Fusion Seaside & Picket Fence Side Table

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Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! 

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

There’s just something about blue and white together, don’t you think?

I just love it! Every … single … time. 

Hello beautiful friends! It’s trash to treasure transformation Tuesday. The first one for 2021, yippee!
New around here? Well, several of my friends and I get together every month on the second Tuesday to share our “trash to treasures”.
It’s the best day of the month because you not only get one new awesome makeover, you get 5.

So be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see theirs!

Fusion Seaside & Picket Fence Side Table Makeover

As you already know, I’m sharing this little table I picked up in the Outer Banks several weeks back.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

I loved the details on it, the metal sides, etc, but it sure was sad looking.
And looked like it’d been in a flood too.

Overall, it was in pretty good shape though.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

I gave it a light sanding all over to smooth the finish out somewhat before painting.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

And decided to use a new paint line (to me because it’s certainly not new!), Fusion Mineral Paint.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

I had never used this paint and I really don’t even know why. Maybe because I’ve been happy with the ones I use most often.
But hey, it’s fun to try new things, right? So I thought it was about time I got around to trying this.
So I located a retailer near me and went by to pick out a few products to try. (all of those above)

I’m excited to dig in a little more since I only ended up using two products on this project.

(this is NOT a sponsored post, by the way, I just wanted to give these products and try!)

The Fusion Seaside & Picket Fence paint colors.

Since Fusion paint is self-sealing I didn’t have to put a topcoat on. And I didn’t really think this little table would need too much extra protection so I didn’t add any “clear tough coat”. Although I certainly could if I felt it might need it or was in a high traffic spot, etc.

I began the project thinking I would only use white but I quickly changed my mind (as I usually do once I get started on a project, lol) to paint the inside area a different color.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

But before I got going on that, I realized I need to fill in some gaps here and there. (and a big one right there I did with wood filler instead of caulk)
The rest of the seams got caulk. (be sure to use paintable caulk)

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

I like things to look seamless. Just gives a nicer, more finished look.

So for that second color for the inside areas, Seaside was calling my name on that one! The contrast between it and that crisp white I knew would be a winner.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

I turned the table upside down to paint the top and get around to all the other areas there more easily.

Then I used a small paintbrush to get into these areas.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

And so you see how RUSTY looking the metal sides are? Ick…but they are going to be amazing soon. :)

Love the dark blue. (it’s somewhat similar to Aubusson Blue that I’ve used many times in the past…just a tad darker)

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

Then I used one of my favorite products (this paste wax) on the metal criss-cross sides.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

You can find it, and all of the other products I used on this project, here…

MATERIALS LIST

 

You simply rub it on with your finger…it’s that easy.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

And look at the difference.

Love that stuff! I’ve used it on so many things.

Coverage…the Seaside took about one coat. Awesome. The white (Picket Fence) took about 3 coats to fully cover this wood.

I thought I wanted to accentuate these wood features on the front and sides…

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

…until I accentuated them. Haha

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

Nope!!

I ruined a perfectly nice-looking painted piece of furniture with that mess. ha!

So I painted over it with white and kept it nice and clean, understated, unfussy.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

I considered lightly sanding the edges all over to bring out the details more but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
The paint just looked so clean and nice, I left it alone.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

Not everything needs to be distressed, right?

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

This self-sealing feature of this paint is very nice. See that ever so slight sheen?
It’s the perfect amount of sheen, in my opinion.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

Want to know about 26 other chalk style paints?
I’ve got the low down for you right here! >>> 26 Types of Chalk Style Paint For Furniture

Up close of the sides…

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

Want to see some of these projects in “live” time? Hop on over and follow along with me on INSTAGRAM. I’m always sharing in my stories as I’m doing projects, finding new furniture, fun finds….just all the day to day behind the scenes. 

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

So much better than the rust.

And that blue. Sigh…I love that shade.

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

Looking for a crisp, clean white, here it is…

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

Want to know about 26 other chalk style paints?
I’ve got the low down for you right here! >>> 26 Types of Chalk Style Paint For Furniture

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

Now, how did I like it? 

I liked it but it is quite different than chalk-style paint.

The self-sealing paint…a definite win.

Application, like a dream. And dries really fast. Win, win!
I did get a few brush strokes but I think a wet-ish brush helps with that though.
I think I am going to use my “chalk painting” style brush next go.

Other than that (which is a small issue and can be “fixed”), I love it.
It seems to be very durable. Time will tell…and then I will tell you. ;)

I can’t wait to try the rest of the products I bought. Loving everything so far! Stay tuned for more on this.
Be sure to follow along over on Instagram as I’ll be sharing there in real-time as I do!

Have you used Fusion Mineral Paints and how do YOU like them?

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Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

Don’t forget to hop over and see what my friends are up to this month!

Fusion Seaside and Picket Fence gave this sad little side table a new lease on life! artsychicksrule.com

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UPDATE!! See them now, here!!

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59 Comments

  1. Oh wow Nancy – this turned out absolutely stunning! And you’ve just given me an idea of what I want to do with a little cabinet my mother’s giving me: white and navy blue for the win! Thanks for all the inspiration!

    1. Oh my gosh! I have been looking for this night stand forever! My mother in law had it as her as part of her childhood bedroom set and now my husband and I are using it but we need another one. If you are ever willing to sell it let me know please! It turned out beautifully! I am going to freshen up hers as well to go with the desk and dressers!

  2. This is such a relaxing piece to look at! Love the white and blue.
    How did you seal the metal mesh sides so they don’t rust through the new, beautiful soft gold?

    1. Thank you, Christina! I didn’t seal the rust at all. Since it’s a paste wax I figured it would do that trick. Hoping that will hold up. I think it will be fine anyway! :) xo

  3. Hi Nancy,
    I LOVE Fusion pints. Your brush is key when painting with it. They also sell an extender which helps with brush stokes on certain colors. A misting bottle works well too. Once you tweak it you’ll love it. That stain and finishing oil is great too. Good luck !

    1. Oh, that’s great to hear! I was thinking the other brush might work better. I’ll try it on my next piece. I didn’t see the extender but that’s also good to know! Will check it out. Thank you!:)

    1. Hi Nora! I didn’t remove the rust, I just covered it up with a paste wax product. (it’s linked in the gray box that says “materials list”) :) xo

  4. You need to try Heirloom Traditions Paint. Self leveling, self sealing and NO brushstrokes!!!
    Your piece look beautiful though!!

  5. Why not use rub n buff for your metal? Does the wax do something different? Will it rub off? Thanks I never used the wax before and wondered the difference. Tnanks

    1. Hi Sue! I have used Rub n Buff quite a few times over the years and I love this so much better. It’s definitely my go-to now. I guess it’s a personal preference but I think the paste wax holds up better. (no, it doesn’t rub off either) :) xoxo

  6. The blue is such a good color, a true blue without green undertones. I have used Fusion paints and had the same brush strokes even when using a mister. However, they have some lovely colors in the neutrals. Nice save for the sweet table!

    1. Isn’t it so pretty? I just love this blue shade. It might be my favorite of the whole line. Hmm, so still getting brush strokes even with the mister. I’m going to have to try a few things and report back. Thanks, Cecilia! xo

  7. This turned out quite nice, Nancy. I agree that not “everything” needs distressing, but……I can’t help but think this piece could benefit from a slight distressing along those gorgeous edges!

    1. Thanks, Sharon! Yes, I went back and forth on whether or not to distress those pretty details to bring them out. You might be right! xo

  8. I have been using Fusion for about a year now and I love it! I’ve used it on several projects with great success. You should try French eggshell too. It’s a beautiful color!

    1. Oh that is so good to hear, Jennifer! I really want to love it so will play around with it more. I do like it so far minus the few things I mentioned. And yes, that is one of the colors I also purchased! Can’t wait to try it out on something. Might be the next one I use. :) xo

  9. Beautiful! I have used Fusion Mineral Paint and it’s really exceptional. The paint gives off a very slight ‘glow’ when dried. It’s easy to work with and has really gorgeous colors. Cleans up beautifully and gives a very fine finish. I gave up my chalk paints when I discovered Fusion Mineral.

    1. Yes, I can see that! The luster it leaves is just lovely! And that is great to hear! Thanks so much for chiming in on that and letting me know. :) xo

  10. It’s a touchdown, a goal, a homerun – a definite win Nancy! I love that blue too! and the wire looks great! that paste looks so much easier to apply than trying to paint all that! and i agree, not every piece needs to be distressed!

    1. Aw, thanks so much, Gwen! And yes, the gold wax is SO easy to use! And is amazing too. I’ve used it on so many things. xoxo

  11. I have used fusion paint and I do like it a lot! I did two tables in there dark blue! The paint is holding up very well! I like the blue and white – very pretty table!

  12. Very cute redo!!! Looked to be trash and you saved it!!! I love seeing all the things you girls save.
    AND…as always…you always have your nails perfectly manicured!!!
    Happy 2021!!!!

    1. Hey Addie! Thank you and hahaha! Not hardly!! I wish but truth be told, my nails have been a complete wreck over the last several months with all the condo work. They are finally starting to look a little decent lately and I actually just painted them a day or two before I did the table makeover. ;) xoxo

  13. I refinish a lot of furniture (mostly for resale) and stick to Fusion Mineral Paint and Dixie Belle, with a little Annie Sloan from time to time. Quality paint makes a huge difference. Fusion’s colors are fantastic and only have brush mark issues if you brush back over it after it’s started to dry or don’t wet your brush enough or use a mister on the piece. It does dry fast, so think of it like a sealer – go over it once and don’t go back until the next coat. If you haven’t tried Dixie Belle you should try it too. Dixie blends colors wonderfully and also doesn’t require a top coat, although I usually use one. Between Fusion and Dixie, I can find any color/hue I’m looking for. Good brushes, a mister and practice make perfect!

    1. Hi Beth! Yes, that makes total sense, and what I was thinking since it seems to dry so quickly. I will give the mister a try next time! And oh yes, I’ve used quite a few Dixie Belle products and paint colors. They are great too. I’ve tried most out there but for some reason had never given Fusion a go. Glad I did finally! Thanks for the tips!! :)

  14. Ooh I love the white and blue together for this piece and I love the touch of gold on the metal! Hmmm….I wonder how gold would have done in those grooves? lt’s such a cute shape too! XOXO

    1. Thanks, Christy!! And you know I considered that too! (like minds…haha!) I couldn’t decide which gold or blue but went for blue. After putting the blue on, I hated it so much I just decided to not even give the other a go….white it is!! lol xoxo

  15. Hi Nancy, i have used Fusion and i prefer it over chalk paint. I find i get less brush strokes with fusion, i love the slight sheen on it and the fact i dont have to top coat it, but i do in areas that get a lot of wear. I will still use chalk in the future, but fusion is my favourite.

    1. Thanks, Irene, that is good to know! I do love that sheen it leaves. And it’s nice I don’t have to topcoat too. Thanks for the input on this! xo

  16. Love, love what you created from this ordinary end table. The pop of blue is a standout. I, too, love the blue and white combination. I particularly like the darker shade of blue as well. Painting the fretwork gold really makes this end table looks fresh and contemporary. Thanks for sharing all the details and steps you used to complete this project. Your creations are so inspiring! Have a great weekend.

  17. I love you saved that once-upon-a-time-was-sweet table and took it to a whole new life! I learned so much from this post, and from all your awesome comments. I was especially excited about the wax rub on – because we had a beautiful front door and above it large transom window installed and the transom was designed to “matchish” our side transoms on the office. However the office side windows are aged brass but the front door and above it transom is gun metal. So I have been dreaming of the day of getting Rub n Buff for the office windows to truly match it.
    it hasn’t been high on the priority list, but now I think I will research WAX in a dark grey gun metal color. Thanks for that – timing is perfect to learn there’s something even better out there.

    This is getting long – sorry – but your table save is really sweet and the blue interior is unique.

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