Introducing FRESCO – the Perfect Rustic Textured Look AND my Hometalk News!

This post is kinda BIG in a way – as in, BIG NEWS kind of way!

We’ve just launched a super new product AND I have some fun news about America’s biggest DIY Network – HOMETALK. Eek!

But more about that later …

[Edit: I’ve added the Hometalk Live video demo at the end of this post]

Introducing FRESCO

I love new things to play with, especially of the furniture painting variety, so when Fusion Mineral Paint introduced their new texturising medium, Fresco,  I couldn’t wait to try it out.Fresco on plant stands

(I am a retailer for Fusion Mineral Paint in Australia, and have added Fresco to our online store. You’ll find it under the Textures in Fusion Mineral Paint product tab.)
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Fresco Look at the yummy texture and crackle here that just screams “perfect aged patina”!Fusion Fresco

Enter the “Speaker Stands” …

I decided to have a play with the Fresco on these old wooden stands that my husband originally made for his studio speakers (he’s a video/audio engineer). They had been replaced for a while now and sitting in my “pile” for a greater purpose!

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And that greater purpose will be some plant stands. So I bought these pots to go with the plant stands, and we’ll make them look funky too!Plant Stands Fresco-5199

Prep is good, no matter what the surface.

They’re ordinary plastic pots, so before I painted them, I wanted to scratch up the surface to give the paint more grip. I used my SandiHands Sanding glove to do this.Plant Stands Fresco-5200

Sanded pot

Sanded pot surface, ready for painting.

Mixing Fresco with Fusion Mineral Paint

Mix 1 part Fresco to 2 parts Fusion Mineral Paint.

Plant Stands Fresco-5208 Mix with a wire mini whisk or a stirring stick.Plant Stands Fresco-5209 Don’t mix thoroughly as the lumps are all part of the textured look and are desirable.Plant Stands Fresco-5210I used one of the Fusion 2″ Brushes, but you can use any brush. I prefer to use one that is not “precious” for this technique.Fresco with Fusion Mineral Paint


As the paint dries, the Fresco shows it’s beautiful texture “magic”!

Stippling & Texturing

Apply the Fresco & Paint mixture to your project using the brush in a stippling, textured effect. You can brush in different directions for added textural interest:Plant Stands Fresco-5214

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Plastic pot painted in Fresco/Fusion Mineral Paint mix

I then mixed up some Fresco with Fusion Mineral Paint colour, Limestone.

Note the Note:

Note: you do not need to mix Fresco in with more than the first layer of the paint. I decided to, simply because I didn’t feel the gray I mixed had enough texture for what I was wanting. The reason being, I may have over mixed the Fresco/paint mix. This time, I left more lumps.

Plant Stands Fresco-5231 I glopped this new Fresco mix onto the surfaces of both the pots and the stands. Plant Stands Fresco-5235And painted it on with a stippling motion.Fresco

Plant stands 2-5433 When the paint/Fresco mix has dried slightly, but still moveable, I dragged a clean paint brush over the high points, knocking them down a bit and creating more texture with the dragging motion.Plant stands 2-5438

Want some more Crackle?

I used a hairdryer to help create some lovely crackle to add to the effect!Plant stands 2-5434 Plant stands 2-5437

Just add Paint!

For the final step in transforming my pots from plain boring plastic faux terra cotta, I used Fusion’s colour Upper Canada Green to paint straight over the top of the Fresco layers. No Fresco was added in this layer.
Plant stands 2-5455For the final layer of Fusion paint on the Speaker/Plant stands, I used the colour Pebble from the Penney & Co designer collection of Fusion Mineral paint. It’s the perfect greige – a soft gray with undertones of tan.Fresco layeringUsing a wet sanding method and my SandiHands Sanding glove, I wet sanded both the pot surfaces and the stand.Plant stands 2-5467Here’s the result, a lovely aged, sea-swept look showing layers of the Old World it has lived through.FrescoSanding the plant stands had a similar effect, whisking away the top layer of Pebble colour in the high points, revealing the white raised Fresco areas and the darker gray in areas where I sanded more heavily.FrescoPlant stands 2-5474You can see below, on the corner of the stand, the left has not been sanded, the right side has.Plant stands 2-5479

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Oh … and my Hometalk news?

I’m super excited that I have been asked to join Hometalk on their Facebook Live segment sharing this very project and how I completed it, including a demo on that missing speaker stand that you don’t see in any of these final pics. I’m saving that stand for the Hometalk Facebook Live, so I hope you’ll join me.

We’re scheduled to shoot the live segment on September 15th 7pm EST (for my USA/Canadian friends), which will be September 16th at 9am AEST (for my Aussie friends). See you there – you’ll be able to join the live comment feed, so bring your questions if you have any!

Edit: Here’s the video demo as seen LIVE on Hometalk’s Facebook page:

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  • Reply
    September 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Great news, well done!

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    September 13, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Now that is an improvement. This is the first “distressed” or aged project that I’ve seen that I really like! Great job!

    • Reply
      September 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks Marilyn. What a lovely compliment!

  • Reply
    Carolyn Noyer
    October 6, 2016 at 3:15 am

    Absolutely beautiful

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