In the middle of my bedroom “re-do”, that is on hold until I pick out a new wall color, I came up with a fantastic idea for our master bathroom. We have a walk-in closet in our bathroom with lots and lots of storage, which is somewhat unnecessary for our little family of two. My idea is to remove a few of the shelves in the closet & put the vanity inside. I am so excited for this reveal! A makeup vanity in a closet.. My own little space to get ready everyday.. Can’t wait to show you! In the mean time, I found the perfect vanity, and by perfect I mean it fit in the closet.. nothing else was perfect about it.. until now….
This past week I picked up a cute little bench from an antique store near my house. It was painted to match my hutch that I re-did & my entry table already, But I had a vision for this bench for it to be a bright color that would stand out. My amazing husband helped me a lot with picking the new color for the bench & this was our bright idea….
Tip Number three … After sanding the piece of furniture always wipe it down with a clean rag to remove any dust. This will allow the paint to be true to color with out any dirt drying into the paint.
Tip Number four … Use a primer. This helps the final color to look its best. When choosing your primer remember that you must use an oil based primer with oil based paint. You can use an oil based primer with latex paints. The difference between the primers? Oil based primers are amazing at blocking stains and awesome at helping the paint stick to the furniture. It’s downfall is that it has a strong odor. Latex is not as good at blocking stains but it still does a good job & does not have a strong odor.
Tip Number five … Prevent drips. This is one mistake I have made so many times because I rush too much! There are a few good ways you can do this. If you are using a roller (which I love the most) Make sure you only have a light amount of paint on the roller at a time & wipe any access of the edges with a rag. Same goes for your brushes, do not put an excessive amount of paint on the tool at a time. Also work from the top of the piece to the bottom to wipe any drips as you go.
Tip Number six … Choosing paint. I like to use Satin finish latex paint for all my shabby sheek pieces,but you can experiment with any finish to make your piece turn out the way that you envisioned it. When you go to pick up your paint you can ask the paint counter employee what they suggest for what you want your final outcome to be.
Tip Number seven… As far as whether or not you want to use a brush, paint roller, or sponge brush, that is all up to you. I happen to use all three tools when I paint pieces. Rollers are nice when you are working on a large surface (Such as when I did my entire bedroom set!) Brushes are nice for adding texture & simply adding great coverage to your piece. Sponge brushes are great for getting in small areas & for fine details. Also if you have an air compressor, they make great paint tools for all kinds of painting jobs that are easy to use & have a great final result.
Tip Number eight … Polyurethane the piece when you are finished. This will make your piece easy to clean & dust in the future. You can get polyurethane in a spray can or you can buy it to paint on with a brush. Make sure to put on the polyurethane in even layers because as the polyurethane is clear, you can still tell a difference when it dries if it is put on uneven. Be sure to follow the instructions on the polyurethane can.
Tip Number nine.. Allow your layers of paint to dry. If you plan on doing more than one layer, allow at least twenty four hours between layers. Also allow your paint to dry before adding your layer of polyurethane.
Tip Number ten… If you are doing a shabby sheek piece of furniture, work with a few different colors. By doing layers of colors you add more depth & richness to the piece & after sanding it adds more of an antique look. & to achieve the shabby sheek look, sanding after the paint is completely dry is ideal.
So that’s all of the painting tips I can think of today, but I am sure there are so many more that I didn’t mention. If you have any paint tips you would like to share please feel free to add them in the comments below! Also be sure to go like “Liz Marie Blog” on facebook for upcoming posts, pictures, & just to chat!
When we moved into our new house this summer we bought all new furniture for the whole house except our master bedroom. After living in the new house a few months we realized our three year old furniture was looking a little rough & something had to be done about it. Being the ambitious person I am, I decided I was going to re-do the whole set. Wow! What a project. Half way into re-doing the whole set I wondered what I had got myself into, it was so much work. We have a king size bed, two dressers, & a nightstand that had to be painted. After two weeks & working 50 hours at my job on top of finishing the furniture, it was finally done! I didn’t realize what a big change it was until I looked back at the before pictures that were taken by my best friend the week we had moved into the house. Enjoy the Before & After Photos….
The final result…