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Strip, Stain and Fusion coffee table

I have an affection for solid wood pieces from the past. I find they exude character and are built to last forever. Most times though the finish does not hold up thru the years of use. Take this gorgeous Queen Anne French provincial coffee table. It is solid thick wood but has a crazed shellac finish with water damage.. lets give it some love.


 Sanding was not going to work, even stripper took 2 + coats to remove the thick top
then power sanding from 80 - 120 grit sand paper to get a smooth bare wood ready to stain

A coat of wood conditioner followed by a coat of General Finishes antique walnut gel stain (shown on right side of above left picture) then wiped off to leave a beautiful rich color (above right) Once it dried well for over 72 hours I added 4 coats of General Finishes high performance top coat in flat finish for a beautiful durable finish that enhances the gorgeous grain.


For the base I chose Fusion Mineral paint in limestone, a neutral warm white perfect to match any d├ęco…
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More rustic benches, 3 new styles

The original rustic bench post had so much interest I had my carpenter create 3 more, each a different style and size. Again I went with Old Fashioned Milk Paint, the perfect paint for raw wood and blending.



Style center brace was painted inOld Fashioned Milk Paint  sea green, tavern green : federal blue 50/50, and soldier blue



Style solid front edge was painted  Old Fashioned Milk Paint sea green, driftwood and buttermilk



 Style cross corner was painted in Old Fashioned Milk Paint sea green, tavern green : federal blue 50/50, and oyster white



All were sealed with Varathane polycrylic, two of them with the outdoor variety as they were custom done for a deck and were detailed with Daddy Van's black wax.


 left just poly and right is with black wax and below the finished look after buffing and drying

Milk Painted Kids Table Set

How adorable are little kids table and chairs sets? They are so much fun to relove for 1- you can do in fun colors, 2- they are the perfect size to try a new product on and 3 - they are so popular. This set came to me unfinished with just crayon marks needing removing.

A good sanding took the crayon off and gave the wood surface a fresh new start. I went with CeCe Caldwell paint stain and finish all in one in Beechnut Gray for the top. Four coats were applied with a fine grit sanding in between each coat.


The base was finished in two coats of milk paint for a soft water color look finish. The first coat was Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Eulalie's sky and the second coat was Homestead House Paint Co. in Loyalist.


to get in the wee areas that show just from the top I love to use fine artist brushes


Once dry, a light sanding over all the painted areas with a sanding sponge then 2 coats of poly to seal the paint up was applied by brush. All done ready to be staged and here it is b…

Cream & Dark Wax Color Combination Love

I love cream and dark wax color combination, like my recent antique dresser or vintage vanity
I recently did a few home decor pieces with Fusion Mineral Paint's champlain and limestone with their espresso wax

this long shelf with drawers, oval tin, cabinet door, lazy Susan, little spice rack and salt & pepper set




and since there was a wee bit in both paint jars left I did a few mason jars



mid paint progress and complete



I added Fusion Mineral Paintmetallics to give some sparkle




Crackle medium was used on the tray and Fusion's fresco on the spice rack for texture


Shades of Metal end table

For awhile now I have been wanting to try this look, Inspiration blog post from Lost & Found and this sweet little table seemed the perfect project to try it on.

I read the post and then gave it my own spin as every painter does. The top of this table is MDF with laminate so just like the original post I put a coat of Fusion Mineral Paint 's ultra grip on to get good adherence and left it to dry overnight and sanded up the solid wood legs.

Fusion Mineral Paintmetallic in bronze went over the entire piece then Fusion Mineral Paintcoal black was dry brushed

for the Fusion Mineral Paintsilver metallic paint I did a wash instead of dry brush, once all was dry I added 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Painttough coat to the top for durability as it is a table. The shiny gold handle received a few cots of oil rubbed bronze spray paint and finger rubbed with silver to give a mixed metal feel. Here is the finished look, what say you?










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