And it only cost $1.25.
BUT, let it be known…next time I tell you I’m going to brush paint a piece of furniture using traditional paint, please stop me. Seriously. Stop me.
I thought I’d give it a whirl but the whirl turned into a relentless week of painting because the tanins bled through.
It was on my kitchen island.
For a week.
I like to use spray paint when I want a smooth finish.
It looks nice.
It’s done in just a couple of hours.
NOT A WEEK.
BUT. It is done now and it’s lookin’ good. So of course it was worth it.
It turned out nice but at the expense of no kitchen island for a week and five coats of paint.
I used a little more than a pint of Valspar paint that was on sale for 99 cents last month.
I was very conservative (not really), I only bought 25 pints of 23 different colors. What can I say? It was a good deal (really).
When I surveyed you all about what color to paint my nightstand, I got suggestions on a color of black, white, bright orange, peach, taupe, two toned and gray.
I went with white although my question to my peeps was to decide between bright orange and peach to compliment my new bed set.
In my post Go Bold or Go Home, my first thought was to go with bold orange simply because I was tired of being conservative in EVERYTHING I paint…OK, in EVERYTHING I do, say, think and plan.
But you all said bright orange would steal the show from my new bed set. So I listened. I think you were right and I followed your advice. Do you agree?
I thought to spray paint it…
But, Oh, nooo. I just had to brush paint a piece in stead of my typical MO of spray paint so I could blog a comparison. I hope you can find value in my pain.
Take off the doors, take out the drawers and make any changes needed before painting. DH used a Milwaukee Sawzall Reciprocating Saw to cut out the slats in the cabinet.
I used a medium grit sanding sponge.
Here you see the two brushes, paint cans, lid remover and hammer to replace the lid, sanding sponges and paint stir…all on my kitchen island. Real life – nothing fancy here!
We save large cardboard boxes and break them apart to use under our projects to protect the surface.
I chose to keep the old hardware as is.
The knobs are original as well and though very small, have some great detail. When the piece of furniture is in its original form (old and ugly) we can miss how great the details are. I know I have a hard time seeing past the ugly. The white really make them pop.
Next time. I will for sure prime first or use spray paint. Or better yet…chalk paint.
Live and learn.
Many would say it’s wrong to paint an antique or even paint wood furniture. But when you look at how dingy and unappealing this was “before” I hope you’ll agree that a fresh can of paint was the only solution.
Yet, the way I did this was WAY too much work and such a pain that I’ll never do it again.
If you are interested in using chalk paint on your next project, download my PDF and then make it yourself and save money at the same time: 4 Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes – compared and described with instructions.
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