When I was painting up the colour samples for Fusion mineral paint, I was moving fast! I wish I had taken before shots of all of the things I painted, but what can I say? I had a deadline to meet and before photos was not really an option. (I know … excuses, excuses).
I wish I could say that from this time forward I will always take before shots, but I would likely be lying to you. Sometimes my shop is downright messy and full of furniture and taking before photos can be quite the production - moving this, moving that, finding a suitable background and setting up lights. I can't wait until my shop is finished being renovated and I can have an area set up just for photography. When I have done that, I promise to always take before photos to share with you.
What I really want is a place like Marion's (aka Miss Mustard Seed). Have you seen her new workspace? It is every girl's dream space. You can see photos of it on Marion's blog.
Back on track. I wanted to tell you about a great little technique that is super simple to do using Fusion paint. It adds instant distressing to pieces with minimal effort.
This little cabinet was originally painted a light blue. The paint job was lousy and the cabinet was full of paint drips and other imperfections. I could have sanded it first to smooth it out and perhaps even filled a hole or two, but I believe imperfections add character.
I did not do any prep work to the cabinet. Fusion paint adheres extremely well to most surfaces, but if your piece is very glossy you may want to give it a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper to remove some of the gloss to ensure the paint sticks well. For super slick surfaces you can use a great product called Ultra Grip which allows for Fusion paint to adhere to surfaces that are typically not for painting such as a lacquered surface, laminate, metal or glass. Ultra Grip works wonders on things like high gloss Ikea cabinets.
This cabinet only required one coat of Fusion paint in the colour champness. Sometimes one coat is all that is required. I have painted with all 24 colours of Fusion paint and sometimes I used only one coat of paint, but for solid coverage most colours required a second coat of paint.
I kept a close eye on the cabinet and as soon as I saw that most of it looked dry (about an hour), I used a medium/fine grit sanding block and sanded the entire cabinet. In the areas where the paint was not completely dry and still appeared shiny, the paint came off easily and exposed quite a bit of the light blue colour underneath. In the areas where the paint had dried more, less paint came off when I sanded it.
It is very important that you sand your piece very soon after it has dried. In this case, some of the paint was not even dry yet and I began distressing it. If you wait for the paint to dry too long, it becomes far more difficult to distress. Fusion really sticks!
The sanding block had a fair amount of paint on it, so every once in a while I wiped it off with a rag. Once I was done, I threw out the sanding block because it was pretty much destroyed and full of paint. A sheet of 220 grit sandpaper would also have done the trick.
I chose not to top coat this piece. Fusion dries to a matte finish and a top coat is not necessary as it has a built in top coat. Once the paint has cured it is very durable and is washable. If I wanted to add a little sheen, I could easily top coat it with Tough Coat or wax. Tough Coat is perfect for those high traffic surfaces such as table tops, seating, doors and floors. Tough Coat is available in a clear matte finish or an antiquing matte finish.
The cabinet had a little glass knob on it, but I decided to add an antique door plate as well. I think door plates are so charming!
I loved the end results and I don't think it can get much easier than this. Even though this cabinet has a fresh paint job, it looks like it has been around forever! My kind of cabinet.
If you want to see how far one bottle of Fusion paint goes, I have written up a blog post about coverage. I think you will be amazed!