|Hobby Lobby Version|
I won't give you the play by play because it was really quite simple. But here are a few things I learned. I'm new to painting furniture so I didn't know about zinsser. But now I do. It totally saves you from the sanding part which is really the worst part. I'm learning sometimes it still helps to sand for other reasons than paint adhesion but for this project I got to skip that part. I also have learned to prime, prime, prime. So I did. I also tinted my primer which totally helped. Not only did it help with fewer coats of the color paint but it also helped me see where the wood (specifically around the knots) was still bleeding through. After 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of Sherwin Williams "Belize" (tinted 25% darker), I was almost done. Next came sanding. I'm not gonna lie; I was scared. The thought of sanding paint off of a piece that you just spent hours painting is quite scary. But I conquered my fear and did it anyway. I used my father in law's sander again, which was easier than sanding by hand (though by hand is totally doable). And as the fancy farmgirls say, it's quite addicting!! It looked so much cooler after the sanding. I did mess up at one point but I just painted over it and you couldn't even tell! That's the beauty of distressing. Obviously more is less since you can always go back and sand some more but re-painting may be tricky. Lastly, I added this cute little knob from anthro. Ok, I'm totally lying. Rather than spend the $8 + shipping for the knob at anthro, I scored this just-as-cute version at Hobby Lobby for $2.99! So that was it. Well technically that's not it--I still have to poly it to resist scratching. But that's it for now. (I'm trying to convince husband to poly everything I'm painting so I don't have to. I'll let you know how it goes). Now for the finished result:
Now it's your turn; have you repurposed anything lately that you want to share? Do tell...