Here in the shop we have been playing around with the new Fusion mineral paint. We are testing a variety of products and techniques so that we can learn as much as we can, as quickly as we can! Because the Fusion line is brand new on the market, we have lots of great products to test out and I look forward to sharing our results with you. You can achieve so many different looks with Fusion!
I painted the little teapot in lamp white and Dawn painted the stool using a custom mix of two colours - bedford and algonquin. The two colours mixed easily and Little Miss Perfection (Dawn) was able to get the perfect colour to match her new fabric.
Unfortunately I did not take a before photo of the stool, but it would be best described as ugly with horrible orange fabric on it. The stool was previously painted an off-white colour. The only prep work Dawn did was wash it with TSP because it was fairly dirty.
Dawn wanted the off-white colour that was previously painted on the stool to show through when she distressed it, so she used a wax block in the areas she wanted to later distress.
Once the paint was dry, the areas where the wax block was applied was lightly sanded using 220 grit sandpaper and the paint came off easily. The wax block acts as a paint resist and makes distressing simple.
Although Dawn was pleased with the results of the custom paint colour, she wanted to still play, so she mixed up three colours of Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint (grain sack, trophy and ironstone) and dry brushed the stool. We have been playing around with combining Fusion mineral paint and milk paint and the two work great together!
Because Dawn is not a quiter, she continued on. She was anxious to try out Fusion's new tinting kits so she stencilled a couple butterflies on the stool with the pearl tint. There is also butterflies on the fabric so it was a nice final touch.
Once the paint was dry, Dawn lightly sanded the entire stool using 220 grit sandpaper and then gave it a quick wax with Miss Mustard Seed's furniture wax.
It is not always necessary to topcoat Fusion with wax, tough coat or another product. Fusion has a built in top coat and once the paint has cured (21 days) it is durable and washable. Fusion dries to a very flat finish and if that is the look you want, then you can just leave it. Dawn decided to add a slight sheen to the paint so she chose to wax it.
Dawn's little stool is for sale in my shop, My Painted Furniture.
My friend, Meghan, has also been playing around in my shop. She painted up this mirror in Fusion in the ash colour. Meghan also used a wax block so that she could easily distress it and have some of the wood show through. The mirror was then waxed with Miss Mustard Seed's furniture wax.
This little side table was also painted by Meghan with Fusion in the colour casement. Again she used a wax block and finished it with Miss Mustard Seed's furniture wax.
I need to tell you a little story about the daisies. Meghan wanted to pick some flowers from my garden to put in the photo. Being the crazy gardener that I am, I said "no way" and that I never cut flowers from my garden (because that is just the way I am - one day I will plant a cutting garden). Meghan looked at me, said "whatever", asked for scissors and went outside and cut some wild daisies from the field. Whatever!
You can read more about Fusion mineral paint and Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in my paint FAQs section.