You have probably heard how fantastic chalk paint or chalk-style paint is and have wondered why you can’t just use a latex paint to paint my furniture? You can, but using chalk paint (chalk-style paint) will make the process faster and so much easier. There is no priming or heavy duty sanding needed…so you can get to the good stuff faster.
Chalk paint has a matte finish, transforming imperfections on older furniture into character. Chalk paint (chalk-style) is versatile, giving you the option of creating a sleek modern finish, rustic, coastal, any style can be achieved. Found something you love on Pinterest? You can most likely replicate it using chalk paint. It dries quickly, between 30-45 minutes depending on the humidity and typically requires 2 coats. Chalk paint is porous and needs to be protected with either a wax or a top coat to seal it. Click here to see a video of when you should apply wax or top coat.
After. Painted in FAT Paint's Skyline with a wash of Gull Grey, FAT glaze and sealed with Clear Coat
One of my favorite chalk-style paint to use is Canadian-made FAT paint. It has great coverage and was so easy to use that I decided to retail it. FAT paint has a great selection of colours that are on-trend and work with any design style. To see FAT paint’s gorgeous line of colours click here.
FAT waxes are easy to apply and FAT Clear Coat offers a durable finish with a beautiful sheen. Click here to see a video how to apply your clear coat. If you are looking to upcycle and transform a tired piece of furniture then try out FAT paint on your next project. Looking to learn some furniture refinishing techniques? Click here to check out our workshops. Happy painting!
Whether you’re a Furniture Refinisher or have a loved one who is, we have you covered for the holidays. Here is a list of 10 items that would be the perfect gift for the beginner or veteran furniture refinisher in your life.
1. Good Quality Brushes
Having a good quality brush is must when painting furniture. Using a cheap brush will show in your work and can be uncomfortable using for long periods of time. Using a good quality like a Staalmeester or Fusion’s blue synthetic brush gives you amazing control, soft bristles leaving a smooth finish and holds a lot of paint so you don’t have to keep dipping into the paint can. You can never have too may brushes. Prices range from $17.99 to $43.99.
2. Brush Cleaner
Keeping your tools of the trade in tip top shape is very important when investing in good quality products. Fusion’s brush Cleaner will keep your paint brushes clean, conditioned and a longer life. Fusion’s Brush Cleaner is $9.99
3. Fusion Metallic Paint
Who doesn’t love a little bling! Fusion has an amazing line of metallic brand ranging from a gorgeous shimmering pearl to aged bronze paint. No topcoat needed! Fusion Metallic paint $22
4. FAT Clear Coat
FAT paint clear coat is perfect, almost eggshell finish for your FAT paint furniture when a more durable finish is needed. on pieces like coffee and dining room table or other high traffic pieces that you are painting. Clear coat is non-yellowing and dries quickly. Click here to see when to use Clear Coat and click here to learn how to apply clear coat. FAT Paint's Clear Coat $30
Decoupage medium is a great product to have in you toolbox. With Fusion’s decoupage gel you can add beautiful paper, napkins and even fabric onto your furniture. Decoupage $12.99
6. Iron Orchid Design Molds & Paper Clay
Iron Orchid Design products are amazing and will up your refinishing game. IOD’s have a great line of transfers and molds that can be applied easily, transforming your furniture and giving more options in your refinishing tool box. Prices range from 9.99 to 65.99 . Click here to see more of IOD’s products.
7. Extra FAT
FAT paint’s Extra FAT is a great product to use when you are looking to add texture to furniture or décor. Use it to create a rustic texture, coastal sea crusted look or even make it into a putty to repair damaged molding on the other wise perfect piece of furniture. $14.50
You can never have enough paint! Canadian made Fusion Mineral paint and FAT paint’s have a beautiful palette that works with any style. Whether you are looking for neutrals, smoky greys, or a bold pop of colour, Fusion and FAT paint have the colours you need. Click here to see FAT paint's colour palette and click here to check out Fusion colours
A workshop is a great way to continue to build on skills, learn new ones and get inspiration with other like minded people. Whether you’re a veteran painter or just starting out, our workshops at Bluebird Upcycled Style has several workshops to get you going! Click here to check out our workshops.
10. Gift Certificates
If you are still not sure what to get for that special someone, a Gift Certificate is always a great option and can be providede in any dollar amount. Click here for our location and hours.
Whatever you decide to chose for yourself or your special someone, these products are some of the best to have in a furniture refinishers toolbox.
Fall is here and we are loving Pantone's warm luscious colour trends for this fall. Deep moody greens, rich smoky navy and gorgeous contemporary pink that are all over interior design right now.
Buying furniture or painting a room in a colour trend can be expensive and a long term commitment. I do not recommend purchasing a $10,000 couch in a colour trend unless you know you are going to love for years! If you are still craving to have some of these colours in your home, we have an easy way to indulge without the expense or commitment. Upcycling a tired piece of furniture or finding a unique piece at your local thrift store is a fantastic way to start. If you want to learn more about upcycling click on the link.
The FAT Paint Company click here for more info and Fusion Mineral Paint click here both Canadian companies that carry gorgeous paints that require minimal prep, no stripping or heavy duty sanding. To learn more about FAT chalk-style paint or Fusion Mineral Paint click on the links. Don’t know where to start? Here are a few examples of transformations using similar colours to Pantone’s fall trends. Incorporating these colours will definitely up your decor game this season. Check out our segment here from CTV Ottawa Morning Live talking about Fall colour trends.
Fusion Mineral Paint's Cranberry
Deep, warm reds are all over design right now and are perfect for Fall. Fusion’s Cranberry gives you that cozy warm feeling you get when you are sitting by the fire. This deep warm red is so versatile, gorgeous on classic pieces, rustic or would be fun and unexpected in contemporary furniture. This little occasional table was the perfect piece for Cranberry, transforming it into an elegant classic piece with a wash of Fusion’s Coal Black to make all of the beautiful detail pop.
FAT Paint Navy State of Mind from the Amanda Forrest Collection
Navy has been tagged one of the season’s hottest colours and this rich classic colour is here to stay. Navy will bring a touch of elegance into your space, it’s like that black dress every women has in her closet. I upcycled this tired, outdated console and transformed it into a statement piece. Looking to get this look? Use Celebrity Interior designer Amanda Forrest’s line- Navy State of Mind from The FAT paint Company.
Fusion Mineral Paint's Little Lamb
Grey continues to be on trend and is here to stay. Grey is a beautiful neutral colour that offers depth and can be paired with contrasting bold accent colours like teal, oranges,yellow and greens. Fusion’s Little Lamb is a warm but deep grey, elegant but versatile. It can be easily incorporated in most spaces, used on contemporary or Mid Century furniture. This tired french provincial dresser needed some love and was upcycled using Fusion Mineral Paint in Little Lamb with Fusion’s Pearl and Bronze from Fusion’s Metallic Collection.
FAT Paint's Juno
Pink has been front and center in design lately proving it’s not just for little girl’s furniture anymore. Juno is always beautiful on curvy, feminine furniture but I especially love it when it is unexpectedly used in a more contemporary style. This dresser was painted with that in mind with FAT paint in Raven on the bottom with a heavy dry brushing and Juno on the top of the dresser for a bold contrast.
FAT Paint's Cascadia
Celebrating FAT paint’s 5 year anniversary, they have introduced Cascadia, picking up on the gorgeous trend of deep smoky greens this fall. This rich colour adds a luxurious feel to any piece. I transformed this tired Mid Century Modern console and added a fun graphic pattern using FAT Paint's lemongrass, Can’t see me Camo and Shop Door...a little nod to colours of that era. This colour is so versatile and can be used with any style- rustic, modern or classic furniture.