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.
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.
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)
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!!
I know this is crazy- but seriously, what is a person to do with an old grandfather clock?
I didn’t do any distressing here. I just wanted it to be fun.
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!