The Copper Elm

What Color Primer Should I Use?
Wise Owl Primer comes in four color options: Clear, White, Gray, and Dark Gray. Each of these serves a different purpose and choosing the right one can have a huge impact on the ease and outcome of your painting project.
Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Without Breaking the Bank
The national average for a kitchen reno is just over twenty-five thousand dollars. And 29% of that big price tag...gets poured into the cabinets. With an almost $7,000 average dedicated to cabinetry, that much-needed kitchen makeover can be daunting, if not unfeasible. But what if you could refinish your cabinets yourself, getting that same fresh look while saving 95% of your costs? I know, it seems impossible, but stick with me...
When To Use Primer and Why It's So Helpful
When preparing to paint a piece of furniture, priming can be an essential part of creating a high quality, long lasting finish. Whether you need superior adhesion to allow your paint to stick to a slick surface or superior stain blocking to lock in tannins and stains, Wise Owl primer can be the key to working smarter, not harder!
Prep Work = The Least Favorite, But Most Crucial Part of Painting Furniture!
Prep work is a beast that most of us hate to tackle, and plenty of folks skip altogether. But if you want your beautiful paint job to last...prep work is a non negotiable. I don’t care what any paint brand tells you, you NEED to prep. (And yes, I am fully prepared to receive major backlash for saying this, and I don’t care...I’m unwavering when it comes to prep work. Period.) Depending on the condition of your furniture, your prep work can vary quite a bit. You might get away with 20 minutes of light cleaning or it might take a whole week of work. You need to assess your surface, come up with a game plan, and jump in.
DIY Mercury Glass - Krylon vs Rust-Oleum
A head to head matchup comparing Krylon's Looking Glass to Rust-Oleum's Mirror effects to create a faux mercury glass effect. Step by step instructions walking you through the super simple process of taking a plain piece of glass and transforming it into an aged mirrored piece!
Flawless Lines With Tape And Enamel
If you've tried taping off straight lines, you know how frustrating it can be to have your paint bleed under your tape and destroy your design. I've got a simple, effective, and reliable technique to get flawless geometric designs or stripes every single time. Using the yellow Frog Tape, designed for delicate surfaces, Wise Owl One Hour Enamel, and a roller, I show how I got this crisp taped off design on the side of a dresser. Spruce up your furniture and take your painting adventures up a notch with high quality details!

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