You know those projects that sit on the back burner forever, because one ugly thing is attached to the other, and if you’re not careful, you’re liable to redo your entire house?
Do I have a doozy for you.
Here… allow me to give you a better view… get that pinning finger ready, folks…
Ugh. So bad. It seriously looked like a somewhat abandoned home via the entry alone. A mess of several different painting finishes, and a door completely scratched up from who knows, wearing a very dated colour that didn’t even go with the house.
Good thing I kept the lawn mowed…
The house wears what I’d consider dated brick, and siding I don’t love. The house trim use to be this burgundy when I moved in, but it made the house look pink.
The first thing I did when I moved in was repaint the trim to a gorgeous warm black / deep chocolate brown. My intention had been to paint the door in the same colour.
But I stalled painting this area, because I hated working with the oil based paint I was using at the time. I didn’t want roller marks, and I didn’t want brush strokes, and I didn’t want to buy a high end sprayer to only have to figure out how to clean oil paint out of it.
So this sat. For exactly… 10ish years? Goodness…
And then this little blessing dropped in the mail, which changed my mind in a quick, hot second!
I am in a blogger program with Fusion Mineral Paint, so I have the opportunity to test their paint out. So when I received my newest order, I ripped open the box while still wearing PJ’s, grabbed my Homestead Blue and fav new BFF brush (ask a merchant about them!), and sprinted towards the front door.
Fusion promised to make this easier than working with my crap oil paint, so I wanted in.
I’m super stoked I waited now. This short handled angled brush is new to the line, and WORD… it cuts in and covers like a dream!!! Super sharp lines. I didn’t even need painter’s tape on the window around the door!
The first thing you want to do to these cute pints is to give them a good shake.
Look at that liquid gold… you can just about hear it glug while I shake! I want to drink it!
I’ve been a faux painter in the past for my artist friend, and our #1 rule was always, pour paint into another container before using, so you don’t contaminate the original.
There’s another reason I like doing this… Fusion has intense bonding capabilities, and your lid can get stuck to the paint container.
I also WASH the lid, and wipe down the rim.
Once I had to poke a hole into the side of one container in order to pour the paint out. Learn from unwise me. 🙂
It honestly took me longer to remove and reinstall the door hardware than it did to paint the one coat! That’s all it needed.
The door was looking so dreamy! But this pretty eye needed some eye liner…
So I ran to the hardware store (with 5 minutes to spare before they closed), and picked up more trim colour in latex this time.
The black – brown paint is Cloverdale Paint sold in Canada, called Covercoat Flat, 02204 N (neutral base) with colour numbers B 11y / C 1y8 / I 1y8 / 02204
THEN BAM! I had this gorgeousness in front of me! Isn’t it a complete stunner?
So, why blue?
I chose to work with the brick, because I don’t know what to do with the outside of the house yet. It will be big coin to update, so I like to start like this first, to see how far I can push the original.
I still haven’t blogged about my trip to NYC yet, but here’s one trinket I found at the Chelsea Flea Market while there. The tin above was only $10, so it needed to come home with me.
A couple more propellers / blades on the other side sealed the deal. They are from Granny and Grumpas, and reader Sandy, from THIS post!
Seriously, how can such a little amount of paint make such a big difference?
But the MUCH bigger question… why did I wait YEARS to do this?!
Quite possibly, because Fusion wasn’t born yet. 🙂
A couple of Fusion Mineral Paint tips:
1. I only needed one coat, but you may need two.
I am a cheater styled painter, and like doing things (too) quick… but I was honestly super happy with one coat of paint on this door! I really do think the brush made a difference for perfect coverage.
2. Ask a Fusion rep how to test / prep your surface before painting.
While Fusion includes a primer AND top coat, in some cases you may need ultra grip to prime. It all depends what your base is. My door was metal, but I had smeared an oil based glaze all over it, resulting in the Fusion paint scratching off a little too easily. My fault. I should have cleaned and prepped the door, and did a test.
I did NONE of the above. I just painted over dirt. LOL
HERE is a post by Melanie of Lost and Found Decor, using Homestead Blue on her front door too. She offers some sound prepping, and prior cleaning tips. She’s also a trained Fusion paint merchant, so she knows what she’s doing. Listen to HER! 🙂
Thing is, all my past Fusion projects didn’t require any prepping, so I was spoiled. So I’m going to be careful, and see what transpires.
Honestly, this paint covered so quickly and beautifully, and took so little, I can see playing with a new colour a season. I kid you not! This was way too much fun!
3. This paint wears a gorgeous, matte finish, and goes a long way.
Which I much prefer over semi gloss or satin, when working with deeper colours. Just be aware, you may notice finger prints or scuffs. I have the same thing happen with my flat, brown – black trim colour too. But a simple wet cloth removes any prints or marks with ease. To me it’s worth it. I love matte finish over sheen.
I also adore the coverage. One coat may be enough for your project, and the flow is like working with whipping cream. It glides on. My fav part!
4. Take the time to clean the paint lids.
Seriously. Wash the lid, and wipe the rim. Or place a plastic baggie in between lid and container. The adhesion on this paint is crazy strong.
Lots of folks ask me about working with Fusion, so I felt the tips were needed at this point.
I am deliriously happy with this paint and colour choice! I feel so glamorous now when I bring out my matching bike, and roll it in front of my stylin’ door before heading out. Like I ought to dress better for being at home or something…
But, some things shall never change. I still prefer my PJs for my spontaneously planned painted projects. 🙂
Find what colours Fusion Mineral Paint comes in HERE
And find a merchant near you HERE
p.s. and make sure to get that brush!
Disclosure: I work with Fusion to create with their paint, but was not compensated for this project. All drooling over Homestead Blue is from my own heart felt feelings. And I am smitten!
Full source list:
Black / brown trim colour – Cloverdale Paint sold in Canada, called Covercoat Flat, 02204 N (neutral base) with colour numbers B 11y / C 1y8 / I 1y8 / 02204
Blue Door Paint – Fusion Mineral Paint in Homestead Blue
Angled brush – Fusion Mineral Paint
What colour is your front door? What would you like it to be?