So when I saw this pair at a garage sale in September, I bought them.
Then I tucked them away to become winter painting jobs. I made a point of saving some of these smaller projects so I would have easy things to paint inside the house this year.
So last weekend when I had my sister and my friend Terri over to paint, I pulled out one of the chairs to paint myself.
I prepped the chair by washing it down with some TSP Substitute. I was planning to paint it with milk paint and I would have been OK with some chipping, so I didn’t bother to do any other prep. If you want to control the chipping, a good way to do that is to sand your piece well before painting, but I skipped that on this one.
Then I mixed up some Homestead House milk paint in Maritime Blue. I used this color once before on a galvanized watering can and I knew it was a lovely shade of blue.
I painted two coats of paint on the chair.
Next I added a stencil to the seat using a warm white acrylic craft paint. Once dry I sanded the chair fairly heavily to give it that well worn appearance since I didn’t get much in the way of chipping at all (despite my lack of sanding).
For a top coat over the milk paint I decided to pull out a jar of Fusion’s new wax.
The Fusion people sent me a few different jars of the wax to try out (including that jar of Rose Gold wax that is being included in my giveaway). In addition to this clear Furniture Wax, I also have the black, the copper and the espresso. I’m looking forward to trying each of them over the next several months and letting you know what I think.
But for today, I used the clear wax on this chair and I loved it. It is very lightweight and spreads much more easily than other waxes. I would compare it to the difference between spreading your toast with butter that has been sitting out on the kitchen counter versus butter that came out of the fridge. Not only is it easier to spread, but you tend to use a lot less of it.
It also has only the most mild of scents, not a chemical smell but just a pleasant waxy odor.
Much like the Homestead House and Miss Mustard Seed waxes, this new Fusion wax is also environmentally friendly and doesn’t require the use of a hazmat suit while applying.
Today’s q-tip: remember that you do not have to add wax (or any other top coat) over Fusion paint. It is durable and washable without the extra step of a top coat. However, some people like to add wax for aesthetic reasons. For example, adding a dark wax to give a more aged appearance or to highlight details. The new Fusion waxes will work beautifully over Fusion paint for that purpose. They will also work over milk paint as a top coat to add some additional durability and protection.
I have to say that I haven’t been waxing as many pieces as I used to because of the labor involved in applying and then buffing the wax, but this wax was so easy to apply. You’re definitely going to see some more waxed pieces from me now.
Be sure to check out Fusion’s website to read more about their new waxes!
By the way, while I was writing up this post I had to google ‘cutie patootie’ to see if that was really the correct spelling. Here is the Urban Dictionary’s definition …
someone or something so cute that the word cute itself has to morph into something cuter, thus cutie patootie was born
LOL, so, I’m not sure if this chair is cute enough to really qualify as ‘cutie patootie’, what do you think?