Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Our Favorite Things: Painting Products

Here at Bloom. Restorations, we have quite a few favorite "go-to" products and tools that we couldn't work without. And we would love to share our Favorite Things with you, dear readers!

Today's post will focus on our Favorite Painting Products.

1. Rustoleum Spray Grip - This nifty little tool is a must for those who love to work with spray paint. The Grip gives your fingers a break especially when working on a larger piece that requires continuous spraying. Simply slide the tool onto the spray can tip and you're good to go.

2. Aluminum Foil - Great for lining your paint tray for easy clean up. When you're finished, simply roll up the used foil and toss in the garbage. Simple and quick. We prefer 100% recycled foil, great for you and great for the environment!

3. Hemp Oil - This little known treasure is truly a fantastic multi-use product. Hemp oil is an all-natural and effective way to freshen up wood surfaces as well as painted finishes. Miss Mustard Seed is our go-to brand and it is amazing. Like, "change your life" amazing. Apply with a dry rag to any wood finish to freshen up the color and tone. It is an instant moisturizer that will last for years. You can also use Hemp Oil as a paint sealer. The oil will enrich your paint color and offer an organic and all-natural sealant.

4. Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner - When it comes to stain, pre-conditioning your wood surface is a MUST. And we LOVE Minwax's Pre-Stain product. Wood conditioner offers a perfectly prepped and conditioned surface that ensures an even application of stain, especially if you're just starting out in the world of furniture stain. A properly prepped surface is much better to work with.

5. Frog Tape - Many a wise painter will insist on using a good painter's tape for every project. While we don't necessarily agree with this advice 100% of the time, we can say that a good tape can be the difference between a perfect line and a sloppy finish. And we definitely love our Frog Tape.

6. Chip Brushes - Found in the paint aisle at most home improvement stores, and at any craft store, these little wonders are cheap, multi-purposeful and a DIY-er's dream. Available in a variety of sizes, use them for anything from applying wax to a painted surface or even brushing on stain; they work like a dream. We recommend cutting the bristles down a bit for a straight edge.

7. Grout Paint - Do you have dirty old grout that your cleaning product just can't reach? Don't fight it, cover it up! With grout paint! This product can cover up the dingiest of grout, leaving perfectly clean and bright lines on any tile. You can even use it to change your grout color! All you need is a toothbrush, a rag and some free time. We love Polyblend and you can find it at Home Depot.

8. Floetrol - This awesome paint additive is perfect for large-scale projects that involve a ton of paint time. Floetrol thins your paint, and prevents paint clumps as well as minimizing brush strokes.

9. Paint Spray Gun - We admit, a paint sprayer can sound like the big leagues. And if you're just beginning your furniture restoration journey, the paint sprayer can be very intimidating. But we promise, practice makes perfect and if you want a perfect finish in about half the work time, a paint sprayer is the way to go. You'll need a pressure source and we recommend air compressor power, however there are many different varieties and options out on the market right now. Do your research and choose based on the level of quality and finish desired. Our favorite is the Husky HVLP Gravity Feed sprayer and you can find it at Home Depot.

10. Windshield Wiper Fluid - The wild card, right?! In the same realm as Floetrol, windshield wiper fluid can also be used as an excellent paint thinner. We love it in our spray gun as a way to thin latex-based paints and we've also used it when brush-painting as well. Allows for an even finish with practically zero brush marks. Simply mix with your latex-based medium and get to painting. Who knew?

We hope you've enjoyed learning a little bit more about some of our favorite products. Please feel free to use our comments section for questions on the items listed here and feel free to let us in on your favorite painting products. Stay tuned for more of our Favorite Things here on the blog and on our Facebook page.