I knew Fusion Mineral Paint would rock the mid-century industrial warehouse look that I wanted—is this even possible with dowdy timber TV trays?
Nothing says industrial chic better than Coal Black for the legs, right?
And let me tell you, my trusty Cling On R18 knocked the job out quickly and easily grabbing onto the edges of the legs and cutting in like a champ.
Honestly if you don't have a Cling On Paint Brush yet, GET ONE! They make life easy. Minimising brush strokes, store in water and even self-cleaning.
Here's a full blog post on them if you need more information.
Here is where I was tempted to go away from my vision. I mean, how cool would a dark timber top look? Or maybe a driftwood finish? There are so many options. In the end I held tight to my vintage warehouse vibe.
TV tray tops can take a beating, so adding the extra step of Ultra Grip makes them even more kid-proof and abusable.
Time for a little ode to Ultra Grip. This is the product to use when you need your paint to grab onto tricky surfaces.
For this project considering it's a high-gloss finish, although I swiped it with sandpaper, I want an insurance policy and Ultra Grip is worth every penny. It's a water-based emulsion (fancy word for glue) that increases the adhesion of Fusion Mineral Paint to glossy, hard to grip surfaces.
It's milky when wet and dries translucent. I wouldn't say it replaces sanding, but would recommend sanding lightly to roughen the surface and then applying Ultra Grip. This helps Fusion to grip on for a lifetime.
Apply one very thin coat. Allow to dry for 12-24 hours before painting. Another reason I personally love Ultra Grip is that it can hold more texture. If you apply it heavily with a brush, you will see brush marks, which I want in this case so I will lay it on a bit thicker.
However, if you are wanting a nice, smooth finish, apply thin and sparingly.
Once the Ultra Grip has dried, Fusion Concealer gives a nice, neutral surface for the next step — Fusion Metallic Paint.
Going industrial, Brushed Steel was the obvious choice!
And then see what I did here? By adding just a hint of Coal Black to Tough Coat Sealer it aged the metallic just the right amount. I used a stiffer paint brush to create additional texture.
This is one of THOSE projects!
Most would stop here, right?
Well, it's me so....out comes Fusion Fresco, Fusion Metallic Paint in Pale Gold and these oh-so-fabulous, specially imported Mid Century Modern stencils (limited numbers while in stock).
We're going to have a bit of fun with a slightly raised and weathered stencil!
Here's the reveal...oh yes...I'm in looovveeee...
I'm not sure, but I think the addition of the raised gold stencil in that awesome vintage font may be my favouritest thing ever!
Hope you love them like I do.