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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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A  child/baby safe paint has been seriously lacking for a long time now in the furniture painting market. Jennylyn Pringle at Fusion Mineral Paint wanted to develop a paint that was TRULY zero VOC and non-toxic for you and your loved ones. Through years of development they have achieved this without sacrificing quality and durability. Fusion is a best-in-class paint that features an environmentally and health conscious formulation!
Babies and young children are more susceptible to the health risks associated with VOCs (volatile organic compounds aka nasties). Fusion Mineral Paint is lead free, phlalate free, formaldehyde free, ammonia free, virtually odourless and is Zero VOC.

Fusion cares about you and your wee ones. The Tones for Tots collection complies with both the lead and phlalate restrictions of the Toy Safety Standards of North America and Europe, as well as the ASTM D4236 LHAMA safety labelling requirements.
Now that’s peace of mind! The Fusion Tones for Tots range comes in 7 adorably delicious colours just right for the little ones in your family or even the not so little!

I decided to create my first Tones for Tots makeover in the delicious pastel pink aptly named ‘Little Piggy’ with accents in ‘Little Stork’ which is the palest Lavender shade. Yummy!
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I’ve had this piece in the shed for some time now and it gradually got covered in ‘shed junk’ until it could barely be seen. (this pic was taken after junk removal!)Fusion Mineral Paint - Coast & Country Vintage
It was one of those pieces that I bought home without checking it properly and the backing and draw liners were quite borer damaged. It got put in the too hard basket (aka shed) where it stayed for two years. For some reason a soon as I saw the new Tones for Tots I decided that it would be super cool to dismantle that piece and make ‘his and hers’ cupboards from the ends. Simple right? Nope. Nothing is EVER that simple. Just pulling them apart was enough to have me stomping my feet and considering a bonfire…….thank goodness for helpful husbands!
Fusion Mineral Paint - Coast & Country VintageI was pretty excited about the whole ‘his and hers’ idea, one in Little Piggy and one in Little Speckled Frog with a different one of the gorgeous Tones For Tots Stencils on each door. One can dream right?
The end result of cupboard number one was just beautiful….but so much repair work (I had to add a new backing, shelving and repair the damage from where we had removed the centre part of the original sideboard and create a false panel so both sides matched) that the other piece has returned to the too hard basket (aka shed). On the upside, my woodworking skills are ever expanding!
I am pretty smitten with the end result of the Little Piggy cupboard though and I can now say it was worth it! The colour is just perfect both for little girls and big girls.
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I prettied the cupboard up with some Efex Decorative Appliques on the door and legs and dry brushed those with Little Stork. Subtle but sweet. Efex are made of latex and completely bendable. They are so easy to use and apply and add extra wow factor to any piece!
Fusion Mineral Paint - Coast & Country VintageFusion Mineral Paint - Coast & Country VintageTo add a little more dimension, I used the Fusion Sandstone Texture medium to make the stencil on the door into a raised stencil and again dry brushed the raised areas with Little Stork. It’s a little hard to see in the photos as it’s so subtle. Here’s a close up of the stencil. The colours are a bit funky in this image.
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Fusion Mineral Paint Little PiggyFusion Mineral Paint Little PiggyThe adorable accessories used for styling this photo shoot are from chic online business Moose In The Moon.
Moose In The Moon  is a business committed to 
providing super cool products for babies, kids and parents that are safe for children and ethically sourced – supporting products that are not produced at the expense of anything else: people, animals or the environment.
When Moose In The Moose owner Karen was pregnant with her darling son and once he was born, she went to great lengths to find the most safe, beautiful, fun, natural and non-toxic products for both her son and herself to use and enjoy and that were kind to the environment too. “We, like every other parent, wanted to give our precious child the very best start in life that we possibly could – so keeping his magnificent little body and brain free of anything nasty was and is simply a must for us. We’re so happy to be able to provide a curated content of mostly handmade and made in Australia”. 

Make yourself a coffee and pop on over to Moose In The Moon to browse the range . There’s everything from ornamental decor and accessories to designer cot sheets and kids clothing.
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The little chair was a $5 purchase from the Op Shop and my first foray into painting fabric….but that’s another post. Pretty cute huh?
It’s actually not quite finished as it needs proper braid around the edges but i so wanted to use it for this shoot. Painted in Little Piggy & Champlain…which looks silver even after four coats of paint.
Fusion Mineral Paint - Coast & Country VintageOf course as with every piece I hand paint, I used one of my trusty Cling On Paint Brushes which are fabulous for reducing brush marks (especially with Fusion….match made in heaven!)
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And a Before & After.
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I love it when people think of me when they have a piece of furniture they no longer want. I see too many lovely pieces sitting on nature strips waiting for hard rubbish collection…such wastage in an era where we try to promote recycling! We just keep throwing the good stuff away and trucking the new stuff in from China to replace it!
The older furniture is made so well…made to last…so don’t walk by a great piece of furniture just because it’s pine that’s gone orange. It’s just the varnish that’s discoloured and we all know that beauty is only skin deep right?
After a recent visit to my cousin Andy’s house, I came home with my station wagon fully loaded to the roof! One of the things she passed on to me was this orange pine set of bedsides. There were some amusing stories attached to them as each family member that moved out of home had used them for a time and ultimately they’d ended up back where they began.
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They were made really well with neat dovetails joins…the most impractical part was the cupboard space….it really needed a shelf to make it more usable. Lucky for me I have a very handy hubby and a stash of old furniture pieces I have salvaged for a rainy day (as you do 😉 ) and in said stash I found two pieces of shelving that were just the right thickness. Win!
I try to be as independent as I can when doing up old furniture and part of that is doing my best to learn new skills. Adding a shelf is something I’ve needed to do more than once so I asked hubby to help and teach me at the same time. After helping me measure, cut and fit the first shelf, I managed to do a great job of the second shelf all by myself. I love that my wood working skills are advancing all the time and I am slowly acquiring my own set of basic power tools. 🙂 On examining the receipts in my purse you’d be hard pushed to find one for clothes or shoes….they are all hardware store receipts! I’m sure many of you can relate!
There are SO many different ways I could have refinished this pair of bedsides….but I wanted to do something a bit different from my normal ‘pretty but safe’ style.
I wanted RUSTIC for this pair…so the obvious choice of paint was Milk Paint.
I removed all the hardware and sanded the piece with 180 grit sandpaper to roughen up the varnish a little and cleaned off all the dust and grime. First the shelf was added to each piece  and then I created a raised stencil across the drawer front to add some extra interest. I have a little tutorial in the works for how to do the raised stencils but if you are impatient and would like to give it a try please feel free to message me and I’ll walk you through it. The raised part is achieved by using Fusion Sandstone Texture to create the stencil pattern instead of paint. When it’s dry it can be sanded and painted. I did mine straight on the pine then painted over it.
I began with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint ‘Trophy’ which is a slate grey colour. I used Bonding Agent in my Milk Paint as I didn’t want this colour to chip. I don’t usually take photos whilst I’m painting as I am such a messy painter I get paint everywhere…so my camera stays away.
But I pulled out my phone to snap this shot just as I started as I wanted to show you one of my new amazing new Cling On! brushes. I’d heard rave reviews about these beautifully soft synthetic brushes from American forums and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one to try. I bought three and was totally sold in the first five minutes. They are super comfy to use, reduce brush marks like you wouldn’t believe and rinse clean in water without any hard yakka. In fact with chalk paint you can just give them a quick rinse to get the excess paint off then pop them in a container with just the bristles in water and they self clean. How good is that? I was so impressed I became not only a stockist of these wonderful brushes….but an Australia Distributor for them! They come from Holland and are just beautiful to use. They are available in round, flat and oval head and in multiple sizes. There’s even a bent one for hard to reach areas! I’ve used the bent one three times in the last week alone.
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That IS Trophy that I’m painting with in the photo above….the sunlight has just washed out the colour a bit and it goes a lot darker as it dries. Once the Trophy was dry, I painted two coats of MMSMP ‘Mora’ which is one of the new European colours and a lovely soft grey. I used a damp cloth to rub away some of the Mora in places to reveal the Trophy underneath, paying particular attention to the raised stencil area to create definition.
Two coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s clear Furniture Wax and two new knobs and this makeover has become on of my favourites to date! I so need to do more RUSTIC pieces!
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaI stained over the orange draw sides and interior of the drawers with some dark walnut gel stain and then sealed it with a single coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat. Top Tip: Applying Tough Coat with a damp chux cloth eliminates brush marks and makes it easier to get into the corners.Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaCoast & Country Vintage has Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and products available online and posts Australia wide. Prefer to shop in store? Coast & Country Vintage can be found in two Victorian locations where you can pop in and browse/purchase in person.
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