We originally got our bedroom set from my parents when we first got married. It had been their bedroom set since THEY were first married – we’re talking straight out of 1980. But at the time we didn’t have the money to buy new furniture, and it functioned well and served its purpose.
Over time I grew to love that dear ol’ furniture. Sure, it was ugly as all get out, but I loved the fact that it belonged to my parent’s first some 35+ years prior, and I loved the fact that we carried it on with us into the early years of our marriage. It was then that I decided to paint it.
Five years later, I finally realized that I was never going to find the “right time” to do this project, so one day I just decided to go for it.
I’ve never painted anything besides walls in my life. So children running amuck and all (not unlike my most-recent bathroom makeover project…coming soon) I impulsively whipped out my paint brush and supplies, went to Lowe’s to buy the rest, and, as I silently said a prayer to the furniture and paint gods respectively that all would turn out well because, let’s face it, we still don’t want to have to buy a new bedroom set, I let loose on the poor furniture.
And, save one tiny detail (more info below), I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
First thing’s first, I unloaded the drawers and brought everything outside.
Then I began lightly sanding the surface. You don’t have to sand everything down, just a light sanding will do. You basically want to scuff up the surface so the paint has something to stick to.
I used this electric hand sander for this, which made it pretty easy. I also used just plain regular sand paper to get the areas the electric sander couldn’t reach. I used 120 grit and that was fine for my purpose, but there were a couple of times I wished I had a slightly smaller grit to do more gentle sanding, but at that point I had already been to Lowe’s 500 times and didn’t want to make another trip.
Once everything was sanded down, I wiped all the surfaces with a cloth to remove dust particles. Then I started painting!
I did three very light coats and lightly sanded in between each coat. This is when a smaller grit sand paper would come in handy. Make sure the paint is completely dry between each sanding. It was SUPER hot the day I painted, so my paint dried almost instantly. As soon as I was done putting one coat on all the pieces I was able to go back through and put the next coat on. But depending on the temperature and time of year, you will likely need up to 24 hours of dry time between each coat.
After you have finished painting and you have enough desired coats of paint, you need to seal the furniture with a finish.
Now this is where I messed up on the first two end tables. I bought a clear semi-gloss wood finish, but after it had dried for about a day it had a slight yellow tint to it! Ew! This might have been fine if I painted anything BUT white. But since my furniture pieces were all white, I’m going to have to sand and put another white coat on to cover the yellow tint.
After making this mistake, I did some serious searching and found some true clear finish which works like a charm. I actually bought it originally when I repainted my laminate bathroom cabinets, but it works great on the wood bedroom set too.
And here it is!
I love how simply painting this furniture immediately lightened up our bedroom. It’s so cheery and light now!
Have you ever painted any of your furniture? How did it turn out?
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