How to Clean Your Paint Brush. #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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Cleaning your paint brush is extremely important to extend the life of the brush and to help provide you with a nice clean slate the next time you use it. As soon as I am done painting for the day, I wash my Zibra paint brushes.

If you haven’t already watched the video above, I recommend you do so. I would also like to provide you with the Brush Care information that Zibra provides on their packaging. “Remove excess paint with brush, comb, or tool. Clean with warm water and detergent. If needed, rinse with mineral spirits and re-clean with detergent. Shake out excess water and place into brush package to let dry and retain shape until next use.”

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How to Paint Perfect Lines on Furniture. #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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Step 1:  Make sure your base is dry. I typically wait at least 24 to 48 hours after I have applied my last coat of paint on my piece of furniture. The gray color I used for my base color is Driftwood by General Finishes with my Zibra fan brush.

Step 2:  Measure and lay down three (or more) pieces of painter’s tape depending on how wide you want your line to be.   I recommend using blue and orange painter’s tape made by 3M because it is made specifically for delicate surfaces, such as a newly painted piece of furniture.  It is designed to decrease the chances of pulling off any paint that was recently applied.

Step 3:  Pull up middle piece(s) of tape.  Apply pressure and glide your finger along the two pieces of tape that are still on your furniture.  By doing this, it will eliminate any raised areas that would allow the paint to pool or gather underneath the tape.

Step 4:  Use the color that you originally painted your piece with and paint in-between those two pieces of tape with your Zibra Triangle or Square Brush. By using the original color first, it seeps into the crevices and grain of the wood instead of the color you will use to paint your line. See video tutorial above.  If you are painting a line on a stained or raw piece of furniture, apply a coat of polyurethane instead of color.

Step 5:  Once the paint is dry, use your Zibra Triangle or Square brush and paint over what you just painted with the new color that you want your line to be. The white color I used in the video is Crinoline by Country Chic Paint. Make sure you use the code MARKETHOUSE10 to receive 10% off your Country Chic Paint order!

Step 6:  Letting the paint dry well in between, apply as many coats as necessary to get the desired look you want.

Step 7:  After your last coat, wait approximately 5 to 10 minutes and then pull the two pieces of tape off of your furniture.  You want to pull the pieces of tape off when the paint it still a little tacky, not when the paint is completely dry.

Step 8:  Seal your piece/lines with the top coat of your choice using the Zibra Chiseled Wedge.  I recommend 3 coats of a water-based polyurethane. If you would like to see a video on how I apply poly with this brush, click HERE.

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How to use the Zibra 2" Palm Pro to paint furniture. #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

The Zibra 2” Palm Pro brush is one of the brushes I use the most often because it is so handy and versatile!  It gives you a lot of coverage on flat surfaces while also giving you a precise and accurate cut-in.  As Zibra describes the Palm Pro it is, “The Only Brush Designed to be an EXTENSION OF YOUR HAND! Palm Pro’s unique design allows your hand and fingers to relax producing maximum control and comfort.” 

With comfort, comes control and with control comes a nice clean and smooth finish.  Not to mention the soft synthetic bristles that help create that beautiful finish! Make sure you watch the video above to see the brush in action.

Each Zibra Brush is made with a smooth bristle technology unlike a conventional bristle brush. It can be used with all types of paint mediums and stains and you only need soap and water to clean it up (as long as you used a water based paint).

The Zibra 2” Palm Pro is a great price, too. For example, this brush typically costs around $12, which is hard to beat for a brush of this quality! If you are interested in trying one, they are available at Lowes, Home Depot or Woodcraft, or you may purchase it through my affiliate link on Zibra’s website and have it sent to your doorstep! You won’t be disappointed!!

I would also like to mention that the beautiful green color I paint with in the video is, Fireworks, by Country Chic Paint. Just enter the code MARKETHOUSE10 and you will receive 10% off anything you order from the Country Chic Paint website!

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How To Test For Lead Paint. #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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Before we get started, if you haven’t already watched the video above, I encourage you to do so. Watch it until the end so that you can see the difference. Make sure you read the information below, too. This one was a little tricky!

If you’re thinking about painting, restoring or refinishing furniture you need to be aware of lead paint.  Lead paint is okay from a distance but if you plan on messing with it by sanding, stripping, or trying to remove it you need to be aware that dust can be very hazardous to you, those around you, and also to the environment.

In 1978, the use of lead was banded from being manufactured in painting products. However, lets be honest, there were probably a few cans laying around that people still used, so I like to be safe and take caution if anything was painted before 1980.  Some people may think I am ridiculous, but that’s okay because it’s my health that I have to live with and I want you to be safe too!!

The first step is being able identity lead paint.  You can purchase an instant in-home lead testing kit for $5 to $10 at your local hardware or home-improvement store.  The test will detect lead on painted wood, metal, vinyl and plastic as well as drywall and plaster. I recommend testing a few different spots on your piece. Keep in mind, since the swab turns red when the paint is positive for lead, if you’re testing red or pink paint it will show up as a false-positive.  It is also important to keep in mind that in-home testing kits cannot detect lead under some conditions, so the safest route is to call in someone with special training if you want to remove it.

What do you do if your piece has lead paint?  It’s up to you. I personally do not mess with pieces that are covered in lead paint.  While a piece with lead paint is “normally” okay if you don’t stir up dust and/or cause any further chippings, it’s just not worth it to me to take any chances.

Removing lead paint can cause more problems than leaving it intact. If you do not plan on taking off any of the current lead paint and/or stirring up any of the dust, you can directly apply Shellac over it to try and seal it in if you want to try and use the piece.  I recommend applying a few coats of Shellac or pigmented Shellac because oil based isn’t easy to work with and I don’t think water based primer will work as well in this case. It may be fine, these are just my thoughts!  You can also paint over it after the Shellac has dried well, but it may not give you the nice smooth finish you were hoping for.  If you do decide to use Shellac and/or paint the piece as-is, make sure you wear a heavy duty, full facepiece, respirator mask, and gloves and stay in well ventilated area.   Either way, make sure it’s not a piece you are going to eat off of such as a kitchen table or a piece of furniture that is going to be in a kid’s room. In fact, I recommend you put it somewhere that isn’t going to get a lot of traffic, just to be extra safe.

If for some reason a piece of the lead paint chips off, do not vacuum up the dust or chippings because the lead can be released into the air when it’s turned on again.  You also need to make sure it disposed of correctly.  Please note, I am not “Lead-Safe Certified” so make sure you check your state regulations and/or turn the job over to someone that specializes and is certified in the removal of lead paint.

If you can’t do that or do want to pay someone to professional handle it, then move on.  Your health is more important!!

Check out the epa.gov/lead/renovation-repair-and-painting-program-do-it-yourselfers website for more information on the safety of lead paint.

If you decide to paint, make sure you use my favorite Zibra paint brushes !

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How To Strip Paint Off Wooden Furniture #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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Before you get started make sure you are not removing lead paint.  You can purchase a Lead Test Kit HERE.. You also want to make sure you’re in a well ventilated area, and to be extra safe I recommend wearing protective gloves and a mask.

How to strip paint of your wooden furniture:

1. Apply a thick coat of CitriStrip onto the painted area with an old brush. Do not use a foam brush because it will deteriorate.

2. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. If you feel like it’s necessary you can keep it on for up to 24 hours.

*Optional: You can put a layer of Saran Wrap (or a plastic bag, trash bag, grocery bag, etc.) over top of the CitriStrip if you are in a very humid or dry area. This will keep the product from drying out and allow it to work longer.

3. Scrap off the paint/stripper with a plastic putty knife.  If you use a metal knife it may dent or scratch the wood if you’re accidentally too harsh during the removal process.

4. Repeat steps 1 – 4, if necessary.

5. Once you are satisfied with the removal of the paint, clean the sticky residue off with Paint Stripper After Wash. You can purchase this product at your local hardware store, Lowes or The Home Depot.

6. Let the Paint Stripper After Wash dry really well.

7. Sand your piece with 220 grit sandpaper.

8. Wipe off or vacuum the sanding dust.

9. Clean with Mineral Spirits.

10. Let the Mineral Spirits dry and then begin painting.

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How to Line Drawers with Paper. #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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This is one of those questions I get asked a lot! “Fallon, how do you line your drawers or can you do a tutorial on how to line wooden drawers with paper?” So, here ya go!

 

The key to make sure you are using a high quality, thick paper, because it makes the process so much easier!

Step 1: Flip your drawer over and cut the paper a slightly larger than the size of the drawer.

Step 2: Flip the drawer right-side-up and place the piece of paper into the drawer. Even though the size of the paper is larger than what you need, it gives you a good starting point without having to try and figure out how to trim down a huge piece of paper.

Step 3: Trim the edges until the paper fits perfectly into the drawer. I usually fold down the edges so I know where to cut. You can use a pair of sharp scissors, a paper cutter or you can use a rotary cutter. Just be careful when you’re working with these sharp items!

Step 4: Once the piece of paper fits well, it’s time to glue it down. I personally like to use a spray adhesive for larger pieces and Mod Podge for smaller pieces.  When I use spray adhesive, I spray it directly to the wood drawer. In the past when I sprayed the paper, instead of the drawer, it would cause the paper to wrinkle before I could get it situated in its place. When I use Mod Podge, I also apply it directly to the wood on the drawer to make sure all of the areas are covered well. Make sure you watch the video to see when I use spray adhesive vs. Mod Podge.

Step 5: Grab a plastic card (ie: credit card) and or the Mod Podge Tool that I used in the video and smooth out all of the bubbles.

Step 6: If necessary, place some heavy books on the paper for about 20 minutes, then take them off and smooth out the bubbles again with your fingers, not a plastic card because the paper might peel up. 

That’s it!

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How To Remove Dark Stains On Wood. #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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It can be really frustrating when you discover a dark area on your furniture.  If you plan on re-staining the piece instead of painting it, this can be difficult because you have to figure out a way to blend the dark spot while still making the piece look nice. I originally planned on painting the top of the piece that you see in the video, but as I was prepping it, I saw a dark spot and I knew I had to stop and sand it all the way down so I could make it a #TuesdayTipsWithFallon tutorial.

A little over a year ago I discovered a great product by Liberon called Wood Bleacher.  It lightens naturally dark or damaged wood and doesn’t harm the wood in the process.  It removes dark spots caused by rust, alcohol, ink, damp spots and/or ring marks where perhaps a cup of water or a potted plant may have sat for many years.

Before you get started, since this product relies on chemical reactions, it’s important to test it on a small area to make sure the wood doesn’t resist the product. I suggest testing it on underside or backside of the wood.

Directions

Step 1:   Sparingly apply the wood bleacher with a brush (or applicator of choice) on the affected area.  Allow the product to dry, check the progress and if necessary, apply another coat.  You may have to repeat this process 2 or 3 more times depending on the severity of the stain.

Step 2: Once you are happy with the result, rinse the area with clean water 2 or 3 times.

Step 3: After the area is completely dry, sand the top of the whole piece so it blends well with the rest of the wood.

Step 4: Per the manufactures recommendations, water-based products may be effected by the wood bleacher. Just a personal preference, but I like using a dark stain to help cover up any leftover imperfections.

Now that you have fixed that dark area, you can stain your piece as planned. .

Check out the before and after below! Awesome, right!? Just as an FYI, the other dark spot that you see on the top of the piece (below and to the left of the stain) is an actual knot in the wood. This, of course, cannot be removed since it’s part of the wood.

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How to use Howard Restor-A-Finish on the Outside of Your Furniture. #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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I’ve mentioned before that Howard Restor-A-Finish is great for bringing the inside of you wooden furniture back to life, but it’s also great for restoring the outside of your furniture!

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I love to use Howard Restor-A-Finish on the legs and top of my furniture, or really any areas where I would typically use a stain.  If the wood seems to be pretty dry, this is a great option instead of using stain because it tends to even out well and not cause blotchy spots to appear.  This product helps restore the original finish while also getting rid of any blemishes or minor scratches.

What I love about it is that you do not have to remove the previous stain if you don’t want to.  I did, however, remove the previous stain on these legs because the previous finish was peeling off. 

You can apply Howard Restor-A-Finish with a shop towel, foam brush or steel wool.  About 30 minutes after the finish has dried, you will want to apply Howard’s Feed and Wax to protect it.  This brings out a beautiful sheen and shines up the area a little bit.  It also helps protect and maintain the finish.  Just make sure you do not put a poly on it because it will pull the finish off.

Howard Restor-A-Finish comes in many different colors. I used Mahogany on this particular piece but they also offer: Neutral, Maple-Pine, Golden Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Dark Walnut and Ebony Brown.

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My Favorite Primer To Use When I Paint Furniture! #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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Primer is critical for a professional finish because it helps with adhesion and helps prevent tannins from bleeding through especially if you’re using a lighter color.  Primer helps with durability and can also help block out odors.

Over the years I have tried many different types of water-based and oil-based primers, but in the end it’s hard to beat Shellac.  I have used BIN religiously for about 3 years and it’s by far my favorite primer on the market. BIN Shellac by Zinsser (or Rust-oleum) is my absolute favorite.  It is a pigmented Shellac and can be used on whole surfaces or for small spot-priming.  While I have never actually done it, I just want to note that it is tintable for lighter colors.

The only downside to Shellac is that it has a little bit of a smell, it can be sticky if the weather isn’t perfect and it’s thinner than most paint mediums.  However, I personally don’t think the downsides outweigh the positives.  I like knowing that when the time comes to seal my pieces, I won’t have any bleed through.  I do recommend you wear a respirator mask and rubber gloves when working with Shellac and try to be in a well ventilated area, just to be safe!  

As far as the application process goes, I use a cheap brush or an old brush that I can toss.  I never use of my nice Zibra brushes!  I also like to roll it on with a 4” roller, so I can throw away the roller when I am done. Just keep in mind, if you use a foam roller, it can start to fall apart after a lot of use, due to the chemicals in Shellac. If you are working on a small project, a foam roller is fine! If you’re working on a larger project I recommend a microfiber roller.

In addition to preventing bleed through, BIN Shellac sticks to any surface without sanding.  It can be used inside or for spot-priming outside and it can also be used under-or-over any chalk, milk, latex or oil based paint.   It dries really fast, too.  Once applied, it dries to the touch in about 10 to 15 minutes.  Once it’s completely dry, I like to sand it with a 220 grit sandpaper before I apply my paint color to give it a super smooth finish.

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