Making over any piece of furniture can not only be a lot of fun but can dust off those creative skills and save you a ton of money. You can use paint that you already have or you might purchase specialty paint if you have a particular look in mind. You only need a few basic supplies.
You don’t have to own a big fancy “shiplaped” farmhouse in Texas to have the farmhouse look. You can get that farmhouse feel you’ve been looking for one piece at a time. Your project doesn’t have to be expensive, it may even be free (the best kind). It depends on the supplies you already have laying around. Let’s take a look around your garage or basement and see what you have on hand.
Here is what I used on this side-table project:
Solid Wood Side Table from the Thrift Store
1 can of Krylon Maxx Ultimate Coverage Spray Paint-Matte Finish in White and and awesome spray paint assistant tool thingy (don’t know what it is called but it is AWESOME)
Hand Sander or Electric Sander-120 grit paper
Clear Wax-Miss Mustard Seed
*Paint Apron/Paint Clothes (Future Post on How to Make a Cute Paint Apron)
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE spray paint. So much so that “some people” think a 12-step program needs to be created just for me. Haters they are. So here’s the current spray paint story…I was in an unfamiliar hardware store the other day with a friend and discovered that spray paint now comes in a “chalk paint” finish. In my out loud voice, I squealed and squeaked like a kid seeing a new toy display at the Toys-R-Us.
My friend says to me “Seriously, I could here you from across the store. Was that you?”
Me “Um, Maybe…..Did you see that spray paint now comes in chalkpaint. Holy cow I have to have it!”
Friend “Have you lost your mind. Did you look at the price?”
Me “Um, No- Wow!! Not in a million years will I EVER pay $20 for a can of spray paint….I am crazy about spray paint but not that crazy.”
But I digress….. Regular spray paint (It should cost $3-5 per can depending on where you live and where you buy it at) may be more expensive than “paint in a can” but it is amazing for getting into all of the nooks and crannies of a piece of furniture. No more laying on the garage floor twisting your neck all around getting that last little bit painted. It is way more time efficient and I am all about that. You probably are too. Make sure you are spraying paint in a well-ventilated area. You will get a killer headache if you don’t (trust me on this one). Outside is the best solution but sometimes weather doesn’t cooperate.
SAFETY POLICE ALERT:
If you do spray in your garage or basement:
Open up all windows and doors
Lay down drop cloths-so your significant other doesn’t get mad at the over spray…..just saying.
Use a mask to protect your lungs.
Now on to the fun stuff!
Step One: Clean your project piece. It doesn’t need to be with any fancy cleaner. Just clean any cobwebs or gobbie stuff off of it.
Step Two: Spray paint the piece of furniture upside down – I first paint upside down to get all of the underside angles first.
Step Three: Spray Paint Right Side Up- Lightly spray your first coat on. By the time you’re done with your first coat you can start the second coat. Wait about 15 minutes, then repeat with another two coats. You should have nice coverage by now. Take a good look. Are all of the bare spots covered? Different paint colors sometimes need more or less coverage. Trust your sight and feel. Higher humidity =longer drying time.
Step Four: After about an hour or so (depending on climate)-You can put on your finish. I use wax on almost all of my pieces. I used a clear wax on this piece. I accidentally took the picture in the supply list of my Miss Mustard Seed antiquing wax that I was using on a different project that I was doing at the same time.- Sorry about that. But you could use antiquing wax. It would just give you a darker finish.
Clearly I photographed this post in the fall before we were blanketed in snow and ice. I don’t recommend painting outside in January, unless you are lucky enough to live in California or Arizona like my mamas! It is probably a balmy 75 degrees there this morning. As I type this post it is 25 degrees here the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately I can’t even spray paint in the garage in such cold temperatures. Although, I may have tried a time or two (or five)…..just saying.