Fusion Mineral Paint!! This is the stuff.

So I have been painting furniture for, ahem, 30 years.  I began when I was a teenager.  I started by using wall paint–you know the method…sanding, priming, painting and then lacquer….

Then I discovered chalk paint!  It was revolutionary……until it wasn’t.  The no prep paint?  Ya, no such thing.  Had me fooled too.

But….I still use chalk paint, however, I do a light sand and a clean before I paint and I always use Pure&Original- you can’t beat the quality.

And then came Fusion.  If you paint furniture then you have probably heard of this brand.  It is not a chalk paint- it is acrylic.  Similar to a water based latex paint but has a higher percentage of acrylic in it so when it cures the finish is super hard.  The best part?  No need to wax!  It has a built in top coat.  The paint line does offer glazes and waxes- but these are mostly for decorative purposes.

I mostly paint with Fusion now.  It goes on super smooth and has strong adhesive qualities.  Prep is still required -which usually means a quick go over with sandpaper to rough up the surface and then a wipe down to remove any dust or dirt.  Bleed through can still happen- just like any other paint.  There are a few products on the market that can help with this.

So…now on to my most recent project!

I bought this clock ages ago- it has been living in my garage for quite some time….finally during the January slowdown I decided to paint it.

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So the clock is not an antique, as you can clearly see.  The wood is oak- nothing special.  It was lacquered but a lot of it was worn away.  I just gave it a quick sanding then wiped it down to remove the dirt build up.

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Then painted.  This is a pretty great photo showing the coverage of Fusion.  It goes on super smooth too- with the help of my Cling On brush 😉 (it goes on smooth without the brush too and levels really well)IMG_1246

The above shows how great the coverage is.

The colour is Azure and the inside I painted with a white called Casement- then used the wallpaper to line the back.

Next I installed shelves which were also painted white.

And here it is!!

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I know this is crazy- but seriously, what is a person to do with an old grandfather clock?

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I didn’t do any distressing here.  I just wanted it to be fun.IMG_1256

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I know this is a bit wacky….but I think it is really happy and bold and a great example of up cycling and thinking outside of the box…..or the clock!

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Cling On brushes!

If you paint a lot of furniture- you will love these brushes.  Cling On brushes are manufactured by a company in Holland.  They are my brush of choice now.

So many reasons why…..

first of all they are a small company.  I mean- they are not manufactured in China -they are a niche brand.

There are five different types.  Round, oval, flat, a long handle with an angled brush(not in photo) and the new shorty.

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There is also a storage bucket.

These brushes are synthetic hairs coated in teflon.  They are also held in place with resin, not glue, so no bristles fall out.  This I can attest to!  I have all types at the ready- that I use every day and no hair has ever fallen out!

Because of the teflon coating the paint just glides off the brush.  Because the hairs are long and synthetic- they leave a super smooth finish.  (paint quality helps with that too.)

Why the bucket?

Once you are finished using the brush you can hang it in water for long periods of time without worrying about damage.  It is recommended only to hang up to the cord- which is there to keep the bristles in shape.  So the next time you use it- simply run it under the tap and the paint comes off so easily.

Here is an action shot 😉

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I use all of them but I think my favourite is the new shorty.  It is flat with rounded edges- which the one in the above photo.

I think you can buy these at many small business paint shops now.  The prices are not outrageous- especially when the brush should last you about five years……if not longer!

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It looks as though I have fallen off the face of the earth!!

I didn’t…..

If you have a blog you will know how much work is involved in keeping up with it.  Especially if you just do it as a hobby and not as an income- like me!!  I guess when somebody is paying you to write a post it gives you a bit of a push??

Anyway- my last post has me explaining my move from one shop to another.  I am so happy at my new location!  It is great!

I have brought in a few new lines of paint that many are familiar with.  If you remember I started out with Annie Sloan’s paint.  I used that for a while but then decided to switch to a premium quality brand called Pure&Original from Holland.  I also sell another chalk paint called Everlong–which just changed its name……to Sarah Jayne’s maybe?  Anyway- just selling of my existing stock of that brand.

I also started selling Fusion Mineral paint from Canada!  Yeah, Canada!!  This is an acrylic paint that is manufactured by Homestead House from Toronto.  IT is my new love!!  I also sell Miss Mustard Seed milk paint which is also manufactured by Homestead  House.  I am sure everybody has seen her blog!

So I have three types of paint now- which is amazing because I don’t believe that one paint can do everything……For example- if you want authentic chippy furniture- Mustard Seed is the brand to use…  If you want a super smooth finish then I will always recommend Fusion.  If you want to add a decorative finish then go with the chalk paint…..this is just my general rule- others may have different opinions 🙂

So….let’s see.  Here are a few photos.  This is Mustard Seed.

This is Fusion.

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I haven’t painted a lot with Mustard Seed- I did just finish a very large cabinet that I painted pink for my shop- I am very happy with it.  I love the look and surprisingly enough there are quite a few techniques that can be done with milk paint.

There are also waxes, top coats and a hemp oil as well as metallic paints and waxes……I think I am forgetting something!!

Anyway…..so this keeps me busy!

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