Need an inexpensive Valentine’s day centerpiece? Do you have extra mason jars lying around? Why not put them to use. Supplies: Vinyl shelf liner/stencil Glitter 4 jars Polyurethane (I’ve seen floor wax used as a replacement, but I’m not too … Continue reading
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My bedroom makeover is slowly but surely coming along nicely. I went with teal, celery, and white as my palette because I wanted something fun, but still light. I find adding fun colors is the best way to give a tiny room a bright and airy feel.
I originally started with plain white tables, that I glued wood decals on to give it character. You can purchase these at your local craft or hardware store for only a few bucks!
Here is what they looked like before the makeover:
A bit plain, but they sure did have potential!
Remember– If you want to eliminate the sanding process use paint with primer in it. Home Depot carries a really good paint with primer that really does the trick. Costs about 25 bucks for a gallon, and boy does it go a long way! I’ve painted dark furniture with it and it goes on with no fuss and with a maximum of two coats.
Another rule of thumb, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t forget your polyurethane varnish as the top coat! I’d have to say that is the most important part to painting furniture that will have a lot of contact- especially tables!
Recommend using a water based, high gloss in clear (to avoid yellowing).
I found a GREAT Pottery Barn table on Craigslist for about 30 bucks. I just had to have it but, I had no use for it until recently. Unfortunately the table wasn’t in the greatest shape when I got it. BUT that’s what paint and a little bit of DIY is for!
This is what we started with:
Since the table was solid wood and pretty smooth to begin with we really didn’t have to do much sanding. To eliminate the sanding option we used the paint with the primer mixed in it, and it worked like a charm! We put a clear wood varnish on as a top coat, to avoid chipping in the paint. If you’re painting something that will have a lot of contact – please don’t forget the last, most important step; VARNISH! (Use a water based clear Polyurethane so there wont be any yellowing.)
If you decide to do this little project I strongly suggest disassembling the item as much as possible. Just makes for less hassle. Plus while the main part is drying you can get the small pieces done to save time!
(My wonderful wife did most of the work -I just “supervised”)
To create this look we used Glidden Duo Paint and Primer in Ice Sculpture (blue), Drizzling Mist (grey), and Celery (green- knobs).
GOOD LUCK! 🙂