Now that I am starting to recover from girls camp (yes, it’s been a few weeks…I am a wimp), all of my projects that have been on the back burner are clamoring for my attention, and I’m having a bit of ADHD jumping around from room to room and wanting to get it all done now. Now that we have been in our home a full year, it feels like it should be a little better organized, furnished, and decorated. But when you do it all yourself (and have small children and tons of other distractions) that takes some time.
I realized that I have amassed a large number of furniture refinishing/painting projects that I am anxious to get started on. And believe it or not, I keep looking for more on Craigslist. Dh and I debate a bit about the best ways to approach these, so I have been doing some research on all of the fantastic blogs that inspiring these makeovers and will share some links at the end of this post. I also have been asked to teach a class for the ladies at my church on furniture makeovers in Sept., so I really need to experiment with the methods I plan on sharing before I teach them!
Here are some of the main projects I need to do:
1: (top photo) This small table came from Grandpa’s house (so was free!). Whether you believe in furniture painting, or not, this is in need of some TLC. It would be most simple to paint it black, but I am leaning toward staining it a very dark brown (walnut), like lots of my other furniture. I will probably start on this one, since it is small, and I don’t think I will hurt it too bad if I mess up.
2: This dining table. It was free (my favorite price) from some friends. You’ll remember I posted about these chairs before, and you all gave me some fantastic ideas about what to do with them, but I didn’t end up with the other matching chairs, so I am thinking I will get rid of these and get a new (to me) set of chairs…just as soon as I find a set of 6 or 8 chairs on Craigslist that I love (like these—any one know how to fix the weaving), that are super cheap, that preferably don’t come with a table ( unless it is one I like even better).
I actually really like the table. It is solid and sturdy. Unfortunately it is really sticky on the top, so I plan to strip it down. Again, I’m leaning toward the dark walnut.
The other 3 chairs will be painted and recovered, and make their way to other spots through out the house.
3: I got this cedar chest on Craigslist for $20. It is old and a little rickety, but it is real cedar wood. Again, it needs some TLC. It is functioning as a coffee table/kids costume storage currently.
I’m tempted to paint, but dh (a.k.a. BSB), has a bit of a love affair with natural wood. This will likely end up the same dark stain (kind of our compromise).
It has some fun details.
4: After a few years of debate, it has been decided that these will be painted a creamy white. I think it will be very Pottery Barn-esque. We bought these solid wood bookcases from some friends for $40, shortly after we were married. They are in my girls’ room. The wood piece you see in between is from our IKEA Markor ent. center. It was a shelf that didn’t fit with our TV, so it will get painted and form a desk between the bookcases. I have a piece of molding to put on the front to help it blend better with the book cases.
5: This bookcase will go in between the girls’ beds and will be painted to match the big book cases. Again, creamy white. I am also maybe going to get some old headboards from Craigslist for super cheap that would be painted the same color.
Are you still with me? I know…lots to do! I need to figure out the easiest ways to do these projects, because my husband and I are both recovering perfectionists and have an uncanny ability to make every job more difficult than it needs to be, so what do you do? Spray paint or brush/roller? Primer? How much sanding really needs to be done? Should we invest in a power sander? Gel stain or liquid stain? Sealant? Can I do any of it indoors, since it is a furnace outside right now?
Here are some furniture makeover posts that are inspiring me, right now:
- Becca from Blue Cricket says if you use an oil-based primer, you don’t need to sand
- The Nester used a Behr paint product with primer in it. (Do you still need to sand). I love her ingenuity when it comes to the paint tray!
- Fascintated by The Remodeling Guy’s comparison between brush painting and spray painting. What do you do? Does everyone spray paint so neatly. One shelf we spray painted didn’t come out so well, but I’m pretty sure we should have used primer.
- Jennifer from The Magic Brush is a Pro. In response to my comment on this post, she emailed me her insider secrets, which I will have to ask her if I can share with you all, but they involve gel stain and “light sanding”. Does light sanding mean you don’t need a power tool?
Now, please share your favs (especially with how-tos!)
Thanks! You all are the best!