Friday, 13 January 2017

Country Chic's Wanderess rustic style

Country Chic Paint's limited edition wanderess is a lovely green with morphing color changes depending on original base colors and top coats. I used it on a sweet photo box and it was a sage green, pretty!

However on this cherry stained coffee table it took on a more blue hue and wait until you see what dark wax changed it to.

I am pretty stoked to try my new large oval brush from Country Chic Paint

the brush worked well, here is one coat applied, being such a dark base I went with 3 coats

then it was dark wax time, don't be alarmed when you find a thin skin on your dark wax, it is a sealing barrier the natural ingredients make when left for a bit, just peel off and go 

I love the deep pigment this antiquing wax has, it gave this piece such added dimension and character

here is half with and half just wanderess color alone

and after a full clear wax coat and buff, here she is.. LOVE <3 the rustic look it has

I have received product in exchange for this post, but ALL the opinions are entirely MY own.  This post contains sponsored links for Country Chic Paint

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Fusion chocolate "matching" nightstands

Who wants some more chocolate? I do! And who says night stands have to be exact to match? I don't! I took these very similar wood nightstands and turned them into his & hers matching nightstands, follow along to see how simple it was.

I found almost identical nightstand but not quite, removed the old hardware, scrubbed well, filled the hardware holes and painted 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint chocolate on them

I find nightstands get lots of wear on top with glasses of water being the worst culprit so I put 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint tough coat wipe on poly to add additional durability. New hardware was added to complete the "matching" process. Same color, same hardware... Now they are the perfect his and hers nightstands, agree?

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

chocolate Fusion desk

I am not usually a brown painter, to get a rich brown I usually go with stain but Fusion Mineral Paint has a color called chocolate that looked yummy. I chose to try it on this solid maple desk.

I just bought some painters pyramids and love them for lifting a project off the ground with easy access to the base all around. Now it is time to paint with the luscious Fusion Mineral Paint chocolate color in 2 coats.

After the first coat, I wet distressed the edges to give some added character to the solid paint color

 I chose new silver brushed stainless steel pulls and knobs, perfect

And because it is a desk that will get lots of use on the top I added 3 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint wipe on tough coat with a wet rag to complete the transformation ...

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Brushes ~ care and other info

Brushes are a painters staple tool. They come in a wide range of sizes, bristle types and prices. Of course each has an intended purpose but all with good care should last through many many projects. Here are some of my favorites and some things I have learned using them. They are all my own opinions and all links are just that, a link to a helpful site for more details. They in no way benefiting me ;)

My favorite brush has been an 2" angled synthetic with a short handle bought at our local hardware store. I like it because it fits in small areas, leaves a smooth paint surface and has good accuracy when lines and edges are needed to be cut in. This picture is my brush after probably 50 projects!

Another favorite is the cheap chip brush. I use it for projects that I want a more rustic paint job on as they will leave more brush strokes. They are perfect to apply soft wax with as well. And being in the "cheap" price range they eventually wear down and get tossed but this takes quite awhile.

Recently I won a highly trendy "Cling On" brush and have to say it is fantastic. It leaves an super smooth finish, holds a ton of paint (hence the name) and cleans up easily. The crazy fact I learned reading the pamphlet and confirmed with the kind sponsor of the giveaway, this brush likes to be stored suspended in water!

I also just tried Country Chic Paint's large oval synthetic brush and found it worked lovely for large surfaces not requiring any distinct cut in lines or edges. It held allot of paint and sped the project along and cleaned up easily.

Fusion Mineral Paint has a new series of natural bristle brushes so I chose to buy the smaller oval one. I have only used it so far with a clear poly coat and it left a beautiful finish. I do need to highlight, natural bristle brushes need to be washed after using and should not be left wrapped in plastic between coats. Ask me how I know ;)

With my new brush I ordered Fusion brush cleaner and I cannot say enough about how amazing this cleaner is. It saved my learning lesson on the above brush bringing it back to soft smooth bristles!! It conditions your brushes bristles as well as cleans them. I had a hardened wax brush and by working this cleaner in well and massaging with water, it too was like new again. This is a must have.

photo: Fusion website

Speaking of wax brushes, for larger projects I find an actual wax brush so handy. I actually have two of these from Country Chic Paint; one for clear and one for dark waxes.

I like to store my brushes hanging from a magnetic bar (from IKEA intended for knives in the kitchen). It is perfect to keep bristles straight and aids the drying process too. I do have many more brushes laying flat in a drawer, with those silica packages to keep them dry and rust free, but plan to get another magnetic bar as so easy to grab and see all at a quick glance ;)

In another giveaway I won a brush storage case I have yet to try. Usually I wrap my synthetic brushes in plastic between coats  which saves time cleaning in between each as well as saves paint but DO NOT do this for natural bristles ;)  On a hand cleaning side note, the orange Scrubby soap in this prize package is AWESOME for hands!! (the coffee cup is getting good use too and the super headband is hand crocheted from Crafty Crochet <3)

So I hope this gives you a quick overview of my brush thoughts, I would love to hear any tips or favorites below!!

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Fusion Do Over

Do you remember this mid century modern dresser I did with the newly released Fusion Mineral paint color cranberry and gold? It had so many positive comments but it really is a very specific color combination. Painting to appeal to the majority sometimes is the safest way but I thought I would take a chance on it and see. However after about 6 months of sitting with no home in sight, I brought it back to my paint line.

Limestone - Fusion's warm white was the new color I chose. I think it will look classic with the gold accents. Working in my dining room, because the weather is COLD and because Fusion is ZERO VOC, I painted 3 coats on to ensure a nice opaque color.

here is first coat going on

and here is 3 coats on and left to dry,

then hardware was put back on and tada!

still no idea what this little built in ledge is for in the top drawer, anyone?

love dovetail designs

I have to say I love this color combination as well, I hope it finds its forever home soon.

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