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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: My 10 ‘Must Have’ Tips For Moving Painted Furniture…Safely!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 0 comments

Hi everyone… happy Tuesday!

My sister came up with this great Q-T-T idea while we were hauling this dresser up from my studio (aka: my basement) to the main floor dining area (aka: my staging / showroom). Whether you’re moving unpainted furniture into your house, a freshly painted piece to another room, or delivering your re-styled furniture to its new home, here are a few must have’s and safety tips to keep in mind.


My must have’s when moving/delivering freshly painted furniture:

1. Two Wheel Dolly – I’m super happy with my dolly because it also converts into a convenient four wheel cart!

2. Ratchet Tie Down Straps – To safely secure the piece to the dolly.

3. Bungee Cord Set – These come in hand when securing furniture in my van for delivery.

4. Four Wheel Dollies – MMM made me these (see below) from salvaged caster wheels and ply-board,  but you can find many variations online or at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

5. Moving Blankets – To protect the furniture. I must have at least half a dozen of these!



To keep you and your freshly painted furniture safe, here are a few tips: 

6. Wear protective foot wear for safety. I have a pair of steel toe riding boots I wear when I’m working…super comfy!

7. Beware of anything that could possibly scratch your freshly painted piece. This includes watches, rings, belt buckles or even sharp buttons or zippers on shirts and pants.  Even a button on a pair of jeans can scratch a freshly painted surface. I speak from experience… it’s happened to me!

8. Take out the drawers for easy moving and handling.

9. Ensure your hands are clean from dirt or grease (no greasy lotion prior to moving… yes I’m guilty of this!) or wear gloves to protect the fresh surface.

10. Secure any swinging doors with movers plastic wrap (for delivery) or painters tape. Beware of using regular tape (duct tape or masking tape) on a freshly painted piece. I probably shouldn’t admit it, but yes, I’m guilty of this too!


How do you move your furniture? Do you have any tips to keep your freshly painted pieces looking immaculate while moving or delivering? Feel free to leave a comment below because I always love hearing from you!


Also, you can catch last weeks Q-T-T here. And if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, feel free to send me an email.

This is the last Quick-Tip-Tuesday for 2014 and Q-T-T will be back again in the New Year!  I want to thank everyone for all your enthusiasm and support for the SI Q-T-T Series. Your kind emails and all the positive responses you’ve shared is what keeps me inspired to get these tips out every Tuesday!

I’m not totally disappearing until the new year though… keep your eye’s peeled for my latest salvaged piece(s)… coming shortly!

See you soon and have a wonderful day!

Denise x

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Shutter Gray French Country Dresser

Shutter Gray French Country Dresser

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Blog, Milk Paint, Painting Furniture, Staining Furniture | 6 comments

I’ve just spent the last 45 minutes hunting for the before pic of this dresser. I’m sure I took one with my iPhone but it’s MIA.

Believe me when I say, the transformation of this French Provincial Dresser turned French Country is amazing! It was in pretty rough shape. Multiple layers of brushed on white paint and all scratched and chipped.

I re-styled this eight drawer dresser in Miss Mustard Seeds’ Shutter Gray. This was my first time using this gray milk paint and I was a little surprised at how blue it is (especially when dark waxed) … but as you can see – such a gorgeous color!




The top was sanded and then stained with General Finishes Java Gel. I only applied one coat of stain because I wanted a rustic French Country look.

Once the stain was fully dry, it was top-coated with a few coats of Minwax Tung Oil. This was my first time using Tung Oil and I’m not sure what I think of it yet. I’ll keep you posted once I use it a few more times.






To give the dresser a time-worn-look and tie everything together, I top-coated the body with a DIY Dark Wax. I made this custom dark wax with Annie Sloans’ Natural Wax and GF Java Gel Stain.







If or when I find the before pic, I’ll be sure to add it!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think… and I hope you’re having fun getting ready for the holiday season!

Denise x



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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Re-purpose Containers for Storage & Paint Projects

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 2 comments

I’d like to thank Lynette from Shabby Chic Houzz today for sending in and sharing her Quick-Tip!


Hi Denise!

Lynette from Shabby-Chic-Houzz here! Absolutely love your quick tip Tuesday!

I collect all kinds of containers and jars for my projects! I also make a lot of my own chalk paint, so I mix up what I need and when I am done, I simply toss it. No mess, no clean-up no fuss!

I also always have a glass jar with water sitting around. I put my brush in there when not in use. So doing, it does not harden and cleans up beautifully! Obviously not for weeks on end – although I have done that and they were just fine!

I learnt this from an artist I painted with – her rule was a bucket of water for brushes is almost more important than the paint! I did faux finishing with her…



Great tip Lynette!

So what do you store your paints and brushes in? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Also, you can catch last weeks Q-T-T here. And if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, feel free to send me an email.

And remember, do something special for yourself today!

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Traditional Tack Cloth vs Micro Fiber Tack Cloth

Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Traditional Tack Cloth vs Micro Fiber Tack Cloth

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 2 comments

A tack cloth is a must have in my work space. The purpose of a tack cloth is to remove all sanding dust and particles from furniture before applying paint or stain. This creates a smooth-flawless finish.

When I use a traditional tack cloth, (the 100% cotton cheese-cloth type with the sticky chemical agent on it) my hands or gloves end up with a sticky residue on them and this drives me NUTSO! Every time I wipe, I have to throw away the gloves and put on a new pair or wash my hands because the sticky stuff won’t come off otherwise. We all have our pet peeves.. right?

A better alternative… a reusable Micro Fiber Tack Cloth.




The benefits of these Micro-Fiber Tack clothes are they do an amazing job of sucking up dust without spreading it around or leaving any residue on my hands OR the furniture.

The little micro fibers trap the particles like a magnet.

Unlike a traditional tack cloth, there is no special storage required. They are washable and reusable. Eco-friendly and economically friendly. And no weird smell or sticky chemical agent.

They also work like magic if slightly dampened. The wood dust loves sticking to these micro fibers whether they are dry or slightly damp. Impressive! Oh, and so easy to wash. I hand wash (all of 30 seconds) in my paint sink with a squirt of Dawn and then hang to dry.

So what type of tack cloth do you like to use? Leave me a comment below!

Also, you can catch last weeks Q-T-T here. And if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series, feel free to send me an email.

And remember, today is filled with endless possibilities!

Denise x

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Mango Reclaimed and Fusion Mineral Paint

Mango Reclaimed and Fusion Mineral Paint

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Blog, Business, Featured Shops | 4 comments

Are you a liner-upper-in-the-wee-hours-of-the-morning-type, or are you an online shopper? Do you shop ’till you drop on Black Friday, or do you prefer Cyber Monday?

Well, I’ve been doing some shopping of my own. And part of my fun is bragging and showing off all the great deals and shops I’ve found! {big toothy grin} ;)

I stumbled across an amazing shop/studio I’d like to share with you while on-route to making a (Victorian Bed) delivery.

Melanie is the heart and soul of  Mango Reclaimed.




A gorgeous studio space in Whitby Ontario that showcases Melanie’s reclaimed-restyled furniture, and offers custom painting services.

This shop/studio is bright and inviting and overflowing with my kinda’ eye candy.




Interested in learning how to paint furniture? Melanie offers painting workshops for the beginner and advanced.




Interested in shopping? Mango Reclaimed stocks Van Gogh, Miss Mustard Seed and Fusion Mineral Paints.






The Fusion Mineral Based Paint is what really excited me!



Fusion Mineral Paint is a recently new addition to the ’boutique paint world’. It’s an all in one foundation to finish product. If this hutch painted in Prairie Sunset is any indication of the finish…  I’m going to love this paint!




One of my favorite things to do when I’m in a new city (or even when I’m traveling out of the country) is to meet and visit with other furniture re-stylists.

I’m continuously fascinated and inspired by how other furniture painters express themselves in their work and their space.

Thank you to Melanie and staff for the studio tour and product information. I LOVED your back room btw.. heavenly! :)

Have you tried the new Fusion Mineral Paint by Homestead? If so, how do you like it?

See you on tomorrows Quick-Tip-Tuesday and have an amazing day!

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Wet Paint Brush Storage

Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Wet Paint Brush Storage

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 9 comments

Hi Everyone… I hope you’re well and enjoying the day!

Do you dread cleaning your brushes, trays and rollers between each and every coat? Does it ever stop you from starting or finishing a project?

Wet Paint Brush Storage is an easy solution that can save you precious time by eliminating extra clean-up!

Preventing a wet paint brush from drying out between coats is not a new idea. But I’d like to share my thoughts. When I do it, when I don’t, and my favorite method of wrapping my brushes.


When I Wrap It –  When I Don’t 

When I paint in latex/acrylic, Homemade Chalk/Mineral Paint, or oil (which I rarely use oil based products anymore) I feel clean-up between coats is NOT necessary.

The plastic or oily make-up of  these paint can easily be wrapped and stored for a few hours or even over night without any worry.

When I use Milk Paints or Brand Name ChalkPaints, I’m a little more careful.


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I find the makeup of chalk and milk paints don’t work quite as well with wet brush storage. I will usually clean them, or only leave them for an hour or so.

Another consideration is the brush.

If I’m using a better quality Purdy brush, I take better care of it and take the extra time to clean. If I’m using a cheap chip-brush or dollar store brush, it’s definitely getting wrapped!


My Favorite Method

My favorite method of wet paint brush storage is wrapping it in plastic cling wrap. The brand really makes no difference. I have a roll of no-name wrap in my paint room at all times. Plastic cling wrap sticks to itself so its super easy to seal around the brush handle so no air can leak in.  Works like a charm.




The Key to Wet Paint Brush Storage 

They key to wet paint brush storage is keeping some paint in the brush before wrapping it in plastic, and then removing ALL the air bubbles so the plastic creates a second skin around your brush or roller.




This method also works with paint trays. Just create a second skin of plastic wrap on top of your left over paint. This way you don’t have to keep pouring it back into the can between coats. If you’re working with a larger tray, a plastic grocery bag or garbage bag will do the trick.





Other  Wrapping Methods

Other popular methods are wrapping a brush or roller in a sandwich bag, plastic shopping bag, garbage bag or a purchased paint brush cover.

Many diy tutorials state the brush or roller should then be stored in a fridge or freezer. I’ve never done this because I don’t think it’s necessary. I’ve never had a problem storing at room temperature or in my cool basement. This has always worked just fine for me.




I’d love to hear what you think of  wet paint brush storage. Do you do it? If so, what do you use? And how long have you left your brush in storage before picking it up to paint again?

Feel free to visit last weeks Q-T-T here. And if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the on the SI Quick-Tip  Series, feel free to shoot me an email. :)

Have a marvelous day!

Denise x

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