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How to paint your kitchen cabinets with Fusion Mineral Paint

Raise your hand if you when you walk into your kitchen, you have fantasies about the wrecking ball from Miley Cyrus’ video smashing it into a million pieces. Do you ever stare at the cupboards and wonder “Who willingly chose these at some point in time? Why were they popular?” Do you hate cooking in it?

Then this post is for you.

We moved into our new home last Halloween (which I will write a post about that along with a grand tour of all of the Before’s of the rooms) and I remember when we were just looking at the house to consider if we would make an offer on it, as soon as I walked into the kitchen I was like “Why? Why why why?!”

It looked like this.

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Try and pry your eyes away from the gas range. 20 years old and burnt to a crisp.

You have to understand that we had just finished renovating our old kitchen. Which had the curved cabinets that I lived with for 5 years. You’re probably wondering why we moved if we just renovated a kitchen but that’s a whole other post to come.

That renovated kitchen looked like this.

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I joke that I am cursed with kitchens that have the arched cabinet fronts. If there was a style that I would banish from the face of the planet, that would be it. I am not talking about the gorgeous cathedral gothic V shaped ones. The 80’s oak ‘why did this ever become a trend’ cabinet. I mean WHY?

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If you have them and you love them, please understand this is just a personal style issue. We are fairly contemporary in our home decor. Very Scandinavian meets modern antique. I like old nice looking pieces within a new environment. So this new home kitchen was like the anti thesis of any kitchen I would want. It was worse than our old one and I didn’t think that was possible.

And we bought the house anyway…with the intention of doing a full renovation this year.

Then real life got in the way. As in after we redid the roof, the garage doors, painted 90% of the home and replaced 90% of the windows, we were left with exactly zero dollars and zero cents to do any kitchen renovation. So this new house kitchen, is the kitchen that we are stuck with for at least the next 4-5 years. Something had to be done.

In which case, I reached out to my blogger friends and was like that’s it, I need to paint the entire kitchen. And blogger after blogger all said “You need to do this with Fusion Mineral Paint.” And I’ll be honest I had never heard of Fusion Mineral Paint. I was all is this chalk paint? How much sanding do I have to torture myself with? and so on. Well Fusion Mineral Paint isn’t a chalk paint at all. In fact, go and check out Lost and Found Decor’s post about the differences between Chalk Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint and all the other user friendly differences.

What if I told you I painted this entire kitchen with almost no sanding. The only part I sanded were the front painted cabinets that the previous owners had tried to paint on the kitchen island. I didn’t even sand the rest of the island. Sold right? Oh and you don’t need a top coat. No really, no top coat. Unless you want to make them shiny and glossy and they have products for that as well.

I was put in touch with the wonderful Jennylyn at Fusion Mineral and we chatted about what could work best for my kitchen. So she sent me some samples to try out different colours with and to see what I thought of the paint.

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I loved it upon first use. You see, I am a big white paint aficionado meaning I’ve painted enough spaces and items with white paint to know when a white paint has good coverage and levels out and isn’t drippy. I was smitten with Casement which is the white on the bottom left corner.

So we sent the kids to my parents house during the summer and it was Project Kitchen Makeover week.

And this is how it went.

First I started with Krud Kutter. I wiped down all the cabinets with this to clean off years of disgusting grease and grime. This product is a MUST. This is partly the reason you do not need to sand anything. Sanding vs wiping. Which would you prefer? Clean your surfaces that you want to paint. Do not skip this step.

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Then the cabinets came off. Ugh.

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I laid them all out in our future dining room and put little blocks under all 4 corners of each cabinet to raise them a bit, so that when I painted the edges, the paint would reach the entire side of the cabinet and they wouldn’t get dried to the tarp under them. You can buy little yellow cones/triangles from home improvement stores that do the same thing but seriously, just go grab your kids Lego or some arts and craft supplies.

Really I used these. Dollar store. I also did not take off the hinges because of the way they are on my cabinets, you can’t see them.

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For all the laminate parts and already painted parts of the kitchen, I used Fusion Mineral’s Ultra Grip for my base. It basically is like a when in doubt and you don’t know if your paint will stick type of primer, you put this on first. For all those hard to paint surfaces. You put on one thin coat, let it dry for 12 hours as per the instructions and then apply your paint.

It’s that easy.

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Then it was full on paint, paint and paint.

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In terms of brushes, may I highly suggest using a fluffy roller like the one on the left and NOT a foam roller. I personally found that the paint adhered far better using the fluffy one. I started off the foam roller but then switched half way to the fluffy one and the application was way easier.

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This right here, is the only part I sanded. It was prepainted and in terrible shape so just to be safe I got out the gritty sandpaper and went to town.

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So.

Are you ready for the Almost After? I say almost because we are not done yet. We still have to do the following:

    • Change the counter top to butcher block as it’s rotting and falling apart
    • Get a new sink and faucet as the faucet is rotting and sinking into the counter top
    • Needs a new ceiling light – that was a temporary fix to get rid of the track lighting that was there. Ugh. Track lighting marks on the ceiling.
    • A back splash behind the gas range / counter top area.
    • Do not pay attention to the fridge. It’s not there – or at least I would like it to be not there, dents and all. Understood?
    • We did get a new gas range and range hood so yay! Progress.

THE BEFORE

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THE ALMOST AFTER

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I wound up using 3 coats of paint on each cabinet, which was approx 3 and a half containers of Fusion Mineral paint. The cabinets themselves took me about 3 days to finish. The island took another day. Then we painted the rest of the kitchen white using a standard wall paint. Disclaimer – I did not paint the insides of the cabinets. So if you want to do that, add another couple of days work to your agenda.

I stare at it and I seriously cannot believe the difference.

And because I really like to see paint up close as photos online can be deceiving, here are some really tight shots of how the paint looks on the cabinets.

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My husband, who is not easily impressed by anything, hung the cabinets back up and he couldn’t stop raving about the paint and how clean and crisp the lines were. There was no paint build up anywhere. No drips. You can see all the details and it looked better than some of our spray paint jobs of the past. He called it a “respectable looking kitchen” as in, we no longer have to be embarrassed about people coming over and seeing it.

Eventually once the counter tops are changed along with the other cosmetic items, the butcher block will help to warm up the space a create a cozier environment. I usually have more stuff on the counters but I wanted this post to be about the paint to show the impact it made.

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And the organizational wall is coming along as well. We’re big fans of New Orleans so those signs are from our many trips to the Quarter.

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So the answer to the question “Should I paint my old kitchen cabinets to update them?” is always ALWAYS yes.

Always.

I can’t gush about Fusion Mineral Paint enough. I loved using it so much that there’s a good chance our fireplace mantel is going to be repainted using it. Now it’s just a back and forth on whether or not to use black or white.

I really want to thank Fusion Mineral Paint for working with us on this project. If you have any questions about the paint or the process, feel free to ask then in Comments or email me and I’ll happily help where I can.

PS – the hardest part of the kitchen painting was not painting the cabinets. You know all those little pesky lines at the side of the inside cabinets under the exterior cabinet fronts. Those had to be painted too. Yes that is a Hans Solo mug. And even he agrees, painting those, is not fun. I know.

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46 Comments

  • Reply
    Susan
    September 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    What a difference some paint makes. Fantastic. White has opened the area up and made it look like a new kitchen.

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    Tara
    September 16, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Whoa. Alex, this is gorgeous! I can’t believe the impact that the colour made! And yes, I love me some Casement. I think it’s my favourite Fusion white.

    Stunning. Great job!

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      Alex
      September 16, 2016 at 9:28 am

      You know me and white paint. I cannot believe how self leveling it is. This is the first paint I have ever used that did not drip. I didn’t even know that was possible.

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    melaniealexander
    September 16, 2016 at 8:44 am

    They look amazing!! I have been working on my kitchen for over 18 months now, a little at a time, and it is a beast of a project! But kudos to you for finishing up those cabinets! And thank you for sharing the link to my article as well. I am happy to help answer any Fusion Mineral Paint questions as well, and if you’re readers want to try some but don’t have a local retailer, I sell and ship Fusion from my website 🙂

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      Alex
      September 16, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Your post was so helpful! Feel free to link your site in the comments as well so that people know you ship the paint.

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    Jean
    September 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    That looks fantastic! I am just about to start a refresh of my kitchen and will be painting my cabinets white as well. I have used Fusion Mineral Paint in the past and love it as well but for some reason never thought about using it for our kitchen! Are the brush strokes visible when finished? Also we will be replacing our countertop as well…would you suggest removing it before painting or after?

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      Alex
      September 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      The brush strokes are barely visible. That’s why I loved it so much. I’ve never used a paint that was so self leveling. Meaning that as it dried, it just flattened out. The ones around the edges, if you really close in the close up shots are barely visible. So if you walked into the kitchen you would have to consciously stare at them to even notice them. The fluffy roller really helped.

      If we could have, we most definitely would have done the counter top first. But that’s because we have that trim that goes around the wall and the new one won’t have that. So, we’ll wind up having to paint that part of the wall after. The idea situation is paint while the counter top is off and then install the counter top.

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    Mariola
    September 16, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I just started to use Fusion paints on a few projects. I am having a hard time finding a good quality paint brush. What did you use on your cabinets and what would you recommend? I don’t want them to leave a lot of streaks.

    Great looking kitchen. I think that will be my next project.

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      Alex
      September 17, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      The fluffy rollers I bought at Home Depot. They’re from Bennett and I highly recommend them. They held the paint so well (the exact name on Home Depot’s site is Bennett 2×4 Inch. Micro, 9.5 Handle, & 612-Tray – here’s the link for it: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.2×4-inch–micro-95-handle–612-tray.1000738793.html). The brushes I bought at Dollarama. I am not even joking. I used the angled one that was 2.5″ and the 1.5″ one the most. They cost me $1.25 each. The rollers I went through more of and those make a bigger impact than any of the brushes so if you can’t find the Bennett ones, just make sure to get a fluffy microfibre one. Hope that helps!

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        Mariola Fik-Izydor
        September 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm

        Thanks for the peply. I will definitely be trying them.

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    Laurel
    September 17, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I just finished my cupboards two days ago. I used fusion champlain and I’m really happy with how they turned out. I used a microfiber roller also!

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      Alex
      September 17, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      That’s great to hear! Champlain is a lovely colour!

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    Zografia
    September 21, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I love Fusion. I have used it for a much much smaller project and it’s amazing. And brush strokes at all!

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    Lynne Knowlton (@lynneknowlton)
    October 31, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Amazing. Amazing. Ahhhhhhhhhhhmazing!!!!! <— I screamed that!

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    JMB
    November 21, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Such an amazing transformation!!! I am currently painting my cabinets with Fusion (painting them in the new Raw Silk colour) and came across your blog when looking for tips. I am using a fluffy 10mm microfibre roller that was recommended by the retailer I bought the paint from and I see you used that as well. Did you find that the cabinets have the dimpled “roller look” texture to them? I have only just started my second coat and I am seeing this texture on the doors but wanted them to have more of an even texture. Any advice? Am I doing anything wrong? Yours look so flat in the pictures!!!

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      Alex
      November 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Mine did not have a dimply texture at all. Did you use anything to clean the cabinets? What are they made of? If anything I found Fusion’s paint to be very self leveling, meaning that it flattened out in spots that looked like they would pool. Hence the very crisp lines it gives. Definitely try out another texture brush if you’re not getting the results and see if that changes anything. I used foam brushes on the walls for example and that was completely fine. So the base you’re painting over can make a difference. But don’t continue with the brush, otherwise it will dry and you’ll have to sand down the paint and re-coat it.

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        JMB
        November 22, 2016 at 12:12 am

        Thanks Alex. My cabinets are maple and I cleaned them with TSP and did a light sand prior to painting. There is no grain at all (as they are maple) so am wondering if that makes a difference? I think I will give the one I have painted a light sand with very fine sandpaper and try another type of roller to see if I can obtain that even appearance I am looking for. My husband says I am being too picky but with all of the work I am putting into this I am not giving in this easily!!!

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          Dee
          July 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

          You need to buy the Fusion Mineral Paint brushes probably.

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    Melanie
    December 10, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Alex. I am currently painting my cabinets with the same paint and colour as yours. I have the exact same ugly cabinets.
    I’m curious if your are holding up ok? Not sure if I should put a protective cover over them.

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      Alex
      December 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      They’re wonderful!! Just this past weekend I scrubbed down the ones on the island after being coated by my kids with both tomato sauce AND strawberry sauce. I used one of the green/yellow sponges you can buy to scrub dishes with and the paint stayed on. I was like what is this magic? I fully expect a unicorn to show up. Here’s a really great post where a Mom tested out different stains on her paint to see how it would hold up: http://thepinkbeecompany.com/blog/2015/8/19/can-fusion-mineral-paint-withstand-three-busy-boys

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    Gayla
    December 11, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Can you go.over latex paint with fusion paint? Also how durable is the finish?

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      Alex
      December 12, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      That is a very good question and I unfortunately do not have the answer to the laytex part but if you go to Fusion’s website, they have an FAQ section that may answer that: http://fusionmineralpaint.com/faq/ As for durable, very durable. I’ve scrubbed these cabinets when tomato sauce landed on them and they’re as good as the day I painted them.

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    Tonia
    March 11, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Wow! Can I just say thank you for this post! We have those EXACT kitchen cabinets in our home – we also moved into our home approximately 6 months ago and I have been debating about re painting them myself but was concerned about the amount of prep (sanding, etc) I painted the bathroom vanity in a black Behr product but I as well used the foam roller and it didn’t smooth on as nicely as I wanted it to. I had heard of Fusion mineral paint after the fact and I was still on the fence about it but now you’ve convinced me completely. Thank you again!

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      Alex
      March 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

      I am I could help! It’s really great paint. I have scrubbed it using a brillo pad to get tomato and coffee stains off of the fronts and the paint stayed put. I find that the areas that do get little tiny dots of paint coming off are around the handles. Which is where they are frequently used but I find that’s normal for most painted items period. It’s nothing that tiny dot of paint can’t cover every year. Other than that, they look like they were spray painted. Good luck and I hope your kitchen project goes well!

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    April Beasley
    March 31, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Did you use a top coat of any kind? Poly?

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      Alex
      April 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Sorry for the late reply. My WordPress app ate my comment and I just noticed now that it didn’t post from my phone. Fusion does not need a top coat. If you go to their website you will a wealth of information about what their paint is made of AND optional coats (i.e. if you’d like a different finish). But it already has built in top coat so you don’t need one. Hope that helps!

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    Jen
    June 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Great post! When you say that it took 3 coats (3.5 cans) per cabinet, do you mean per door or for each pair of cabinets? Thanks!

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      Alex
      June 21, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Hello! It took 3 coats per cabinet front/door. 🙂

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    Dee
    July 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Question: There is a Top Coat product for heavily used areas. Wondering why it wasn’t used. Thinking of ditching my Advanced BM paint for FM. Love to know. Good job, thanks.

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      Alex
      July 7, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      I didn’t use their top coat even with our kitchen cabinets or our kitchen table that I recently painted with Fusion in Coal Black. My guess is that it’s just an extra bit of protection but so far we haven’t needed it at all. I also think it’s a personal preference as to the overall aesthetic as top coats tend to leave a sheen so it’s whatever you want your final product to look like.

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    mrsdio
    July 8, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Looks great! Love it and looking forward to reading through your blog. I’m wondering if you only painter the front of the doors and not the backside of the doors. I’m trying to decide whether I should do both sides of our doors for our kitchen “remodel” or just the fronts (and side edges). What did you do and what are your thoughts on this?

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      Alex
      July 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      I only painted one side but that was because I knew we would not be keeping this kitchen down the line (which happened sooner than we had planned). Had it stayed, I still don’t know if I would have painted the inside. The way our cabinets sat on the cupboards you really couldn’t tell. But it’s a really personal decision. That is, if you have dark cherry wood and want to paint them white and every time you open up a cupboard and saw that wood, would it drive you crazy? So that’s only something you can answer. I had a lighter wood so it didn’t phase me that much. Had I had a dark one I probably would have done both sides.

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    Janet
    July 18, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    How long did you leave your cabinet doors off to dry before putting them back on? Thanks for this post! I would never have tried this without it and I’m absolutely thrilled with the results using ash fm paint!

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      Alex
      July 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      I finished painting the final coat and we let them dry overnight and then hung them that day. Paint does take time to “cure” properly but I just finished painting our kitchen table with Fusion Mineral Paints in Coal Black and we let it dry overnight again and started using it the next day. No issues at all.

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    Petina
    August 20, 2017 at 1:14 am

    What white paint did you do your walls.
    ? We are using BM Simply White so I’m trying to figure out which white from Fushion to do our kitchen cabinets.

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      Alex
      August 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Sorry for the late reply. We used Dulux Kitchen and Bath White paint for the kitchen. Another great white paint is Behr Ultra Pure White. I’ve used that in previous homes as my go to paint. Lighting in your house will also affect how the paint looks in your space.

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    Darcy
    August 29, 2017 at 2:11 am

    My kitchen walls are cocoa and buttercup soffit..how do you know what color to paint your cabinets? Thank you in advance and you are very very helpful!

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      Alex
      August 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      I knew I wanted an entirely white kitchen so it’s honestly just a matter of personal preference. Are you willing to paint your walls again? Or do you want the cabinets to compliment the existing ones? Unfortunately I am not a designer so it would be worth it so meet with someone in your area to consult about colours if you’re hesitant on what colours to use. Good Luck! 🙂

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    Victoria
    September 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I just got some of this paint and getting ready to do my kitchen. You did three coats.
    To save money, what about priming first then doing maybe only two coats of the fusion? Just that it’s pricey paint and I have zinzer and Kilz primer on hand.
    Thanks…

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    Kim Jones
    September 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Great and informative article and feed. Thank you!! I am just finishing up my cupboards in Casement and the Pantry wall cupboards will be in Putty. I have done a prime coast and 2 coats of Casement. If you were doing your again would you use the Tough Coat? Just wondering if you found that they did mark or chip at all and an extra bit of protection would have added to its durability. Since I have them down and painting anyways; what’s one more coat at this point!!

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      Alex
      September 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      The finish was completely fine without a tough coat. In fact, I painted our kitchen table shortly after using Coal Black from Fusion and trust me when I say I scrub that table top from everything our kids throw at it. And it looks immaculate! Since this post was written, we have actually renovated our kitchen and when we took the cabinets down, we dragged them over the driveway and even threw them outside. No dings. No chips. NOTHING. I remember standing there looking at them thinking “This is a great ad for Fusion!”

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    Catrina
    October 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you for the post and the updated comments. This post is literally the train I’m using Fusion. So again, thanks!!!

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