Thrift Store Transformations

Refinishing with Oil Based Primer & Paint

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Over the course of our remodel, we hired a dear friend Mike to handle some of the larger painting projects.  Mike is a professional painter with 20 years experience, and a wealth of information when it comes to choosing paint products.  Mike has taught me a lot about painting, and is always available when I have questions about what products I should use.

So when I picked up a buffet and hutch back in August at the local St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, I knew I wanted to give it a fresh coat of white paint.  Most of the time, when I’m brushing or rolling paint on walls or furniture, I choose latex for its quick drying time and easy cleanup.  For this hutch, I wanted a paint job that was extremely durable with a very hard shell glossy finish.  Oil based primer and paint was the answer.

Here’s the Before and After:

hutch b and a

When choosing primer, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of available products out there.  I’ve used most of them, oil and water based, and in both spray and brush application.


Choosing the right primer really depends on what you’re trying to accomplish.

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On My Plate

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Here’s a glimpse at just a few little projects I’m cooking up. 


Thrift store buffet/hutch – Before

buffet before

The plan?  Oil based primer and two coats of oil based paint. 


Slipper Chair – Before

slipper chair before

The plan?  Restain base and reupholster with modern fabric. 


Pair of bookshelves, each 100 inches tall. 

bookshelves before The plan?  Repaint and redo crown moulding and base.  Install in office.


Thrift store solid wood nightstand and dresser – Before

nightstand and dresser before

The plan?  Repaint and glaze for my brother’s bachelor pad. 


Just a few things I’m working on.  Stay tuned.