High Styling High Tea Serving Cart

I love trying new products especially when one of your BPF {Best Painting Friends} tells you it will knock your socks off.  Enter Fusion Mineral Based Furniture Paint.  After my BPFs raving review, I just had to try it.  And I had the perfect project waiting.  

This tea cart belong to my client's great-aunt and even though it wasn't a valuable antique it had a wealth of sentimental value to them.

{Before}

{Before}

My client wanted the cart restyled in shades of gray {Christian Grey not included} so I chose Fusion's Stirling and Ash from their line of colors.

I love the screw-on lids!  No more pounding the lid back on.  It's the little things.  

I love the screw-on lids!  No more pounding the lid back on.  It's the little things.  

The first order of business was replacing the top of the cart.  It was water-damaged particle board so Triple Threat set out to build a new piece for me.

See the water damage where the two-halves meet?

See the water damage where the two-halves meet?

Triple Threat decided this aspen wood panel from Lowe's was a good choice to replace the damaged particle board.  Since it came in one solid piece, it would have to be cut to match the original split top.

Replacement wood panel for the top of the serving cart.

Replacement wood panel for the top of the serving cart.

While I was waiting for the top, I starting working on the wheels.  My client felt they looked cheap (and I agreed). I desperately wanted to paint the tires too but worried about durability over time on something moving. 

BEFORE.  

BEFORE.  

So, I opted to only give the spokes a makeover courtesy of Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint in Flat Iron.

AFTER.  Better already, right?

AFTER.  Better already, right?

Once the wheels were finished, it was time to move on to painting the body of the cart while I waited for the new top to be built.

Not only was I excited to try out the Fusion paint, but their hand-made paint brush too!  A high quality paint brush really can make a significant difference in the result of a project.  

I loaded Stirling on the large brush and set to work.  The first thing I noticed was how incredibly smooth the paint went on.  And since the brush was huge, it covered a large area in a short amount of time. The first coat went on like a dream.  Believe me, you have to work harder getting smooth strokes with some paint but Fusion paint was velvety smooth and leveled perfectly.  My BPF was right so if you give it a try you can thank us both!  :)

Check out those legs!  

Check out those legs!  

One of the other new products I got to try was the Fusion brush soap.  Maintaining your brushes properly is imperative if you want them to last forever.  If you're like me and sometimes forget to wash your brushes out immediately after use (OOPS), a great brush soap can come to the rescue!

I will neither confirm nor deny brush soap has saved my favorite paint brushes on more than one occasion.  I loved the smell and feel of the Fusion soap, which is made from refined linseed oil.  I lathered up the soap and cleaned all my brushes before they dried.  Fusion's soap cleaned them beautifully and the bristles felt good as new..  My hands and brushes thanked me afterward.  

Fusion Brush Soap & Large Paintbrush

Fusion Brush Soap & Large Paintbrush

When the new top was finished, I painted the entire top with Fusion's Ash.  Once it was completely dry, I used a stencil to create a fleur-de-lis design with Stirling.

Since it's symmetrical, the fleur-de-lis was perfect for this project!

Since it's symmetrical, the fleur-de-lis was perfect for this project!

To seal the entire serving cart, I used an outdoor rated polyurethane so my client's family could enjoy serving and entertaining outdoors.

My favorite part of my job is preserving the memories of my clients while updating pieces to fit their own tastes.  

High Tea anyone?

High Tea anyone?

My client originally thought the serving cart would an accent piece for her outdoor patio.  She changed her mind when she saw it and decided it needed to be in their family room.  Needless to say, she was thrilled with the restyle.  

Thank goodness for dream projects and products that make them even easier.  I loved the Fusion Mineral Paint and can't wait to try some of their other yummy colors.  To find a retailer near you, click here.

Although Fusion Mineral Paint supplied the materials but my opinions are always my own.