Fusion Mineral Paint - The Pretty and The Practical

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Oh, how time flies! It has been almost five years since I started my blog! Truth be told, I almost cringe when I read some of my older blog posts. I like to think that both my photography and writing skills have improved over the years. It's been one heck of an adventure thus far and I believe I am somewhere in the middle now. My skills have improved, but there is always room to grow.

I remember my first blog post. I was totally overwhelmed and I really didn't know where to start. Although the web had endless articles on blogging, the more I read, the more overwhelmed I became. 

I know some of you are new to the DIY painting world and you may feel overwhelmed as well. I am here to help! I can point you in the right direction! My website is full of information that is helpful for both the novice and the seasoned painters.

I have a Fusion Mineral Paint "Tutorials | Inspiration" section on my website which I like to refer to as "The Pretty and The Practical". It's a great little learning centre.

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It's where I share beautiful colour combinations,

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and inspiring photo galleries

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that will help you choose the best colours for your home.

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I share recipes to create your own custom colours,

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and some great painting tips and tutorials.

So, when you get a chance, grab a coffee or a spot of tea and take a peek at The Pretty and The Practical.

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Posted on August 14, 2018 and filed under Fusion mineral paint.

Metallic Testers, Fusion TSP and a Beautiful Book!

 Fusion Mineral Paint Metallics - Champagne, Brushed Steel, Pearl, Copper, Bronze and Pale Gold. Available online at My Painted Door.

Did you know that the gorgeous Fusion Mineral Paint Metallics are now available in tester size bottles? Perhaps it is my fault if you didn't know! I've had them for sale in both my brick and mortar shop and my online shop for quite some time and a couple days ago I took a few minutes to take some photos to share with you. Let's face it, a blog post without photos is not very exciting.

 Fusion Mineral Paint Metallics - Champagne, Brushed Steel, Pearl, Copper, Bronze and Pale Gold. Available online at My Painted Door.

Now there are two sizes to choose from! 

Fusion Metallics are made from pure mica pigments which really makes them shimmer. It's difficult to capture the shimmer in a photo, but the metallics are just beautiful!

 Fusion Mineral Paint Brushed Steel Metallic Paint. Available online at My Painted Door.

Brushed Steel is one of my favourites!

 Fusion Mineral Paint Metallics - Champagne, Brushed Steel, Pearl, Copper, Bronze and Pale Gold. Available online at My Painted Door.

The colours in this collection include (from left to right): Pearl, Champagne, Brushed Steel, Pale Gold, Copper and Bronze.

To get the best bang for your buck, I recommend painting a coat or two of the regular Fusion Mineral Paint before using the Fusion Metallic Paint. The metallics don't cover quite as well as the regular paint. By doing this, you will save a bit of money and use less coats of the metallics.

For example, when using the Brushed Steel Metallic Paint, you may want to give your project a coat of Fusion Paint in the colour Little Lamb (or another grey) first. 

When using one of the lighter metallics, such as Pearl or Champagne, I would recommend painting a coat or two of one of the Fusion whites first. 

Just like the "regular" Fusion Paints, the metallics are very durable and have a built in topcoat.


Fusion Mineral Paint TSP

 Fusion Mineral Paint TSP available online at My Painted Door. Fusion TSP is a biodegradable, phosphate-free and organic degreaser. 

Fusion also has a fairly new product called TSP. I am so excited about this product and it has been flying off my shelves! Fusion TSP is a phosphate-free organic cleaner and degreaser that does not require rinsing. Any other brands of TSP that I have ever used required rinsing, so a no rinse formula is fantastic! Sounds like a small bonus, but imagine the time you can save if you wash all of your kitchen cabinets before painting them and don't have to rinse them. Sweet!

It is not always necessary to use TSP before painting but if you are painting a very dirty or greasy piece, I would give it a good cleaning with TSP first. Using TSP on kitchen cabinets before painting is an absolute must! I often score old pieces of furniture from barns, garages and other outbuildings and they really need a good cleaning too. 

Fusion TSP is concentrated, so a little goes a long way! You only need to mix 2 capfuls into one litre of water. 

If you are not familiar with TSP, my friend Jennylyn has made a wonderful little video about it.


French Vintage Decor

 French Vintage Decor by Jamie Lundstrom. Available online at My Painted Door.

Oh my! Have you seen this book by Jamie Lundstrom from So Much Better With Age? If you love French vintage decor, you will love this book! I have followed Jamie's blog for quite some time now and was so excited when I received a copy of her book. It is totally my style!

 French Vintage Decor by Jamie Lundstrom. Available online at My Painted Door.

This book features many wonderful DIY projects including some painted pieces using Fusion Mineral Paint and Fusion Fresco. A couple years ago I painted several doors for a friend's wedding using Fresco, but I have not played around with Fresco since then. That needs to change! Fresco is quite amazing!

I love this book and I thought you might enjoy it too! It's now available in my shop.

Photos courtesy of Jamie Lundstrom, creator of So Much Better With Age.

Posted on July 27, 2018 and filed under Fusion mineral paint.