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!!!
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.
Kelly Green kind of sounds like a rock star name, now that I think about it. Doesn't it?
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.
I wiped down the whole surface with a damp rag to remove the dust.
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.
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.
After one coat it was pretty thin. I kept painting, and paaaaainting. Check back with me in FIVE coats.
For fun I added some accents with Martha Stewart Metallic in Gold.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I LOVE this color!
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
$4 craft paint
$4 Rustoleum primer spray paint
$9 Polycrylic sealer
Have a great weekend!