I was really excited about trying this paint after hearing so much about it from U.S. bloggers over the last several months. Fusion™ Mineral Paint is produced through Homestead House Paint Company in Canada, the same company that manufactures Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint products.
I’ll just say up front, that I am now a retailer for Fusion Mineral Paint, and have just begun stocking my shelves. But before I commit to adding a product to my website to make it available for others, I like to test it out and make sure I’m completely happy with using it myself.
How Far Will It Go?
So here’s my little 37mL tester jar, and I’m about to see how far this little sample will get me! I had this antique tool or lunch box sitting around my workshop for a while, so thought it would make a good trial piece.
Dimensions of this box are: 38cm x 26cm x 23cmI like using this mini natural bristle brush that I got from Dandelion Wood (Webster’s Paint Powder stockist). It’s a perfect size for so many things like painting frames, getting into nooks & grooves of detailed pieces with paint or waxes. But for this purpose, I discovered it is THE perfect size for these little Fusion™ tester bottles…I wasn’t over generous with dipping my brush in, as I really wasn’t sure how far this paint would go, or how many coats I’d get out of 37mL of paint.
You can see with this first coat, that it covers pretty well: So here we are after one coat – I just painted the outside. I still have more left to start a 2nd coat, so lets see how far I get … And here’s after the second coat – and I JUST made it! Yay – great coverage.
Sample Tester No. 2:
Now to paint the insides – I chose another sample pot (37mL) in the colour, Champness, a pretty pale blue with greyish undertones. After one coat: And now, two coats …
Adding Final Touches:
I added some pull cup handles (also available on my product page):
Distressing (Sanding) or No Distressing?
I decided to sand the edges of this box as it was very rustic to begin with, and had a fair share of dings and chips. The Fusion™ paint sanded back quite well, although I did it fairly soon (maybe under an hour) after the paint had dried. I’d say the longer you leave it, the harder it would be to distress the edges. I threw this pillow (size 12) in the box to give you an idea of the box size visually.
So there you go! Overall, I’m really happy with the results and very excited to be stocking Fusion™ Mineral Paint here at I Restore Stuff. We ship Australia wide, so head on over to our product page where you’ll see beautiful collages of colours and inspiration to paint your furniture.
Here are a couple more pics from the Fusion website, that give you an idea of just how much a tester size covers, and below that, a pint size (500mL).
I’ll be posting soon, about my morning over at a friends house, where I helped her get started on some painting projects. I introduced her to Fusion™ Mineral Paint and we ended up painting 3 pieces and still had some left over in the standard 500mL pot.
Till next time …