A while back my friend Terri mentioned that she’d picked up a couple of boxes and a little stool at a garage sale that she wanted to paint up for Christmas gifts. So last weekend I suggested she come over to my house for a painting day. I invited my sister to join us as well.
Terri has become a big fan of Fusion paint since painting her kitchen cabinets with it earlier this fall. I am planning to write a post about her kitchen, but I haven’t quite gotten around to that yet.
So anyway, she wanted no part of using milk paint, she just wanted to stick with the Fusion. She started with the little stool and some Limestone. Once it was painted, I suggested she add a stenciled number to it. I just happened to have some number stencils that I thought would fit perfectly. So I asked her what her lucky number is and guess what? She doesn’t have one! Of course mine is 22, or in a pinch just 2. When Terri asked my sister if she had one, she immediately answered “Five!”
Doesn’t everyone have a lucky number?
Well, Terri has one now! We officially chose the number ‘7’ for her (which, by the way, is the number of siblings in her family).
She chose Coal Black for painting the larger of her boxes, which will be a gift for her son (I’m pretty sure he doesn’t read my blog, so no spoiler alert necessary).
We went through my stash of stencils again for this box and Terri chose the Apothicaire stencil which I think has a more masculine vibe.
Although I only included one of the smaller boxes in my ‘before’ photo, Terri actually had two of them. The first is intended for her daughter and when I asked her what color she wanted to paint it she settled on yellow. Believe it or not, Terri carries around the lid to a can of yellow spray paint in her purse that exactly matches the yellow in her daughter’s living room. Talk about a dedicated mom, right?
It happened to be almost the exact shade of Fusion’s Prairie Sunset. I had to dig around in my paint stash, but I knew I had a little sample jar of that color somewhere.
I had just enough paint left in the jar to cover the box one time. Since we weren’t sure if one coat would do it, we started with a base coat of Fusion’s Little Star, which is a brighter yellow, and then we covered that with the Prairie Sunset.
And that’s your q-tip of the day: if you aren’t sure you have enough paint in your chosen color, but you know you’ll need more than one coat. Use a similar color as your base coat saving your final color for your last coat. I suppose you could also just buy more paint, but that’s not very frugal, now is it?
Terri’s second smaller box got painted in the Limestone. She’s keeping this one, along with the little stool, for her own craft room.
By the way, she chose the warmer Limestone white for these pieces because she also has this dresser in her craft room …
I painted it last spring in Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen which is also a warm white and is very similar to Fusion’s Limestone.
You might be getting the impression that we only worked on Terri’s projects on painting day, but that’s not the case. My sister brought over a little oil can to paint, but I neglected to get any photos of it. And I had my own stash of stuff to paint …
But, uh, I sort of didn’t manage to get any of my own pieces finished! So, you’ll just have stay tuned to see how they all turn out!