Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Happy Wednesday! 
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's in My Paint Bag...........


A bunch of us furniture painters decided to get together and share the tools we use when we transform furniture pieces.  


We all have our own "things" that are a must in our Paint Bag. 

My basket is full of goodies, but not beauties!  

I always have funtrintre wax:


 I use several  different clear waxes (Annie Sloane and Miss Mustard Seed).  I love this clear Carnuba wax for a few reasons.  It smells good-kind of like Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, it is soft and easy to use, and it is reasonably priced online.  



I love Annie Sloane dark wax and use it for most of my pieces since I like the patina and character it gives.  


I use a lot of oil ( Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil is one of my favs., but I was out  of it for this post).  I can buy this Linseed oil at my local paint store and it is reasonably priced and lasts a long time.  I mix it with my waxes to stain wood and to give a painted piece of furniture patina. 



Let's talk paint brushes-a good one is a MUST!  

My two favorite brushes are by Purdy and Parsons West
(Miss Mustards Seed's paint brush) 
Paint brushes and a container for paint
 (Mason Jars or Yogurt containers are what I mix my paints in) 

I like to have a brush that is thicker, has an angled edge and a shorter handle.  

I also buy the cheap brushes for my wax/oil concoction.  When they get worn and too sticky I just throw them away.


 I use my scraper ALL the time!  This is my favorite distressing tool.  I scrape the edges of furniture and I use it to scrape the flakes off when I use milk paint. 




I always have screw drivers, a tape measure and sand paper around.  I also like to keep needle nose pliers available for help with old furniture.  


I use MANY different kinds of chalk and milk paints, but I often make my own chalk paint and I use Plater of Paris for this.  I love to mix up my own personal colors for a piece. 


I like to keep wood glue in my basket-alway using it  for old pieces! 

I use cotton clothes ( white socks that have lost their mates, old tee-shirts)  to wipe on and off my wax and oils.  


Sand paper is a must, but I rarely use it to distress, I usually use it to make things smooth. 

I also like to keep a well built rasp around since it seems that most drawers stick on old dressers. 


My Paint Basket! 



I hope you will go visit the other ladies and see what they keep in Their Paint Bags:








Friday, April 22, 2016

Libo Blue by Pure and Original Paint Company





It's time for another furniture makeover for :


This month’s contest is being sponsored by Pure & Original paints and our theme is Pure Colors, Original Elegance.  Pure & Original is a luxury brand of paint imported from the Netherlands.  The paint is made from minerals, chalk, and water, is environmentally-friendly, and has little to no VOC.  It doesn’t need to be sealed for indoor or outdoor use. 

CONTESTANTS WERE GIVEN FREE PRODUCT TO TRY IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR CONTEST ENTRY.  THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS FOR PURE & ORIGINAL PAINT.  IF A PURCHASE IS MADE THROUGH AN AFFILIATE LINK, I WILL RECEIVE A SMALL COMMISSION AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU.  ALL STATEMENTS AND OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN. 


I found a great old serpentine dresser on Craigslist: 
Before:
  It was in very rough shape-drawers sticking, dings, scratches and paint coming off.  


After a good cleaning and a quick sanding I was ready to paint. 

I ordered Libo Blue and Island White.  I decided to paint the dresser with Libo Blue.  After painting the dresser with one coat-I was in love with this paint!  I paint a lot of furniture and I have to say that this paint is now one of my favorites for  sure.  It goes on smooth, dries fast, and has excellent coverage! 


I was very impressed that paint naturally filled in and disguised most of  the rough issues this dresser had.  I definitely did not make it smooth before I started to paint. 


I added new ceramic knobs to the dresser from D. Lawless Hardware


I did add a quick coat of clear wax out of habit, but it wasn't necessary. 


I am SO loving this paint! 






I love wooden castors! 














I also painted this drop-leave table turned desk with this wonderful paint in Island White.
I will be  posting  about it shortly

To see more of the fabulous Pure & Original transformations click on the links of our wonderful hosts this month:

If you are an active furniture flippin’ blogger and would like to join the contest please inquire at: info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

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