Easy Furniture Makeover

Yes, the first DIY project I decided to take on was painting an Early American bedroom suite! Go big or go home, right? 🙂 This furniture has found it’s way into many of my relative’s homes throughout the years. When my aunt no longer needed it I decided this would be a great DIY project and also extra furniture to fill a new, larger home! Woohoo!!

I had done some research online and came across Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This stuff sounded PERFECT! No stripping or priming necessary. No toxic smell. Wax the furniture upon completion and voila! It sounded like something this self proclaimed “uncreative” girl could actually do! This paint is super versatile and easy to use so check it out at http://www.anniesloan.com. Luckily for me, there is a dealer for this brand of paint inside my favorite antique mall! Another reason to go antiquing? Yes, please. 🙂

As you can see from the photos below, the furniture is sturdy and in fantastic shape. It’s just a weeeeeeee bit outdated! All the hardware is original, also in great shape with no missing pieces. I just didn’t think about taking photos until the process was underway. That happens when you don’t realize you’ll be starting a blog about this someday! 😀

Supplies used for this project:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (I used Paris Grey)
  • Annie Sloan Clear Wax
  • Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin Canyon Black Spray Paint
  • Good quality paint and wax brushes; a lint free cloth can also be used for waxing
  • Screwdriver for removing and reattaching hardware

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After much consideration, I decided to go with Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey color. I thought it would be super refreshing for these dark, heavy pieces. I pulled out the drawers and  removed the hardware prior to painting. The paint is fairly thick giving optimum coverage in minimal coats making this project easy, even for those of us that get distracted by shiny things! After the paint was dry I applied Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax.

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You can see that too much wax has been applied in the above picture, on the right door. Oh boo! 😦

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Apparently wax can be tricky for those accustomed to polyurethane. However, I had no experience with poly so I thought the wax worked well! I didn’t apply it perfectly the first time, but now I know for next time. 🙂

My advice from the experience:

  • Apply the soft wax sparingly with an Annie Sloan wax brush, lint free cloth or any other good quality wax brush. I found that a soft cloth was best for big surfaces while the brush allowed me to get into the grooves and designs of the wood. If you have applied too much wax the paint will feel soft and somewhat sticky leaving it vulnerable to dents from decor and a magnet for dust. I know this b/c of course it happened to me! In this case additional buffing will be necessary. Find your inner karate kid and WAX OFF!!

I actually went to the local craft store to sample new hardware. None of it felt right right in comparison to the original hardware. After trying out flat, satin and gloss finishes, I decided to paint the hardware a sleek, modern Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin Canyon Black. The hardware was the only thing I painted outside. The chalk paint barely had a scent. I was able to throw down a drop cloth and get right to it without worry of moving furniture back and forth, airing out the house, etc. I reattached the hardware and OH. MY. GOODNESS. Same exact furniture and hardware but an entirely new vibe!

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy makeover project! My family members that have had this furniture in their home at one time or another are in awe of the difference a little paint made on this fabulous bedroom suite.

Do you have an older piece of furniture just waiting for a makeover? Go on and get after it! I was so thrilled with the outcome! This first project gave me the confidence I needed to continue exploring the world of DIY. Happy Painting y’all!

 

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