You know those times when hubby is out of town on business, and you decided its the perfect time to paint all your bedroom furniture because you know asking for forgiveness is way easier than asking for permission? Come on, I know its not just me. Well, I am guilty of this. Like. A lot. Another great method is telling him you are going to paint the kitchen cabinets, but instead you paint your bedroom furniture and he is so elated to see that you didn’t paint the cabinets, he wont care as much about the bedroom. I’m nothing if not sneaky.
A few weeks ago, I did just this. Now, mark my words. I will be painting my kitchen cabinets. But, hubby will need to be gone longer than a day or two.
Don’t hate. I really did love the color of my bedroom set. About 9 years ago it was all I could have dreamed of. But, I change, my style changes, it happens.
I really wanted to create a post that demystifies the idea of painting furniture. With a few of the right products, it can really be an easy project to tackle.
This is what you will need for this project:
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First off, this paint brush is the amazing. This improves the application of the paint. It goes on nice and smooth. The only thing it lacks in is getting into the cracks. For this I use an Angle Paint Brush.
Here are the other items I used for this painting and distressing furniture:
So I began. I cleaned off everything and made a big pile of mess in my bathroom. When I had wiped everything down, it was time to get painting and distressing furniture.
This is the ratio I used to make my own chalkpaint for painting and distressing furniture:
1 cup latex paint
1/3 cup Plaster of Paris
1/3 cup warm water
Mix these ingredients well, and use immediately. If you try to store it for a long time, it will harden.
The secret to painting and distressing furniture:
The secret here is to make your sister do it. Haha, just kidding. But it sure does make it more fun with someone that enjoys doing it too. We started off painting the first coat. I had the round brush and she used the angle brush. Keep in mind this does not have to be a 2 person job. If I was doing this all alone, I would have started with the angle brush and done all the corners and cracks that are more difficult to get to. I then use the round brush for the larger areas.
This is after the second coat. Even as dark as my furniture was, it only took two coats and part of a third in certain areas.. While the paint dried, we watched a little Jimmy Fallon. If I can give you one good piece of advice, this is it. Turn on some good music, or some Jimmy Fallon. It just makes the time pass more enjoyably.
Here is is the next day after a late night of painting and Jimmy. This is ready to be distressed and waxed.
I started by sanding the edges of the doors and most of the raised parts of the furniture. What I like to think about is if this piece of furniture was actually 100 years old, and distressed with age, what areas of it are going to show the most wear. The edges and the raised areas. I start with a little bit at a time. You can always sand more, but I really do not want to have to touch it up with paint because I overdid it on the sanding.
If you want to see another painting and distressing furniture technique, check out this video:
This video shows just another method that I use to distress furniture. You just have to be more careful when doing it this way.
Once I was finished adding my distressing, I waxed all the pieces. I have an extra round brush that I brush on the wax with. By the time I was done applying the wax, it was time to start buffing it. Really this is not so bad. A good, clean rag is all you need. Just start buffing in a circular motion and you will see it start to shine. Once this is cured, it dries to a hard finish.
I am totally obsessed with my “new” furniture. It is
This is where I started to panic. I had to get everything back in its place! Lance was on his way home! This is how we work. He doesn’t seem to mind if I do any of my crazy paint projects, as long as it doesn’t look like a bomb has gone off. Maybe I am just fooling myself, but it makes it easier on us both if that aspect of the project is not an issue. I like to see the look on his face when he walks in after being gone for a few days and sees something transformed! He never disappoints! The look on his face is priceless. Its like a combination of amusement, frustration, and resignation.
I just keep telling myself, he is lucky to have someone that cares so much about his home, that they want to keep it beautiful. He is so lucky, right?
I promise guys, these types of projects really aren’t that bad! This project took me about a day and a half start to finish, and I neglected to tell you we had a full day of birthday parties in between. Really, I only worked on it at night once the kids were under control. I promise, it is doable!
I don’t know about you but this week is crazy for me! I am so happy that I am able to share a little bit of my life with you though! Make sure to stop by again soon! I am upping my blog posts and pushing myself into a new blogging schedule for a little bit as an experiment. I am hoping the results are what I think they will be. There is going to be so much Christmas goodness coming your way! Stay tuned!
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