A few weeks ago I put in my first order for Fusion Mineral Paint from Refinished. I’d seen it popping up in my Facebook feed regularly, with great reviews, so I thought I’d put in an order and give it a try. Just so you know, this isn’t a sponsored post, I purchased the paint on my own and these are my own views!
If you’re unfamiliar with Fusion, it’s an 100% acrylic paint developed specifically for furniture painters and decorative artists. Developed in Canada by Homestead House Paint Co, I was pretty interested in one particular feature… it’s formulation means like other products on the market it doesn’t require a huge amount of prep work, but also doesn’t need a top coat! WHAT! I had to try it out… and here’s my first project.
The first thing I noticed with this paint is that it arrived in a plastic container, with a screw top lid. So far this has been fantastic, and its claimed that the plastic ensures the paint won’t go hard or bad inside, having a reported shelf life of 7 years. That’s a huge plus for anyone not painting constantly, or when using a colour that’s not something you’re going to use everyday. I’ve had a tin or two go bad on me and it’s frustrating to say the least!
Speaking of colour, the selection is fantastic! I jumped at Laurentien which is a minty green, as I knew this little table would look super cute is such a lovely pastel colour. I also picked up Coal Black, and can’t wait to try it out. I find it hard to get a true black, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out.
The table has had two coats, and adhered brilliantly. I loved it’s self leveling properties; I only very lightly sanded after the first coat and the table top is beautifully even. A week or so since its been finished and I just don’t feel the need to wax it – it’s clearly hardened and has even been worked over by two small people without chips or damage. I’ve even suggested someone use it to refinish their TV Unit as I just loved the finish so much.
With this project I didn’t distress; I just didn’t feel it was warranted. It’s makers suggest distressing quickly after painting and before the project cures. As a regular user of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I’m used to a very chalky finish and sanding smooth, and I found Fusion didn’t require that same process, but gave an equally beautiful outcome. To me the two paints provide a slightly different look, and work equally depending on the outcome you’re looking for.
So, will I use it again? Absolutely. That jar of Coal Black is sitting on my work bench ready for the next project. I’m really happy with the results.
If you’d like to try it out you can look through all the lovely colours and order here.
Have you used Fusion Mineral Paint? I’d love to hear your thoughts.