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How to apply Tough Coat Fusion Mineral Paint

I get a lot of emails and inquiries asking lots of question about using Fusion, I try to address them all, but some Q’s get asked more than others. The most FAQ is  ‘What is the difference between Fusion and Chalk Paint?’ I wrote a blog post about that here. The next most asked question is …

‘How do I  apply the Tough Coat?’

Tough coat is Fusions non-yellowing wipe on water based poly. It is so simple to use and can be applied in many different ways,  with a brush, a damp clean rag, a sponge or Fusions applicator pad. I have had success with all but prefer the applicator pad. The applicator pads are inexpensive can be washed out and reused and leave a lovely smooth finish.

Here is a very quick video showing you how.

 

 

Why do I apply Tough Coat?

Fusion has a built in top coat so why would you need Tough Coat?  Good question! Fusion Mineral Paint is famous for its built in top coat. It has a waterproof, scrubbable and non-pourous surface when dry, so why the extra step? Well there are a few areas that I always top coat like a dining room table top and a girls dressing table top. You could also argue that kitchen cabinets need it too, I have a post all about that you can see it here. 

How to apply Tough Coat Fusion Mineral Paint

Fusions Tough Coat Matte Wipe on Poly.

Tips

When using Tough Coat, it’s best to leave your paint to dry overnight before use. The paint is fragile to water while drying and applying the Tough Coat too soon could reactivate the paint. The Tough Coat has matting agents in the formula and those need to be reincorporated before you use it. We don’t want to introduce bubbles so roll the bottle to mix or take off the lid and mix with a stir stick.

When your first coat is good and dry ( maybe 1-2 hrs or less ) you can apply another coat. Don’t be tempted to go back over it as it can hold texture.  Wipe on and leave, any gaps you have missed in the first pass can be got on the second coat. Using Tough Coat over dark colours such as Midnight Blue or Ash and Coal black can sometimes leave a haze, this is the water evaporating off the paint and getting trapped under the Tough Coat.

I have managed to avoid the hazing by letting the paint dry for a good couple days ( the longer the better ) and using very thins coats with good drying time in between. Alternatively you can use Fusion’s Stain and Finishing Oil all in One for dark colours.  SFO is an Oil based top coat and is applied in a very similar way to Tough Coat. We don’t have this product in the UK at the moment  but it is available to purchase everywhere else.

How to apply Tough Coat Fusion Mineral Paint

 

How far does it go?

Tough Coat is a matte poly and comes in a 500 ml bottle it will cover approx 75 sq.ft (7m2), this will of course depend greatly on your application. It’s a thick formula so if applied with a brush won’t go as far as if applied with a damp rag, sponge or applicator pad. A bottle of Tough Coat lasts me a very long in the shop and I paint almost everyday! This is because most surfaces just don’t need it when you use Fusion Mineral Paint.

I hope this answers most of your questions? if not shoot me an email or comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Sarah X

How to layer Fusion Mineral Paint.

This piece was in good condition and very pretty with all its carvings. It’s Oak and my dealer got it from France where almost all my stock comes from! I know I’m very lucky to live this close to the coast, and we do get some gorgeous pieces in.

How to layer Fusion Mineral Paint

I started as I do with all my pieces by cleaning them with Fusion’s TSP  it’s a concentrated solution and you only need 2 capfuls in a litre of water to get your furniture squeaky clean. Next up I gave it a light sand with a 220 grit Sandi Hand, just to give it a key. Keying the piece took all of 2 mins and the analogy I use for my customers is to use the sand paper like it’s a cloth and wipe the piece all over! that’s it … easy peasy.

Choosing a colour

Lots of my painty friends always say how lucky I am to have the full Fusion Mineral Paint UK range to choose from but I’m telling you it makes it more difficult to choose! I wanted to keep the top in its original condition but the bottom needed lightening up. I ended up choosing Algonquin, Cathedral Taupe and Plaster.  These 3 colours together are fab and I think they work really well, Plaster is a real favourite of mine.

How to layer Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

Dry brush layering

This technique is simple, quick and uses very little paint, I use it a lot because it’s so versatile and goes great with lots of colour combos. I did a kitchen dresser in Algonquin, Champness and Putty a little while ago, you can read about that here. For this piece, I started with the Algonquin by using a dry brush ( almost ) all over and repeated this with Cathedral Taupe and Plaster. You are not looking for full coverage at all. It should just be on the large flat surfaces and you should still be able to see the dark wood through it. To get the right amount of paint on your brush I just load it up as normal and wipe it off on a cardboard square.

 

As you can see once you layer the dry brushing you get this really cool effect. The great advantage to doing it this way is all the antiquing is already done, or at least it looks that way. As I didn’t reach the crevices while I was dry brushing the paint hasn’t reached the recessed areas, keeping them the original dark colour. So simple to do.

How to layer Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Finishing

It looked pretty good as it was but I was going to wax the top to give it a bit of extra life so I added a small amount of Antiquing wax to the corners and crevices to give it some more age. The hardware was given a touch of Chocolate to maintain the dark iron colour that was already there and that’s it! I think all in all it took around 1hr to paint and maybe half hr to clean and prep and of course not much paint was used with this technique. A quick Makeover that looks interesting and unique.

How to layer Fusion Mineral Paint

 

How to layer Fusion Mineral Paint

 

What do you think? Is this a technique you would try?

Sarah  X

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

 

First, let’s talk about Fusion™ Fresco and what it can do.

Fusion’s Fresco is a texturising powder you add to paint to create different textures and effects.

SEA SWEPT

Mix 1 part Fresco to 2 parts Fusion™ Mineral Paint with a whisk or a paint stir stick for approximately 30 seconds.

This will cause lumps and chucks in you thicken paint which is what you want. Apply it to your surface by brushing or stippling on and knock down and peaks that are too high ( this stuff drys hard ) when dry paint with you topcoat colour let dry, and wet sand to reveal down to the Fresco layer/texture.

Here is an example of this

CRACKLED HEAVY TEXTURE

Mix 1 part Fresco to 2 parts Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

Apply a thick (2-3mm) layer of mixture to your paint ready surface. Allow to set for 10-20 minutes. Knock down any heavy lumps by passing your brush over them. The heavier the texture the larger the cracks. Applying sunlight or heat will increase crackle effect.

FLAT MATTE CHALKY FINISH

Mix 1 part Fresco to 8 parts Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

1 Small Bag will make 2.5 Quarts or 5 Pints of Flat Matte Chalky Finish.

 

Apply mixture in various directions for a hand painted look immediately upon application. If any lumps occur, brush them out. If using the included scoop, add 4 scoops per Pint for this look. Add more or less as desired.

POLISHED PLASTER

I have been wanting to try this for a while now cause I’d like to have a polished plaster wall in my kitchen so I started testing a Lime Paint. While I was testing I posted about it on Instagram Stories ( you should follow me over there, you get to see behind the scenes ) and none other than Loree Pringle, Jennylyn’s mum and co-founder of Home Stead House Company ( Parent Company to Fusion Mineral Paint ) was watching and DM’d me to say if I added a bit more Fresco to Fusion I’d get a ‘sorta’ Lime Paint!

So that’s what I did and it took a while to get it right but I managed to get the Fresco’d paint to burnish and shine like glass!!  Wanna see?

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Isn’t that just glorious?!

Like I said it took a bit to work out how to get it burnished like this, but once I sussed it out the process was pretty simple even if it was a bit laborious. For this piece, I used Little Lamb with lots of Fresco, in 2 separate pots I added the same mix but in one added some Farmhouse white Milk Paint, and in the other some Black Typewriter Milk Paint. I wanted some pigment streaks to show so I didn’t mix thoroughly.

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Look how many different tones have been created.

Can you believe that it created all these tones! It was the process that added these different shades in and I was pleasantly surprised that they occurred naturally.

THE PROCESS

To achieve this look I applied the base colour of Little Lamb mixed with Fresco to the surface using a plastic scraper/spatula. I tried a metal one and that worked great too! a Japanese skip trowel would have made this a lot easier. Working in sections was the easiest way and when it was getting a little dry I scraped it off in areas and pasted it back on, essentially manipulating it, this left thick areas and thinner spots. I took a hairdryer and blasted it with some heat polishing it with a clean rag while it dried revealing the high shine spots.

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Look at all that yummy texture!

The results were fab! I continued this process with the 2 other mixes. The thicker spots burnished to a glass-like sheen while the lowest points stayed matt. I was thrilled. I even managed to do a video tutorial on my YouTube page to show you how it all came together. You can watch that video tutorial by clicking HERE

THE FINISHED LOOK

I love love love how it turned out, and really glad Loree caught my Instagram story. Can you imagine this on a feature wall! wouldn’t it look amazing?

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Love this rustic industrial look.

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

Fusion™ Fresco faux polished plaster

 

Leave a comment and let me know what you would use it on and what colours you would use. You can, of course, buy the full range of Fusion™ products here on my website by clicking this LINK

Sarah X

 

 

 

Painting with a Spray gun.

I have been using a spray gun for many years now and for me and my business, it’s a must-have tool. It cuts back on time and also leaves a smooth professional finish, there are Pro’s and Con’s to using one though and it’s not suitable for everything. One of the things it is great for, and the most popular reason people invest in one is chairs!! Now if you have ever hand painted a chair or 6 I needn’t explain any further…

PRO’s

  • It’s a time saver for large or multiple items.
  • Leaves a flawless smooth professional finish. Zero brushstrokes!
  • The units are portable and can be used for on-site work.
  • Quick and easy clean up.
  • Larger surfaces use less product.
  • Can be used to spray stains, undercoats and finishes.
  • applies an even coat to uneven surfaces like banister railings.
  • Gets into those hard to reach nooks and crannies.

CON’s

  •  Uses more product for items with lots of negative spaces like a chair.
  • Has a learning curve to get the smooth professional finish. ( I can help you with that!)
  • Extra saftey precautions are required.
  • All sprayers produce overspray, so using it in a booth or protected area is best.
  • Respirator is required.

Which one should I choose?

The HVLP sprayer is perfect for beginners and suitable for small projects and furniture refinishing. I have used one for over 6 years and I still bust that one out a lot… the only time I get the big guns out ( see what I did there! ;)) is for larger pieces or if I have to do more than one. HVLP stands for High Volume Low Pressure, these units are great for interiors as it creates very little over spray and leaves a smooth finish. It’s easy to set up and to clean up.

Air-compressor guns are great if you already own a compressor, all you need is a gun and a hose. If not it can be a pricey investment and I would encourage you to try the HVLP unit first. The set up and clean up are not difficult and are very similar to the HVLP. The finish is slightly better and you have more control with the fan pattern and output. The over spray is more than the electric so more prep taping and using drop clothes etc is needed.

Practice makes perfect!

When you get your sprayer practice practice practice! Find a nice clean wall outside and use water in your gun to get the output setting right and the spray pattern, it really helps with cutting down your over spray and getting the paint to come out in the right direction will give you better coverage. Holding the gun perpendicular to the surface you are working on is very important and ensures you have a an even dimple free finish. You need to work at a consistent speed to create an even spraying pattern.

Spraying Fusion™

All water based and some oil base paints can be used in these two types of sprayers and I have used lots of different ones. Fusion is already at a perfect viscosity to put straight through without watering down so good news for all your Fusion fans! Chalk paint is too thick and will need to be thinned by approx 10% just add some water and away you go. This will come more easier the more you practice. Go have some fun!

I have just recorded a video on Paint Spraying 101 just some tips and tricks to setting it up spraying and clean up. You can purchase that video here.

These are the affiliate links to the sprayers I recommend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gravity fed gun in action!

Just a couple seconds of video showing you the gravity fed compressor gun.

I hope this has been helpful I know when I was thinking of buying one the options were overwhelming. The video I have put together is also something I wished I’d had so I’m hoping you’ll find that valuable too.  If you are like me and need a visual grab the video and get spraying!!

Sarah X

Paint your kitchen with Fusion Mineral Paint.

Do you want to update your kitchen cabinets? Is it tired looking? Has it got great bones but just don’t go with your decor? It’s easy with Fusion! it has a built-in topcoat that seals the paint and makes it washable and waterproof, It’s no VOC’s formula means it’s safe to use indoors. Painting your cabinetry has been made easy by the professional finish you can achieve using our Fusion Mineral Paint Kitchen Refinishing Kit.

 

Paint your kitchen with Fusion Mineral Paint.

Everything you need to paint your kitchen beautiful all in one kit!

 

How to Paint kitchen cabinets.

First off the most important thing to do is clean, clean and clean again. Fusions TSP is a phosphate-free concentrated no rinse formula. Just add 2 capfuls to a litre of water and clean away.

When the cabinets are dry, take a light grade sandpaper like our Sandi Hands provided in the kit and scuff sand all over. Wipe the dust off and you’re ready to apply the Ultra Grip.

Ultra Grip is only needed on Melamine and very glossy surfaces, you would not need to use this product for wood or previously painted surfaces. It needs to be applied very thinly and evenly you can use one of the applicator pads in the kit, just apply some to the pad and wipe across the surface.  Leave to dry at least overnight and paint with 2 coats of your favourite colour from Fusion Mineral Paint.

Fusion is very tough and durable and usually don’t need a top coat but if you have a lot of wear and tear and you feel your cabinetry needs extra protection the Tough Coat can be added as the last step. There are a few ways you can apply Tough Coat including using one of the applicator pads provided in the kit.

Tough coat is a non yellowing wipe on poly and to wipe it on you just need to decant some onto a clean plate and evenly dip you applicator pad in, then lightly and carefully drag the pad along the project, You may not get every little bit on the first pass, but just let that dry and do another.

That’s it, all the steps you need to Paint your kitchen beautiful!

I’ve put together everything you will need in the handy kit and I’ve given you over 10% off!!

The Kitchen Make Over kit includes:

  • TSP cleaner to de-grease your cabinets. worth £8.99
  • Sandi Hands sanding glove. worth £15.50
  • Pack of 2 applicator pads. worth £5.99
  • Ultra Grip for those hard to paint surfaces such as melamine/glossy cabinets. worth £18.95
  • 2 Pots of Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour of your choice. worth £43.98
  • Tough Coat for that added protection. worth £18.95
  • 1″ Flat Staalmeester brush. worth £7.20

TaDa!! Stylish new looking kitchen!

Simply add your colour choice in the note section of the checkout page 🙂

Tips and tricks

I know from experience that having a kitchen that’s out of date is really annoying and not fun! This is the inexpensive way to freshen up the heart of your home on a budget.You can buy the full kit here

I’m also available by email or messenger to answer any questions you may have, but for F.A.Q I have done a couple video’s over on my IGTV Channel. You can see the prep video here. and applying Tough Coat video click here.

Happy Painting!

 

Feast your eyes on these Fusion Kitchen Make-overs!

 

Paint your kitchen with Fusion Mineral Paint.

This beautiful kitchen was painted by the talent Laura Sorenson from Brushed Design Co. Click the photo to see more!

 

Paint your kitchen with Fusion Mineral Paint.

One of the kitchen we have refinished.

 

Painted by the very talented Dawn Van Scooter over at Nine 20 Design House. Click the photo to see more!

I hope this has inspired you to take the plunge and refinish your kitchen.

Sarah X

 

Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint

Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Blending Fusion.

I had been wanting to try this technique for a while now and there are a few talented women who rock this style using a chalk-based paint. I wanted to see if blending Fusion would be as easy, and the short answer is YES.

Fusion’s perfect for blending! I had no trouble at all getting different shades from just a few colours and if you’d like to see how easy it is to custom blend your own colours check out these YouTube Video’s Jennylyn did a while ago.

Blending the colours was the easy part, knowing where to put it had me at a loss. You see, I think this technique would be better suited to someone with an artistic flare…. I struggle to draw a stick man! I had to keep referring to old painted doors on Pinterest to better give me an idea of where to add the grungy bits.

 

For this project, I used Little Whale, Champness, Prairie Sunset a little Fort York Red, Raw Silk and some Fresco. You can get all of these products in my online shop

Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint

Blending effect colour board.

 

Comfort Zone

During the process, I was ready to give up and paint it white!! I really didn’t enjoy it and I think that’s because it took me out of my comfort zone. I am a technical painter by which I mean I like to know the steps, I like knowing what to do next. With this, I had to guess! and that made me feel like a kid with crayons.

So I can’t say I enjoyed this at all and at the time I said I wouldn’t do it again, the only reason I persevered is, I thought what is the worse that can happen? It could look rubbish and I could repaint it.  I’m really glad I did because I do love the end result! I can’t believe I did it, I feel a little bit arty!! ha

The moral of this little tale is GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!!!!!

Blending colours with Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

 

Blending colours with Fusion Mineral Paint

 

 

Blending colours with Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Blending colours with Fusion Mineral Paint

Let me know what you think? or have you tried to colour blend Fusion? I’d love to see some pictures.

Sarah X

 

 

Metallic project pot – Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Metallic project pot - Fusion Mineral Paint

Metallic project pot – Fusion Mineral Paint

Glamour in tester size!

You have asked and Fusion has delivered! These tester sized metallics come in the same colours as the regular sized.

Pearl, Brushed Steel, Bronze, Champagne, Pale Gold and Copper.

The project pot is 37ml and just perfect for enhancing carvings or adding to your top coat for that perfect shimmer.

Using pure mica pigments our Fusion™ Metallic shimmer unlike any other on the market.

Make a statement and add some glam to your decor!

These work just like our regular Fusion™ Paints, however, come in beautiful iridescent shimmer.

 

Metallic project pot - Fusion Mineral Paint

Metallic project pot – Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Prep and application

 

The same step should be taken for the Metallics in terms of prep, the surface should be clean and if shiny lightly

sanded before application. If doing a large flat area I find that brushing in one direction with a good quality brush

such as one of the Staalmeester’s gives the best finish.

They can be added to your paint, Tough coat or Glaze, the possibilities are endless. Metallics are so on trend right

now it couldn’t be easier to add just a bit of wow to your painting project.

 

Prep Card

Prep Card

 

Arriving soon!

These little pots of gorgeousness should be hitting our shelves this weekend and will be up on the website to

purchase. So if you have been wanting to try them and didn’t want the large pot this is the perfect way to test them

out!  I’m going to be doing a special deal of  FREE postage when you buy all 6 for my email and Bot subscribers, so

keep your eyes on your inbox for that.

BUY THEM HERE

Happy Painting

Sarah X

p.s. You can join my mailing list here.  and my Messenger Bot here

How to Gold Leaf the easy way.

How to Gold Leaf the easy way.

If you follow me on Facebook you know I often do FB Lives when I’m in the workshop. I rarely do them at a scheduled time, but if I’m doing something that I think you may like I turn the camera on and show you!

Well, I had this piece in the shop and it was plain, as in no carvings! I’m lucky that almost 100% of my furniture comes from France and it’s mostly ornate and carved with lots of details which is fab! but I needed a flat surface for this Gold Leaf accent that I had been wanting to try.

 

How to Gold Leaf the easy way.

 

So it was a dark Mahogany colour and quite shiny, I prepped in the usual way by cleaning lightly sanding and I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black. You can but Fusion Paint here! I then added a slash of Gold leaf adhesive across the top and down the front, I used Artisan Enhancements leaf and foil adhesive, but any gold size will work like this one I’ve used this one too.

 

 

 

 

 

When the leaf size is applied it goes on white and when it comes to tack it’s clear and ready for the leaf. It was about this time that I thought I’d turn the camera on and show you how easy it is! so here is the video, it’s had a good response and people have found it useful so I thought I’d share it with you!

 

 

Let me know in the comment if you thought it was useful.

 

 

Thanks

Sarah XX

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

Hi everyone ..really long time no see!

I’ve moved to bigger and better premises and been to Canada for an Industry Conference, started up my virtual paint classes online and been busy building Messenger bots for other businesses! It’s been a busy few months and I’ve neglected you all. I’m sorry and I’ll be good from now on. 😉

 

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

 

 

I wanted to give you all the heads up on the Virtual Classes as the feedback suggests it’s a great way to learn for the people who can’t make it to in-person workshops. There was a couple of reasons why I decided to do these classes,

Virtual Paint Class Online Paint Class

Everyone is time poor and with our busy lives, we often don’t have time to do the fun stuff! with these classes, you will be able to learn at your own pace in your own home! how awesome is that?

Social media gets a bad rap sometimes but one of the bonuses is friendships! meeting like-minded creative people and sharing a fun experience is priceless. Being able to pick up where you left off in your own time is GOLD, No rushing and missing the good stuff, all in your own time.

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

  • You will be added to a private Facebook group where all materials and info will be listed in advanced inside the group.
  • The tutorial will be LIVE at a specified time arranged in advance, all questions will be welcome, join in!
  • You can paint along or watch and do it in your own time! the video will be available to you for 2 weeks.
  • You have time to perfect this technique, in your home at your leisure.
  • I also will be in this group for the full 2 weeks alongside the other class attendees answering questions giving advise and having fun with you.

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

It’s a fun simple way to do something creative and fun! plus it’s an inexpensive way to learn a new technique. It couldn’t be simpler. The next classes will be listed soon so sign up for the waitlist here!

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

 

I’ve had lots of people interested and I can’t wait to meet you all inside the group. If you have any questions about the class there is more info HERE or alternatively, shoot me an email or comment below and I’ll be happy to oblige.

See you soon

Sarah XX

 

 

 

 

A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers.

This is the ultimate wish list for anyone thinking about flipping furniture for fun or for profit. All of the links in this post are affiliates, if you purchase from them I will receive a small kickback.

First up is a paint sprayer, now if you have ever painted a chair by hand you know this is numero uno on the list. I have extensive knowledge in this area so I can confidently recommend this machine. It’s perfect for beginners, easy to use and clean and leaves a smooth professional finish. I still regularly bring this one out for small to medium-sized projects.

 

 

Next up we have a circular sander, Tabletops can’t be sanded well will anything smaller, a mouse sander or similar is fine for very small projects but refinishing tables take a little more power. I use this exact one every week and it’s definitely been put through its paces! It easy to use and has an adjustable power level, so it can be used on more delicate surfaces such as veneer. A must have for the furniture flipper.

Not all pieces of furniture will require machine sanding, and for hand sanding, I have found THE best invention EVER! Sandi Hand sanding glove. It was invented by a lovely Australian lady called Jenny you can read her story here! I am the UK & Ireland distributor with stockist in the UK. The sanding glove comes in 2 types, a cotton glove with 2 grits 80 & 120, and a Tradesman glove which is harder wearing. Replacement grits comes in packs of 3 and grits sizes from 80 all the way up to 2000. Its perfect for prep, carvings and hard to reach areas they also work amazingly on spindles!

 

A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers.

Also on the wish list is some basic tools, all furniture flippers need a few good tools in their arsenal and these will do perfectly! This set comes in a toolbox and let’s be honest, it doesn’t hurt that they are pink! I love that they all match. This one is on my own wish list!

We are nearly set! just a couple more items and we will be ready to rock n roll. If we are painting furniture we are going to need brushes… lots and lots of brushes, well that’s not true but we do need a good couple quality brushes. There are hundreds on the market and I’ve tried a whole bunch of them but the ones I love the most are Staalmeester brushes … they are the bomb!! I work with Fusion Mineral Paint and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and these brushes are a perfect fit.

Lasst but not least some safty gear. Be safe and have fun!

So there you have it A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers. I only wish I had these tools when I first started out it would have saved me a blister or 2. If you try any of them out let me know what you think!

Sarah X