Refinishing Furniture

Today’s post is all about giving new life to your old furniture. Buying new furniture can be costly so I like to attempt to fix up my current furniture before buying something new. Here are some of my furniture make overs I have done recently.

Step 1: Chose what kind of paint you want to use. I have used chalk paint and just regular paint. My only complaint I have about chalk paint is that it is expensive. A quart of chalk paint is around $30. So if you are doing a huge project I wouldn’t recommend using it just because it can become a costly project.

Also, if you are using chalk paint you are going to have to apply a wax to seal the paint at the end of your project. If you don’t apply a wax your paint will eventually chip. One final tip about chalk paint, I recommend using this brush for chalk paint.

Step 2: Prep time. Remove all the doors, hinges, pulls, drawers, or knobs from the piece if it has any. IF you are wanting to change any of the hardware you are going to have to fill any existing holes with wood filler. Let that dry for several hours.

Now it’s time for sanding. I have sanded some projects by hand in the past but recently we purchased a handheld sander. Let me save you some time and effort. BUY THE SANDER. If you plan on doing several projects this is a great investment and saves so much time. When sanding you will just want to take the shiny finish off your piece to help the paint stick.

Once you are done sanding wipe the piece really good. It’s import to get all the dirt and dust off so it doesn’t get in your paint.

Step 3: Paint. Now comes the fun part, painting. It usually takes two coats of paint to finish a project. I usually let mine dry overnight. The paint colors in my pictures above are Alabaster and Dovetail by Sherwin Williams.

Step 4: Hardware. For my hutch, I replaced the hardware but for my bathroom cabinet I spray painted the hardware black. All I did was take a piece of sandpaper and scratch the hardware up so the paint would stick. I spray painted several coats on lightly so it wouldn’t be a sticky clumpy mess.

I hope this post was helpful! I can’t wait to see any projects y’all do in the future!!

Until next time,

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