My Projects

Make Your Own Painted Skates

Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red is the perfect red for these skates I recently did for a Christmas Market in Kelowna. These were so popular I'm going to be running a two part workshop at 1:30 on Saturday Nov 28 and Sunday Nov 29th so you can make your own!

You supply the skates and for $39.99, We supply the how-to's, the paint for the boots and the blades, fancy ribbon for the laces, the material so you can make the mock sock trim and the pretty floral pic to poke out the tops. If you want to glitter I'll provide that too! And what winter crafting is complete without hot chocolate!

Painted and Glitter Skates.jpg

To Glitter or Not to Glitter - that is the question

I hope you can join us! Please select the button to learn more and register.

 

 

Getting a Distressed Look with Fusion Mineral Paint

Double Drop Leaf Table $150

Double Drop Leaf Table $150

When a piece speaks to me for distressing, my first choice is usually our Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. It gives that authentic layered and sometimes chippy cracked look I love.

You can also easy to get that look with Fusion Mineral Paint, but it’s something I haven’t tried. Until now and here’s how I did it!

1. As always, prep is the most important step. Scrub your piece with TSP or  any other degreasing cleaner you have on hand (I love Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner). Damp wipe and let dry. Sand lightly and vacuum.

Simple Green for furniture paint prep

 

2. If your piece has a glossy, hard to grip surface such as a lacquered surface or laminate and you’re worried the surface may be tricky, apply one layer of Ultra Grip. Allow to dry for 12 hours.

Fusion Ultra Grip $17

Fusion Ultra Grip $17

3. In lots of cases, your piece may already painted. So if you want to replicate an old wood piece, paint a layer or two with Chocolate Fusion Mineral Paint. The chocolate layer (the wood!) will show through the subsequent layers. Be sure to allow 12 hours between coats. 

Fusion Mineral Paint in Chocolate $20

Fusion Mineral Paint in Chocolate $20

4. After the chocolate was thoroughly dry, I quickly painted a layer of Champlain Fusion Mineral Paint. I didn’t worry about great coverage and so didn’t go back where I missed with the first strokes. I wanted the Chocolate ”wood" to show. You can use a damp rag to rub back the Champlain back in the natural distressing areas - those areas that would wear off naturally with years of use such as on certain edges, around handles curved areas. Fusion dries quickly, so wipe back as you go and do not wait until you have finished the entire piece! 

Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain $20

Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain $20

5. After 12 hours of dry time, I dry brushed on using Champness Fusion Mineral Paint. Dip your brush to pick up the smallest amount of paint. Then run your brush over a fresh paper towel or cardboard to remove some of the paint. Now paint your piece with a very light and quick touch. The paint dries real quick so if you must remove any do it right away. or touch up later with more dry brushing. It fun to keep layering it until you get the look you want.

Fusion Mineral Paint in Champness $20

Fusion Mineral Paint in Champness $20

Love how it turned out and it's available in the shop for $150

Close-up of distressed look

Close-up of distressed look


Lily Pond Dresser

When I found this dresser at the Restore. I was super excited to finally find something with some curved wood! I've been looking for two years! But oh was she looking rough! Don't you just love the brown on brown look!!!!

LilyPond before

I just love how easy this paint is to work with! It's made with the very best top quality ingredients which results in a superior durable finish.  The dresser was painted in two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Lily Pond, a beautiful feminine green from our Penney & Company Collection. No top coat is needed. Although none has been added, If you like you can add shine by adding our Beeswax finish.

Lily Pond After


Fusion Mineral Paint Drawer Lily Pond Close up

I painted the legs and the hardware using our Fusion Tinting Kit in Gold. The hardware was very delicate and small in scale, so I thought I'd add some stencils to the drawers to balance things out.

And as a little surprise, some gold polka dot paper decoupaged on the sides of all the drawers!

 

 

Lily Pond Fusion Mineral Paint After


Painting Old Metal Hardware With Fusion Tinting

I'm working on some new display pieces for the shop. Ones of the pieces had some great hardware on the doors. Sadly one was broken and couldn't be repaired, but I could fill the holes in the false door and move its handle to the real door.

Painting Old Hardware with Fusion Tinting

Our Fusion Tinting Kit in Pearl was just the thing for the snowy white look I had in mind. I gave the hardware a good scrub with a degreasing detergent. Once dry, I painted with a little Pearl. A little goes a long way!

Fusion Pearl Tinting Kit

The tinting kits can be used directly on hardware, or it can be added to any of the Fusion Mineral Paints or even the Tough Coat to change the look of the finish.

Fusion Pearl Tinting Kit Collage

Painting Leather

Leather Chair Before

Leather Chair Before

I got two of these leather chairs at a clearance sale at one of our Kelowna high end furniture stores, one rust and one brown. The story I told myself to justify my purchase) was I would be able to find two more in different colours to make a set of four for the dining room table. Yeah. Mission not accomplished.

After staring at these chairs that didn't match anything, I decided they would a great test of painting leather with Fusion Mineral Paint. The finish on these leather chairs was quite shiny. So shiny, I often felt like I was sliding off the chair! Despite that I wanted to put the paint to the test, so I didn't do any prep. Two coats of Inglenook in the Fusion Mineral Paint went on very smoothly. It absorbed into the leather very nicely and dried to a lovely matte finish. 

Leather chair painted in Inglenook Fusion Mineral Paint

Leather chair painted in Inglenook Fusion Mineral Paint

As a finishing touch, I painted the legs with Fusion Tint in Pale Gold.

Turned out quite nice don't you think?

TV, Toys and Liquor

Love the chippy!

Love the chippy!

I think we all had one of these TV cabinets in our homes. This one was my son's and it came in a with his bedroom set. By the time he moved out, he had already moved on to a flat screen TV, so guess who inherited the TV Cabinet? Yup. Momma. 

TV Cabinet Turned Toy Chest

TV Cabinet Turned Toy Chest

I turned the drawers into toy storage for the grandkids.  The dish set, the toy pots and pans and the lincoln logs have been the three favourites over the years.

One day, I'd had it. I was sick of looking at the orangey pine! It so didn't go with my decor! Out came the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Dried Lavender. I painted right in the living room, and the whole thing was done in an afternoon. Quick and easy!

Mixing Dried Lavender
Chippy Goodness

Chippy Goodness

As the paint dried, I began to get the coveted chippy goodness! I used a smooth plastic scrapper to rub off the flakes. When I was happy with the coverage, I finished the entire piece with Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil. It really brings out the beautiful depth of the Dried Lavender colour, don't you think?

After

I created a liquor cabinet in the top section. The new rule is you can't have both sections open at the same time - haha!

liquor cabinet