If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I LOVE Fusion Mineral Paint. I use it to take shabby old pieces and make them fabby (I know, I know… but it rhymes!). The best part about the Fusion line, apart from ease of use and the gorgeous colours and the amazing things you can achieve with these products, is the fact that people like me, who can’t walk down the cleaning aisle in the grocery store without getting a massive headache, can use all of the Fusion line with nary an issue.
So, I paint everything. I’ve painted skates, and ornaments, and squashes, and plastic frames and lawn chairs and metal tables and cheap laminate furniture and solid wood pieces. I love to paint.
But the last time we were at the dump, getting rid of stuff that I really couldn’t recycle (Believe me, if there’s a way to do it, I’ll keep it and use it!), a guy just happened to drop off this old rocking chair.
I started salivating immediately. My heart thumped. I nearly raced across the yard in case someone else saw it.
“What are you doing, Mom?” came the anguished question from one of my kids. They dread going to the dump with me, because I always come back with a treasure or two. The kids are seriously thinking about committing me. They think I’m crazy.
It was rickety, to be sure, but there was nothing a little tender loving care couldn’t fix.
When I got it home, I took a good look at it. It had a little blue label on the underside of one of the boards, so I know it was made in Ontario, and had been a beautiful piece before someone left it out in the wind and the rain and the storms and the sleet. It was definitely weathered.
So, I gave it a light sanding, using a sanding sponge. My arm got tired. If you’ve ever sanded a chair, you’ll know why. The number of wood pieces and the many nooks and crannies on a chair mean that there’s a LOT of sanding to do. I enlisted the help of my buddy DeWalt (a circular sander) with 220 grit sandpaper and just went over every inch of the rocker to take off the rough, worn-down surface.
Then came the magic:
This Fusion Hemp Oil is amazing. It goes on so nicely, and smells a bit like nuts. It is food grade, so I used it on all my cutting boards. I knew it would bring new life back to this old rocker. And so it did:
What do you think? Should I have painted it, or do you like this:
If you go to my Facebook page for Add Some Flair, you’ll see a couple of short videos demonstrating how easy it is to apply hemp oil and restore a piece to its former glory.