• Upcycling

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’ve 2 small ‘Paint it Pink’ pieces with 100% of the Sale value going to the charity Breast Cancer Now. The price doesn’t include national delivery but I can deliver Ayr, Prestwick or Troon for free. Payment will be via PayPal or bank transfer and a receipt of payment to the charity will be posted on my page. The first is a gorgeous PINK table featuring a faux croc paint effect top, black glaze and metallic copper details. 43cmH x 45cmDia The second is a lovely bedroom or occasional chair in PINK with metallic copper back supports and a copper crown on the…

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    Two Fussy Blokes

    I was delighted to have the chance to try these Two Fussy Blokes rollers https://twofussyblokes.com courtesy of the lovely Kristen at Upcycle My Stuff, I’ve heard great things about them and had to see for myself. I used Fusion Mineral Paint, Seaside, my fave, and poured some into my paint tray and loaded up the roller. There were no bubbles or noticeable lines which is what usually happens if I roller, then I normally have to lay off with a brush to smooth it out. I didn’t need to do that and the second coat went on even smoother. I normally brush, all my projects are brushed with only a…

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    Painting Glass

    I’d been having a rummage in a charity shop, as you do, when I spotted the most unusual glass fruit bowl, it had dolphin handles and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I wondered 🤔 if it could be painted. I bought it and rushed home with it, keen to get started and remembered that you can paint ANYTHING with Fusion Mineral Paint. They have a great product called Ultragrip, it acts like a bond between a slick shiny surface and the paint. Almost like a glue. I washed the bowl, added a layer of Ultragrip and put it aside overnight to dry. It occurred to me that if…

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    Upcycled Fabric Chair

    I have a vintage style chair, which I love. I use it every day at my computer, its an old style but not a very old piece in terms of years. It was just the wrong colour for my surroundings … … so I decided to paint it. I used Fusion Mineral Paint colour Homestead Blue on the main chair structure and Fusion Mineral Paint Seaside on the upholstery. These shades perfectly compliment one another. NOTE: Fusion do not recommend painting velour type fabrics, but I like to experiment and thought I would have a go, I’m either brave or daft ! YOU WILL NEED: Water, Paint of your choice…

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    10-minute Crafted Picture

    You could make this seaside picture in just ten minutes. It could be any subject you like, it just so happens that I’m Seaside mad! I bought a cheap frame for £1 !! It had a string for you to hang your own little photos or mementos on so it has no glass, it’s lightweight and best of all, it’s cheap and usable for just about any print. Take or cut out the string and remove the little cards, these were on small pegs, and discard, you’re then left with your blank frame, ready to use. Find an image which suits the frame shape and size, I used part of…

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    Hand Painted in Ayrshire

    Sometimes you just have to push the boat out (pardon the pun) and paint with your heart.  This set of drawers has been as much fun as it is huge!  It’s really liberating to just let the paint flow where it wants to go and I’d not done much blending before, this was the largest blank canvas I had. I moved to the seaside 6 years ago, to Ayr on Scotland’s west coast. I’m new here, I still feel like I’m on holiday and I feel so lucky, it inspires me every day with its ever changing scenery. The weather may not be the best but the views are stunning,…

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    Life Saver

    If ever there was a case for painting, this was it ! This beautiful table had long since past it’s best, but it had good bones. It’s structure was sound, it had legs in the style of Duncan Phyfe and had beautiful lyre sides. These tables don’t come up for grabs every day. All of it’s top leatherette surface had gone and it had a missing handle from the rear faux drawer but I loved it and wanted to save its life. After cleaning and sanding I painted it in a charcoal grey, I bought new pale grey leatherette and sourced a matching old handle. I then Stencilled a silver…

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    To paint or not to paint …

    …that is the question. Welcome to my very first blog. Most surprisingly, it’s not really about paint. Now I love to paint damaged furniture which for the most part has lost its way, or is generally just unappealing and when I was asked recently to go view some pieces for painting I surprised myself. “I hope those aren’t the pieces you’d like painted” escaped my lips. Two beauties handed down by a grandmother, a drinks cabinet and a Sideboard. They were just gorgeous in a slightly worn old mahogany finish. I could tell they’d been loved over the years, they were well made, and had seen plenty of use. They…