Wednesday, September 20 2017
Rustoleum Chalked Spray
Rustolem have put their chalked into a spray can! Say what now... Yes in a spray can! I tried the spray can on both a larger project and a smaller project. The smaller project was this simple old pine frame.
The spray itself seems thinner than most sprays i have used previously. So I feel like it took 3 light coats to get a really nice coverage. I prefer to spray lighter coats to avoid runs & build up to a nicer finish.
The colour itself is almost exact to the lid of spray can. The finish is a nice matte chalky look. It has a slightly different feel to their chalk paint in the 1L tins. In saying that though this was a very quick and easy project to do. It was simple & took no time at all. I gave the frame a very basic light sand and sprayed 3 coats. It dries to the touch in 20 mins and you need to recoat it within the hour.
Positives; very easy to use, nice smooth finish, colours are very pretty & delivers that nice matte chalky look. Makes for a quick simple upcycle project. The only negative I have is that I personally would not use it on a large piece. I sprayed a bedside and it was a bit tedious. I find the 1L tins much nicer and easy for a larger project as they have great coverage & are more suited to that type of thing. All in all I do think these spray cans are a great DIY option.
Wednesday, September 20 2017
This week I have put quite a few new products to the test. First up were these Staalmeester brushes from Fusion Mineral Paint. Owning a paint store means that we come across new types of brushes constantly. I always like to give them a go myself first because I honestly wouldn't stock something I don't believe to be a good product. I was a little skeptical at how these would stack up but to be honest I am quietly impressed!
Staalmeester have been making brushes for 70 years! That is a lot of brushes and a lot of time to perfect a product. The brushes have a staalmeester synthetic bristle blend. I used the round 2010-22 brush. I found it comfortable to hold. It is an unusual shape but once you start to paint it is very easy to work with. It does hold a lot of paint if you're not careful. Be mindful to not overload your brush.
Another great test of a brush is to see how it washes up. I used this brush with chalk paint and Fusion Mineral Paint, both times it came up like new. The bristles held their shape & the brush in general looks clean and there is no leftover paint residues. It has come out soft and clean. On a side note i always use a brush soap to clean my brushes. I find this keeps them in brilliant condition.
Positives: Easy to use, glides paint on to the surface nicely, bristles are soft, easy to handle, bristles are dense & seems to take to all types of paint. I don't find anything particularly negative or missing from this brush. I think it is a great brush and has a lot of potential. I think it would be a brilliant brush to add to your collection & it does come in a number of sizes and shapes such as flat, oval & round.
Wednesday, August 23 2017
Saltwash is a powder that you can add to any paint to create some unique finishes. You mix the powder with your basecoat colour and then add as many layers as you want to create texture. When used with blues, greens and fresh whites it gives a particularly beachy feel. When I was growing up there was a boat harbour down the road that we would frequent most days. Over time the old timber boats had a unique texture and feel to them as they aged. Saltwash is probably the closest thing I have found to creating that weathered sea salt look.
As a powder it is simple to use. The one thing I have noticed is that the paint dries very fast when it has been mixed with saltwash. So for the acrylic paint I used one scoop of paint to one scoop of saltwash. You can adjust the amount to your preference once you’ve had a few goes and see what works best for you and the type of finish you want.
So the first step is to add the saltwash to your basecoat colour. For my first sample piece I chose an off cut of skirting board.
I chose a green for basecoat. When mixing the powder and the paint together it should feel like and look like your about to ice a cake. Have it at that kind of consistency. Next is to glob the mixture on to the timber. I just grabbed an old chip brush and globbed it on to the board. It’s that simple!
After a few minutes I went back over it with a damp brush and knocked down the high points of the globs. Remember the paint dries really quickly when the saltwash is added. It made it a tiny bit flatter but not smooth. It still had texture to it.
I let that coat dry. The next coat I added some white tinter to the same colour so it just made the colour much lighter. Now for this coat do not add the saltwash. Just brush over the colour.
Once both layers were dry I gave it a good sand. This stuff is tough once it has dried. Really tough. I found I had to really give it a good sand to get through to the base coat colour. The thing I like about the saltwash is because it is tough it never went back to the timber surface.
After the sanding I dry brushed a white over the top to add to the salty sea look.
It is definitely a unique texture but I am impressed with what it can do so far!
I personally find saltwash is different to Fresco by Fusion. I find that i use each for a different purpose.
Thursday, June 22 2017
Farmhouse Clock Workshops!
Fusion Mineral Paint has introduced these brilliant farmhouse clock stencils for our new workshops. These clocks are huge, I mean like 24 inches kind of huge. They certainly make a statement in any room.
This is my base brilliantly created by our local joinery.
For my first clock I decided i wanted it textured. So my first coat was using Fusion #fresco. The colour i mixed it with was Little Lamb.
Once the texture dries I added two coats of Raw Silk & dry brushed the little lamb back over the top
I added the stencil in some left over Ash. The clock hands no just need to be added!
#fusionmineralpaint #fresco #farmhouseclocks
Thursday, December 08 2016
I always get asked at our workshops how i keep my brushes so clean. My brushes are used numerous times a week all throughout the year & after every use i use brush soap. I have recently started using the Fusion brush soap and it is brilliant. My brushes are clean and soft! Ready to use over and over again. I always believe in investing in a good quality brush and looking after it. It will last forever!
You can find the Fusion Brush Soap under our products page - accessories
Thursday, November 10 2016
Fusion Fresco.... #fresco
Recently Fusion Mineral Paint has added Fresco texture to its range of paints. Fresco comes in a white powdered form. It is then added to any of the Fusion colours to create an aged, weathered, worn, rustic texture. I always like to start simple so I tested my first encounter with Fresco on a simple timber photo frame.
Prep the frame - I very lightly sanded the frame to scruff it up a bit. No real effort required, just a light sand.
2. Next you will need to mix your fresco with your fusion mineral paint. I use 2 parts fusion to 1 part fresco. I personally like it a bit thicker. You can always water it down a little bit to get your desired consistency.
3. Brush on the fresco to your piece. I didn't use any particular technique. I simply slapped it on any which way. Leave it to dry for a couple of hours and it will look something like this... Dont stress about the cracks. They will disappear!
4. I then applied 2 coats of Fusion in the colour Casement. Leave to dry.
5. I then wet sanded the casement to distress back to my first colour of Linen. You can see that where you sand the brush strokes will show. I don't mind this at all as that is the idea of having that rustic look.
I like the idea that Fresco is not perfect. If you like smooth perfect finishes... this is not for you. If you like the rustic feel of it then give it a go. The thing i love about #fusionmineralpaint and their products is that they are simple to use! Why not give it a try or join us in one of our workshops!
Thursday, October 06 2016
Sanding is always a tedious task! Thinking scratched hands & broken nails... Not any more!
Recently I was given a sanding glove. It looks kind of odd & I thought this looks crazy. How will this work? Well I was eating my own words! These gloves are the best. They are so easy to use, the get into all the nice curves of the funirture & are a breeze on spindles!
The sanding pads attach to the sandi hands glove. I prefer the cotton glove because it’s breathable. The pads come in a variety of grits and have made sanding furniture so much easier.
Find the gloves online at www.graftonpaintandcolour.com.au
Wednesday, September 07 2016
What is with #stencilling… you either love it or you hate it. Some people love the personalisation & others find it out of place. I think the right graphic / shape can really work well to personalise your piece of upcycled furniture. However, today I am writing about how I use stencilling to clear out all my left over paints.
What I have found lately is that I have all these tiny amounts of left over fusion mineral paint in the bottom on the tubs. It was literally about 10-20mils in each. So rather than the usual kitty litter clean up (yes that’s a thing) I decided to get my stencils out and stencil a few cotton reusable bags I found at spotlight.
Stenciling is easy & a really quick project. So all you need is the following
If you’re wondering what kind of sponge I use it’s just a basic make up sponge you can buy just about anywhere. I find these work the best for me. Everyone is different so find what works best for you. You might like to use a stencilling brush.
Once you have all your tools you’re ready to go!
Tape your stencil down using a good tape. I use painters tape because that’s just what we have in our store that we use for everything. I find the blue painters 14 day tape the best. Always tape the stencil down. If you try to free hand you will find that it will bleed if you’re not steady.
Next pour out the left over paint into a plate. I use these cheap party plates that we had left over from a bbq. No need to use anything special here. Push your spinge into the paint & start dabbing onto the surface. I always use small dabs & keep it consistent. Don’t overflow the sponge with paint or you will get bleed under the stencil.
That’s all there is to it! Take the stencil off the surface straight away. You don’t want it to dry and stick to the surface. Clean up the stencil in warm water straight away and leave to dry. You’re done!
You can find some great stencils in our online store at www.graftonpaintandcolour.com.au/stencils
I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour Soapstone for this project.
Until next time… Happy Painting : )
#stenciling #fusionmineralpaint #soapstone