To be honest – there’s no #makeovermonday project on today’s blog – because really, this is the current situation in our house:
Our kids may or may not be wearing the same PJs from Christmas Eve. And really, that is OK.
There is a fireplace on the television – because in North Carolina it’s way too hot to actually have the real fireplace turned on.
We’ve been lazy all day, played games, eaten leftover spaghetti for lunch AND dinner and watched Christmas movies.
So, for tonight’s blog post – I thought I’d share the #1 question I get asked by blog readers:
“What kind of paint do you use for painting furniture?”
Here you go:
Valspar Exterior Primer/Sealer – straight off the shelf at Lowe’s for around $20!
I like to paint mostly white and this gives a perfect chalk-like finish to anything.
I’ve painted ugly cat lamps:
Then, I painted that china cabinet from Goodwill:
Then, there was the day I decided to come home after work and paint my TV cabinet:
This paint is seriously the best stuff ever.
I never sand, just paint straight onto whatever you have. It may take a couple of coats with a little drying time in between, but it works!!
I’ve shared these before, but here are my top pointers for how to paint furniture – EASY and FAST:
1) Don’t worry about messing up. The first stroke of paint is the hardest. After that, there’s no turning back. If you don’t like the color, you can always cover it up🙂
2) I always use Valspar Exterior Primer – no mixing, straight off the shelf at Lowe’s. I don’t get the upgraded version. It’s less than $20. I just get white. I like white. If I want color, I’d have them add color into this very can of stuff. It’s just that good.
3) I use Purdy paint brushes. My husband said they were the best a long time ago and that’s all I’ve ever used. They rock.
4) I don’t sand. Unless a piece of furniture has gashes and uneven places where it has been destroyed. Otherwise, that’s a waste of time. And a mess.
5) The first coat doesn’t matter – go fast. Your goal is to cover the piece. Don’t worry about the lines or being pretty. Be fast. The only thing you don’t want is to make sure that little drippers of paint aren’t anywhere. Those are hard to cover later. Keep the first coat light, not too heavy.
6) Wait about 15-20 minutes between coats. I usually start in one area and then cover the rest. By the time I’m done I can start a second coat. Depending on the material of the piece, you can usually just keep going. Metals take longer. You’ll be able to tell if you need to wait if the paint starts rubbing off and the wood/metal shows through when you start your 2nd coat. If it covers, you’re good to go – keep paintin’!!
7) Don’t worry about being perfect – no one is going to inspect your paint job, I promise!! (unless you’re painting to sell something, which I don’t really do, ha!)
8) JUST. DO. IT. Don’t wait for a Saturday. Don’t wait for a whole day off. Just pick up a paint brush. Paint one side at a time each night. This is how I started. I painted my first china cabinet one night at a time over about a month in my garage. I had no idea how relaxing it would be. Now, it’s my go to stress reliever. Give it a try!!
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