We are in the process of Remodeling our home. Right now we are working on my Teenage Daughter's Room. Boy if you have a teenager like mine then you know how much of a task it was to clean up her room to be able to even get in there to start remodeling. First we had to get all the clothes off the floor. I dont think she has seen what her floor looked like in a long time. Once we got everything out we started the remodel. We are still in the process of remodeling her room so you will see a whole post about that once we are done with her entire room. But today we are going to concentrate on this beautiful Vanity that we refinished for her.
I bought her this vanity for $20 through a friend of a friend. It was in pretty rough shape. There were cute little etched stick figure drawings on the top of the vanity and a corner missing where it looks like a dog had used it for a teething toy. But I knew from working with as much furniture as I have and knowing how to do the repairs that it was going to be an easy fix and it had really solid bones. That is what you need to look for in a piece when redoing is good bones (solid structure). All wood, absolutely no pressedwood. In the picture below you dont get to see all the pretty little drawings that were on top because I sanded them all out already before I took the photo. I get so excited about starting sometimes I forget to get a good before shot. (count your blessings that I remembered when I did lol)
The next step we did was to put a barn wood finish on the top. I dont have a tutorial for you this time on that but I will be making one soon!!
We wanted to create a Shabby Chic look on this piece of furniture. My daughters dream was to own at least one in her lifetime a shabby chic piece of furniture. She has been asking me for years. (ok in her lifetime I am sure she will own lots of shabby chic pieces but you know a mom has to do what a mom has to do). In order to do this finish we first had to paint the entire bottom of the piece black. Why you ask? Well it gives a more natural look to your piece than going over it with a glaze. It doesn't discolor the painted finish like a glaze would. Some painters just put black where they think they will distress. I never know where I will distress until I actually start distressing a piece. I know about where but never an exact spot. Only doing it in spots can also leave a high raised thicker spot where you applied the black to and I like a smooth finish in the end. I know I am a little picky but you have to be to get the end result you want Right!?!
We painted the bottom in General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint only 1 coat.
If you follow my Facebook Page, Which I would love to interact with you if you have any questions or want to show what you made from our tutorial. I posted about a month and a half ago about the box of goodies that I got from Fusion Mineral Paint Company. JennyLynn the CEO of the company was kind enough to send me a box of supplies I would need to do some projects in my home in return I do a tutorial and blog post on what I thought of the product. I must tell you that this was my very first time using Fusion Mineral Paints and I am SOLD. I am such a believer. It is similar to General Finishes in that you dont have to use a primer before you paint. There are some differences though. Fusion Minerals is from Minerals naturally pigmented from nature. Using a natural product that is made from nature means that your pigments will be stronger and have more depth. Which means it doesn't fade very quickly. The color is vibrant and rich. There are no VOC's in their product at all. What is VOC is stands for Volatile Organic Compounds which in laymen terms because I dont want to go into a science lesson here. It means when your paint starts to dry what odors are let off into the air are VOC's. Those are the smells in water based paint that you smell in latex products even with low VOC. Fusion Mineral Paints is an acrylic based paint which means it dries faster and harder than a latex paint but still water based.
Fusion Minerals also states that their product does not need a topcoat. I must say that I was a little Leary on this one as I topcoat everything, i do not even topcoat with wax. I use a Resin Sealer. So for me to say what I am fixing to say,....... I will tuck my tail between my legs like a little puppy that knows they did wrong.
As I have been saying for months I would still probably apply a top coat. Let me tell you that I did the first coat on the first night. When I came back the next morning to paint my fingernail could not even scratch it off. On the first coat guys FIRST COAT. I was in shock and about fell over. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that after I put on the second coat I better not let it dry in anyway before I distressed or I would have to take my electric sander to this piece.
I have included my Facebook video below where I show you the painting process on this piece.
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.We used Fusion Mineral Paints in the Tones for Tots collection in a color called Little Piggy. Its a soft blush pink color. You see this color all over in decorations and accessories right now, so it was the perfect color for my daughter's room. The colors in her room are blush, teal blue, and white with gold and bronze accents.
As you saw in the Facebook video we applied 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Paints Little Piggy. The first coat you still saw some streaks of the black coming through. I waited overnight and applied the second coat and as you can see in the right hand picture below that it covered marvelously.
I applied the 2nd coat as quickly as I could using a velour roller.so that I could still do some wet distressing. It is so much easier to wet distress and make it look more natural than to wait until it is fully dry. You will use a whole lot more elbow grease and probably sand down past the black if you wait until it is fully dry. To achieve the final look. I took #3 steel wool pad and rubbed where I wanted the distressed look. It is very important not to over distress the centers and big areas of the piece because then it looks like you distressed it. Your goal is to make it look like it wore over time and the paint is chipping off from wear and tear. Think about old furniture and how it wears over time. Then distress in those areas of your piece. Like where your feet would kick it or where you might throw your makeup and scratch the inside etc. Some areas I went heavier than others, because I wanted the original wood to show through occasionally but mostly I wanted the black to show through.
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Finally I would like to end my review of Fusion Mineral Paints and Tutorial by saying that I absolutely Love Fusion Mineral Paints and will continue to do more tutorials and projects with this Paint. I did not put a topcoat on her vanity so that I can truly tell you how it is holding up over time. I only used about 1/4 of the 500ml container on this vanity, so I still have lots to do other projects.
I hope to try some of the new products they have as well. So stay tuned for more tutorials and Live Facebook Videos. If you would like to try Fusion Mineral Paints by yourself here is the website where you can type in your address and it will give you a retailer or online seller in your area.
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Hi I am Tess, Owner of Renewed Treasures Studios, And Creative Business Coach. Where we make things Beautiful and teach you how to take your furniture flipping business to the next level with custom orders.