I found this hidden gem at the new Bells Corner Salvation Army thrift store in Ottawa. I love the stature of the ornate frame! This gorgeous wool retro needle point design, is a throwback to colour by number art. Both are amazing on their own, but the styles do not work well together.
I decided to transform the frame for a project I was working on and create a chalkboard menu for Strawberry Blonde Bakery. Check out my steps to creating your own thrifted chalkboard.
The first step was to carefully remove the needlepoint design; I will use it for another project.
I started by cleaning the frame with Fusion TSP. Once dry, I lightly scuffed up the frame with 220 sandpaper to give it some tooth and then wiped it off with a damp lint free cloth. By taking this important step, I have a clean surface to start with and will not run into problems with my paint adhering. Click here to watch a video on how to prep.
Fusion Vintage Metallic paint was the perfect choice to refresh the frame and give it more of an elegant, classic feel. By using a rounded Staalmeester brush, I was able to get a beautiful smooth coverage in 2 coats of paint. Click here to learn more about Fusion Mineral Paint.
After waiting 4 hours for the paint to completely dry, I used Fusion black wax to highlight all of the gorgeous detail on the frame. I used a wax brush to get into all of the details, wiping back and pushing the wax to add some depth. Once I applied it where I wanted, it was done!
I hit my local hardware store for a piece of hardboard and cut it to size. I used 2 coats of chalkboard paint, one painted horizontally and the other vertically and waited an hour between each coat.
Once dry, I "seasoned" the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard. That’s it! Now it’s ready to head over to Strawberry Blonde Bakery new location, adding a gorgeous vintage vibe to their space. Looking to learn more on how to get great finds when thrifting? Click here for more tips! Click here to see our lastest course and workshop schedule.
Thrifting for furniture is an inexpensive way to find quality, unique pieces to decorate your space. There are so many great pieces you can find that just need a little bit of updating. Don’t miss out on a piece with great potential just because you don’t like the colour! Click here to learn how to get the best finds when you are thrifting. Check out my tips on how you can easily transform thrifted furniture into beautiful pieces!
Prep is a Must!
The most important step when painting furniture is to always prep first. Prepping is a 3 step process where you first clean your furniture with TSP- Fusion’s TSP is my favourite. Use 220 sandpaper to scuff your furniture; scuffing the whole piece as if wiping down your kitchen table. You do not need to pull out the hand sander, way too much work! The final step is to wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or residue. Click here to see how to prep your furniture.
Transforming furniture is easy and fun when using quality furniture paint. With many brands you do not need to prime, strip or do a heavy duty sanding before painting. Two of my favourite brands to refinish furniture with is FAT paint and Fusion Mineral paint. Both are durable, have great adhesion and have a wide range of gorgeous colours to choose from. Learn more about FAT paint here and Fusion Mineral paint here.
Have fun with colour!
Painting furniture is a great way to add a little colour to your space and play with colour trends. You could add a bold colour to your space without having to make a long term commitment. If your tastes change you can just repaint it!
Click here to watch my CTV Morning Live segment on how to get colour trends when your on a tight budget
Next time you are at a Salvation Army thrift store, make sure to check out the furniture. There may be a unique but tired piece just waiting to be painted! Happy painting! #Earthlovesthrift
I love bringing plants into my space! It’s an easy and thrifty way to decorate. By just adding in some lush green plants, it can create a feeling of warmth and brings nature indoors. One tip to really step it when you are decorating with plants is to find great ways to display them. I hit my local Ottawa Salvation Army Thrift store on Richmond road to see what I could find.
I was so happy to find these amazing baskets! I love the natural tones. It keeps the plants the focus, while the weave of the baskets brings texture and adds depth to any space.
Using natural materials continues to be a big trend in Interior design and is a fabulous way to add an organic feel to your space. Baskets are always something I seem to find whenever I go to the Salvation Army thrift store. Next time you are there make sure to take a look, you will be amazed at some the unique styles of baskets you can find and how you can easily step up your decor game. Click here to watch my CTV Morning Live segment on how to get #Earthlovesthrift
The tough winter we have just endured here in Canada has left me craving all things Spring. I wanted to create spring inspired decor, so I hit my local Ottawa Salvation Army store on Richmond road to see what I could find.
I found this fantastic dresser with clean lines and great hardware. It is the perfect canvas for my spring inspired project. The dresser was in great condition, very solid but the finish was tired and outdated. I knew that I could easily transform and update this dresser by painting it. Check out the steps I took to transform this dresser from tired to a gorgeous spring inspired dresser. Click here to watch a video with tips on how to get the best finds when thrifting.
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The most important step when painting furniture is to always prep first. Prepping is a 3 step process where you first clean your furniture with TSP- Fusion’s TSP is my favourite to use. Once I gave it a good clean, I used 220 sandpaper to scuff the dresser; scuffing the whole dresser as if I was wiping down my kitchen table. You do not need to pull out the hand sander, way too much work! The final step was to wipe down the dresser with a damp cloth to remove any dust or residue. Click here to watch how to prep your furniture.
With the dresser having a laminate veneer, I needed to apply Fusion Ultra Grip in one thin coat to ensure proper adhesion. After 12 hours of curing, it was time to start painting! Click here to learn how to get amazing results when applying Ultra Grip.
My inspiration for this dresser was this gorgeous botanical transfer from Redesign with Prima. I have been waiting to find the right piece of furniture to use this transfer and this dresser is perfect for it!
I used Fusion Mineral Paint Raw Silk, a beautiful warm white to paint the dresser. It’s the perfect creamy white to contrast the stunning green botanical transfer. Click here to learn more about Fusion Mineral Paint. After 2 coats of paint, I waited 48 hours before applying the transfer to avoid cracking and ensuring proper adhesion.
I cut each leaf out and placed them individually over the dresser. Once I established where I wanted to place the transfer, I removed the wax layer and gently placed the transfer onto the dresser. Using the applicator, I firmly rubbed the transfer onto the dresser for about 30 to 45 seconds and then gently peeled back the transfer paper.
Once I was happy with the placement of the transfers, I applied 2 coats of FAT paint Clear Top Coat to seal and protect the transfers. The clear coat dries very quickly and I was able to decorate as soon as it was dry. Click here to learn how to apply FAT paint Clear Coat. I found some gorgeous baskets at The Salvation Army thrift store. I hung them to add some texture and to give it an organic feel. This once tired dresser now brings a bright, contemporary spring inspired feel into this space, even when it doesn’t feel like spring outside. Have fun and happy painting!
Having a mirror in your space is a great way to bring more light into a dark area, create a focal point, all while putting your most loved accessories on full display. This is why I was so happy when I found this stunning mirror at my local Salvation Army thrift store in Ottawa, Ontario. Click here to check out a video on how to get the best finds when thrifting.
I was able to look past the outdated gold finish on this gorgeously, ornate mirror because I knew it could be easily transformed by painting it. I love its interesting shape and it’s the perfect size for smaller spaces. This mirror can definitely handle being painted in a modern bold colour. Check out the steps I took to transform this mirror from tired to a trendy piece of art.
Prep is a must when painting furniture or decor. It’s a 3 step process that will ensure your paint adheres well and won’t chip off. The first step I took was to clean the frame with Fusion TSP to remove any dirt or oils that may be on the mirror. I then gave it a quick scuff sand around the frame using 220 sandpaper. Using lint free clothes, I wiped down the frame with clean water to remove any residue and dust. Click here to check out a video on how to properly prep your furniture. Once it was dry, the fun began!
Staying on top of colour trends is easy to do when you’re upcycling furniture and decor. Inspired by the Pantone colour of the year “Living Coral”, I chose a similar colour in the FAT paint line called Piri Piri. With it being such a bold and highly pigmented colour, it needed 3 coats to get total coverage. But FAT paint dries quickly, so I only had to wait about 30 minutes between coats. Click here to learn more about FAT paint.
To save the details from getting lost after painting, I used 220 sandpaper to gently distress the mirror, revealing and accentuating the gorgeous details. The original gold finish paired with the stunning colour is the perfect contrast.
I applied two coats of FAT Clear Coat to give the mirror a protective finish and to bring the color to life. Click here to learn how to properly prep your clear coat
After about 20 minutes of drying, the mirror was finished and ready to hang.
I am so happy with the gorgeous results! It’s easy to infuse trendy colours into your space and transform outdated decor into a piece of art. Click here to watch our CTV Morning Live segment on how to get some of 2019 colour trends on a tight budget. Next time you are at your local Salvation Army thrift store make sure to keep your eyes open for decor you can transform. Happy thrifting!
With the holidays fast approaching, I decided to hit my local Ottawa Salvation Army thrift store to find some decor that I could transform into a holiday centerpiece. One of the things I love the most about thrifting is never knowing what I may find and exploring new ways to use items. Click here to learn my tips on how to get the best finds here.
While searching my thrift store, I hit the glassware section and found some wine glasses and a vase. I love the shape and knew that they would be perfect as candle holders!
Here is what you need to make your own holiday centerpiece.
Wash your glassware in the dishwasher or by hand to remove any dirt or oil residue. Make sure your glassware is fully dried before beginning.
Paint a thin layer of Fusion Ultra Grip to the glassware and let it dry overnight. This will help to make sure your paint adheres to your glass. Click here to learn how to get the best results when using Ultra grip.
Once dry, apply a thin layer of one of Fusion metallic paints. Wait 4 hours and then apply a second coat. Click here to learn more about Fusion Mineral Paint.
Once your glassware is dry, the next step is finding a tray. Trays are fantastic way to give your centerpiece some structure to whatever you decide to put in it. This tray I found on one of my trips to the thrift store and painted in FAT paint in Greysful, a gorgeous warm grey. Click here to learn more about FAT Paint.
I love incorporating the outdoors when decorating, by bringing in cedar clippings from my backyard and Christmas tree, it instantly makes your home feel and smell festive.
During the holidays you can go all out with metallics, I even added some to the ends of the pine cones.
This DIY is an inexpensive and easy way to create your own holiday decor. Adding a few throughout your space will bring festive and warm vibes into your home. Looking for more holiday ideas? Click here and watch my segment on Daytime Ottawa for 5 creative gift and decor ideas. Have fun creating and Happy Holidays!
The holidays are not far away and now is the perfect time to start getting ready for the season. I hit my local Salvation Army thrift store on Richmond road in Ottawa to see what decor and accessories I could find for entertaining over the holidays. Click here to learn more about upcycling. Check out what I found while thrifting and how I will use it!
Metal Fireplace Log Holder
This log holder is the perfect piece for the holiday season. Painted in black with either Fusion Mineral Paint or FAT paint, filled with birch logs gives it an modern look. Bringing in a natural element with the birch logs will give a warm and comfortable feel to any space.
Add Some Warmth And Texture With These Pillows
When the temperature drops, there is nothing better then being cozied up on your couch with soft, warm pillows. These pillows were only $4.99 and $7.99...a steal!
Help Your Guests Feel Welcome
If you are planning on entertaining over the holidays, this seagrass basket filled with cozy slippers is a thoughtful way to make your guest feel welcomed as soon as they step into your home. $4.99
Up Your Entertaining Game And Say No To Plastic
Extra stemware and glasses are must when you are entertaining. Using glass rather than plastic is a way to step up your entertaining game all while being environmentally friendly. These great finds ranged from .99 to $3.99.
Tea Or Coffee?
These china teacups are a beautiful way to serve your guests at the end of the night. No need to find a full set, having various colours displayed is a fun way to end a night of entertaining. These tea cups and mugs ranged from $1.99 to $4.99.
Thrifting is a fabulous way to find holiday decor. I found these cute snowmen and a rustic Santa for $3.99 each. Placing the angels ($4.99 each) on either a mantle or a console table with pieces of cedar and evergreen clippings would create a stunning focal point in your space. I would first paint the angels in FAT paint Snow, a crisp white colour that would contrast beautifully against the green of the cedar and evergreen.
Get the jump on holiday entertaining, hit your local thrift store to find unique and inexpensive finds. Your get togethers will be the talk of your friends and family! Need some tips on how to find the best finds when thrifting, click here
Looking for unique furniture and décor for your space? Thrift store shopping is an inexpensive way to upcycle unique finds, paint them and seamlessly incorporate them into your space . Click here to find out what upcycling is and why you should do it. No need to feel awkward when someone asks where you found that amazing dresser; upcycling is on trend and here to stay. Savvy shoppers are hitting thrift stores to find tired but unique, fine quality furniture. Upcycling is being featured in top design magazines and Interior Designers are now incorporating upcycled and repurposed décor into their client’s spaces. Ready to jump into this trend and hit your local thrift store? Check out my 3 tips on how to get the best furniture and décor finds to help get you get started.
1. Shop Often
One of the many great reasons to hit your local thrift stores is there is always a constant change over of items. Sometimes you will walk out with nothing but the more often you go the better chance of finding that perfect piece.
Before- Curved legs, amazing hardware and gorgeous details made this desk an amazing find.
After- Painted in FAT paint's Skyline, Gull Grey, FAT glaze and Gold Leaf, transformed this tired desk into a showstopper.
A great example of this, is this desk. I walked into my local thrift store just as the staff were walking this piece onto the floor. The curved legs, brass accents and stately shape of it….had me close to jumping on top to claim it even before they placed it on the floor. Even though it was tired and the finish was damaged it was so unique I grabbed it as soon as it was priced and wanted to high five everyone in my vicinity. I walked out feeling like a rock star!
Before- This was not the prettiest piece but something about the details really stood out for me, I could see the potential for a fun slightly kitschy lamp.
After-Painted in FAT Paint's Robyn's Egg and white wax gives this lamp a fun coastal feel.
Before- The hardware was so fantastic that I had to buy this dresser.
After- Fusion Mineral Paint Park Bench was the perfect colour to make the hardware the focal point.
2. When You Find It Grab It
I have learned this lesson the hard way. You find something really cool but take time to contemplate it a little more. This is basically a big green light for the person behind you, to grab it while you contemplate. It can be very frustrating losing a great find, considering that unlike big box stores there is not another one just like it sitting in the back. If you are not sure about purchasing it, make sure to take the item or tag with you until you decide, it will save you from losing that amazing piece.
Before- This dresser needed some love but the gorgeous details would be amazing painted.
After- Painted in a muted blue with patina wax accentuate the details and gives it a warm well worn feel.
Before- The legs and the sleek handles of this outdated Gibbard Mid Century is what stood out for me on this dresser.
After- The vibrant green make the legs and sleek handles a stand out.
3.Look Past The Finish
One important thing to remember when you are thrifting, is to not get stuck on the finish or its current state. It can be difficult, you will find some interesting things when thrifting but when you look past the terrible colour, the scratches or the horribly dated faux finish, you can open yourself up to finding amazing furniture. If you are new to the upcycling scene, a great way to build your thrifting skills is to stop and take a moment to focus on what is unique about it; the curve in the leg, the fabulous hardware, the ornate details or the shape of the piece is perfect for a technique you have been wanting to try.
A vibrant orange and gorgeous chinoiserie decoupage takes this dresser from tired to sleek and comtemporary.
Onnce you have found that perfect but tired piece, you can seamlessly incorporate it into your décor by painting it. I love using FAT paint and Fusion Mineral Paint to refinish my finds, no heavy duty sanding or priming is necessary. Check out what Chalk paint is here and what Fusion Mineral Paint is here. If you are not sure where to start with your project, take one of our courses or workshops to give everything you need to get going. Check out our youtube videos for helpful tips. We love talking about upcycling check out our TV segments on CTV Morning Live and on Daytime Ottawa. Happy thrifting!
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You have decided to tackle the tired dresser that has been sitting sadly in the basement, but uncertain what paint to chose? My two favorite brands are FAT Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint. Both are high quality, easy to use and Canadian-made…which we love. FAT and Fusion paint are very different paints but you get amazing results with both.
FAT paint is a chalk-style paint that adheres to most surfaces without needing to prime or a heavy duty sanding. FAT paint dries super fast; typically within 30 to 45 minutes depending on the humidity. FAT paint being porous needs to be protected with either FAT wax (which is soooo easy to use) or FAT Clear Coat to protect and seal it. Click here to see a video to find out when to use Wax or Clear Coat and here to see a video on how to apply Clear Coat. Click here to read our blog to learn more about FAT chalk-style paint.
Mid Century Modern console painted in FAT paint Casacadia, Lemongrass, Shop Door and Can't See Me Camo
Dresser painted in FAT paint Navy State of Mind from the Amanda Forrest Collection
Fusion Mineral paint does adhere to most wood finishes but I recommend using the Ultra Grip first on furniture that is veneered, laminate or metal (always do a test spot first somewhere inconspicuous if you are not sure) click here to see a video on how to apply Ultra Grip. Fusion has a built-in top coat, that’s right… no topcoat or wax is needed and is self-leveling when applied properly. Click here to read our blog to find out more about Fusion Mineral Paint.
Fusion Mineral Paint Park Bench is the perfect contrast with this gorgeous hardware
Mid Century Dresser painted in Casement, Azure, Little Lamb, Copper, Renfrew Blue, Little Teapot and Laurentien.
So which paint should you use for your project? Both paints will transform your tired furniture but I have a few points for my clients to consider when they are deciding. Fusion does not require a top coat but needs a few hours in between coats to ensure it fully dries. FAT Paint dries typically within 30 minutes and requires either their FAT wax or Clear Coat. However, one of the most important points to consider is finding the perfect colour for your furniture. Both FAT paint and Fusion Mineral Paint are high quality, easy to use paints, are Canadian-made and have gorgeous colour palettes that you can’t go wrong with. Check out Fusion Mineral paint colours here and FAT paint colours here.
Can’t decide between a FAT and Fusion colour, then use both!
This hutch has been paint in FAT paint Gull Grey and paired perfectly with Fusion Mineral Paint Metallic Pale Gold
This is a question that I get asked often by my clients. What is Fusion Mineral Paint and can’t I just use wall paint instead to refinish my furniture? You can, however using Fusion makes the process much faster and no heavy duty sanding or priming is needed. Fusion is very versatile, high quality product that leaves a beautiful finish.
Mid Century Modern Gibbard Dresser painted in Fusion's Casement, Little Lamb, Little Teapot, Renfrew Blue, Copper and Laurentien with a strained and stained stripe in the middle.
Fusion is Canadian made, has no VOC’s and has a gorgeous line of colours that work with any design style. Click here to see Fusion’s colour palette. No priming is needed when using Fusion, just a quick prep and you can get to the good stuff…painting! Click here to see a video on how to properly prep your furniture before painting.
After painted in Little Lamb
Fusion has great adhesion on wood but when painting veneer, glass or metal surfaces use Fusion’s Ultra Grip first. Ultra Grip is similar to a primer to help your paint adhere but dries clear, perfect if you are looking to distress you furniture.
Creating Seaglass out of thrift store glass. First using Ultra Grip for good adhesion and Fusion Mineral Paint
Fusion goes on quite smooth when using a good quality brush and can be almost self-leveling if applied properly. One of the great qualities of Fusion that gets my clients excited is that it has a built in top-coat and requires NO waxing or top coat! That’s right! Fusion typically requires two coats of paint with a recommended drying time of up to 12 hours (depended upon the humidity) but once you have applied you final coat your done. You now have upcycled a tired piece of furniture into a beautiful work of art! Click here to find out what is upcycling and why you should do it. Fusion is quite durable but if you are looking for more durability for higher traffic areas such as dinning room tables, chairs or kitchen cabinets try Fusion’s Tough Coat wipe on matte poly.
Fusion has a fantastic range of products from high quality brushes, metallic waxes, stencils, glazes, everything you need to really up your furniture refinishing game and create the perfect piece. Click here to see Fusion’s line of products. So that tired piece that you have sitting in the basement that you don’t know what to do with…Fusion is the perfect solution. Click here for our location and hours and stop by to see Fusion’s products to get started on your project. Interested in a workshop? Click here to see and register for our workshops. Happy painting!