I’m getting ready to teach a series of retailer trainings in Europe in September, for both Fusion Mineral Paint and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. I wanted to make more samples with Fusion’s Fresco texturizing powder. Jamie Lundstrom (from the blog So much better with age) recently published the book ‘French Vintage Decor‘. Did you know that you can use Fresco for several of the DIY projects in Jamie’s book?
I picked out the ‘aged urn’ project and got to work. I’m not really into urns, but I liked the colours and texture of the project and tried the technique on a wooden cake stand instead. The book is about French vintage or country decor, but with a bit of imagination and creativity you can use the tutorials beyond that style. My kitchen isn’t ‘French vintage’ after all, but rather Scandinavian rustic.
I didn’t follow Jamie’s tutorial exactly, but used the products I had at hand. I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s: fresco powder, Casement, Sterling, Ash, Algonquin and Bayberry. I (ofcourse!) forgot to take a picture of the cake stand before. Let’s say it was just plain ugly haha. You can find the tutorial and so much more in the book. I can highly recommend it.
Fresco is Fusion Mineral Paint’s texturizing powder for a weathered, worn or rustic texturized look. It’s also a perfect product to get that faux textured stone or metal look on otherwhise plain wooden objects. Depending on your mix and application, you will get a different end result. I added the powder directly to a bit of paint and stirred a couple of times with a paint stick. I didn’t whisk until the lumps were dissolved, because I wanted a bit of texture. When you whisk until the powder is dissolved, you get a flat matte chalky finish paint.
I rearranged a little on our traditional Swedish kitchen stove and put the cake stand there. Great spot! I think I might keep it this way.
Oh, and after publishing this post, I realized there was something strange on the wreath. Those who can spot my ‘temporary solution’ win a prize haha. (no, not really, there’s no prize). Oh well, so far for trying to be professional. Better next time!
On a side note, for those readers who’re interested in photography. I’m looking for a good basic course that has a lot to teach about lighting. Swedish houses are dark, not to mention the dark winters. We rely a lot on artificial lighting, this shows in my images and has even kept me a little from blogging. I want to overcome that so I would love to hear what you can recommend?