You all know how much I love painting things around the house. I’ve been doing it for years and years, way before blogging days. Spray paint and I have been friends for a long, long time. And mixing up a quart of paint and redoing a vanity or side table is such an easy fix to get a new look without breaking the bank.
So, let’s take a look at some of my past projects that have been the most popular (and pinned) of my projects and they all involve paint.
I’ll start off by giving you all a little update on the Annie Sloan chalk paint project I’m currently working on at my sis’s craft room. I came to the conclusion that this table should never have been waxed. It is just not the right application for waxing, so I’m going to Plan B. I’ve heard you can remove it by wiping with mineral spirits, so that may be my method. I’ll remove the wax and probably add a hand applied Satin poly topcoat to smooth it out and protect it as well. Chalk paint does have a chalky feel and finish and it’s not all that touch friendly used alone. The wax gives it a nice smooth feel.
You can see below that I brushed on clear wax. We left it for about 2 weeks and finally got back to it. That wax dries pretty hard.
See how splotchy it is? The purpose of the wax is to protect your chalk paint and once wax is applied and dry, you go back and buff it to a shine and it gives a hand rubbed wax finish and you can distress it for a vintage feel. I should have just left this table and chairs alone and not tried to wax it. The tabletop is too big to get a really smooth wax finish. I really think the vintage pieces are much more suited to the whole Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and waxing procedure.
Clear wax on the left, dark wax on the right.
The dark wax is great applied on areas that you want to highlight. It acts just like a stain would and will grab the wood, so you have to apply the clear wax first, before you even think about adding dark wax. I wiped most of this off and it left a little bit of aging. But, then I changed my plan and decided to just do a straight painted look. We are not going to sand down this table, that blond wood underneath is not great to highlight. My plan now is to just add wipe on Satin poly and to spray the chairs with poly as well just to protect and make the chalk paint feel better. This Barcelona Orange is a great color though and we are glad we chose it.
I still give a big thumbs up to Annie Sloan chalk paint and will continue to use it, but it will mostly be for vintage pieces with more details that I want to highlight. I’m going to try to buff down the wax more and I heard that I can then paint over it with another coat of chalk paint. I’ll get this thing finished one day!
So, let’s get back to other ways you can change up furniture. I love paint! Love it for updating older pieces and here are some of my favorite projects to date. These chairs were a little tired looking to me, so a couple years ago, I got out the black spray paint and updated them with new paint and fresh fabric.
You can find all the details in this post, spray painting furniture black. It’s one of my top projects that get lots of clicks.
A few years ago, I found this pretty, but plain pine bookcase out on one of my yardsale ventures for $50.
I brought it home and completely changed it with paint. After adding a real beadboard backing, I painted it all out black and the beadboard in a soft blue and this has become one of my favorite pieces ever.
In my old house, I decided to spruce up the plain jane white laminate vanity by painting it with Ralph Lauren Turret Stairs, a deep dark chocolate brown and it added so much depth and interest to this small bathroom. If you prime laminate well, you can definitely paint it! All the details are on this post. I won’t hesitate to paint a vanity again if I inherit an ugly one in the next house I’m in.
We are actively house hunting and when the right one comes along that we can score, it will happen. I cannot wait for the right one!
So, that’s a few ways that I’ve updated using paint in the past few years. You can see I have had a bit of a thing for black paint and I have loved adding black to a space over the years. It really does ground a space by adding black around the room.
I hope this will give you more ideas on changing up some older pieces of furniture that you may have laying around. Or, it might inspire you to get out and yardsale or thrift to find some good paint candidates that just need a fresh coat of paint. Whether you use black or a bright punch of color, the effect is the same. Updated and fresh!
Are you painting furniture these days? I’d love to hear about it! What is your color of the moment?
I’ll be back tomorrow with my parents’ bathroom reveal. It is beautiful and I know you’re going to love it too!
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