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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Love this rustic industrial look.
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
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…
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.
Uses more product for items with lots of negative spaces like a chair.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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!!
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.
Feast your eyes on these Fusion Kitchen Make-overs!
This beautiful kitchen was painted by the talent Laura Sorenson from Brushed Design Co. Click the photo to see more!
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.
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.
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!!!!!
Let me know what you think? or have you tried to colour blend Fusion? I’d love to see some pictures.
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.
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.
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. 😉
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,
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
It’s funny how trends come back around, isn’t it? Metallics are bang on trend again with Copper and Rose gold taking the lead. It has been used in many ways in Interiors but opulence, glamour, and warmth have always been synonymous with the shiny stuff!
My client had bought a Rococo style console and mirror, an import from China. A great design and size but bare wood, just waiting for its makeover. The client had a vision of something bold and we tested out a few finishes but she chose a Gold Leaf and Black Glaze.
Primed and ready for the base coat.
The clients husband kindly primed it and it arrived at the shop like this all masked and ready for the base coat. 👌 I base coated it black because the glaze was going to be black and I knew the Gold leaf wouldn’t go all the way into the holes in the carved areas. It would ensure the whole piece came together and looked cohesive.
I sprayed the whole thing with Fusion’s Coal Black with my spray gun. I get asked all the time which gun I use, this is my recommendation for beginners and Pro’s it’s the Clarke HVLP unit and I bust this one out if the project is small to medium.
Base coated and a coat of Gold size/adhesive applied.
The Gold size is just a fancy word for the glue/adhesive used to stick the Gold leaf, it’s water based and is a milky white when applied. You know when its come to tack because it’s clear and if you put your finger on it and pull, it makes a pop sound.
Once the glue is at tack you place the leaf on the glue, when the entire project is covered you push the leaf into the nooks and crannies with a soft brush buffing away the excess as you go. Now I’m not the neatest person when I’m working but I’ll tell ya this stuff gets everywhere!! It looked a mess in the workshop when I was done, but I did manage to salvage some of it for another project.
Not a great pic, but look at the mess!!
I used Fusion’s clear glaze tinted with Coal Black, using an old brush I scrubbed the Glaze all over the piece leaving it to grab for a while before I wiped off the excess with a clean damp rag.
This video shows the Glaze being applied.
This video shows it being wiped off.
I hope that shows how easy it is to use Glazes, I love to use them to accent pieces like this one. I also did An easy guide to Glazing post you can find that here.
The client didn’t want to lose the beautiful metallic sheen from the gold leaf so a satin top coat was applied, I used an aerosol kind and it worked beautifully. Without further ado lets look at the end result, I must say I was really pleased with how it turned out and thankfully so was the client .. Brucey bonus!
close up of the carved details.
Console top glazed.
Gold Leaf before and after.
Opulent and Glamours.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out, the patina on the flat areas from the glaze looks brill! Although on a large scale, this technique is simple and easy, anyone can do this.
If you have used Gold Leaf before for furniture or other home decor items, I’d love to see the pictures! post them below or pop over to my Facebook page and leave them there.
Glazing is a way of enhancing. It’s a medium that has a longer open time, meaning you have longer to work it before it dries, giving you plenty of time to achieve the desired look.
Fusion’s glaze comes in Antiquing or Clear.
When glazing a porous paint such as Milk or Chalk you would need to apply a slip coat, which just means to seal the paint with a top coat of your choice so the glaze slips on it easier making it more workable.
If a slip coat is not used on a porous paint it will stain the overall colour and you won’t get the defined difference in contrasting colours, which is what you are trying to achieve.
Clearly defined dark glazed areas and lighter painted areas.
When working with an acrylic, eggshell or satin a slip coat can be used but is not necessary, so any subsequent coats added will only sit on top. (always test your brand of paint to make sure your happy)
If you work in small sections adding it to the areas you want to be enhanced and wiping the excess glaze off with a damp clean rag you can keep the contrast very well as we did in our LIVE video on the Facebook group ‘How to paint like a Pro’
Painted in Plaster with Antiquingglazee and dry brushed with Limestone.
You can find this by joining the group if you haven’t already and search #LIVE for a whole library of videos on all different techniques, tips, and tricks.
General Finishes Van Dyke Brown glaze was used on this wardrobe.
You would want to wait at least 24hrs before applying a Glaze to any paint as the more layers you add the longer the dry time, but most importantly if you are using a water-based paint such as Fusion and are wiping excess away with a damp cloth you wouldn’t want to reactivate the paint, so the longer you leave between coats the better.
A wipe on stain was used to simulate glaze on this Union Jack Chest.
To Finish, you would want a top coat to protect all your hard work. Try out different colour combo’s and test out different techniques, remember it’s only paint! it’s supposed to be fun and if all fails just repaint in your favorite colour…… go on give it a go.
Hope that helps