Furniture and cabinetry that’s way past its prime can be unsightly and expensive to replace. If the style is something that you are still in love with but the finish is lackluster– there’s a simple and inexpensive solution to fix your furniture woes. Even if you’re looking for a vintage piece, finding something with a silhouette you love can be heartbreaking when you hate the finish or stain.
Paint. It is typically the solution for any and all issues. You can paint flooring, furniture, walls, cabinets, counters– anything really. The best part is, paint is an economical way to spruce up your entire home without having to do any major construction, make large purchases or alter your lifestyle.
That’s not to say that painting isn’t hard work, though. But with some time and dedication and a few great tips, you can have the space and furniture of your dreams in no time.
A clean canvas is super important to avoid keeping any fuzz, pet hair, and particles at bay. Fill any dents and unevenness to create a smooth and continuous surface for the paint. Prime your base with a coat or two of primer to keep your paint color on the surface and the saturation just right.
A brush with longer, higher quality bristles will help to eliminate unsightly brush strokes from appearing in the end product. Unless a more unfinished look is what you’re after, long bristles are the ticket to a flawless paint job.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and try to cover a lot of ground at once. Working in sections will allow for proper application and help to avoid any missteps. Pick an area to start and stick to it. Paint in square patches and just keep moving until it’s all done!
This goes without saying, but you don’t want to be fishing bristles out of your curing paint. A good brush will last years if taken care of properly and makes all the difference in the overall outcome.
Though this can seem counterintuitive to the detailed and tedious task of painting intricate pieces, there are products out there that can help cut down on time for those who are on a time crunch. “ESP Easy Surface Prep” is one primer that allows you to apply and then wipe off before paint application. It’s not too expensive and you can find it on Amazon.
Stencils can be great if you’ve got a particularly large area to work with, or if you don’t feel like covering up the entire original piece would do it justice. Go geometric or organic, play with scale and take risks. If you don’t like it, you’ve still got the option to paint over it all.
When selecting your paint hue on a budget, think of the ‘mis-tint’ area at your local store to browse the colors that have been mixed and left without being purchased. You might stumble upon a shade that works for you at a fraction of the cost!
Sand lightly & re-paint to eliminate brush strokes and imperfections– add another coat of paint before sealing and adding that high gloss finish to really make things shine.
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