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Why Wise Owl?

wise owl 001Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint was born from a need to bring things back to life. It is ironic that the same concept was the inspiration for the name itself. The reason Wise Owl was chosen as our brand name was because as a child, I cared for injured and orphaned owls with my mom. She was a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in birds of prey. Nurturing the sick and wounded is what my mother does best. From a very young age, I was part of this process.

wiseowl12 001We cared for hawks, eagles, owls, song birds, raccoons, opossums, ground hogs, squirrels, and more. Round the clock feedings for the babies or attending to injuries was part of my childhood. One thing was certain – if an animal needed care my mom would never turn them away. Following in my mother’s footsteps, I continue to rescue wild animals to this day. Great horned owls were the most majestic and resourceful of all of the animals. I was always drawn to their quiet strength and my love for them has lasted throughout the years. When it came time to choose a name and logo for my company I remembered how the Wise Great Horned Owl had inspired me and I hoped that my paint would inspire others. I hoped that it could be a tool to bring things back from injury, from the trash, or simply to bring it back to being a cherished piece of furniture once again.

squirrelOur mission is to provide premium products free of harsh chemicals and solvents. Our versatile paint is zero VOC which means there are no volatile organic compounds. Our wax is made from local beeswax and is solvent free as well. Turns out cancer causing compounds do not make better wax! Our hemp oil is 100% hemp seed oil without unnecessary fillers or preservatives. Our paint has amazing coverage and distresses with ease. Our finishes are sublime and provide strong protection for your hard work. We would like our consumers to feel good about painting and be able to do so without compromising health or the environment to do so.

So create, repurpose, and bring things back to life using our products. I hope the Wise Majestic Owl inspires you as it has inspired me. The hardest part is choosing a color!

 

Happy Painting!

Karen Chouinard
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Must haves for your painting arsenal! Guest Blogger -Trinda from Dearly Distressed

Wise Owl Must Haves 

Who am I, and what do I have to share with you today, you ask?
I’m Trinda, a displaced Canadian now living in the USA, mommy of two grown girls and owner of Dearly Distressed.
I’m pumped to be the Wise Owl guest blogger, since I have never blogged before in my life. You guys are my first audience in a blog setting.
I help run a Facebook group called Furniture Rehab Addicts with over 20k members (great ones I might add)
What I want to share with you today are my favorite products. Part 2 will be on Pro tips and Tricks with guest contributors (that I’m sure some of you may recognize).
This will be a two part series, as there are SOOOO MANY things I want to mention. I don’t want to overwhelm and lose you guys!
Stay with me here…trust me, this gets better.
Whether you are just starting out, have possibly hit a plateau or are an old hand in painting furniture, I’m hoping you find this information helpful.
I know, some days I get brain farts and need to Google or ask my awesome members their opinions on application techniques or even what their favorite sealer is, because my arm is killing me from waxing… I hate waxing…I still use it sometimes, but I prefer an easier application for sealing.
I’ve tried nearly every brand of boutique paint/wax/sealers/brushes from the cheapest to the most expensive. I have my personal favorites and plan on sharing some of those today as well.

Those of you that do know me (hiiii!!), know that I am direct and to the point…I don’t sugar coat things, and I don’t care if I hurt some feelings along the way with my honest feedback.
I’m also known for my passion and  to get you, the reader, the best possible product out there. Whether it be for easiest application, best durability, coverage, or even to save you a few bucks!

Part 1 Must Haves

Brushes 
Cling Ons!!!

I know I know, we all want to save money….and many think all brushes are the same, or even that in the end you will have the same outcome no matter which you choose.
Sorry, this is a BIG FALSE. No, No, No….. Not all brushes are created equal. How do I know? Because, I thought the same thing when I started out…No way was I paying 45 bucks for a “you know who’s”  Paint brush…yea, not happening, so I went to the hardware shop and grabbed a nice angled brush, paid a whole 5.99 for that baby.
I was pretty impressed with my purchase, and thought, gee, this works pretty good!
Yea……it worked “pretty good” with my homemade chalky paint recipe…..
But then I moved on to “boutique” brands, and realized, it was “ok” but maybe this is why people rave about the “real” chalky paint brushes when using chalky type paints. So, I went all out and bought a “real” chalk type paint brush, natural bristles….. It was awkward at first then I got the hang of it……but noticed it was leaving grooves in my paint, and within months my bristles got so short, the paint wasn’t flowing well either.
Karen Chouinard tried convincing me I’d love the Cling On brushes….but I’m stubborn, and said, I’d hate it because of the long handles and god forbid I try something a retailer was “pushing” on me…but….a year later I tried my first Cling On after giving up hope I’d ever find a brush I LOVED, enough to start telling everyone how great they were…. Seriously…Cling On all the way people.
It’s a synthetic bristle brush made in the Netherlands, employing people with disabilities (bonus)They are AFREAKINMAZING.
When bought from Wise Owl you’re guaranteed quality and awesome customer service to boot!
There are a lot to choose from, don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed because wise owl offers bundle pack
My personal favorite is the F40…why? Because I come from a family of painters…wall painters that is. So I am used to the flat brush.
Their biggest seller WAS the O40, til their new Matte Varnish arrived on the shelves (more about that in a few minutes) now my favorite has hit the top of the sales chart!
On top of being the best dang brush out there….you won’t break the bank either, super affordable starting at $18.50.  Remember, you’re only as good as the tools you use, people, don’t be afraid to invest in the best!!!
Did I mention they even have these funny looking angled brushes for hard to reach areas? 

Let’s talk about Non-wax SEALERS for your chalk style paint.
Wise Owl’s Matte Varnish

Did you know Wise Owl now carries a water based Matte Varnish?
It’s Matte.…but not completely Matte, it does have a subtle sheen to it. Why? Because.
The “matte-ifying” agents in “Matte” sealers stay more porous and has less durability, sorry, but this is the truth. You’ve probably noticed after applying a Matte finish, that it kinda still feels like the chalky type paint you just used. With Wise Owl’s Matte Varnish, it won’t yellow if applied properly (not too thick!!! And keep a chip brush handy for any pooling, I will go more into this in the Tips and Tricks part of this blog, so keep an eye out)
It saves the ol arm from waxing a whole piece, and goes on great with the F50 Cling On!!! Ohhh yea, sooo smooth baby!!
This stuff goes on crystal clear people!
I hear word on the street is they are coming out with a Satin version too!
Guess what I just found out? I tried using this as a decoupage medium, yes I said it, it’s officially a universal product and it works!!! So not only are you getting a crystal clear sealer, but a decoupage medium (and I’ll be testing out it’s transferring abilities soon), for the price of ONE product!
Pics and more chat about this in part 2, so stay tuned for this!

WAX (If you MUST wax, this is the only wax you’ll need)
Wise Owl’s Furniture Salve

What can I say….I hate waxing…like seriously hate it. BUT….. If I have to, my new favorite is Wise Owl’s Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve (most popular scent)this stuff is THE BOMBDIGGITY of universal use “wax”.
It’s not just a wax, it’s also hemp oil. I don’t know how they did this, but I use this shit on everything…well maybe not on fabric (unless it’s leather), but pretty much everything else is fair game. Like I’m talking even great for flyaway hair and cutting boards here. Plus is smells heavenly. *sighs*
***update I now know how they made this!
So, Karen sent me some as soon as they made the first batch to try out…It sat in my workshop for at least a month, because it was friggin wax…..and I was thinking, I’ll never use this stuff.
But one day I did an antique shelf in Antique Villa, heavily distressed, and thought, here’s an opportunity to try this stuff out.
Well I opened that can up and it was love at first smell…I dipped my rag in there and started to wipe it on the shelf and thought, Hmmm, ok, this goes on nicely, smells good, easy to work with, smooth as buttah!

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I started using the Furniture Salve on EVERYTHING after that day.
It’s GREAT for inside musty drawers, on the sliders to keep from sticking (though I quickly learned I loved this product so much I didn’t want to waste it on sliders anymore and used regular wax for that.)
It revives dried out leather, just like the Wise Owl Hemp Oil will, but the salve smells so good and buffs so nicely on the leather. I’ve also used it over old lackluster metal to give it a new look and just buffed it off. ( BTW, you don’t need to Buff as vigorously as you do with regular waxes, another bonus).
The Furniture Salve gives just as much protection as any other wax would, so no worries on losing the durability for the versatility here!
Also, just so you know….Wise Owl also makes this Salve in CLEAR!!
So there’s a Lemon Verbena, a Lavender and a Clear/no scent.  The clear is ideal for food grade surfaces like cutting boards unless you want your cutting boards to smell like lemon verbena, then have at it.

Glazes

Most everyone I know or hear from have at one time or another been afraid of Glazing…some of you may still be… There’s a neat trick to applying glazes that we will touch in the tips and tricks section of part II so stay tuned!

Sometimes when you paint furniture or anything with nice details, you just know it needs more depth or it’s missing that ” je ne sais quoi?”. This is when Glaze comes into play.

 

Glaze over layered Limestone and Gray Linen by Dreamin’ Big Designs

 

 

Whether you’re adventurous or like to stay in your comfort zone, you’ll find a Glaze color with Wise Owl’s HUGE selection of glazes. 

Dark Star Glaze! Metallic blue goodness

Wise Owl Black Walnut Glaze is their biggest seller, quickly followed by Dark Star (makes me think of Star Wars), one of their newest colors.
But if you’re the adventurous type then you’ll be surprised to see they offer 16 , yea I know….16 colors, in which 10 are metallic.
Considering how far a can of glaze goes, you really can’t go wrong with their pricing either.
So Wise Owl, hands down has the biggest and colorful selection out there.
Get ready to get your credit cards out people, you won’t be able to stop at just one color!

Pssst, but that’s ok, because I have a coupon code for you 😉

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Check back soon for Part 2

Thanks for reading!!

Trinda -Dearly Distressed

 

 

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New 2017 Limited Edition Seasonal Colors! -Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint

We are so over the moon to share our new seasonal limited edition colors!  It has been hard keeping these lovelies a secret and we are very excited that they are now available.

2017 is the year of brave and outside of the box  paint colors.  These new shades were inspired by Spring and also by rising and surprising trends in home decor. We hope you adore these daring shades that are sure to bring depth and dimension to your projects.

Abyss

Abyss is inspired by the deepest depths of the sea.  This shade is the richest, most pigment drenched blue green. Abyss pairs beautifully with grays, Nebula and cool ocean tones. Add black hemp oil wax or black glaze to increase depth.

 

Greenery

Inspired by the color of the year, greenery is a energetic shade of spring growth. Pairs well with our new shade, Blush! Finishing touch of black hemp oil wax, draw out earth tones with black walnut glaze, or soften this bright shade with white wash glaze.

 

 

Blush

Blush is the new neutral for 2017, and we are in love. This faded pink is inspired by the palest of spring peonies. Blush pairs well with Vintage Duck Egg, Greenery, grays and whites. Try it with Opalescent pearl glaze for a subtle luminosity.

 

 

Black Cherry

Black Cherry is the bravest shade of vamp. Eggplant, blood red, and Amethyst tones make up this deepest shade. Black Cherry is a jewel tone that is very dark. deep and SURE to create a Beautiful and Dramatic piece. Pairs well with Peppercorn, Smokey Quartz and Black. Finish with Black wax or Glaze to create even more drama.

 

Black Cherry is the bravest shade of vamp. Eggplant, blood red, and Amethyst tones make up this deepest shade. Black Cherry is a jewel tone that is very dark. deep and SURE to create a Beautiful and Dramatic piece. Pairs well with Peppercorn, Smokey Quartz and Black. Finish with Black wax or Glaze to create even more drama.

Sapphire

 

Sapphire is a deep blue hue inspired by the shade that was first mixed by the French artist Yves Klein. This is the richest, truest shade of ultra-marine, primary blue and is electric and rich. Pairs well with beeswax, grays, and reds. Finish with black wax/glaze or embrace the bold nature of this beauty with our new Verbena Salve.

Bone

 

Bone is a creamy pale gray that is almost white. It has a vintage richness like weathered white washed shiplap. It is one of the most versatile shades and pairs with EVERYTHING! If you are looking for an alternative to off-white, bone will surprise you with its mix or subtle warmth and cool tones combined. Due to Bone’s versatility, most all wax and glaze would be a perfect for the shade of lovely.

 

You can find these as well as the rest of the Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint lineup here.  You can also find the closest Wise Owl retailer to you here.

We hope you adore these selections and Happy Painting!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcing Wise Owl’s Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve

We are excited to announce our new Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve because it is a one of a kind magical “furniture ointment”.  It is is designed to deodorize, restore, protect, beautify, and rejuvenate furniture and more.  You will appreciate its softer than butter texture for easy application.  Its Lemon Verbena and Lavender oil scent is luxurious and contains plenty of benefits to up your furniture restoring and refinishing game.

Check out the multitude of uses and benefits of Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve:

To BEAUTIFY AND REVIVE , bring out the grain, and protect raw wood.

Table finished with Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve by M&M Embellishments

Makes a wonderful and natural ALTERNATIVE TO FURNITURE POLISH, simply apply over finished or unfinished wood

NATURAL SEALANT -May be used in place of FURNITURE WAX over painted pieces.  It is much softer and easier to apply than wax due to its high hemp seed oil content. It provides a strong finish due to the beeswax, candelilla wax, hemp seed oil and coconut oil formula.

Use to REVIVE SOFTEN AND PROTECT leather (you can even use it to add water-resistance to your boots!)

REMOVES OXIDATION from tarnished metal and hardware.  Simply apply and wipe away years of patina and grime.

NEUTRALIZED ODORS, use inside drawers to seal and protect while removing unwanted smells from furniture.

WATER RESISTANT- provides protection against water rings and moisture.  It may also be used to remove existing water rings.

Makes an excellent HAND AND NAIL TREATMENT!  Our natural formula is so safe and we know you will adore softening and moisturizing your hands while using it!

AROMATHERAPY- enjoy the calming scent of lemon verbena while rejoicing in the skin improving qualities of cold pressed lavender oil.

ANTISEPTIC, ANTI-FUNGAL, ANTI-PARASITIC AND BACTERICIDAL PROPERTIES- protects against mildew, mites, parasites and pathogens and even repels insects!  Who needs moth balls when our Furniture Salve smells like a day at the spa!  We all know some of the best furniture finds come from the roadside, and we don’t always know where they have been!

HEMP SEED OIL FORMULA -Contains all of the scientifically packed powers of this all natural super oil.  Read more about the benefits of Wise Owl’s Hemp Oil here.

ADDS A SOFT SHEEN AND LUSTER to your projects.  If you love using hemp seed oil alone, but wish it had more of a shine, then this product is for you.  It also provides more water protection than hemp seed oil alone.

SUBLIME, SOFT, and STRONG formula that is easy to apply and goes a LONG way!

To Use: Apply Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve with a lint free cloth our HQ natural bristle brush and work into surface, buff well. Apply as needed to revive and protect. May be used over raw wood, finished or stain wood, painted furniture, and even metal to remove tarnish.

Available in 4oz and 8oz tins

We know you will adore this product and we are so proud to continue to reinvent furniture refinishing and to offer one of a kind natural products.  Let us know how much you love it!

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Wise Owl’s Guide to Finishing Products

Selecting the right finish for the job can be a tough decision.  This guide will help you choose the best finish for your project and share some helpful tips along the way.  Wise Owl offers natural waxes, wax sticks, glazes, and hemp oil as sealants for your projects.  Let’s start from the top!

Wise Owl Matte Varnish:

Wise Owl’s Matte Varnish is unlike any other water-based topcoat.  Our varnish formula is truly revolutionary.  We utilize a crystal clear resin to yield serious protection that will not yellow or discolor whites due to the crystal clear technology. Our Matte Varnish provides industrial grade strength suitable for cabinets and high traffic areas.  It is a truly flat finish to preserve the matte quality of Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint.

Apply in thin even coats and allow adequate dry time in between coats.  Try using a Cling On F50 or F40 bush to apply for the smoothest finish

 

Self leveling

Non-yellowing

Non streaking

Crystal clear

Serious protection

Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve

Our Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve because it is a one of a kind magical “furniture ointment”.  It is is designed to deodorize, restore, protect, beautify, and rejuvenate furniture and more.  You will appreciate its softer than butter texture for easy application.  Its Lemon Verbena and Lavender oil scent is luxurious and contains plenty of benefits to up your furniture restoring and refinishing game.

Makes a wonderful and natural

ALTERNATIVE TO FURNITURE POLISH, simply apply over finished or unfinished wood

NATURAL SEALANT -May be used in place of  furniture wax over painted pieces. It is much softer and easier to apply than wax due to its high hemp seed oil content. It provides a strong finish due to the beeswax, candelilla wax, hemp seed oil and coconut oil formula. Use to

REVIVE SOFTEN AND PROTECT leather (you can even use it to add water-resistance to your boots!)

REMOVES OXIDATION from tarnished metal and hardware. Simply apply and wipe away years of patina and grime.

NEUTRALIZED ODORS, use inside drawers to seal and protect while removing unwanted smells from furniture.

WATER RESISTANT- provides protection against water rings and moisture. It may also be used to remove existing water rings. Makes an excellent HAND AND NAIL TREATMENT! Our natural formula is so safe and we know you will adore softening and moisturizing your hands while using it! AROMATHERAPY- enjoy the calming scent of lemon verbena while rejoicing in the skin improving qualities of cold pressed lavender oil. ANTISEPTIC, ANTI-FUNGAL, ANTI-PARASITIC AND BACTERICIDAL PROPERTIES- protects against mildew, mites, parasites and pathogens and even repels insects! Who needs moth balls when our Furniture Salve smells like a day at the spa! We all know some of the best furniture finds come from the roadside, and we don’t always know where they have been!

HEMP SEED OIL FORMULA -Contains all of the scientifically packed powers of this all natural super oil. Read more about the benefits of Wise Owl’s Hemp Oil here.

ADDS A SOFT SHEEN AND LUSTER to your projects. If you love using hemp seed oil alone, but wish it had more of a shine, then this product is for you. It also provides more water protection than hemp seed oil alone.

Wise Owl Furniture Wax

Our waxes are solvent free and all natural. Its buttery texture promotes smooth and easy application yielding a strong protective finish for projects. Use as a sealant for painted projects and on wood grain as well. Wax finishes may be layered for a desired effect. Wise Owl furniture wax is available in many colors.

Allow adequate time to cure for the strongest finish and always remember to buff well.  Wax is temperature sensitive (harder at cooler temps) so use at room temperature for best results and easier application.  You may apply a clear wax before applying a dark wax if a more subtle finish is desired.  Check out our video tutorial on applying wax here.

Wise Owl Essential Oil Wax Sticks

Essential Oil Furniture Wax Sticks are now available! These are way cool and so easy to use! They feature a screw-up applicator, apply without a brush or cloth (less wasted product stuck on brush or cloth).  These wax sticks will change the way you think about furniture wax!  Enjoy easier application, essential oil aromatherapy, and a softer formula that provides a strong finish to your Wise Owl projects!

Sweet Orange Clear Wax Stick is a natural Candelilla and beeswax formula made from the Euphorbia Cerifera plant. An advantage of using a Candelilla wax formula is its spreadability, making it a very easy to apply wax. This wax also features coconut oil to make it a strong but smooth soft wax. This is a non-yellowing wax that will preserve the integrity of white shades and more. The sweet orange essential oil adds an amazing scent that works its essential oil powers to contribute to an amazing finish.

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The Black Lemongrass Wax features  lemongrass essential oil and activated charcoal for a unique take on natural colorants. It also contains Candelilla wax and contains hemp oil. This wax will create dimension and add an authentic time worn effect on finishes while providing a strong finish.

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Painted in Wise Owl black finished with Black Lemongrass wax stick. Project by Hart’s Cottage.

 

Both formulas not only smell dreamy, but the essential oils contained within have these properties;

*antimicrobial *bactericidal *fungicidal In addition to the physical functionality of these oils, they also offer; *aromatherapy *natural anti-depressant properties *reduces inflammation (bonus for arthritic users!)

Paint is therapy, these just add some scientifically backed punches in an easy to use, one of a kind furniture wax.
These may be used to seal painted projects as well as used alone on wood.

Wise Owl Furniture Wax

Wise Owl Furniture Wax is solvent free and all natural. Its buttery texture promotes smooth and easy application yielding a strong protective finish for projects. Use as a sealant for painted projects and on wood grain as well. Wax finishes may be layered for a desired effect. Our wax is available in these colors:

Clear– Completely clear, the best choice to preserve the integrity of white finishes

White– White wash/ liming wax.

Pearl– Shimmering metallic pearl wax

Silver– Metallic silver wax

Patina– Metallic emerald turquoise wax

Champagne Gold– Muted metallic champagne gold wax

 

Wise Owl Hemp Oil Wax:

Hemp oil furniture wax is made with all natural beeswax with hemp oil.  It is a softer wax, making it a dream to apply and buff off.  Since it contains hemp oil, it is a superior sealant to many waxes because hemp oil is anti-microbial, anti-fungal (can combat mildew), and it will cure to a strong and durable finish.  Hemp oil wax is soft enough to penetrate through the pore space of the paint, thus strengthening the bond of this supreme finish.

You may ask… If hemp oil makes the best wax, then why aren’t all of the waxes made with hemp oil?

The answer is:  Hemp oil is a natural product, and has a natural color that can range from golden to amber and even a bit green.  If you choose to use it over whites, it could discolor the finish casting a golden or olive oil color to the finish.  On any medium to dark colors, it will only richen the color and you should not notice much of a change.  Hemp Oil waxes come in natural, Black, Black Walnut, and umber.  Our natural waxes are available in clear, white, driftwood, and a multitude of metallics and they do not contain hemp oil as to not discolor desired lighter finishes.

Natural Hemp Oil Wax– Natural hemp seed oil, best on colors besides white due to the natural golden color of hemp seed oil.

Black Hemp Oil Wax– Deep black soft hemp wax

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Black Walnut Hemp Oil Wax-Black/Brown soft hemp wax

Glaze

Our Glaze is one of the most amazing and dimension creating finishes.   What exactly is glaze?  Wise Owl Glaze is a water based finishing and dimension creating product that contains either flat or metallic pigments depending on selection.  It can create unique character as well as act as a sealing product simultaneously.  It may be used over painted pieces or alone over wood for a gel stain finish.  Glaze is a thinner consistency than paint and is designed to be applied and immediately wiped away to create a desired finish.  Our glaze is a topcoat in itself but you may also apply additional topcoat or clearcoats overtop of it if more durability is desired depending on traffic expected and intended use of piece.

Our Glazes come in these Finishes:

 

 

 

Check out our blog on glazing for more tips on applying glaze here!

Hemp Oil

Wise Owl Hemp Oil 16oz

If you are part of the furniture up-cycling world, you have likely heard about hemp seed oil.  This miraculous product is powerful super tool that lends itself to an array of beautifying and strengthening finishes.  This is definitely a product that lives up to its street credit!

What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp oil or hemp seed oil is an 100% natural oil produced from extracting oil from seeds of the hemp plant.  In its natural form, it is medium amber to dark greenish brown depending on the region from which it was harvested.  When unrefined, it retains more of its super powers including but not limited to; antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, wood and leather refresher and conditioning agent, Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint sealant, and more.

Wise Owl hemp seed oil is different from many hemp oils because it is cold pressed (retaining the most antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties) unrefined, and it is also second pressed (preventing it from spoiling like first pressed and refined food grade hemp seed oils.  Hemp oil is considered a drying oil because of its ability to polymerize into a solid form.  What does this mean exactly?  It will harden and become one with the surface (cure) and reach its strongest finish and bond once it has fully dried, lending its strengthening property to the finish of paint and wood.   This can take between 2 weeks and a 30 days depending on environmental temperature and humidity.  You may still use your piece finished with hemp oil in the meantime, but take care to protect it from water and heavy wear and tear until it has cured.  Hemp oil is suitable for outdoor use, and may be applied in multiple coats to produce a more water resistance finish.

 

What can hemp seed oil do?

  1. It may be used on finished wood to clean and protect, or on unfinished wood to bring out the richness of the wood grain and protect it from water. It is also food safe, making it an excellent choice for beautifying and protecting cutting board and butcher blocks.
  2. It makes an excellent sealant over stained furniture! Simply allow the stain to dry for 3-4 days, then apply hemp oil onto the surface and let it absorb then wipe away any excess oil.  Hemp oil may be reapplied at any time to renew the finish and bring out the wood grain.
  3. It removes oxidation from various metals and may be used to clean corroded hardware and remove tarnish.
  4. It provides a strong alternative to waxing chalk style paint. This strong paint finishing product will rival polyurethanes in terms of tenacity!  If applied properly, it produces a finish that is not only strong, but also buttery smooth and uncharacteristic of many chalk style paint finishes.  It will not add any shine, and will preserve the matte finish of Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint.

 

For full instructions on applying hemp oil, Check out our blog featuring hemp oil here.

For a guide to help you select the best coordinating Wise Owl colors and finish, check out our blog post featuring our favorite and best selling color combos and finishes.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the contact us section.

Happy Painting!

Karen Chouinard

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Wise Owl is a VOC Free Furniture Paint – Learn More

What makes Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint So Great? 

What we DON’T put in our products, sets us apart.

Why Wise Owl is a VOC free Paint:

Thankfully, in recent years, a substantial amount of attention has been focused on the ingredients found in paint.  I’m sure you have heard the terms zero VOC and Low VOC but do you know what they mean?  My intention for this post  is to educate consumers about the hidden dangers present in some of the products they have used, or may be using and why Wise Owl is a VOC free paint.

VOC stands for Volatile Organic compound.  Sounds scary right?  Well, it can be some pretty bad stuff.  The downside of VOCs is that long term exposure to them can cause health problems like kidney and liver damage, respiratory distress and disease, cancer, memory loss, can trigger asthma attacks and more.   Oil based paints are really the worst culprits when it comes to harboring these dangerous compounds but some water based paints have a high number of VOCs as well.

That new paint smell is something you want to stay away from.  Those smells are VOCs being released from the paint and the bad news is… only 50% of the VOCs within are released in the first year after application.  These compounds continue to be released, affected you and your family’s health throughout the years.

Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint is a VOC free paint, so you won’t be bothered by smell, headaches, or have to risk your health while using our products.  We want you to love what you create, and not have to compromise your heath or the environment to do so!

These 2 chemicals commonly found in paint are particularly hazardous. They are NOT present in our formula!

Ethylene glycol (Antifreeze) has been shown to be toxic to humans and is also toxic to domestic pets such as cats and dogs.

Methanol has a high toxicity in humans. If as little as 10 mL of pure methanol is ingested, for example, it can break down into formic acid, which can cause permanent blindness by destruction of the optic nerve, and 30 mL is potentially fatal.

Solvent and VOC free Natural Furniture Wax 

Our waxes are all free of chemicals and solvents.  They are made with natural beeswax, natural candelilla wax (made from the Euphorbia cerifera plant), 100% hemp seed and coconut oils, activated charcoal, and natural mica pigments.  We even have  new waxes that feature essential oils!  You can read our blog about all of the benefits of our new wax sticks here.

Some companies offer furniture waxes that contain chemicals that are hazardous to YOUR health. Prolonged exposure to these solvent based ingredients waxes may cause adverse effects to the liver and urinary systems. Reports have associated repeated and prolonged overexposure to solvents with permanent brain and nervous system damage.

Here are some chemicals you won’t find in our natural waxes!

Naptha: Some forms of this chemical can be particularly dangerous to your health. Some even cause cancer. Many forms cause skin irritation, stomach upset, and more health problems with increased exposure.

Mineral Spirits: The poisonous ingredients in mineral spirits are hydrocarbons, which are substances that contain only hydrogen and carbon. Examples are benzene and methane. These may cause intestinal problem, rapid heartbeat, breathing problems, loss of alertness and even damage to your nervous system.

Petroleum: Breathing petroleum vapors can cause nervous system effects (such as headache, nausea, and dizziness) and respiratory irritation. Very high exposure can cause coma and death. Liquid petroleum products which come in contact with the skin can cause irritation and some can be absorbed through the skin. Chronic exposure to petroleum products may affect the nervous system, blood and kidneys.

These are just a few of the know dangerous compounds found in some furniture paints and waxes.  The truth is, these additives are generally used because they provide a cost savings to the manufacturer.  Using more natural ingredients can be costly but you do not need to sacrifice health to ensure great results.  Our waxes are strong, natural, and effective without putting you or your family at risk.  Our commitment to providing non-toxic premium products will not be compromised to save on manufacturing costs!

100% natural Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp oil or hemp seed oil is an 100% natural oil produced from extracting oil from seeds of the hemp plant, a renewable resource.  Using Hemp seed oil supports sustainable farming methods.  In its natural form, it is medium amber to dark greenish brown depending on the region from which it was harvested.  When unrefined, it retains more of its super powers including but not limited to; antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, wood and leather refresher and conditioning agent, Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint sealant, and more.  Wise Owl hemp oil is different from many hemp oils because it is cold pressed (retaining the most antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties) unrefined, and it is also second pressed (preventing it from spoiling like first pressed and refined food grade hemp seed oils.  This safe and natural alternative to sealants is so safe, you can use on cutting boards and to soften skin!  You can read all out our Hemp seed oil and its benefits here.wise owl hemp oil

 

 

As someone who has spent most of her life nurturing injured and orphaned animals with my Mom, contributing to the decline of our environment and wildlife is not something I will stand for.  We take a strong approach to protecting our wildlife and water systems and choosing more natural ingredients helps us maintain peace of mind about our contributing carbon footprint.

My Mother and I preparing to release an orphaned raccoon when I was 10 years old.

My Mother and I preparing to release an orphaned raccoon when I was 10 years old.

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My daughter, 3rd generation animal care

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Preparing to release an adult Flying Squirrel, after its nest was destroyed.

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If you use Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint, you already know that the absence of the above toxic chemicals does not diminish the quality of our products, it only helps by setting us apart from some less mindful folks in the industry.  We hope to inspire you to choose products that provide great results without risking your health.

 

Happy (and SAFE) Painting!!

 

 

Karen Chouinard

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