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I had the opportunity to paint with Fusion Mineral Based Furniture Paint. This paint is made by Homestead House, the company that makes MMS Milk Paint. I bought a pretty antique library table at a garage sale (it was half off the day I went!) for a great price so I paid for it and ran because it was such an awesome deal. This particular table opens up and has the butterfly leaf store inside. I’m sad to say the leaf inside is warped so much that it won’t even fit into the table top, but this piece is still neat without the leaf.
The first thing I had to do was choose a color, which sometimes is really hard because so many colors could work on a piece. I knew I wanted a muted color, but not a neutral. I settled on Homestead Blue after looking through all the colors on the FMP website. Homestead blue is a mix of blue and green, which I call a muted teal, and it’s not in-your-face bright. I have to mention that I love the containers the paint comes in because they are plastic and have lids that screw on. I’m over the metal paint cans make a mess when you pour and get rusty so easily.
Back to the table! The bottom half was in pretty great condition, but the top had some issues that needed to be addressed. There were some cigarette burn marks (though the table did not smell like smoke at all), lots of water rings, and a worn, uneven finish. I sanded the worn finish off of the top using 150 grit sandpaper and my palm sanded. I then sprayed on clear Shellac to block out any stains and bleed through since the water rings and other marks that would easily come through the paint otherwise. The reason I used shellac instead of primer was incase I chose to distress the piece once I was finished. I wouldn’t want any white primer coming though.
Now, I heard this paint was good, but I’ve used a lot of paints all with different positives – awesome colors, good adhesion, minimal brush marks or great coverage. Well let me just tell you, Fusion has all of these! I seriously only needed one coat to get full coverage. There were a few spots around the details on the legs that I missed and had to hit again with my paint brush, but one coat and done. This stuff also levels so well you can barely see brush marks, and the finish looked so good once it dried I couldn’t distress it. Since this piece will most like receive a lot of wear, I used a water-based topcoat in flat to seal it and protect it.
Definitely give this paint a try, and Fusion has a really gorgeous color palette to choose from. Click here to find a retailer close to you to purchase products.