I am a retro loving, shabby chic, antique, with a modern twist kind of girl. I am not one to theme each room in my house nor am I one to stick to a limited color palette. Color is something that should be embraced, not feared. Well at least that’s my motto when it comes to home décor, and especially when we’re talking about furniture. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the basic black, white, and brown furniture but come on; we have an unlimited amount of color to work with, why restrict yourself?
I love antique shopping, but not just any antique shopping. I love to find really ugly pieces of furniture with great design and turning them into a work of art that fit my personality. Last fall I purchased a dining room table from a local antique store for only $100. It was an oak table with three leaf inserts and four super adorably seasoned chairs. Yes, I was incredibly blessed to find such a SMOKING deal. I won’t lie this table was really ugly but that was about to change. This lovely little table became my inspiration:
And this is my dining room set:
Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:
1) This may be a no brainer but ALWAYS sand or strip the existing paint first! Unfortunately paint doesn’t adhere to paint very well.
2) After sanding or stripping the furniture, wipe it down with a damp cloth to ensure that there isn’t any saw dust or paint flakes on the furniture.
3) Prime it, prime it, prime it! There is a drastic color difference in furniture that has been primed and furniture that has not. Primer allows a more vibrant color on the finished product. The primer that I recommend is Kilz, quite simply, it’s amazing.
4) Pick a paint, any paint! I often use regular latex paint that you would use to paint the walls of your house. Spray paint works well too.
Canned paint- Make sure your brush strokes go with the grain of the wood. It does make a difference.
Spray Paint- Watch the distance between the can and the furniture while you spray. Maintaining a safe distance is the key to avoiding drips. 6-8 inches is a good distance, much further and you’re just wasting paint.
5) Make sure that the paint has enough time to dry and cure. I would say 3-4 days is a sufficient length of time.
6) Seal the deal! Once you are positive that the paint is dried and cured it’s time to bring out the sealer. I recommend using polyacrylic. Again, give it a few days to dry.