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Sideboard el Fresco!

May 26, 2017

I’ve been playing with ‘Fresco‘ on ‘smalls’ for a few months now. What? You haven’t heard of Fresco? Well aren’t you in for a treat!
Fresco is Fusion Mineral Paint’s texturising powder additive. It does everything except your dishes…well almost.
Add  a little bit of Fresco powder to your paint and you’ll get ….well texture. It will thicken your paint and help highlight your strokes etc. Perfect if you’re wanting a heavier finish that’s not totally flat. Add a little more powder and you can achieve little ridges and raised areas that can be highlighted with dry brushing or decorative waxes. Add a LOT and you can create the most wonderful sea swept, age old crustiness you can imagine! Place your super thick freshly painted Fresco surface out in the hot sun (or hit it with a heat gun) and watch cracks appear at random and little bits of crazing.You can use an art trowel to get it on extra thickly. Use two colours and the results are limitless!
I think Fresco is the most exciting paint product we’ve seen in 2017 so far!

Here are some signs I made using a medium amount of Fresco in my first layer of paint.
Fresco SignFresco SignAnd a crusty bottle! See all the delicious cracks?Fresco BottleA crusty ‘sea swept’ terracotta pot after the Fresco treatment….Fresco PotSo after playing with the Fresco on small things like these, I decided it was time to try it all out on a full sized piece.
I had this Queen Anne sideboard in my stash and had intended to paint it a pretty white, but where’s the challenge in that?  It SO needed to be Frescoed!
Fusion FrescoThe big spanse of ‘nothingness’ on the doors was just screaming out for something bold, so I chose to create a raised stencil on each door front and each of the drawer fronts. Fusion’s Sandstone Texture is the perfect medium for raised stencils. It’s thick enough to hold it’s form and yet spreads easily.
I laid down my stencil and lightly spread the Sandstone Texture over it. You can make your stencil as shallow or as deep as you wish but just remember that the thicker the stencil, the longer it will take to dry. I didn’t do mine very thick and it was a lovely sunny day so it was dry within a couple of hours. It was about this time that I realised I was so intent on what I was doing that I neglected to take a photo!
This piece was pretty shiny so I sanded it all over with 180 sand paper and gave it two coats of Zinsser Bullseye Clear Shellac as I was pretty sure it was going to be a bleeder (most Queen Anne furniture is). My first coat of paint was Fusion ‘Champlain‘….one of my favourite Fusion neutrals and I mixed my Fresco in with this layer. I painted right over my dry raised stencils.
Once that coat was dry I painted a coat of Fusion ‘Algonquin‘ (another favourite). One of the fab things about Fresco is that it dries super hard. So when it’s time to sand…wet and dry sandpaper is the go. 240 grit wet and dry sandpaper to be exact.
You need to have a bowl of water to keep rinsing and dipping your sandpaper into and have a dry cloth in the other hand. Sand a little…wipe dry…sand a little…wipe dry. Wiping dry regularly during your wet sanding allows you to see how much you’ve sanded off. The water re-emulsifies the paint to a degree which makes it hard to see just how much has been remover. Sand a little…wipe dry. This is the part where the magic happens! I loved the results! What do you think? And because Fusion has a built in top coat……there was no need to wax or poly the paint work. Done!Fusion FrescoFusion Fresco

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I wanted to leave the top wood but I didn’t like the orange so I sanded the top back to bare wood….one coat of paint stripper then my speed file did the rest. Do you have a Speed File? Honestly it’s the best piece of equipment I’ve acquired this year…..a birthday gift from my daughter (who needs perfume anyway….!). It’s just like a loooong sanding block but it sands FAST. The sanding sheets just clip in at each end and they come in a couple of sizes. That’s the sideboard top there all sanded and ready to stain. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the colour ‘Curio‘ to stain the top. Milk Paint makes a fantastic stain. Just mix 1 part Milk Paint to 3 parts water and away you go! Paint on….wipe back. Two coats just ten minutes apart gave me a lovely deep walnut top that I later finished with a couple of coats of polyurethane to seal and protect the finish.Fusion FrescoLovely hey!
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I’ll definitely be using Fresco on a big piece again very soon, maybe next time with blues and greens for a true beachy look. I really enjoyed working with it!
Try it….I guarantee you’ll be smitten!
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Hi there! I’m Hayley Justice in case you haven’t visited my Blog before!
A few months ago I came across a piece another Fusion lover Betsy Crist from Old World New Home in the USA had created with a custom mix of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Little Lamb & Little Whale and contrasted with Limestone. The cherry on top that really made Betsy’s colour scheme steal my heart was the mix of Fusion’s Clear Glaze with some Ash & some Chocolate to make the perfect smokey grey glaze. The Clear Glaze can be made into a coloured glaze with addition of any colour you wish! (the sample sized pots and Tinting Kits are fabulous for making coloured glazes!)

Here’s Betsy’s piece….isn’t it just AHmazing! Oh to have furniture like this in Australia!
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I was totally besotted but knew it needed to be ‘just the right piece’ to really show off this gorgeous combo. As luck would have it I found the perfect piece on our local buy and sell and pounced on it! The bonus? It had a matching mirror 🙂 (of course I can’t find the photo I took of the table with the mirror so that will come later…)
Pretty ugly piece right? I’m sure that once upon a time it looked amazing to someone 😉
Now I KNOW you want to know just how to do the glazing…right? So as a bonus, I’m going to share some step by step glazing pics. 🙂
So here’s my ‘beautiful’ before…..
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I sanded the piece all over and applied two coats of Zinsser Clear Bullseye Shellac (being an Indonesian piece there was a 99% chance that this piece was going to bleed tannins through my paint), then painted the piece with Betsy’s custom mix of two parts Little Whale to 1 part Little Lamb which produced the perfect French Blue. The top and detailed areas were painted with Limestone.
Before applying Fusion’s Glazes it’s important to let the paint dry for a few days. Why? Because the paint is water based and so is the glaze so adding the wet glaze to paint that’s not pretty well deep dry will result in you wiping some of your paint right off. Once past it’s 30 day curing time, Fusion is one of the most durable furniture paints on the market. Add to that the fact that it’s so eco friendly (zero VOC’s) then it’s always a winner in my eyes.
I mixed about a teaspoon each of Ash & Chocolate into about 1/4 cup of clear glaze (which was FAR too much for this project but the best news is that the mixed glazes will keep for months if covered properly!
Use a brush to apply the glaze in small sections, swirling it into all the cracks and crevices. Wear gloves for this unless you want colour fingernails!
Fusion Mineral Paint GlazeOnce you’ve covered a section, use a clean Chux brand cloth (not the cheap knock offs as they leave lint!) to wipe away the excess. Keep wiping until you have the look you want.
Fusion Mineral Paint GlazeFusion Mineral Paint GlazeFusion Mineral Paint GlazeThen start on another section. Start and finish at an edge so you don’t go over sections more than once or you’ll get different shading. You have about 10-15 minutes to work with the glaze before it starts to dry properly. If you don’t like what you have done just grab a damp Chux and wipe it right off 🙂
I did the whole top section of this piece in one go.Fusion Mineral Paint GlazeFusion Mineral Paint Glaze
Pretty huh?
And here’s the finished piece all staged and ready for sale. This piece is at Waverley Antiques Bazaar if you’re interested in adding this gorgeous piece to your home!
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From just plain tacky…to Ooh La La French!Fusion Mineral Paint Australia
A short time ago I did a live video on Facebook showing how to apply the Fusion Antiquing Glaze if you’d like to take a peek! Just click here !Coast & Country Vintage

I’ve been meaning to share this one for some time now but there always seems to be something else more pressing to take my time away from the computer.

I’m very proud of this piece…I think it’s probably the ‘prettiest’ piece I’ve worked on so far. This beautiful French style Amoire that has become affectionately known as ‘Big Sister’.
She was so named as she is identical to a French Amoire I painted last year…who has now been dubbed….you guessed it…..’Little Sister’!
This was Big Sister before her makeover…..beautiful lines & great bones, but quite scratched and the damage was quite severe in places, especially inside the doors.
It’s exterior is a kind of veneer and yet has an artificial feel to it so not quite sure exactly what it is. It had bubbled and crack in places like veneer often does.

Fusion Mineral Paint AustraliaI filled all the damaged areas and painted the interior with a water based semi gloss in Antique White USA before transforming the outside with Fusion Mineral Paint in the colours ‘Sterling’ ( a light silver grey) and Champlain (a creamy vintage white) on the details. It looked very pristine & pretty but I wanted it to look authentically old.
One of the most wonderful things about Fusion is that you don’t *need* to seal it with anything. Leave it the full 30 days it requires to fully cure and it provides a truly durable surface. You can even use it on exterior furniture without a top coat!
However….I wanted mine to have a certain look, so I waxed it with a couple of coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Clear Furniture Wax, followed by a decorative coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax which I rubbed all over with my Wax Brush then wiped off almost immediately. (the longer you leave the wax to dry the darker the effect will be as less as the wax dries and hangs on)
I am in love with the finished piece and I smile every time I see Big Sister 🙂
Fusion Mineral Paint AustraliaFusion Mineral Paint AustraliaFusion Mineral Paint AustraliaFusion Mineral Paint AustraliaBig Sister now has the important job of displaying all my Fusion Mineral Paint and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint so if you’d like to have a closer look just pop into the Cowes Bazaar & Gallery at 158 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island. Make sure you have half a day though as the Bazaar is full of vintage treasures and boasts a coffee shop that makes an excellent brew!
Unfortunately being so big I had no option but to photograph this piece on site and the fluro lights and opposing bright yellow wall have added some very weird colour casts to my images. Rest assured there is no pink or green to be seen anywhere on this pretty piece 😉

Fusion Mineral Paint AustraliaFusion Mineral Paint AustraliaA rare photo! For just two weeks Big Sister & Little Sister  shared the limelight in my space at the Cowes Bazaar & Gallery before Little Sister went to her new home.Fusion Mineral Paint Australia

 Before & After 🙂 From a dark heavy Italian Style to French Provincial. <3
Fusion Mineral Paint AustraliaI’m just so in LOVE with Fusion Mineral Paint. It’s like painting with cream and the coverage is superb, especially from the more highly pigmented colours. If you’d like to give it a try, you can by sample pots for just $9 from my website. A sample pot is perfect for a few frames or a box or even a children’s chair…just to see how delightful it is before you buy a full pot! I also love that it’s sold in 500ml pots rather than one litre…because I get tired of using the same colour and want to try something new for each piece. I have a tonne of half used one litre tins of chalk paint in my cupboard which is very wasteful!
Big Sister is pretty huge and I used 2 pots of Sterling & 1/2 Pot of Champlain for full opaque coverage. Painting light colours over dark always requires more coats for opaque coverage. If changing from a dark colour to light, it’s a great money saver to do your first coat with Fusion’s Colour Blocker which is only $20 for a 500ml pot and will give you a good solid colour base so you’ll need less of your more expensive paint. I painted Big Sister before I had Colour Blocker on hand but it would probably have saved me a pot of Sterling. I’ve just realised that I don’t have my Colour Blocker even listed on my site! My bad and it will be there before I retire today 😉
Here’s a pic that shows the coverage you can expect from Fusion Mineral Paint. A Pint is 500mls 😉
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