How to Paint Furniture Like a Real Pro
My painted furniture is done-ish.
I finished the hutch and the table, but those pesky chairs!
I’ve had this furniture for 6 years and from the moment I got it home I kind of secretly regretted getting black. A big black piece like this hutch demands attention. It’s all, “Look over here, look at me!” and “Come here light, let me suck you in and make the room dark.” Which is fine unless you don’t want it to demand attention and you don’t want a darker room. And since it’s so big, I felt a little limited in what paint colors I could use on my walls.
For years I’ve been thinking about what color to paint it. I knew I wanted to paint it but ugh, the work, and what if I didn’t like the color? Going to the painted cottage changed my perspective. Remember how Angela talked about her layers of color? Finally, I realized that if I didn’t like the color I used, I could just add another layer. That was so freeing, motivating and inspiring. Since I like the look of layered, weathered, chippy paint, I figured I really couldn’t mess it up.
So, I just grabbed my left over paint from my family room. Gasp. The color is Village Square a BEHR color from Home Depot. However, I can pretty much guarantee that whatever color it looks like on your computer screen is not the color it looks like in real life. Never pick a paint color from seeing it online, OK?
I wasn’t too worried about painting the right way. I just wanted everything to be a new color and for the paint to somewhat stay. Did I sand? Nope. But there wasn’t a super shiny finish. I just slapped paint on. I did it all wrong. And it turned out good enough. I hesitate to even tell you how I did it because I just played around. I painted a layer of that wall color and while it was still wet I painted on some blue from another room. The blue was a shinier sheen so it helps make it a little satinish. And I used the dirty brush. I had two containers but one brush and just went back and forth whenever I felt like it. Very scientific.
However, when it came time to paint my table top, I knew I had to do that part right. Next to the toilet seat, kitchen counter tops and sofa, the table top gets the most wear in the whole house. I didn’t want to mess that part up.
So, I went to the expert. My friend, and Nesting Place sponsor, Mandie coached me through the steps to take with my dining table. It didn’t take all that long. And as much as I would love to type it all out for you, you will do better to read it straight from Mandie in her new ebook that I’ve been telling her she MUST write only to find out she had already almost finished it. Plus, I don’t think she would love for me to give away all of her hard earned secrets and tricks right here in public for free.
So, if you need or want further instruction, Mandie’s ebook, the Complete Guide to Refinishing Your Furniture Like a Pro, also known as the DIY Guide To Painted Furniture is available for $10. It’s 83 pages, I have read it and laughed and learned, and decided I’m going to tackle glazing after reading all about it. Mandie sells furniture for a living so she knows what she is talking about. She’s got photos of all the different supplies she uses, tips, how to find furniture, what to do when things go wrong–all sorts of encouragement and inspiration.
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