I know I have said this before, but I am a wee bit of a collector of random stuff. Perhaps even a little more that a wee bit. Ah, but my random stuff sure comes in handy for showcasing paint colours in my shop.
I have painted up a some small metal projects with Fusion Mineral Paint that I wanted to share with you.
This vintage door plate is painted in Homestead Blue.
This little key is painted in Fort York Red.
There are a few important things to keep in mind when painting on metal surfaces. First, ensure that your project is clean. If you clean the surface with T.S.P. and lightly sand to roughen the surface, you will have optimum adhesion. But, I have to be honest here - all the projects I am sharing with you were small projects and nothing was particularly dirty, so I give them a quick clean with a damp cloth and did not sand. But, if I was painting a metal filing cabinet, a metal trunk or a larger project that would have wear and tear on it, I would use TSP and sandpaper. I swear I would!
Metal, lacquered surfaces, laminate and glass can be tricky surfaces to paint. I recommend that you give these surfaces one coat of Fusion Ultra Grip before you paint. The Ultra Grip will ensure that your paint adheres well. It is important to let the Ultra Grip dry for 12 hours before painting. Although Ultra Grip is white, it dries clear.
I know I should be telling you the "right" way to do things, so I have. But, truth be told, I did not use Ultra Grip on any of these small projects. I wanted to play around with Fusion and see what would happen without the Ultra Grip. Keep in mind that I was okay if the paint didn't adhere well in areas because I was going for a distressed look. I am thrilled to say that the paint stuck extremely well!
Please keep in mind that I sell paint and I think it's important that I play around with products. If I was painting a larger project I would have used Ultra Grip.
If you want to achieve a distressed look, there is a trick! After you apply the Ultra Grip and let it dry, you can use the Fusion Wax Block to make distressing super easy. Apply the Wax Block by rubbing it on the areas that you want distressed and then paint (one or two coats as needed). Once the paint has dried, lightly sand your project with fine sandpaper (I used 220 grit). Sanding will quickly remove the paint in the areas where you applied the wax and give you instant distressing.
I use a Wax Puck on almost every project that I want to distress.
I painted six metal teapots for my shop to showcase some of the colours. This is the colour Bedford. Side note: I discovered the old photos and postcards in the attic when I bought my shop. The postcard is dated 1919. Super cool!
This one is painted in Sterling.
And this adorable teapot is Lamp White. The grate in the background is also Lamp White.
And the colour Champlain.
This is my favourite teapot! It is painted in Casement.
This little guy is Limestone.
I got bored with painting teapots, so I decided to change it up a little. These old aluminum canisters are painted in Laurentian.
These spoons are painted in Prairie Sunset. I didn't have the heart to paint my old measuring cup. Some things are just not meant to be painted!
I have painted tons of mason jars and I seriously needed a break. Usually I paint the glass, so I decided to paint the metal lid instead. Kinda cute. The colour is Champness.
Products used for this project:
Foam Sanding Block (or 220 grit sandpaper)
Fusion Ultra Grip (I did not use Ultra Grip, but I would on larger projects!)