Paints And More

As you can tell I love painting, and collecting paint. 

I use a variety of paint brands but I have my favorites and my not so favorites.

But today I wanted to share the what finishes I used and a few photos of my messy workshop. 

This is what they say about it
Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish is a crystal clear, fast-drying protective topcoat for use over bare wood, oil- and water-based stains, paint and wallpaper. It has very little odor, is non-flammable, cleans up easily with soap and water, and can be recoated in only 2 hours. Minwax® Polycrylic® resists damage from abrasion, scuffing, chipping, water, alcohol and other common household chemicals.
I love this product for its clearness, but it can cause color change on some painted surfaces and yellowing over time. The other day I applied it my chevron dresser and some brown showed up, thank goodness its only on the inside but you never know what its going to do. Even if you test a spot that's not going to tell you much because in one area it can brown and not the other. 
You also can not use a roller, only a good brush and you want to apply it with a good amount of the brush and evenly. Not to many brushstrokes either otherwise it bubbles.

This is what they say about it

Minwax® High Build Polyurethane is a clear, oil-based, durable protective finish that is specially formulated to provide long-lasting beauty and protection with just two coats.
This is a great product for use on stain or dark painted surfaces. It causes yellowness in light colored painted surfaces. I use a foam brush or one of my purdys for this. You need a brush for oil based and paint thinner to clean it out after each use. It is more of pain to clean as with any oil based product. 
This is great for tops, like dining room tables, or like our kitchen island. 

What they say about it

Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane is a clear, hard finish that dries fast to protect and beautify interior wood surfaces such as furniture, cabinets, moldings, and doors. Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane Finish is among the most durable coatings for wood protection. Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane's long-lasting protective finish makes it ideal for use on both finished and unfinished wood.
This is great for those surfaces that are not going to get beat up easily. Its oil based also and not a good choice for light color painted surfaces. It does dry quicker then the high build but not as tough. 
I used this on my small pedestal table. 

What they say about it

Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax protects and adds luster to any stained or finished wood surface.
Why I love this product? 
This is great to use on painted wood surfaces and stains. This is easy to use, a little bit smelly but leaves a protection and a smooth surface. I use this one a lot, although I want to try Annie Sloan's wax badly but not easy to get :o(
All you have to do is wipe on and wipe off in 10 minutes.

What I want to use also is this product

Varathane Floor finish.
I've heard good things about this pricy product. That its crystal clear, drys fast, and doesn't yellow over time. Yes it is a floor finish, but that means extra durability.
It only comes in a gallon and it cost around $48 and not easy to find.
I went to Lowes because they said online they had it there and I went and they only had high gloss. I wanted satin.

My favorite brushes
I use my bathroom sink to clean them out....
 This is my new one I picked up about a month ago. 
I'm hoping to get a few more in a variety of sizes.

I only use Purdy

Sometimes I use foam brushes for finishes and cheap brushes for certain craft projects.

 My Workshop table is very messy right now, I'm running out of space for my paints. I have two other shelves with paint and finishes on them. 

I received my free Glidden paint on Friday! I will only tell you I picked a blue color out.

This is the server I'm working on, its very old and beat up but I'm painting over the problem areas, some pieces are old for a reason and I dont like hiding that.
I painted the inside as well. 

This is the problem dresser, I've had it painted for a while now but one drawer needs major repair and this weekend my guy promised to help fix it. I painted the inside of the drawers a yellow. 

I feel like I've accomplish a lot even though most of my pieces are not finished. Its mainly applying the finish and waiting for it to dry and adding another coat and I have to make sure It looks its best. 

I'm also working on small projects to sell. We are planning on going to the flea market soon and my guy wants me to bring my work and I want to make sure I have a good amount to bring. 

I also need to get business cards made, I tried making them at home on my printer but they kept coming out wrong so i gave up on that.

Does anyone know of a good online place to get them made? 

I entered this post at the 31 days of PAINT BRUSHES by the diy club