10.08.2012

Painting Unfinished Furniture

I've had about a million projects going on around here.
My true creative personality is raging, and by that I mean that I have had trouble finishing what I start.
I get one thing going, and then I need a break to get re-inspired, and then I start on something else and it's a downward spiral.
However, I've been diligent about making it upward spiral over the past month.
I finally got some vision, some clarity.
Anyway, my mama got me these two precious bedside tables that were handmade for a steal-$20 a piece!
It took me forever to decide what color I wanted to paint them, because I had to decide what exactly I was going to to with the guest bedrooms. More on that later.
Here are the tools I used: 2 types of sanding blocks-one for initial use on unfinished wood, the second for use between coats of paint; Kilz latex primer + a brush, and Krylon Fusion spray paint; a drill to drill holes for the knobs on the drawers, and drawer pulls.
I took some cardboard out in the yard away from anything that I didn't want to get paint on.
I took out the drawers and sanded the tables and drawers completely, then I used a damp cloth to wipe off all the dust.
After the tables were dry I painted a good coat of Kilz latex primer using a brush on every part of the tables and drawers.
After the primer was completely dry I sanded the tables lightly once again using the sanding block for between coats.
After that I used a damp cloth again to wipe away any dust and let them dry, then I started spray painting the tables.
It took about 3 cans, but made the job much faster. I would let the tables dry, then check for places that needed to be touched up, and paint again-then I'd repeat those steps a few times until I was certain that there were no missed spots and the paint was smooth.
The tables turned out more beautiful than I imagined!
I am so thrilled with the outcome!
I got the drawer knobs at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off, so I got them for $4 a piece.
The reason the spray paint looks so great is because of the brand and type I used.
If you are going to use spray paint to paint anything of importance, PLEASE use Krylon Fusion-it's great for wood and plastic and it dries in 15 minutes.
I used it to paint the shutters at the clinic and they look brand new.
This project took about 6 hours to complete form start to finish including drying time.
I hope this inspires you to try something that seems difficult, but in reality isn't.
The biggest turn-off about it is the sanding and priming, but it really is totally worth the results!
Hopefully I'll have the finishing touches put on this guest bedroom soon so I can show y'all what it looks like!

5 comments:

  1. HI- I found your blog from Kelly's Korner tailgate feature last week and I have loved reading it. I actually work at UGA so it's neat to see those gameday pics on here. I also know where Daisy and Forsyth are! :) I clicked on your pinterest button and I could totally live in any house you designed - love your pins. Speaking of, are you a FACS graduate? I was a consumer journalism grad from there back in 1996 (please don;t tell me how old you were then! :) Anyway - just wanted to say hi and that I love seeing your great pics and reading about you and your sweet husband. Go Dawgs!

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  2. Wow! Those turned out great! The drawer pulls really give them some bling! :)

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  3. Loved this.I adore your southern style. I'm hoping to see what you do with decorating during the upcoming holidays!

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  4. They turned out to looks so cute! Great job on them girlie :)

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  5. What a wonderful transformation!! :)

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