I thought I would give you a heads up that Fusion Mineral Paint has recently announced they have discontinued the following colours: Lily Pond, Pebble, Seaside and Linen. I still have all the colours in stock in both the pint sizes and tester sizes, but once they are sold out, I will not be able to order them anymore. Sad but true.
I love this! Fusion Mineral Paint has come up with a great little chart that takes the guesswork out of prepping. I know it's a little hard to read on your screen, but you can click on the button below to enlarge it and you can even print it! You may have to choose the "fit to page" option when printing.
Let's talk Fusion Beeswax Finish!
Did you know that Fusion Mineral Paint does not require a top coat of any sort? It has a built in top coat which means it is not necessary to put anything on top of your paint. But, there are some situations where I would suggest a top coat. If I painted a kitchen table, kitchen cabinets or something that may need a little extra protection, I would likely use a top coat such as Fusion's Tough Coat.
On other projects, I like to use a top coat like Fusion's Beeswax Finish. This finish is made from pure beeswax and hemp oil and gives your piece a smooth, soft, satin finish. So, if you prefer a bit of sheen on your pieces, this is the product for you!
Once you apply a coat of the Beeswax Finish, I can pretty much promise that you will be running your hand over your furniture every time you walk past. It's super soft and smooth! If you want an even smoother finish, you can lightly sand your project with a very fine sandpaper before waxing. I know some people who use 400 grit sandpaper on every project.
Meet Hayley! I recently had my friend, Hayley, help me out with some photo shoots.
This photo shoot was a wonderful group effort. My friend, Dawn, painted this little table with Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour Inglenook and then lightly distressed it. We decided to add a bit of a sheen using the Beeswax Finish.
It is important to let your paint dry at least 2 hours before you apply the Beeswax Finish.
I find this wax is easy to work with, but it is not quite as soft as some of the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint waxes. So, if you prefer to work with a "softer" wax, you can scoop out a little wax onto a microwave safe dish and microwave it for 5 - 15 seconds, depending on how much wax you are using. You don't want to melt it, you just want to soften it so that it is like butter that has been sitting on your countertop for awhile. Don't worry if you accidentally melt the wax and it turns into a liquid! You can leave it for a bit and it will harden again.
The Beeswax Finish is easy to apply with either a brush or a lint free rag. I like to use my 2" Fusion Paint and Wax Brush. Once I have used wax on a brush, it becomes my dedicated waxing brush and I don't use it for paint anymore.
After you have applied the Beeswax Finish, let it sit for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, use a lint free cloth or rag to polish it. We like to use old t-shirts around my shop.
I tend to polish in a circular motion. Once your piece has been polished, it should feel super smooth and dry to the touch. If it feels tacky, you may have applied too much wax and you should continue to buff it until it feels dry. Remember, a little goes a long way!
It is important to polish your piece in a timely manner. One day I was waxing outside and I got sidetracked and the piece sat for several hours in the hot sun. When I went to buff it, the wax was quite hard and no matter how hard I tried, I could not achieve that super soft feeling and it felt tacky in some areas. I lightly sanded those areas and then applied more wax and buffed it again. It worked out fine - but what a waste of time and wax!
It takes about 30 days for the wax to fully cure, so be gentle with your piece until then.
One more tip! Sometimes when you paint with Fusion's dark colours such as Coal Black, you may notice that fingerprints and other scuff marks show. Although it is easy to wipe off those marks, it's super annoying! If you use the Beeswax Finish, you won't have that problem with dark colours.
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You know what I love about my little paint shop? Everything. Absolutely everything! Here's why.
Many years ago before Pinterest was around, I saw this photo by a gal named Donna and saved it on my computer. Remember when we had to save images to our computers? Yikes! That was a disorganized mess. Anyway, since that day I have always dreamed of stencilling my stairs. One day I will.
From that day forward, I started reading Donna's Funky Junk Interiors blog. I am a little obsessed with Donna's style and amazed at her creativity. I am sure Donna's right side of her brain is way larger than the average person's. It has to be. I have no idea how Donna can consistently come up with such creative ideas. The best part is that she uses all kinds of junk in her creations and I have a whole whack of junk in my back 40.
It blows my mind that years later I would have a little paint shop and actually sell Donna's stencils. This is the same staircase that I fell in love with years ago, but this time there are stencilled signs all over the walls. How cool is that?
I will stop talking now and let you scroll through some beautiful photos. All of these projects were created by Donna using her Old Sign Stencils.
I realize we are a little out of season here, but for those of you who sell your work, it's never too early to start planning your projects for the holiday season! I think signs like this would be great sellers, don't you?
I have created a photo gallery that features many more stencils and design ideas by Donna. You really need to take a peek!