One of my blog followers, Janice from Fred and Bessie’s, was kind enough to pass my info on to Homestead House Paint Co and they offered to send me some of their new Fusion paint to try! It was like Christmas when a box filled with paint and other goodies arrived on my doorstep! However, my sister and niece were here visiting, so I didn’t feel like I could say “hey, go entertain yourselves, I’m going to paint something.” So, instead I suggested that we all head to a local thrift store and each of us pick something out to paint. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, was to pick something ugly and turn it into something fabulous with Fusion paint.
Debbie is holding two cutting boards (that were mine), a little wooden handled container and a counter top paper towel holder. She and I also purchased some glass jars. Kris picked out some hideous framed ‘art’ and a large silver glass platter. Pretty much looks like a pile of tacky stuff from the thrift store, right?
Debbie wins the contest for spending the least amount of money at $3.75. I came in second, spending $4.75 and Kris spent a whopping $9.20!
After we hauled our items home, we pulled out the Fusion paint and got to work. Debbie was really drawn to the saturated hues of the Renfrew Blue and Ceramic.
I really wasn’t sure about the bold teal blue of the Renfrew when it first went on. But look how cute this turned out! Debbie is going to use it on the counter in her bathroom. She painted it with 2 coats of Renfrew Blue, then she used sandpaper to distress.
She used the Ceramic on her glass jar and got some interesting results when she sanded it. The sanding brought out a little more yellow in the color. We both really liked that effect.
Kris decided to simply remove the tacky prints from her two picture frames, paint them and then stencil the glass. She used Champness on one frame, and Seaside on the other. She used acrylic craft paint for the stenciling. Stenciling on glass is a bit tricky. The paint tends to slide around a bit more and not give a crisp result, and she wasn’t happy with that. I think this one will look great hanging over the sink in her apartment though.
Kris also embraced her inner Jackson Pollock when it came to the glass plate she painted. She painted two coats of Sterling, a very pale, silvery grey, first. Then she used the colors that both my sister and I used on our pieces to splatter on top. She’s going to use this plate on her coffee table. The Fusion paint left a finish that was smooth as silk on the glass, by the way.
As for me, I painted both of my cutting boards using Fusion’s Bedford, which is a very nice greige. I used two coats of paint, and then added my stencils using acrylic craft paint. Once mostly dry (after about an hour or so), I sanded vigorously. I felt like both of these benefited from some serious distressing.
As for my jar, I painted it with my favorite color, a beautiful turquoise shade called Laurentien.
Since I had the paint out and ready to go, I decided to see how it worked with metal as well. I grabbed a plain metal tin that I had on hand and slapped on two coats of paint. Once dry, I added a couple of rub-ons.
So, in the end our pile of thrift store goodies went from this:
We accomplished all of it in an evening. My sister and niece don’t have any special painting skills. They are both ‘crafty’ people, but neither of them has any experience with using milk paint or chalk paint. They didn’t require any special instructions from me to use this product. So, if you are looking for a paint that is easy to use straight from the can, Fusion is for you. If you are also looking for a paint to use on surfaces other than wood such as glass or metal, Fusion is a good choice. I plan some more in-depth testing with Fusion over the coming weeks, so stay tuned to learn more.