- Use good paint. The cheap stuff will scuff and peel quickly.
- If you're painting a high traffic item (kitchen cabinets etc), use a high gloss paint. It's easier to clean and will wear better
- Be brave and creative. I love a white piece of furniture as much as the next girl, but why not add a little color if you're going to all the trouble of painting the item!
- Just like in a room, that color on your color chip is going to be bolder and brighter when you have the piece fully painted- consider that when selecting color
- Benjamin Moore sells color samples (half quart) in their full paint color selection. That little can is enough to put three coats on a chest of draws or paint two chairs. The perfect size!
- If you're painting an item with a smooth surface- sand it a bit with 220 grit sandpaper so the paint will adhere better
- Primer is for sissies. I've never used it, never will. waste of time in my opinion
- Remove the hardware and store it well away from your painting location before you even open that can of paint. (I once ruined a great set of victorian drawer pulls when I accidentally splattered paint on them where I'd placed them next to the chest. Whoops!)
- Tie your hair back, or it will look like mine, perpetually painted.
Enjoy! Here's a couple of my recent painted furniture projects, and some others I like.
|Here's that fabulous victorian bureau that I painted my favorite lime green.|
|Just a little vintage maple side table I picked up at the flea market. Fresh coat of antique white and it's good to go. This one's for sale on Craigslist right now. $30.|
|Don't mind my cat Toni- she's a diva and loves to photo bomb my craigslist shoots. This is a pair of vintage chairs and a hutch that I painted a beautiful dove gray. Also on craigslist - $55 for the set.|
|I liked this pumpkin spice colored dresser so well I held it over from my Autumn decor- It adds a real punch to the front porch!|
|Rainbow colored chairs make this dining space beyond fun|
|The dove gray hutch and chair in the back create such a cool and welcoming space|
|Don't forget you can always paint the frames on mirrors too! Look how well this demi lune table and funky mirror compliment each other.|
|Go bold or go home. I love this intense saturated color on the otherwise simple secretary. Painting a piece of furniture is a great way to experiment with color.|
|A classic scroll foot pier table gets lightened up with a nice coat of white paint. Gorgeous!|
|soft tiffany blue paint dresses up an otherwise severe chest. Now it's so pretty you could put it in your front hall rather than hiding it away in a bedroom!|
|You gotta love that bright yellow sideboard smiling at you from across the room.|