8 Essentials for Painting Furniture

December 30th, 2011

It’s no secret I love to paint furniture. Call me strange, but I find fixing up and painting an old piece therapeutic. What was once a hobby is now becoming creative outlet and a small source of income for me. I’ve picked up a few great pieces from thrift stores in the last two weeks that I can’t wait to paint, so while the hub and I were running errands the other day, we made a stop at my local True Value Hardware for a few supplies. Our conversation went something like this: 

“I just need some paint and Floetrol for those pieces in the garage”  and he asked, “Have you written about that?” and I replied “Yes” and he said “Well have you showed them what you’re talking about?” and I said “Yes” and he said, “You should make a video” and I thought well I’m not prepared for that and he said “Just do it” and so I said, “OK”.  So what was supposed to be a quick pit stop turned into an impromptu tour of a few aisles of the paint department at my local True Value and the eight essentials you’ll need for a basic paint job on a piece of furniture.

Let me preface by saying there are several techniques for painting furniture and many many products to choose from. I’m a fan of a quick spray paint job and also the latest sensation, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I’ll continue to use those products in the future. There are also glazing and distressing techniques and more advanced tools you can use like a sprayer (I got a Wagner for Christmas and will be trying it out soon) and all of that will make a great eBook someday.

But for those of you just starting out and not knowing how to navigate the aisles of a home improvement or paint store and also staring at a piece you’ve scored and just want to change it up with a coat of paint, here are eight of my essential tools for a basic paint job on any piece of wood or laminate furniture.

I apologize for the the distracting conversation and 80s rock in the background, but this was spur of the moment. Feel free to name those background tunes in the comment section if you can! 

 

 

Like I mentioned in the video, both water based Minwax Polycrylic and Varathane are great for satin to gloss sheens but for a matte or hand rubbed finish turn to waxes.  Fiddes & Sons, SC Johnson, Minwax, and Briwax are just a few you’ll find on the shelf depending on where you shop. 

More great makeovers coming in 2012, can’t wait!

 

True Value Blog Squad legalese: “I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY projects. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.”

 

 

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Get Organized! A Giveaway

December 29th, 2011

We like to get away for a few days after Christmas and year after year, we end up heading to Lake Tahoe.  We left Christmas Day to have dinner with my sister and her family then ended up at the lake the next day.  Lake Tahoe is always a beautiful destination, where you can take in views of the majestic lake and breathe the crisp of the mountain air.  (Every time we visit, I dream of a having a little log cabin there someday, filled with rustic beams, pine armoires, a stone covered fireplace, and plaid sheets!)  If you ever get a chance to visit Lake Tahoe, you’ll love it. Here’s a snowy winter tour from last year, and a fall tour from the year before.   

We came home from our getaway last night to the comforts of home, but also the leftover remnants of Christmas. And as much as I love (and need) that Christmas scent, at season’s end it’s always dried to a crisp. Then comes that moment (I know you feel this too) when the need for clean hits and you simply cannot rest until ever last twig and needle leaves the premises. It happened last night. 

I couldn’t rest until (two hours later) all of it was deposited in the bin outside and I was left sweating, broom in hand, having rid the house of anything that was once a swag of an evergreen. Today I’ll be packing up the rest of the decor for next year, and for me there’s not much more that’s as satisfying as getting organized in anticipation of the new year. 

Yes, it’s almost January, and don’t you love what it brings? The promise of fresh start.

organized basket under bed

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Organization increases productivity, decreases anxiety, and allows one to think more clearly and creatively. Organization is a time saver when you don’t waste precious minutes searching for things ~ when all your stuff is in its intended place. 

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I have a lot of housekeeping to do in the next few days, here on the ol’ blog and at home too, because I’m craving that clean slate for the start of 2012. 

Aren’t you?

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Sooooo…… how perfectly timed is today’s giveaway, brought to you you by my long time sponsor Simplify 101.  Two lucky readers will win a free spot in their Organizing 101 Online Workshop which begins in early January.  Your instructor is professional organizer Aby Garvey, founder of Simplify 101, and recently featured in the January issue of Better Homes & Gardens (check out page 37!) . In this workshop, you’ll learn how to declutter your home using simple yet effective organizing principles for a space of any size.  The material is presented in bite size pieces in six lessons over six weeks, which allows you to digest the information and reasonably put it into action. 

Don’t you want to start changing the way you live? 

If you run into any stumbling blocks along the way, you have direct access to Aby, so you can get unstuck and get going again.  You’ll learn basic organizing concepts, a simple, step-by-step organizing process, and start to set compelling goals for your future organizing projects to create the organized home you’ve always dreamed of. 

Eligibility to win one of two spots in the Organizing 101 Workshop ($79 value):

1. Leave a comment telling where you most need organization in your life. 

2.  For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).  

3. For a third chance to win, sign up to receive the free Mini Guide for creating a command central binder, then leave third comment stating “I’m signed up”. 

Two winners chosen at random, giveaway ends Sunday January 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. PST.

Bonus: Simplify 101 is offering CG readers 15% off enrollment of any of their current workshops and instant downloads.  To take advantage of this offer, enter CG15 during checkout. This offer is good through Friday, January 6, 2012, (and can’t be combined with any other offer).  Also, if you’ve got organizational questions, you can live chat with Aby on the BH&G Facebook page on January 5th between 2 and 4 CST.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

winners:  # 398  Janna and # 554 Audra, congratulations!

Winners received an email from me.

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