Blue paint is not something I use often. It’s a very taste specific color and I usually lean more towards the navy shades when painting with blue. However, Fusion Mineral Paint in Homestead Blue is an exception for me! It’s the most gorgeous blue paint shade that leans more blue or green depending on the base color.
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Highboy before it’s blue paint makeover!
Sandpaper– variety of grits for all purposes
Orbital Sander– this is the sander I use
Start out with thoroughly cleaning your furniture. You will want to clean before you sand as this keeps oils and grease from being sanded into the furniture. I like to use a solution of TSP and warm water. Use a rag and wipe down inside and out. After the furniture dries go over the piece with warm water just to make sure you remove any remaining film or debris.
If your piece is dull or raw wood, you can skip the sanding part. I tend to prefer taking every precaution and so I like to sand regardless. Definitely if you have a glossy finish you will want to sand. Use your orbital sander (or whatever you have) and start with 180 grit. Follow with 220 grit for a smooth, prepped surface.
After the furniture is clean and sanded you are ready to prime. When I am going to be distressing a piece of furniture I use a primer that is a wood tone color. My favorite and most used is this primer.
It comes in an easy to use spray paint and goes on smooth. Use several light coats and concentrate on edges and details where you will be distressing. Wait until fully dry before progressing with your project!
As I mentioned above, Fusion paint’s Homestead Blue is the most gorgeous blue paint. Depending on your lighting it can lean to a green shade or a blue shade. For the dresser I painted it’s a strong, gorgeous blue.
After the dresser was prepped and primed I simply sprayed one layer of paint with my paint gun. If you are using a paint sprayer you will want to thin the paint ever so slightly. Pretty quickly after your furniture is dry to the touch you will want to distress. Fusion paint is harder to distress the longer it cures. Take a sanding block or fine grit sandpaper to go over any raised edges and details. This will bring out that wood tone (from the primer) and add gorgeous dimension!
Finally, we are ready to finish up this dresser! my go to product for sealing furniture these days is Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax. I love it because it’s a soft wax and so you won’t tire out easily when applying! My very favorite is the Lavender wax below. The scent is absolutely gorgeous and you will LOVE it!
However, if you aren’t a fan of the scent you can absolutely use the plain furniture wax with the same results.
That’s it! Step back and look at your project and give yourself a pat on the back!