash and SFO driftwood as a glaze

Simple steps to using Fusions Stain and Finishing Oil as a glaze.

So I finished the Fireplace and really liked the results, it was quick and easy so I decided my TV cabinet could do with a makeover too. I did the exact same steps

  1. Cleaned really well with Fusions TSP to degrease the surface.
  2. Painted 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint Ash.
  3. Applied a coat of Driftwood Stain and Finishing Oil removing excess
TV cabinet painted Ash Glaze with Driftwood SFO

The picture isn’t great and I’m sorry but it is in front of the window and difficult to take a good picture. So I have refinished the fireplace the TV cabinet and I’m now looking at the coffee table 🤔 … it’s sorta like Pringles! once you pop you can’t stop 🛑

Fusion Mineral Paint UK

If you are looking for paint in the UK to spruce up some of your furniture I’m happy to help. Pop over to the Facebook page or the website to grab some paint for more information and videos. I’m happy to help so just shout!

Stay safe and well

Sarah X

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

A guest blog post.

Hi Sarah here!

I have had such great feedback from the last guest blog post we are having a little run of them! I’m so pleased to be able to highlight some of the talent we have here in the UK and Laura Downes is no exception!

Laura’s business is Cherbubs Chalk Interiors, you should pop over to her Facebook Page a give her a like! Laura is currently renovating her home office space and has kindly shared this brilliant filing cabinet makeover.

Introducing Laura.

My filing cabinet transformation:

Let me give you a little backstory…

When I started my business, I soon realised that there are many rules and regulations to adhere to, including the all-important data protection. We must keep all documents containing customers details in a locked cabinet, so I started looking into lockable filing cabinets. I found that these can be expensive! And money can be tight in the early stages of building a business. There are a lot of outgoings, as you buy in materials, equipment, marketing etc and there is not so much money coming in! With this in mind, I started hunting for a second-hand filing cabinet, who knew this would be so difficult? The majority of them don’t lock, and the ones that do, don’t come with a key, as it has been lost long ago. Still, after a few weeks of looking, I snatched this one up for £20. Bargain! But boy is it ugly 😳 

A plain filing cabinet ready for a makeover!

Luckily, painting things pretty is what I do, so here I will show you how this filing cabinet went from drab to fab, and now fits in with my office. 

Looking for inspiration

I started off, not quite sure how I wanted my office to look. I admire so many different styles, and there are so many colours to choose from. Decision making isn’t always my strong point. So I headed over to Pinterest, seeking inspiration from others who had transformed their workspace into a homely, environment. Here, I was able to see what I did and didn’t like, decide what I wanted to include, and then I made a mood board.

Home Revival has a whole board dedicated to Home Office

I don’t know about you, but, paperwork isn’t my thing. It’s boring, complicated and I just struggle to find time for it. I’m a creative and I just want to be playing about getting my hands dirty.  What I’m trying to say is, I find office work uninspiring and I do everything I can to avoid it, which means I leave everything to the last minute and then I turn into a total stress head, trying to get the invoices sent out, the finances to add up, and the tax return in on time. SO, the plan = to create a gorgeous cosy workspace to encourage me to spend time and actually enjoy this really important aspect of my business. 

Choosing colours: 

For a while now, I’ve been totally in love with Fusion Mineral Paint, it’s smooth, it’s creamy, it’s a dream to work with and it’s oh so durable. Their colours are just divine, but there are so many to choose from! I knew I wanted pink, but which pink? I grabbed the different shades I had to hand and started testing them out. 

Fusion Mineral Paint comes in over 50 colours

For my project, I chose Damask and Metallic Copper. 

Prep:

Your finish is only ever as good as your prep. Cleaning is always the first step. This is a second-hand piece, I don’t know where it has been, or what it endured before I got my hands on it. Now, it looked pretty clean, but don’t let that fool you. I’ve come across pieces that appear clean until you start scrubbing, and the cleaning cloth turns black. 🤢 I took all of the drawers out, and all of the hardware I could remove, to ensure I got into every single nook and cranny. I use grime cutter, spray it on, wipe with warm water, let dry and then wipe again with a wet cloth.  

Cleaning your project is essential.

I’d never painted metal before, so this was something I wanted to research, to ensure a long-lasting finish. As metal is such a smooth, shiny, non-porous surface, it needs a bit of help and priming to make sure that the paint is going to stick. Fusion sells a product called Ultra Grip, by applying this to smooth surfaces, it gives the paint something to grab onto. I applied ultra grip all over, using a roller and a brush in the hard to reach areas, and let dry overnight. Always make sure to clean your brush as soon as you’ve finished, if you leave it to dry out you will find it very hard to bring the brush back to life. 

Now for the exciting bit! 

First I apply masking tape around the edges of the drawers, to ensure smooth clean lines. I don’t want any paint to run down the sides of the drawers. 

Damask and Copper hardwear.

Once that’s done, I can start painting. I applied 2 coats of Damask, again using a roller and brush, leaving a few hours in between each coat. Then I painted the hardware copper. Once all was dry I fitted it all back together and TADAAAA! She’s ready to go back in my office.

Before & After

Keep an eye on our Facebook page Cherubs Chalk Interiors for the next instalment. I’ll be painting my leather swivel chair to match! 

Thanks for letting me share my project with you.

Laura X

I won!

The Fliprunway award show was this weekend just gone and I’m happy to say I won Fusion Mineral Paint Technical Refinisher of the year. I’m really chuffed about that and I wanted to say a thank you to the judges.

It was a fantastic weekend spent with talented business owners from up and down the UK. We stayed in a gorgeous hotel and had a great time. Meeting the other Ladies and a few fellas was the best part for me and can’t wait till we all meet up again!

It’s me collecting my award from Jennylyn Pringle, Loree Pringle Lisa Marie Holmes
This picture is courtesy of Hashtag Vintage

Guest Blog Post.

I have been wanting to showcase some of the talented refinishers we have here in the UK for a while and asked a few of my lovely friends if they’d like to do a guest blog post.

So first on the list is Jackie, she is the sweetest most humble woman and such a sweetheart, so without further ado ….

Introducing Jackie Millington

Jackie is a retailer of MMS Milk Paint and has some crazy skills. She just won Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Technical Refinisher of the year.
You can see more of Jackies work HERE on her Facebook page.

The most magical paint in the world

Hi,

My name is Jackie, my furniture refinishing business is called  ‘A Cupboard Less Ordinary’ and I’m based in beautiful Lichfield, pretty much right in the centre of the UK.

My friend Sarah has asked me to write a blog post (I think she knows I like to talk paint) so here goes, bear with me and I’ll do my best not to ramble on too much.

I’d like to talk to you about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.

Have you ever heard of it?

I hadn’t either until 2013.

Images courtesy of Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint

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I’d followed a US Vlogger called Marian for ages, her videos were fun and her painted furniture was to die for. I’d never seen anything quite like them here in the UK, they were authentic and the finish was so genuine. They looked like they’d been painted decades ago and I was mystified how that could be done.

Then one day she announced she was bringing out her very OWN milk paint range.

I fired off an email there and then, I wanted to get my hands on some of this magical mystery paint that could achieve such a beautiful finish.

Long story short, 6 years later, I’m a stockist for Marian’s range, called Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and I LOVE it as much today as I did when it first appeared on my computer screen.

Milk paint is different from every other paint on the market. Other paints are formulated to give a solid coat, if a distressed finish is required, sandpaper, a sander, whatever type of distressing technique we prefer is used to achieve it.

But Milk Paint? Milk paint distresses itself.

Yes, I did just say that!!

I describe the science bit to my customers like this….

Milk Paint wants to absorb, like a wood stain. If it can’t, say, because of a pre-existing finish, then it may start to lift and chip. It doesn’t wait years to do this, it does it pretty much straight away, usually from the second coat. Therein lies the magic. The distress that appears is so authentic, so genuine, that your piece could have come straight from a French chateau or long-forgotten old barn.

My first sample delivery appeared in little packets on my kitchen table.

I was beside myself.

It didn’t look like the paint I was used to. It was powder, I had to add water…. Could it really be that easy? 

YES – truly, it is that easy.

Equal parts powder and water, mix and hey presto, the most magical, all natural paint product appear. It is thinner than most paints on the market, the consistency of single cream is just about perfect.

Then all you do is paint.

The first coat is sheer. It’s the coat I like to call the “I’ve made a terrible mistake here” coat.

You haven’t made a mistake, it’s fine, it’s honestly supposed to look like that.

The second coat goes on and PHEW the coverage is great!!

At this point, that wonderful, chippy finish may start to occur. It won’t happen on all pieces, it depends on and works with the historical finish of each piece.

If you’re a creative at heart, this will light your soul up like a Christmas tree. If you’d prefer more control over the distress, add bonding agent to your mix before painting and you’re back in the driving seat, no chipping will happen unless you distress by hand. 

See more of Jackie’s work on her Facebook page
A Cupboard Less Ordinary.

There are so many things I could tell you about this magical product – the soft butter-like finish, the layering that you can do to simulate decades of peeling paint, the ability to mix custom shades, to blend. The magic bit of thickened paint that settles at the bottom of your cup that allows you to contour and add shading and texture. The super subtle shimmer that appears due to the natural ingredients in the blend.

There is so much it can do.

But I won’t bamboozle you, I can be guilty of getting over-excited about this product range!! If you’d like to know more, we have stockists up and down the UK who would be more than happy to show you, or you could even get onto one of our many workshops to try out this fantastic range for yourself.

Come along and see the magic happen. We would love to share it with you.

Jackie Millington

A Cupboard Less Ordinary

www.acupboardlessordinary.co.uk

www.facebook.com/acupboardlessordinary

More Guests Posts Coming Soon.

The Fliprunway awards have been set up to recognize and reward exceptional talent here in the UK and Ireland in the professional decorative painting and refinishing market.

It’s a welcome addition to our little industry as there is no formal or otherwise, recognition of the outstanding work that’s achieved by the very talented artisan we have here.

There are many categories and many of the talented ladies I know have been nominated and got through to the finals! The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Friday 20th September at Fliprunway HQ…. How Exciting!

Having the hard job of judging is, I don’t envy them at all.

Jennylyn Pringle founder of Fusion Mineral Paint Loree Pringle CEO Homestead House Paint Company, Marian Parsons AKA Miss Mustard Seed, Lisa Marie Holmes of Lisa Marie Holmes Health, Antony Devine of Ministry of Upholstery

I’m through to the Finals!

I was blown away when I found out my lovely community had nominated me for lots of the categories and made it to the finals for 12 of them!! 12 … I thanked all my page follows on Facebook and wanted to take the opportunity to thank you too!

I’m chuffed about them all but especially the Best Interior Blog and Best use of Social Media. I work really hard on both of those so it’s fab-tastic to be recognized for it. Gotta say a big THANK YOU for all you who nominated me. 🏆 I already feel like a winner ….. so Thank You X

Meet some of the Talent in the UK

This little corner of the market is growing in talent! serious talent so I thought I’d highlight a few of the others who made it through to the finals

Let me introduce..

My best biz buddy Kate Holt from Colour me KT who made it through to the finals in 9 categories including Fusion Mineral Paint Technical Refinishing Artist Of The Year <<<<<< YOU CAN SEE ALL FINALISTS HERE

Acrylic Fusion paint pour. https://www.facebook.com/ColourMeKT

Sandy Campbell my lovely friend from The Paint Shed Cornwall is a whiz with colour and a finalist in lots of categories including Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Technical Refinishing Artist Of The Year

Milk Paint Gypsy Desk https://www.facebook.com/ThePaintShedCornwall/

Jackie Millington from A cupboard Less Ordinary Jackie has some serious skills with the Milk Paint and is a finalist in the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Faux Finish Artist Of The Year.

Chippy Milk Paint https://www.facebook.com/ACupboardLessOrdinary/

Nicky Cash from Done Up North is a finalist in the Fusion Mineral Paint Natural Wood Refinishing Artist Of The Year and if you see her signature masking tape cocktail cabinets you know why!

Geometric design MCM cocktail cabinet https://www.facebook.com/doneupnorth/

Shona Murphy or ‘Murph’ as I call her from Made By Murphy is a finalist in Fliprunway UK Spotlight Award. These awards are specifically for up and coming industry refinishers who are setting new standards with their work.

A gorgeous MCM Nathan sideboard https://www.facebook.com/madebymurphy1/

The lovely Laura Downes from Cherubs Chalk Interiors is a finalist in Fliprunway Instagram Refinishing Photographer Of The Year

Cutest MCM side table https://www.facebook.com/Cherubschalksinteriors/

The talented and lovely Jonathan Marc Mendes from Painted Love is a finalist for Fliprunway Mixed Media Refinishing Artist Of The Year. I Interviewed Jonathan a little while ago on Paint Talk With The Pros … what a sweetheart x

He is a true artist https://www.facebook.com/JMMPaintedLove/

Connie Clarke From Faff Designs is also a talented painter and is in the finals for Fliprunway Technical Refinishing Artist Of The Year.

Love her styling https://www.facebook.com/Faffdesigns/

Solly Jo Lewis from Posh Chalk Interiors is a talented artist and friend and is a finalist in Fliprunway UK Recognition Awards Services To The Upcycled Refinishing Industry

Woodubend moulding https://www.facebook.com/Poshchalk/

Jay Blades from Jay & Co a regular on our TV screens is a finalist in Fliprunway TV Refinishing Artist Of The Year. I Interviewed Jay on Paint Talk with The Pros a while back and he is a delight! If you haven’t seen it you must! >> HERE

Jays unmistakable style https://www.facebook.com/Jay-Co-100811059987662/

Congratulations.

There are many many more talented finalists and lots more categories, too many to mention them all here but I’d like to congratulate them all. We have a great community in the upcycling industry and we all support and help each other… it’s a beautiful thing y’all.

Having that community to help support our small businesses is essential to us growing and flourishing. We help each other out, pick each other up encourage and even laugh at each other. You lot are the best!

Sarah X

I was excited as many of you were when Fusion’s new Lisa Holmes colour collection came out, I could hardly wait to get my hands on them. I was attracted to the Darkest colour Twilight Geranium and decided to do a special piece for a blog post.

Well, the colours have been out a little while and this post is late because the piece seemed to take on a life of its own! I had to search for a plain piece as I knew I wanted to try a new product that was out called Woodubends. They have all the properties of wood and can be moulded to any contour once heated. They come in over 3000 designs.

This mannequin has been covered in the Woodubends by the very talented Solly form Posh Chalk Interiors. you can get your Woodubends here!

I also trialled another new ( to me ) product called Unicorn Spit. It’s a water-based highly pigmented gel stain and Glaze. I wanted something shimmery and glittery to add to the design I had in mind and this seemed to fit the bill perfectly. I enjoyed working with it and love the easy clean up and the variety of colours to choose from. It did need to be sealed with an Oil-based varnish, and gloss is suggested to bring the colours to life.

I used a couple of these glittery ones. You can find out all about them here.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a nice Stag 3 door 3 drawer sideboard, which is plain, Perfect! I painted the entire piece in Twilight Geranium and decided I wanted a mermaid design on the front. I used my 15yr old overhead projector to outline the design. Once that was in place I filled in the design with all different Woodubends. It was fun! I used a heat gun ( although ) a hairdryer works, to heat them to fold the design around the side and up over the top.

When the design was completely filled I painted over them with the same colour and used the Unicorn Spit straight over the paint. The stains were more vivid than I thought they were going to be but I loved the effect they gave and they blended to create other colours! I did a Facebook Live showing the process on the tail if you’d like to see. Click here to see the FB LIVE

Just how I imagined a Mermaid would look!

Once the entire Mermaid had been finished I sealed with Fusion’s Stain and Finishing Oil all in one in the natural to seal in the Spit and make it waterproof. I also used a little Gilding wax in Gold to highlight the mouldings adding another dimension. This project from start to end has taken around 2 weeks. I think I’ll be a little less ambitious the next time! 😉

Just the knobs and some staging and she is ready. I’m obsessed!

Introducing Lillie-Pearl

Over all I’m really pleased with how she turned out. I love the colours and the slight shimmer and think she will make an amazing statement piece. The Background of Twilight Geranium is perfect to showcase all the details and sure to be one of my favourite colours. Using the Woodubends was fun and I think I should have a workshop soon. Let me know if you’d like to come along. SHOP ALL THE COLOURS IN THE FUSION RANGE HERE

The picture doesn’t do it justice.
Collecting her pretty shells
A Riot of colour!
Lillie Pearl the Mermaid.

So what do you think? Do you love her as much as I do? Leave me a comment and let me know

Sarah XX

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

 

First, let’s talk about Fusion™ Fresco and what it can do.

Fusion’s Fresco is a texturising powder you add to paint to create different textures and effects.

SEA SWEPT

Mix 1 part Fresco to 2 parts Fusion™ Mineral Paint with a whisk or a paint stir stick for approximately 30 seconds.

This will cause lumps and chucks in you thicken paint which is what you want. Apply it to your surface by brushing or stippling on and knock down and peaks that are too high ( this stuff drys hard ) when dry paint with you topcoat colour let dry, and wet sand to reveal down to the Fresco layer/texture.

Here is an example of this

CRACKLED HEAVY TEXTURE

Mix 1 part Fresco to 2 parts Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

Apply a thick (2-3mm) layer of mixture to your paint ready surface. Allow to set for 10-20 minutes. Knock down any heavy lumps by passing your brush over them. The heavier the texture the larger the cracks. Applying sunlight or heat will increase crackle effect.

FLAT MATTE CHALKY FINISH

Mix 1 part Fresco to 8 parts Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

1 Small Bag will make 2.5 Quarts or 5 Pints of Flat Matte Chalky Finish.

 

Apply mixture in various directions for a hand painted look immediately upon application. If any lumps occur, brush them out. If using the included scoop, add 4 scoops per Pint for this look. Add more or less as desired.

POLISHED PLASTER

I have been wanting to try this for a while now cause I’d like to have a polished plaster wall in my kitchen so I started testing a Lime Paint. While I was testing I posted about it on Instagram Stories ( you should follow me over there, you get to see behind the scenes ) and none other than Loree Pringle, Jennylyn’s mum and co-founder of Home Stead House Company ( Parent Company to Fusion Mineral Paint ) was watching and DM’d me to say if I added a bit more Fresco to Fusion I’d get a ‘sorta’ Lime Paint!

So that’s what I did and it took a while to get it right but I managed to get the Fresco’d paint to burnish and shine like glass!!  Wanna see?

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Isn’t that just glorious?!

Like I said it took a bit to work out how to get it burnished like this, but once I sussed it out the process was pretty simple even if it was a bit laborious. For this piece, I used Little Lamb with lots of Fresco, in 2 separate pots I added the same mix but in one added some Farmhouse white Milk Paint, and in the other some Black Typewriter Milk Paint. I wanted some pigment streaks to show so I didn’t mix thoroughly.

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Look how many different tones have been created.

Can you believe that it created all these tones! It was the process that added these different shades in and I was pleasantly surprised that they occurred naturally.

THE PROCESS

To achieve this look I applied the base colour of Little Lamb mixed with Fresco to the surface using a plastic scraper/spatula. I tried a metal one and that worked great too! a Japanese skip trowel would have made this a lot easier. Working in sections was the easiest way and when it was getting a little dry I scraped it off in areas and pasted it back on, essentially manipulating it, this left thick areas and thinner spots. I took a hairdryer and blasted it with some heat polishing it with a clean rag while it dried revealing the high shine spots.

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Look at all that yummy texture!

The results were fab! I continued this process with the 2 other mixes. The thicker spots burnished to a glass-like sheen while the lowest points stayed matt. I was thrilled. I even managed to do a video tutorial on my YouTube page to show you how it all came together. You can watch that video tutorial by clicking HERE

THE FINISHED LOOK

I love love love how it turned out, and really glad Loree caught my Instagram story. Can you imagine this on a feature wall! wouldn’t it look amazing?

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Love this rustic industrial look.

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

 

Leave a comment and let me know what you would use it on and what colours you would use. You can, of course, buy the full range of Fusion™ products here on my website by clicking this LINK

Sarah X

 

 

 

Painting with a Spray gun.

I have been using a spray gun for many years now and for me and my business, it’s a must-have tool. It cuts back on time and also leaves a smooth professional finish, there are Pro’s and Con’s to using one though and it’s not suitable for everything. One of the things it is great for, and the most popular reason people invest in one is chairs!! Now if you have ever hand painted a chair or 6 I needn’t explain any further…

PRO’s

  • It’s a time saver for large or multiple items.
  • Leaves a flawless smooth professional finish. Zero brushstrokes!
  • The units are portable and can be used for on-site work.
  • Quick and easy clean up.
  • Larger surfaces use less product.
  • Can be used to spray stains, undercoats and finishes.
  • applies an even coat to uneven surfaces like banister railings.
  • Gets into those hard to reach nooks and crannies.

CON’s

  •  Uses more product for items with lots of negative spaces like a chair.
  • Has a learning curve to get the smooth professional finish. ( I can help you with that!)
  • Extra saftey precautions are required.
  • All sprayers produce overspray, so using it in a booth or protected area is best.
  • Respirator is required.

Which one should I choose?

The HVLP sprayer is perfect for beginners and suitable for small projects and furniture refinishing. I have used one for over 6 years and I still bust that one out a lot… the only time I get the big guns out ( see what I did there! ;)) is for larger pieces or if I have to do more than one. HVLP stands for High Volume Low Pressure, these units are great for interiors as it creates very little over spray and leaves a smooth finish. It’s easy to set up and to clean up.

Air-compressor guns are great if you already own a compressor, all you need is a gun and a hose. If not it can be a pricey investment and I would encourage you to try the HVLP unit first. The set up and clean up are not difficult and are very similar to the HVLP. The finish is slightly better and you have more control with the fan pattern and output. The over spray is more than the electric so more prep taping and using drop clothes etc is needed.

Practice makes perfect!

When you get your sprayer practice practice practice! Find a nice clean wall outside and use water in your gun to get the output setting right and the spray pattern, it really helps with cutting down your over spray and getting the paint to come out in the right direction will give you better coverage. Holding the gun perpendicular to the surface you are working on is very important and ensures you have a an even dimple free finish. You need to work at a consistent speed to create an even spraying pattern.

Spraying Fusion™

All water based and some oil base paints can be used in these two types of sprayers and I have used lots of different ones. Fusion is already at a perfect viscosity to put straight through without watering down so good news for all your Fusion fans! Chalk paint is too thick and will need to be thinned by approx 10% just add some water and away you go. This will come more easier the more you practice. Go have some fun!

I have just recorded a video on Paint Spraying 101 just some tips and tricks to setting it up spraying and clean up. You can purchase that video here.

These are the affiliate links to the sprayers I recommend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gravity fed gun in action!

Just a couple seconds of video showing you the gravity fed compressor gun.

I hope this has been helpful I know when I was thinking of buying one the options were overwhelming. The video I have put together is also something I wished I’d had so I’m hoping you’ll find that valuable too.  If you are like me and need a visual grab the video and get spraying!!

Sarah X

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer.

How to apply an I.O.D. decor transfer. We have been a stockist of I.O.D decor transfers for a while now and they have proved very popular. They are lots of ways you can bling up your furniture but none as unique and easy as this!

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer.

The transfers come in different sizes from a small plant pot transfers to big enough to fit a large dresser. There are typography and vintage images, all designed by Sally and Josie the sisters and designers behind Iron Orchid Designs. Their talents don’t end there! they have designed Vintage decor stamps  and Vintage art deco moulds. We did a Facebook LIVE in How to paint like a Pro Facebook group. Join the group and search #LIVE to see loads of Pro’s sharing tips, tricks, and tutorials. You can join by clicking here.

Appling the transfer.

The transfer needs to be applied to a matte paint for best results, so Fusion Mineral Paint or MMS Milk Paint is perfect for this. We prepped a piece of pine board we had hanging about and gave it a coat of Raw Silk and dry brushed some Putty over for a weathered look.

Once dry we picked our transfer, we choose the design Farmers Market to make farmhouse style kitchen sign. When you take the transfer out of the packet it comes with an instruction leaflet and a wooden stick to rub/transfer the design from the clear plastic sheet to your project.

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer

The transfer comes on a clear plastic sheet with a waxed backing paper to protect it. When you have decided where to put the design slowly peel the wax backing paper off being careful not to peel any of the design away.  The transfers are very delicate and almost immediately adheres to the surface so can’t be moved once in place.

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer

Transfering to your project.

Once the transfer is where you want it, use some tape to keep it in place. Lightly rub the transfer to push it against the surface and grab your stick. You want to rub with a little bit of pressure over every bit of the design so you burnish the design off the clear plastic onto the surface.

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer

As you are burnishing/rubbing the design you will start to see it change to a lighter colour, you can see it leaving the clear plastic and sticking to your project! that looks like this.

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer

When this look is achieved all over, gently peel back the plastic and take a peek to make sure the whole design is stuck down. If there is a piece that hasn’t stuck, just lay the clear sheet back down and rub a bit harder. It really is that simple.

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer

How to apply an I.O.D decor transfer

Finishing

It’s almost done! you need to lay your hand flat over the design and rub gently to make sure the design has laid flat to the surface and no bits are sticking up. If you want to distress the design for that vintage look, now is the time to do it! a high grit like 320 upwards should do the trick. If it’s not going to be used in a high traffic area, you don’t have to seal it but the transfers can be sealed if you desire. Wax, Hemp Oil or a Poly/varnish will work and keep it protected.

Don’t forget these transfers can be used on glass, mirror or walls! just make sure the surface you are applying it to is clean and free from any grease. I.O.D decor transfers are available in the shop section of our website.

We would just like to say a massive thank you to Mandy Alexander of Alexander photograph for the fab pics X you can check out her Facebook page here.

Hope you found this helpful

Sarah X

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

3 TYPES OF PAINT SIDE BY SIDE CHALK, MILK, MINERAL

What’s the difference?

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

 Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

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

smooth finish mmsmp

smooth finish achieved with Bonding Agent

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

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

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

What is Milk Paint?

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

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

Finishes.

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

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

Hemp Oil on Milk Paint and Bare Wood.

Hemp Oil on Milk Paint and Bare Wood.

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

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

chippy finish sealed with tough coat.

chippy finish sealed with Tough Coat.

Chalk Paint.

Chalk paint comes ready to use in a can. It has a reputation for being a no-prep paint ( although some prep is alway required even if it’s only a good clean!). It has a thick consistency and can be used in lots of different ways to get different effects. It can be allowed to thicken to make texture, watered down to make a paint wash, and a dye for fabric. It is a porous paint and needs to be sealed. Wax is the preferred method to seal Chalk Paint although it can be sealed with a varnish or poly water-based topcoat. We only use Chalk Paint if a customer specifically asks for it on a custom job now and never ever wax it, we always seal with a water-based varnish. It is easily distressed and is often used for Shabby Chic style painting.

Annie Sloan chalk paint can of paint

Fusion Mineral Paint.

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

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

Fusion Mineral Paint is easy water clean up.

Paint stripe in Fusion Mineral Paint

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

Midnight Blue contemporary look.

Midnight Blue contemporary look.

 Finishes and accents.

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

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

Some of the products available from Fusion

Some of the products available from Fusion

So what’s the verdict?

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

What is the difference between the comparison chart