Rustic paint cart with Fusion and Old Sign Stencils

From cupboard to antique paint and stencil cart using Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils /
If you do any kind of painting, you know how tricky it is to juggle all you need on one table.

Enter… a rustic paint cart with Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils!

Antiques Old Sign Stencil / From cupboard to antique paint and stencil cart  /
Don’t go letting all that junky bling overwhelm you.

Wait till you see just how easy this all was to put together.

cupboard before

My cheat build started with cupboard I found on the curb last summer. And it’s been eating up space in my garage ever since.

And that’s when it hit me. I REALLY needed it in my photo studio for paint, since I do all my stencilling there.

cupboard before
Since it was already painted, it was the perfect candidate for new paint.

Fusion Mineral Paint sent me some product to play with for a project, and I knew this was the one.

With old signs in mind… of course! πŸ™‚

About Fusion

For those not yet in the know… Fusion Mineral Paint is an acrylic based paint that needs no primer nor topcoat. It’s super price efficient at $18.99 a pint, and the coverage is excellent! I really dug into the about page on Fusion HERE.

Whenever I talk to Jennylyn, I’m kinda mesmerized. She is so passionate about her product. This paint is made in Canada from scratch, with non toxic ingredients of the best quality, ensuring a super long shelf life.

Adding texture with Fusion Mineral Paint /
Back to painting! To resemble the cupboard being made out of a bunch of old signs, each section was taped off, then painted in a colour blocked manner.

To create a mottled effect, a piece of sticky tape was stuck to the wet paint, then removed, which left an oxidized look. Cool!

Adding texture with Fusion Mineral Paint /
Above the lock was created by taping over a wet section done in Algonquin (dark tan), then transferring it onto a dried panel of Champlain (cream).

You can check out all the colours avail in Fusion HERE. 

Plus the new swoon worthy (trust me!) Michael Penney collection HERE.

Route 66 Old Sign Stencils on a cupboard /
This black panel was created the same way using Coal Black. It ended up resembling a chalkboard. 

But it spoke to me and asked, “Please paint a Route 66 on me… but only half.”

Route 66 Old Sign Stencils on a cupboard /
Ok! πŸ™‚

Fusion Mineral Paint on a shelf redo /
I chose Champlain, which has an antique white look.

Route 66 Old Sign Stencils on a cupboard redo /
Using a very dry brush, the stencil resembled a powdery finish, which totally looked like chalk. Neat!

Fusion Mineral Paint Glaze /
Inside the cupboard, most of it was painted in Champlain, with some sections in Algonquin. 

This is the creamiest paint I’ve ever used. The coverage is excellent, with no primer nor topcoat needed. YES!

But the antiquing glaze is magic! It has a VERY long open time, so you don’t have to worry about it drying on you too quickly. I was working outdoors on a very warm day and had no issues.

You just brush it on, then wipe it off with a cloth.

Fusion Mineral Paint Glaze /
One section was done at a time to be on the safe side.

I got a little braver as I went along, and started antiquing the cabinet more heavily. You’ll see what I mean soon.

Adding castors under a cupboard /
Next up, the cupboard got a set of swivel casters, found at last weekend’s flea market.

Reclaimed wood top for a cupboard /
The cupboard needed more work space on top, so a few old fence boards did the trick. They were joined to create a tray like top that can be lifted and carried around as desired.

The two support boards were positioned to hug the top of the cabinet, holding it in place. 

Old Sign Stencils design, Antiques and Collectibles /

Next up, I stencilled Antiques on the top. Fun!

This is a brand new design you can purchase from Old Sign Stencils. It comes with interchangeable numbers so you can change the date to something that has significance to you.

Check it out in the store HERE or by clicking the picture below.

Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils : Antiques and collectibles.59 PM

Fusion Mineral Paint merchants now have the option of carrying the most popular Old Sign Stencils!

Visit their locations HERE and save on shipping! 

Paint brush storage on an antique paint cart with Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils /

And then the real fun began. Moving in day! πŸ™‚

Each panel was given a different duty. The Route 66 panel became the paint brush storage.

Paint brush storage on an antique paint cart with Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils /

See those two fat round brushes on the upper right? They are Fusion Mineral Paint’s all natural bristle brush and boy do they hold paint!

Stencil storage on an antique paint cart with Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils /
No space on this cupboard was wasted. The back became stencil storage.

Hanging stencils on an antique paint cart with Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils /

Using a paper hole puncher, small holes were placed on a corner, which made hanging effortless.

Rustic hooks on a Farmers' Market sign with Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils /
This side of the cupboard got a Farmers’ Market fenceboard sign and a whole lotta hooks of all kinds.

Rustic hooks on a Farmers' Market sign with Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils /
Perfect for tools and such!

A little crazy, right?

Antique paint cart with Old Sign Stencil - Antiques /
For a dash of authenticity, an old label was attached to the sign top.

Rustic label on a reclaimed wood cart top /
I have NO idea what this label is from, but it’s cool!

And this is why I give you permission to hoard junky metal bits and pieces. Always.

Rustic hinges on an antique paint and stencil cart /

Some old hinges were hung to resemble having removed doors off the cabinet.

Fusion Mineral Paint storage inside an antique paint and stencil cart /

The bottom shelf was the perfect size to house a good stash of paint. An old green metal toolbox was perfect for the small tester pots.

And yes, you are seeing them upside down. So I can see the colours easier. πŸ™‚ 

I don’t like guessing what colour is in a can. Are you with me on that? Yet another reason I love the larger Fusion pints. Totally see through.

This is also a pretty good shot of the antiquing inside the cabinet. It’s a little on the heavy side, but is easily controlled by how much glaze you put on. Just ensure to wipe off what you desire right away before it’s dry. 

Rustic paint cart  with Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils /

With the top shelf outfitted with scraps of wood for stencilling and brush storage in mason jars, this cart is ready to (literally) roll!

Rustic paint cart  with Fusion Mineral Paint and Old Sign Stencils /
I love how this rustic paint cart with Fusion and Old Sign Stencils paint cart can be wheeled around to accompany the farm table I have in my photo studio. It is the perfect extra storage companion done in style! Who else needs one of these?

Visit Fusion Mineral Paint HERE

Visit Old Sign Stencils you see above HERE

And now… are you ready for some REAL fun?! Enter for a chance to win some Fusion Mineral Paint so you can try it yourself!

Enter to win $150 of Fusion Mineral Paint!

This giveaway has now ended. Winner is Lucy Auburn! Congrats! Please check your email. πŸ™‚

Fusion is priced so well, you can get a LOT for $150. That’s 7 pints! 

So… go win! πŸ™‚

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1. Visit Fusion Mineral Paint HERE, tell me in comments what your fav colour is and what you’d use it on, and you’re in!giveaway star 2


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All entries from all blogs will be pooled together and one name will be randomly drawn for one win. This giveaway is good worldwide. You must be over the age of 18 to win. Void where prohibited. Winner will be deemed by random draw. Winner must enter with valid email and reply within 3 days of winning email sent to you. This giveaway ends Monday, May 18th, at midnight EST. Winner will be announced in this blog post by May 20th. 

This giveaway has now ended. Winner is Lucy Auburn! Congrats! Please check your email. πŸ™‚

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  1. I CAN’T CHOOSE 1!!!!
    Casement… Sterling… Champlaign… I want to try at least 5 of them. πŸ™‚

  2. My favorite is the casement color. Would love to re-do my dresser that I’ve had since I was a kid. I’m now a big kid and bought a house so it’s time for an update.

  3. I Love the ” Upper Canada Green ” , I’m obsessed with old ladders lately so I would paint one that color and add chicken wire on the back, for a cute herb pot holder and trellis.

  4. I would paint my quilt rack Fort York Red and a plant stand plus another plant stand (stool) to match it.

  5. I am doing over my porch and I think that the Upper Canada Green would be a perfect color for several “rescue” pieces that I have to refinish. I love your website and all of your terrific ideas. They cause my brain to swirl (in a good way) πŸ˜‰

  6. I’ve used a few different colours of Fusion, but the one I’m dying to try is Renfrew Blue! I think it’d look fabulous on a little three-tier shelf I have waiting in the wings!!!

  7. This is like a piece of art work, I have to gush. The details are amazing from the painting methods to the variety of hardware you used as knobs and hooks for hanging. I have a small cheapy rolling cart and it could use a bigger table top. Thanks for the tip on that, too!!

  8. Hi Donna, I’m torn as to a favorite, both the Laurentien and Prairie Sunset put me into painters paradise. The Ceramic green is pretty sweet too!

  9. This is simply fantastic! I love how you took the item you found on the side of the road and made it look like it was pieced together with bits of wood from different projects. It turned out so, so great!

  10. We have update our kitchen with a ‘farmhouse’ feel and this looks just the size kitchen island I’ve been looking for, rustic a (sans Route 66 for our purposes). I love the rustic feel and the multi-purpose storage. The interior storage area would be ideal for my stand mixer, crock pot and other kitchen essentials. Love the vintage looking honging implements and the hinges! Great job. Now, where can I find a cast off cabinet for our kitchen? Casters are perfect for pushing out of the way too! Gotta hit the Salvation Army and other second hand stores in our area!

  11. I love it, but I also feel like a proud Momma, and I had nothing to do with your success! I love the cart, the paint, and the stencils make me think I can do this.

    Thanks, for not just the inspiration I get from you and your blog and all the post, but you have impowered me with so many tutorials that my house is thanking you!

    Keep up the great work.

  12. Amazing, absolutely fantastic. I love the style. Its amazing what you can do with paint. I love transforming furniture, although looking at this, mine is nothing special LOL… you really have an eye for detail. Love your site xx

  13. Donna, The cart is amazing!! I surely wish i had one, but I think I’d use it as a beverage cart on my patio. Yes! It’s that good!! Thanks so much for linking to Friday’s Furniture Fix…. Susie

  14. This is one of my favorite projects of yours… I love how random it is but works so well for organizing your stencils. Truly a creative project! πŸ™‚

  15. I know this is an old post, but had to come in and tell you how much I love this.

    we have a lol at our house. My husband say’s I want to put castors on everything. He said I could keep a castor company in business.

    I tell him, I do it for my old age when I cannot heft stuff around to more it. I can just roll it.

    Thanks for sharing your technique on how you refinished this piece. It turned out fantastic.

  16. Donna, where do you come up with all these great ideas? i want you imagination and creativity. thank you so much for the inspiration. I love you style.