Fusion Mineral Paint

Host a Private Paint Your Own Piece Workshop

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Looking for e fun afternoon or evening out with the girls? Hosting a private paint party is perfect! Our best selling workshop is Bring Your Own Piece - where everyone learns the basics of furniture painting. We will cover Furniture Painting 101 and everyone goes home with a masterpiece!  

To schedule a party, please contact me at barb@thepinkbeecompany.com 

Cost: $84.99+tax per person and includes supplies, instruction, a light snack. 

For a small group of 3-4, we can host @ The Pink Bee Company.

For groups larger than 4, we come to a location of your choice. This is typically a place you have booked, insured and paid for, like a winery, brewpub, community hall or church hall.

Everyone learns how to

1. How to properly prep the piece
2. How to properly paint the piece to get that smooth brush stroke free finish
3. How to do some advanced finishing techniques

From faded to fabulous with Fusion Mineral Paint! We start off with proper prep, layering colours, distressing and finishing. We learn about glazes and finishes that make your furniture more unique. PLUS, you get to use our supplies! 

Participants must be able to carry their project unassisted and it must fit 2' x 2' area. A side table, a chair, a stool, table legs or a drawer from a larger pieces is also welcome. If you are unsure, give us a text, call or email a photo before class. 

All supplies are included. Depending on the size and complexity of your vision, you may need to finish it at home. 

The class is 3.5 - 4 hours and includes all paint supplies, and the use of a painting apron.  Tea and snacks are provided. 

Wear your paint clothes and a smile!

Cancelation policy: Price is non-refundable and only will apply to the next available class if notified 24 hours in advance.

Student receive 10% off all Fusion Mineral Paint products for one week after the class with the printed receipt.

All classes are subject to change with low class registration or scheduling conflicts.  Participants will be notified via email.

Any repairs, cleaning and/or sanding must be done prior to class. Feel free to email barb@thepinkbeecompany.com a picture of the piece if you’re unsure of the prep work needed or drop it off at the shop a few days prior to the class. Any piece that is not finished in the allotted time, must go home with the student. 

If you would like to upgrade your workshop to include a pro brush there are a couple of options available.

Fixer Upper Style 24" Farmhouse Clock $$150 Sale $124.99

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper. Not only is their personality down to earth, so is their style! Getting their look is achievable and taking a workshop is a simple way to get the farmhouse style! Price includes everything you need to make the project, coffee, tea and snacks!

As you create your masterpiece, we will be working with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Fusion Mineral Paint and other products. I will teach you techniques that can apply as well to painting furniture/home decor.

Paint Your Own Cabinets!

The After  with Fusion Mineral Paint in Liberty Blue

The After  with Fusion Mineral Paint in Liberty Blue

UPDATE: >>>>> If you’re still not 100% comfortable after reading this,  I've added a couple of workshop dates here. Take a workshop to practice practice practice so you gain all the confidence and experience you need to go home and do your own!

Image source: FusionMineralPaint.com

Image source: FusionMineralPaint.com

No need to be frightened or intimidated at the thought of re-painting your cabinets. Keep reading to learn how to easily and inexpensively refinish your cabinets!

Why Fusion Mineral Paint?

Fusion has a built in top coat. The 100% acrylic resin acts as the “glue and so results in fantastic adhesion and long-term super durability. It is a waterproof, non-porous surface which is why you don’t typically need an additional top coat.

Fusion is non-toxic, lead free, virtually odourless. It has no ammonia or formaldehyde and it has zero volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).

Materials Used:

  • TSP or good degreasing cleaner - I used LA's Totally Awesome Orange
  • Sandpaper - 200 grit
  • Fusion Ultra Grip
  • Fusion Mineral Paint in Liberty Blue

1. PREP

Before - I've always regretted picking counters the same colour as my cabinets. What was I thinking?

Before - I've always regretted picking counters the same colour as my cabinets. What was I thinking?

If you’re going to spend your precious time refinishing your cabinets, do not scrimp on the prep! Read more “PREP is not a bad 4 letter word!” .

This prep step took me no more than 10 minutes and it's so worth it!

Your cabinets were typically professionally finished to repel grease, splashes, food, dirty fingers and as a result the finish also repels a new paint job!  Cabinets have many finishes (Laminate, Melamine, Lacquered, Varnished ...) and you will need to prep to make any paint (Fusion included) adhere. PREP is the key to a fantastic result. 

1.1 Wipe your cabinets with a de-greaser or TSP and then rinse the cabinets with clean water and wipe dry. 

LA's Totally Awesome Orange is my go to degreaser. A buck something at Dollar Tree!

LA's Totally Awesome Orange is my go to degreaser. A buck something at Dollar Tree!

1.2 Then sand lightly

Just a light scuff sand - nothing crazy

Just a light scuff sand - nothing crazy

Your surface plays a direct role to the finish of your project. The paint is only as stable as your substrate (the current surface you wish to paint). If your project is glossy, previously coated with a lacquer, or potentially has a wax finish on it, you simply must prep your piece for guaranteed results, there is just no cutting corners for a flawless perfect finish!
— Jennylyn Pringle, President, Fusion Mineral Paint
Fusion Ultra Grip makes paint stick!

Fusion Ultra Grip makes paint stick!

If your surface is a synthetic finish like laminate or melamine and is still very shiny, apply a coat of Ultra Grip and allow it to dry for 12 hours.
 
2. PAINT

Fusion Colour Blocker - go from dark to light for a great price

Fusion Colour Blocker - go from dark to light for a great price

If you’re going from a dark colour to light, our Colour Blocker will save you money! It’s half the price of Fusion because it is made of 100% recycled paint and pigment from the factory. Read more here on Colour Blocker.

Excellent coverage with two coats

Excellent coverage with two coats

Apply 1 to 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint waiting 12 hours between coats. Fusion Mineral Paint has incredible coverage, however it’s always best to apply two coats rather than trying to get it all done in one thicker coat. You’ll find your first coat will do 95%, and that second coat will cover anything that you missed.

Take the doors off (as painting them horizontally is a best practice,) but if you want to leave them on - no worries! Just leave the doors open while you wait 12 hours between coats. 

To get the best from Fusion’s self-levelling properties, practice makes perfect. Before you start painting, wet your brush and give it a good shake. Let the brush do the work for you and minimize brush strokes by having just enough paint on the brush, so the paint will self-level. Too much paint and you will leave brush marks behind. Practice makes perfect! If, despite your best efforts, you end up with texture you don’t like, you can gently sand the brush strokes away.

Not the best lighting, but the Liberty Blue makes a much better contrast!

Not the best lighting, but the Liberty Blue makes a much better contrast!


Do my cabinets need a top coat?

ToughCoat

Fusion Mineral Paint has a built-in top coat, so no top coat is needed! That said, there are two reasons you may want to add our Tough Coat.

- in high splash zones like kitchens or bathrooms, there is no harm adding another layer of protection. 

- if you’re looking for a little more sheen than the signature matte finish of Fusion Mineral Paint, Tough Coat will finish to a beautiful satin sheen. It also has a proven non-yellowing formula so they won’t yellow your pristine freshly painted white cabinets!

What can you paint with a Fusion Mineral Paint 37ml sample pot?

Fusion Mineral Paint 37ml sample pot

Fusion Mineral Paint typically comes in a one pint size, enough to paint a medium size dresser, a small table and a couple of smaller projects. 

These cute little sample pots are now in our West Kelowna shop and are a great way to try a new colour.  For just $4.99 you’ll be surprised with the coverage! A little goes a long way - look at all the frames done with one sample pot of Prairie Sunset! Each of the three frames has two coats. And these are not small frames - the yardstick shows how big the frames are! 

Fusion Prairie Sunset Sample Pot Coverage

We have all 24 classic colours in the shop, as well as the six Micheal Penny Colours. 

Use these cute testers to sample the paint, try the colour, or just to do up a small project such as mason jars. a mirror, a tray, a frame, some candle holders, small boxes - the possibilities are endless. 

Make Your Own Painted Skates

Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red is the perfect red for these skates I recently did for a Christmas Market in Kelowna. These were so popular I'm going to be running a two part workshop at 1:30 on Saturday Nov 28 and Sunday Nov 29th so you can make your own!

You supply the skates and for $39.99, We supply the how-to's, the paint for the boots and the blades, fancy ribbon for the laces, the material so you can make the mock sock trim and the pretty floral pic to poke out the tops. If you want to glitter I'll provide that too! And what winter crafting is complete without hot chocolate!

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To Glitter or Not to Glitter - that is the question

I hope you can join us! Please select the button to learn more and register.

 

 

Getting a Distressed Look with Fusion Mineral Paint

Double Drop Leaf Table $150

Double Drop Leaf Table $150

When a piece speaks to me for distressing, my first choice is usually our Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. It gives that authentic layered and sometimes chippy cracked look I love.

You can also easy to get that look with Fusion Mineral Paint, but it’s something I haven’t tried. Until now and here’s how I did it!

1. As always, prep is the most important step. Scrub your piece with TSP or  any other degreasing cleaner you have on hand (I love Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner). Damp wipe and let dry. Sand lightly and vacuum.

Simple Green for furniture paint prep

 

2. If your piece has a glossy, hard to grip surface such as a lacquered surface or laminate and you’re worried the surface may be tricky, apply one layer of Ultra Grip. Allow to dry for 12 hours.

Fusion Ultra Grip $17

Fusion Ultra Grip $17

3. In lots of cases, your piece may already painted. So if you want to replicate an old wood piece, paint a layer or two with Chocolate Fusion Mineral Paint. The chocolate layer (the wood!) will show through the subsequent layers. Be sure to allow 12 hours between coats. 

Fusion Mineral Paint in Chocolate $20

Fusion Mineral Paint in Chocolate $20

4. After the chocolate was thoroughly dry, I quickly painted a layer of Champlain Fusion Mineral Paint. I didn’t worry about great coverage and so didn’t go back where I missed with the first strokes. I wanted the Chocolate ”wood" to show. You can use a damp rag to rub back the Champlain back in the natural distressing areas - those areas that would wear off naturally with years of use such as on certain edges, around handles curved areas. Fusion dries quickly, so wipe back as you go and do not wait until you have finished the entire piece! 

Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain $20

Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain $20

5. After 12 hours of dry time, I dry brushed on using Champness Fusion Mineral Paint. Dip your brush to pick up the smallest amount of paint. Then run your brush over a fresh paper towel or cardboard to remove some of the paint. Now paint your piece with a very light and quick touch. The paint dries real quick so if you must remove any do it right away. or touch up later with more dry brushing. It fun to keep layering it until you get the look you want.

Fusion Mineral Paint in Champness $20

Fusion Mineral Paint in Champness $20

Love how it turned out and it's available in the shop for $150

Close-up of distressed look

Close-up of distressed look


Lily Pond Dresser

When I found this dresser at the Restore. I was super excited to finally find something with some curved wood! I've been looking for two years! But oh was she looking rough! Don't you just love the brown on brown look!!!!

LilyPond before

I just love how easy this paint is to work with! It's made with the very best top quality ingredients which results in a superior durable finish.  The dresser was painted in two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Lily Pond, a beautiful feminine green from our Penney & Company Collection. No top coat is needed. Although none has been added, If you like you can add shine by adding our Beeswax finish.

Lily Pond After


Fusion Mineral Paint Drawer Lily Pond Close up

I painted the legs and the hardware using our Fusion Tinting Kit in Gold. The hardware was very delicate and small in scale, so I thought I'd add some stencils to the drawers to balance things out.

And as a little surprise, some gold polka dot paper decoupaged on the sides of all the drawers!

 

 

Lily Pond Fusion Mineral Paint After


Painting Old Metal Hardware With Fusion Tinting

I'm working on some new display pieces for the shop. Ones of the pieces had some great hardware on the doors. Sadly one was broken and couldn't be repaired, but I could fill the holes in the false door and move its handle to the real door.

Painting Old Hardware with Fusion Tinting

Our Fusion Tinting Kit in Pearl was just the thing for the snowy white look I had in mind. I gave the hardware a good scrub with a degreasing detergent. Once dry, I painted with a little Pearl. A little goes a long way!

Fusion Pearl Tinting Kit

The tinting kits can be used directly on hardware, or it can be added to any of the Fusion Mineral Paints or even the Tough Coat to change the look of the finish.

Fusion Pearl Tinting Kit Collage

Painting Leather

Leather Chair Before

Leather Chair Before

I got two of these leather chairs at a clearance sale at one of our Kelowna high end furniture stores, one rust and one brown. The story I told myself to justify my purchase) was I would be able to find two more in different colours to make a set of four for the dining room table. Yeah. Mission not accomplished.

After staring at these chairs that didn't match anything, I decided they would a great test of painting leather with Fusion Mineral Paint. The finish on these leather chairs was quite shiny. So shiny, I often felt like I was sliding off the chair! Despite that I wanted to put the paint to the test, so I didn't do any prep. Two coats of Inglenook in the Fusion Mineral Paint went on very smoothly. It absorbed into the leather very nicely and dried to a lovely matte finish. 

Leather chair painted in Inglenook Fusion Mineral Paint

Leather chair painted in Inglenook Fusion Mineral Paint

As a finishing touch, I painted the legs with Fusion Tint in Pale Gold.

Turned out quite nice don't you think?