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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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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 protection against water damage than hemp seed oil alone.

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

To Use: Apply Furniture Salve with a lint free cloth or a 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, leather, stone, granite, plexiglass, and even metal to remove tarnish and oxidation.

Available in 4oz and 8oz size

Look at how our Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve transformed the wood on the top of this dresser by Dearly Distressed!

Wise Owl Furniture Salve has so many different uses, you will find yourself putting it on EVERYTHING!

Our furniture salve is now available in Riotous Rain, White Tea, Tobacco Flower, Lavender and unscented as well!

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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 Matte and Satin Varnish, natural waxes, glazes, Furniture Salve and hemp oil as sealants for your projects.  Let’s start from the top!

Wise Owl Matte and Satin Varnish:

Wise Owl’s Matte and Satin Varnish are 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 Varnish provides industrial grade strength suitable for cabinets and high traffic areas.  Wise Owl Matte Varnish is a truly flat finish to preserve the matte quality of Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint.  Our Satin Varnish gives a subtle sheen that is the perfect finish if you desire some sheen.

If you need serious protection on high traffic projects, our Matte and Satin Varnish are the best finish for you!

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.

Painted by Brumley Gap Designs in Anchor and sealed with Matte Varnish

 

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.

NEUTRALIZES 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.

*UPDATE: Our furniture salve is now available in Lavender and Unscented as well!

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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 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.

 

 

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

black wax with antique red

Painted in Antique Red and lightly distressed then sealed with Black Hemp Oil Wax by Darling and Distressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 our matte or Satin Varnish over top 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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Top Trending Furniture Paint Colors- The Wise Owl’s Guide to Finishes

 

Choosing a color is the hardest part of painting with Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint!  This blog will focus on the top selling and most adored colors and finishes. My goal is to guide you through choosing the best complimentary shades and finishes.  If you seek color inspiration, this favorite finishes post is your guide!

The one question I get asked more than any is “What is your favorite color?” The truth is, I do have a top favorite and it has never changed… it is JOYFUL!  I’m a turquoise fanatic (in case you haven’t guessed from our color chart).

JoyfulFor me Joyful is the perfect turquoise. It is the pop of color that can compliment many color schemes and finds a way to fit in despite its bold presence. Now that I think of it, being the oddball in the room is something I am familiar with lol. That may explain my love for all things JOYFUL! In my opinion, Joyful is best complimented by Black Walnut Glaze. I love that the glaze adds richness to the finish as well as creates an authentic time worn patina.  It tones down this fierce shade of happiness while still preserving its beauty. Joyful is a vintage shade that plays well with colors such as Gray Linen, Grecian Clay, Peppercorn, Weathervane, and more. Try it with our black hemp oil wax for an aged patina finish that mimics what only time can generally do. Here is the description listed on our website for Joyful: The Perfect turquoise! Just enough green to showcase shades of blue with a slight gray cast to make this an accessible pop of color without being over the top. Black Walnut Glaze and Joyful were meant for each other where vintage patina is desired. It is no secret that this is my personal favorite and it remains our best selling color next to Vintage Duck Egg. It is a versatile color that can be paired with every one of our finishes beautifully.joy

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Projects: top right and bottom left, Shades of Chic

Vintage Duck Egg

 

My second favorite color is almost neck and neck with Joyful, it is a natural beauty called Vintage Duck Egg.  This dusty shade of green-blue-gray is a color that is so accessible, it almost deserves a place on the neutral scale.  It provides a pop of color that is just dramatic enough to standout, while remaining serene and not overpowering.  It plays well with Creme, Gray Linen, River Rock, Limestone, and Smokey Quartz among others.  I like to finish it with Driftwood Glaze for a gray washed look, or Black Walnut Glaze where a more dramatic dimension drawing finish is desired.  Also perfect finished with Black Hemp oil wax, this shade never disappoints.  It remains our best selling non-neutral color since its release in the Spring of 2015.  Initially released as a seasonal selection along with Sea Salt, Weathervane, and 1950’s Green, these players all became part of our lineup due to their popularity.  Our website describes Vintage Duck Egg as: Green blue and gray meet, creating a shade reminiscent of lichen growing on a tree. A beautiful pop of color that is almost on the neutral scale because of the natural shade. An elemental soft green gray often found in nature that is pure perfection paired with all neutrals.vde

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Projects: Top left Brumley Gap Designs, Top right Painted LLC, Bottom left Almond Road Designs

 

AntiqueVillaAntique Villa, this shade is a given… its described on our website as: The perfect off-white, not too stark, not too creamy. This shade has just enough warmth to feel inviting while still remaining bright.  Antique villa is the color that compliments all colors.  I adore it paired with Sea salt, Gray Linen, Peppercorn, and Bowie.  Antique Villa has been our #1 selling shade of all time.  It plays well with all colors from subtle to bold and everywhere in between.  If white is not a choice but a lifestyle for you, then here is your selection!  It is complimented beautifully by Mortar Glaze, an oyster gray/beige glaze with just enough richness to highlight details and create a multifaceted finish.  Try our Driftwood Natural Wax for a subtle gray washed finish.  This is the most popular neutral selected for painting cabinets as well.

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Projects: Top left The Salvaged Boutique, Top right Painted LLC, Bottom Left Lindsey Atwell

 

Black

 

The contender for best selling shade after Antique Villa is Black.  Described as: True and deep, this jet black is perfectly complimented by pearl wax for a luminous washed black, or white wax for a dramatic vintage chalkboard feel. Black or clear wax can also be used to preserved this pigment drenched black.  Black is a dramatic choice for statement pieces and finished simply with our Clear or Hemp Oil Wax, but also can be complimented with white wash for a vintage chalkboard finish, or Driftwood Glaze for a weathered gray wash.  It may also be finished simply using our Hemp Seed Oil.  If Hemp oil is new to you, check out our blog post about all things Hemp oil here.

 

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Projects: top left Maebelle’s Treasures, top right The Salvaged Boutique, bottom left Brumley Gap Designs

 

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Shabby chic and eclectic style lovers agree, Creme is a shade that blends in and makes itself at home.  The quintessential french creme, a succulent heavy cream shade with warmth that is not perceived as yellow but a rich shabby white.  It stays far from the yellow scale while possessing warmth and richness.  Creme plays well with all colors and is a common selection for an accent inside hutches, on 2-tones dresser drawer fronts, and more.  Mortar glaze will add a dramatic richness while our Hemp Oil Umber Wax will add an espresso infused faceted finish.  Creme is versatile and knows no boundaries, so experiment with selections here with ease.

 

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Projects: Top left and right The Salvaged Boutique, bottom left Darling and Distressed Boutique

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Limestone is a new player in the neutral game.  A whisper of cool Gray that is on just barely on the white spectrum. Vintage Duck Egg is my personal favorite to pair with Limestone. Driftwood wax is a beautiful finish that adds subtle dimension to this shade.  Limestone has quickly become a favorite due to its agreeable disposition when paired with almost any color.  Grays are a traditional favorite, and this pale mix of alabaster and crushed limestone have been a top seller and personal favorite of mine.  Try it with Mortar, Charcoal, or Driftwood glaze or dry brushed with Antique Villa.

 

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Projects: Top left Dreamin’ Big Designs, top right Dearly Distressed, bottom left The Furniture Art Studio

 

 

Mermaid KissNow for some excitement!  Mermaid Kiss is a turquoise lovers dream.  It has is a bold happy selection that can still be toned down with Charcoal or Black Walnut Glaze, Black Hemp Oil, Umber wax, or White Wash Glaze.  Pair it with any neutral or Coral Reef or Begonia for a tropically drenched pairing.  Layer it with Deep Turquoise and Joyful for a Caribbean inspired trio.  Here is what we said about Mermaid Kiss on our color description: Paint is therapy and this gorgeous turquoise is your happy place! Bright, fun, electric, and versatile. Tone down with black walnut glaze for a vintage patina or use white wash glaze to soften this shade. Umber wax can be used to create a union of opposites attract. Peppercorn and Coral Reef are two personal favorites to pair with Mermaid Kiss. This is a bright, energetic pop of color this is simple stunning paired with so many colors. Try it with antique Red for a surprising harmony.mermaid

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Projects: Top Left-bottom left Wendy Wilshek’s Handpainted Furnishings, top right Junque with a Purpose,

 

 

Smokey QuartzSmokey Quartz i is my go-to shade on many projects both as an accent color, and a stage stealing neutral.  Described as: Perfectly balanced true gray. Just enough cool and warmth to be situated in the middle of the gray spectrum. Accent with peppercorn for a 2 toned beauty but also coordinates with any shade because of its versatility. Try Black Hemp oil wax paired with it for added dimension.  My favorite combos include pairing it with Limestone or Peppercorn although, it plays well with many others.  Charcoal Glaze is a great finish where dimension and rustic appeal are desired.

 

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Projects: Top Left Kenosha Retro & Chic, Top Right Alexa Kamrad, Bottom Left A Shade of Teal

 

PeppercornSince Peppercorn and Smokey Quartz are pretty much besties, they deserve to share the spotlight.  Peppercorn is: Almost a graphite, this rich gray is a beautiful yet dramatic choice for cabinets and more. Deep cool gray that is a favorite paired with Higgins Lake, Limestone, Joyful, and complimented perfectly by our Black Walnut Glaze.  This deep shade of gray is another fave of cabinet painters.

 

 

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Sea SaltIf you want a show stopping unique beachy shade, Sea salt is a great selection!  Beachy salty air inspired this shade of lovely. Gray, Blue, Green, and White all combine to produce a color that seems to change throughout the day depending on the suns influence. Pair with Smokey Quartz, Peppercorn, Limestone, Gray Linen, or Snow owl. Pearl wax or Pearl glaze can be used to add luminescence without being over the top.  This alternative to white has plenty of ocean inspired tones that is truly the most multifaceted color in our lineup.

 

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Projects: Top Left Bergshire Manor, top right The Salvaged Boutique, bottom left Darling and Distressed Boutique

 

Gray Linen

 

Gray Linen is arguably the most versatile of all the neutrals.  This shade of greige (gray/beige) has enough gray to balance well with blacks and grays and enough warmth to pair with Espresso and browns.  It is a french inspired soft shade that compliments both modern, traditional, and vintage decor.  My favorite pairing is with Grecian Clay.  Mortar Glaze, Black Walnut Glaze, and Black hemp oil wax are a few suggested finishes to use with this warm unbiased neutral.  The most versatile of all shades, a greige with equal parts gray and beige to create a tone that lends itself to cool and warm accents equally. 

 

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Grecian ClayThe more dramatic counterpart to Gray Linen, a richer shade of greige that is reminiscent of homemade hot cocoa with enough gray to reserve its place as a versatile neutral. Glazed in Black walnut glaze or waxed in black hemp oil wax, this neutral will reveal unexpected richness.  This color has been a best seller from the beginning because of its versatility.  Pair it with Gray Linen, Creme, Tourmaline, or any neutral.

 

 

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Projects: Top left and right Ms Peddler’s Boutique, bottom left Dreamin’ Big Designs

 

Higgins Lake

 

Higgins lakeOne of the most loved and best selling blues in the Wise Owl Palette. A truly versatile blue that has a slight turquoise cast while remaining an approachable and very complimentary color to most every shade. Pairs with all neutrals and Driftwood Glaze has quickly become a favorite finish. Its safe to say that Higgins Lake Plays nicely with all colors. Inspired by its namesake, a clear and almost Caribbean looking lake in Michigan.  This continues to be the favorite blue in the Wise Owl collection, try it with Creme, Peppercorn, or Grecian Clay among others.  This is a very versatile vintage inspired blue.  I love it finished with Black Hemp Oil wax!

 

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Projects: top left Farmhouse Lane, top right Reimagined Restorations, bottom left Homespun Market

 

Bowie

 

Bowie: A true show stopping peacock blue. Navy with a slight emerald cast create an unforgettable and one of a kind color. Dramatic and attention demanding, it is a gorgeous accent to whites, Gray Linen, Smokey Quartz, and more.  Released Spring 2016 as a tribute to its namesake David Bowie (a personal lifetime favorite artist), Bowie possesses a unique, androgynous, unusual, and  exciting beauty. With these attributes, we found it necessary to name it after a legend that possessed these same traits. Since its release, it has risen as a favorite dramatic and jaw dropping selection.  It is a distinct alternative to navy due to its emerald green undertone paired with a rich nautical navy.  It is perfect paired with whites, Smokey Quartz, River Rock, Joyful, and reds.  For a surprising but inspiring pairing, try complimenting it with Neptune.  You can add dimension with Black Walnut or Charcoal Glaze or Black Hemp Oil Wax.  Checkout our blog featuring Bowie here.bowie

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Projects: top left New Life Creations by Al, top right Rehab To Fab, bottom left The Salvaged Boutique.

Tourmaline

 

 

Tourmaline: A medium vintage natural shabby chic green that is simply sweet. A muted green compared to our brighter 1950’s green. Black Walnut or Black Glaze is a beautiful compliment but Tourmaline remains a receptive color to all of our finishing products. Creme and tourmaline pair together to create nostalgia and paired with petal you may be reminded of spring peonies.  This green has become a new favorite in the last year.  Pairs well with Petal, Creme, Limestone, Smokey Quartz, Grecian Clay and more.  It is a vintage shabby chic green with modern appeal.

 

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Projects: top left Ms. Peddlers Boutique, top right Urban Farmhouse Finishes, bottom left Maebelle’s Treasures LLC.

 

Weathervane

 

Weathervane is a deep bronzed gray/brown that is almost black.  It has much more warmth than the cool gray tone of Peppercorn and adds masculine drama to pieces.  This shade is a luxurious combo of coffee beans and vintage black chalkboard.  It is great paired with neutrals, Greens, turquoise, Anchor and Bowie among others.  Despite its unique shade, it pairs so well with gray, beige or rich brown decors.  Add more drama with Black or Charcoal Glaze or tone down with White Wash Glaze.  Black Hemp Oil Wax and White Wax are 2 more recommended finishes as well.

 

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Projects: top left Brumley Gap Designs, top right Painted LLC. bottom left Urban Farmhouse Finishes.

 

 

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FAVORITE BRUSHES

In addition to favorite colors and finishes, I thought it would be helpful to showcase a few of my favorite paint brushes.  My #1 favorite go-to brush for all projects is the Cling On O40, this medium oval brush makes painting enjoyable offering a brush stroke free finish, easy cleanup, and this workhorse of a brush is just the right size for most projects.  Check out our blog post here to find out what makes these brushes so special and why they are the go-to brush of professional furniture painters.  O40

 

For cutting in and smaller projects, I recommend the Cling On R12.  This dainty round brush is the smallest round brush in our lineup and one I find myself using often.  R12

 

 

 

If you are creating a more distressed, shabby chic finish try our HQ 45mm  paint and wax brush, the large round natural bristle brush is essential for creating texture and dimension as well as applying wax.  This is my favorite size brush for waxing and it really helps speed up application of wax, and you will find you use less wax than application with a cloth.  The HQ brushes are incredible brushes for getting into detailed areas and painting spindles.

 

 

It was hard to just pick a few colors to feature but these colors of Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint are my personal and customer favorites alike.  Don’t stop here, explore all of our colors here.  Discover your own favorite colors and finishes, choosing a color is the hardest part!

 

 

 

Happy Painting!

Karen Chouinard

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What is the big deal about Wise Owl’s hemp seed oil?

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 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.

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What can hemp 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! Simple 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 re-freshen the surface 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.

    Hemp oil helped reveal serious beauty and dimension on this raw spalted maple slab.

    Hemp oil helped reveal serious beauty and dimension on this raw spalted maple slab.

Raw walnut slab finished with hemp seed oil.

Raw walnut slab finished with hemp seed oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to apply hemp oil to seal wood:

Simply apply hemp oil straight out of the bottle, with a brush, or with a lint free cloth, and allow it to penetrate the surface.  Wipe away excess oil.  Repeat as necessary to renew and refresh the woods finish.

Results after hemp oil on rustic pine table.

Results after hemp oil on rustic pine table.

 

Hemp oil renewed the natural beauty of this chair.

Hemp oil renewed the natural beauty of this chair.

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This rustic table top revealed its hidden beauty with some light sanding, staining, and hemp oil.

 

How to use Hemp oil to seal Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis painted pieces:

  1. Paint
  2. Apply
  3. Wet Sand
  4. Buff Well

Wet Sanding Instructions to seal Wise Owl Paint:  Make sure the paint has had time to adequately cure (at least 24 hours).  Working in small sections, apply hemp oil with a brush, cloth, or straight out of the squirt bottle.  Sand the oil into the surface of the paint.  Use fine sandpaper (300 or above) to work the oil into the surface of the paint (this is called wet sanding).  Distress at this time if desired.  If distressing a piece with raised wood grain or detail, a beautiful result is the illumination of the wood grain beneath (see picture below).  Buff the excess hemp oil/paint dust slurry with a lint free cloth immediately after sanding and move on to the next section and repeat.  The finish should feel dry to the touch when adequately buffed.  Leaving too much residual hemp oil on the surface will produce a tacky or sticky finish as the hemp oil dries, so take care to buff well.  If you notice any areas that look like they may not have absorbed enough hemp oil (blotchy or uneven finish) simply apply a a small amount of hemp oil with a lint free cloth and buff well to ensure the area has been saturated.  Do not apply any additional full coats until the hemp oil has cured from initial application.  Wet sanding is only necessary with the first application and this is generally all that is needed for most furniture.  Hemp oil penetrates through the paint instead of sitting on top like wax, this strengthens the painted finish dramatically.  Furniture intended for outdoor use may benefit from additional application of hemp oil.  You may still wax over hemp oil if desired such as when using an antiquing or colored wax.

Wet sanding with hemp oil can produce a wood grain defining beauty like this rustic pine primitive cabinet.

Wet sanding with hemp oil can produce a wood grain defining beauty like this rustic pine primitive cabinet.

*Note:  Due to the natural amber color of hemp oil, it may not be ideal for use over whites.  It could add a slight antique/creamy color on whites but will not produce a noticeable difference on most colors once sanded and buffed well.

Dresser finished with Smokey Quartz and sealed with hemp oil. It is the softest and strongest piece in my home, and I make everyone "pet it" to feel its buttery smooth texture.

Dresser finished with Smokey Quartz and sealed with hemp oil. It is the softest and strongest piece in my home, and I make everyone “pet it” to feel its buttery smooth texture.

 

How to clean tarnished hardware and oxidized metal with hemp oil:

Saturate hardware or oxidizes metal with hemp oil.  You may soak smaller items in a bowl of hemp oil, allow to sit on metal surface for a minute, and gentle wipe away oxidation with a cloth.  This is especially helpful to bring back the life to metal straps and hardware on antique trunks!  If you have an old trunk that seems dry and thirsty, it may just be calling for some hemp oil!

Wise Owl Hemp Oil in action!

Wise Owl Hemp Oil in action!

Pressed leather from the early 1800's was renewed using hemp oil alone!

Dearly Distressed restored and protected this pressed leather piece from the early 1800’s using hemp oil alone!

This thirsty trunk was revived using nothing but hemp oil!

This thirsty trunk was revived using nothing but Wise Owl Hemp Oil!

 

Once you have found one use for hemp oil, you will find yourself bringing everything back to life with It!  It is a wonderful and natural product that you don’t have to worry about getting your hands in and getting dirty.  Hemp oil is also used in many cosmetic grade products so you can also plan on the added benefit of a hemp oil manicure!

You can find Wise Owl Hemp oil here in 5oz, 8oz, and 16oz sizes priced from $11-$24.  You can also find the closest Wise Owl retailer in your area here.

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