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Don’t Throw Away your Furniture- Paint it!

Happy Happy Wednesday, Ya’ll!

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that you’re so sick of looking at, and just doesn’t fit your style anymore?  Paint it!

Chances are, by changing out the hardware and painting the furniture will allow you to adapt your piece of old furniture to one of your favorite new pieces of furniture.

Here’s an example of what I did, and you can do too!

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This is an old dresser I had in college. I could’ve just repainted the black to fix the patchiness and kept it as is, but this isn’t really my style anymore. I decided to do a french provincial dresser with a little art deco twist (I know it sounds bizarre, but it all worked out in the end).

Here’s what you need:

  • 1- 2″ paint brush
  • a tarp to paint your furniture on and protect your floors
  • 1 quart of primer Click Here!
  • 1 quart of your new favorite paint color
  • your piece of furniture
  • new hardware for your furniture (I went to World Market for the knobs and Lowe’s for handles) NOTE: The hardware is probably the most important item you purchase for this project because this sets the style and tone for your piece of furniture. Another great place to shop  for hardware is Anthropologie and Hobby Lobby

 

Directions:

1.) Remove all hardware from the furniture and paint with a thin coat of primer and let dry for an hour

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2.) Paint the piece of furniture and let dry for at least two hours

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This color is Hammered Zinc from HGTV by Sherwin Williams. I love the color, but it was too light and not enough of a contrast on the wall, so I decided to add black to create a darker color

3.  Paint again (if you need another coat, or if you don’t like your first color).

I also did some faux wood finish as an accent for the trim. Mix together yellow and purple (or you can mix together any set of complementary colors), add in some water and paint a thin coat over your trim. Grab a paper towel, wet, and in a gentle sweeping motion, rub the wet paint (this will give a wood grain look with the white showing through the streaks)

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4. Add your hardware (I bought art deco styled hardware to add a contemporary twist) & admire your work!

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I can’t wait to hear about your projects!

With Love,

Jenna

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