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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!
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

This week I had fun playing with two new products! I LOVE new stuff!
I’ve been eyeing off the gorgeous I.O.D (Iron Orchid Decor) Transfers for some time now but it’s only recently that I found they were available in Australia. I couldn’t get them in my hot little hands quickly enough!
The transfers are like those little rub on transfers we had as kids….only these are ginormous! (well there’s some smaller ones too……). They are mostly French Style but a few Vintage Style transfers as well.
Whilst my transfers were in transit I sourced the perfect piece to try one out on….this vintage blanket chest. The lady I bought it from had it for 40 years  and said it was fairly old then so I know it’s genuine ‘vintage’!
It also had a very uninteresting applique stuck smack bang at the front and centre of the box….but I was sure I’d be able to snazzy that up a bit. Here we go… aged shellac……icky.
BlanketBoxBeforeThe shellac finish on this piece was very brittle and literally fell off with just a light sand with 180 grit sandpaper. I know a lot of paints advertise as ‘no prep’ and ‘no sanding necessary’ but my firm belief is that this statement is far too simplified and fails to address the fact that every piece of furniture is different and should therefore be evaluated individually. Had I just wiped this piece down my paint most certainly would not have stayed put long term and most likely would have ended up with bits of shellac flakes all through it.
Prep Is Important
I wanted to road test one of the newest Fusion Mineral Paint colours ‘Raw Silk’ for this piece and was a little concerned that this piece may *bleed* so I gave it two coats of Zinsser Bullseye Clear Shellac before I started painting the light colour.
Here’s a pic of Raw Silk. Isn’t it gorgeous!
Fusion Mineral Paint Raw SilkIMG_20170108_131825Here she is with a few coats of Raw Silk. Excuse the crummy phone pic! Such a pretty colour….somewhere between Casement and Champlain in colour. Looks nice…certainly a lot fresher…but I certainly wasn’t about to deviate from my transfer plans!
I didn’t take any photos whilst applying the transfer as that would have been a bit tricky but it was SO super easy! The transfers can be applied in the order they are printed in or you can cut them apart to suit the layout of your piece or to use on multiple pieces. The position of the existing applique turned out to be far more restrictive than I envisaged so I needed to mix my transfer up quite a bit to make the layout pleasing and balanced! I had a giggle to myself wondering what a true Frenchman would think reading my wording that was essentially all the wrong way around…but hey it looks pretty so I’m happy enough!You simply peel the backing paper off the transfer , lay it down on your painted piece and use the rubbing stick (supplied) to rub the transfer on. This whole transfer only took about 20 minutes!What do you think?
IOD Transfers AustraliaIOD Transfers AustraliaIOD Transfers AustraliaIron Orchid Decor TransfersIOD Transfers AustraliaIOD Transfers AustraliaFusion Mineral PaintIOD Transfers MelbourneFurniture Transfers MelbourneIOD Transfers AustraliaI often paint the interiors of my pieces but this was in such great condition that I chose not to.
One of the things I LOVE so much about Fusion Mineral Paint is that is doesn’t require a top coat. True! No waxing necessary……BUT when using the IOD Transfers it’s recommended that you do use a sealer to help preserve the transfer. Enter Fusion Tough Coat! Tough Coat is a matte finish water based polyurethane that is guaranteed not to yellow. It’s been tried and tested so you can confidently use it over your lights and white without any concern that it may change the colour. The best part is it’s so easy to use, either with a paint brush or as a wipe on poly (my choice for flat surfaces). And it dries super quick…touch dry in about 15 mins and re-coat in two hours. What’s not to love. 🙂
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The IOD Transfers are now available for purchase in both my stall spaces, Waverley Antique Bazaar (Stall B4) 11a Aristoc Rd, Glen Waverley & Cowes Bazaar & Gallery (Stall18), 158 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island. They will also be available from my website in the next few days! Get one today! You’ve LOVE them!
Stay tuned for an introduction to the IOD Vintage Stamp range coming to Coast & Country Vintage soon too! The stock is here….just playing a bit before releasing it all to you guys….but I’m telling you it’s delicious! Be sure to pop over and visit the official Iron Orchid Decor Website for more inspiration and eye candy!
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