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Refinishing Furniture with Craft Paint {pros and cons}

Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern


I bought this table a year ago for $2. I know it has been a year because I bought it at our yearly community yard sale last June, and the next yearly yard sale is this weekend! Yes, I get around to things.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

She was an ugly, damaged little thing, tossed to and fro by life's careless storms (also lack of coaster usage). I saw her there, dusty, scared, and alone, looking like she needed a home and someone to tell her she was beautiful. She only had three legs and if you bumped her, her top would fall off, but she had spunk, and oh SO MUCH HEART!!!

Dang, I should have been a novelist.
A satirical furniture repainting novelist.

Can I use craft paint on furniture?
Do you have color crushes? I was "50's girl, screaming at a Beatles's concert" in love with this particular shade of green, Kelly Green by Americana.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Kelly Green kind of sounds like a rock star name, now that I think about it. Doesn't it?
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern
Thus I wanted that EXACT color green for my table, and I didn't want any shenanigans trying to mess with color matching. I had no room for substitutes in my heart.

Refinishing, as easy as SaWiPrPaSe!
Maybe it's not a slick acronym or anything, but I follow the following sure fire process whenever I refinish wood: sand, wipe, prime, paint, seal. It's a bit of work, but the results really last. SaWiPrPaSe!!!

I exfoliated the little lady all over with 120 grit sand paper.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

I wiped down the whole surface with a damp rag to remove the dust.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

I gave the table 2 coats of Rustoleum Primer and let it dry. I learned in this post why it's worth every penny to buy the higher quality spray paints for priming or painting. They work way faster and better than the cheapie brands. My favs are Krylon and Rustoleum.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

The directions on eHow suggested watering down the craft paint a little so it goes on in thin, smooth coats and doesn't crackle or flake. It took a bit of trial and error to get the right consistency. A few drops is all you need.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern
Above: my first batch, way too much water.

After one coat it was pretty thin. I kept painting, and paaaaainting. Check back with me in FIVE coats.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern
Here's where I have to ask- was it worth it to use craft paint? On one hand, I got the exact color I wanted, for way cheaper than a quart of house paint. On the other hand, craft paint is much thinner, and watering it down only made it worse. If you don't mind spending a week painting on and off and on again, then yes, it's worth it.

For fun I added some accents with Martha Stewart Metallic in Gold.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

After the final coat of craft paint, it was time to apply the sealer. I knew my way around polycrylic sealer from doing my Ikea kitchen island. An 8 oz. bottle of sealer was just enough.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

I let the first coat of sealer dry for several hours. That's a lie, it was like a day. A three month old feeding, toddler bathing, dinner making, and a shower later.

The direction on the can say to lightly sand between coats. This worked fine when I did my kitchen island when it was just wood underneath. But when I sanded the top it started to take the paint off! I could see areas of white primer showing through. Noooooooo-oo.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

I wiped off the dust and chucked the sandpaper. I touched up the chipped paint, put on another coat of sealer and called it good. Then the baby needed feeding again.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

This is where I show you my new table in our bedroom. But it's a bit of a wreck in transition with a very stylish pack and play, nursing chair, and baby paraphernalia all.over.the.place. So, instead let's look at it in front of this nice looking wall.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern


 I LOVE this color!
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Thanks, leggy lady. You were worth the wait :) I can't wait to get my bedroom back in order so I can start using her in there!

Total spent on this project, including the table: $22
$2 Table
$4 craft paint
$4 Rustoleum primer spray paint
$9 Polycrylic sealer
$3 Brush

Have a great weekend!

    
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

5 comments:

  1. Love your table makeover!! The green and gold are so gorgeous together!

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    1. Thanks! There's just something about this color, it's so delicious I feel like I want to eat it!
      Alyssa

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  2. I never thought to use craft paint! great idea when you have just the right shade in mind, thanks!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kellee! :) Btw, I'd love to work with you sometime and feature your shop!!
      Alyssa

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  3. Thanks for giving such information. Now we make our furniture beautiful by doing some craft paint. This will help to makeover the old furniture to make them new. Old Living room furniture can be paint to make them new.

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I love getting your feedback, and chatting about all things DIY!
<3 Alyssa

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