It is finished! Painting right now in this season of life is not enjoyable. I need projects that I can give attention to for a short amount of time and can be easily interrupted then set aside. Painting furniture is not that kind of project. But I did it, I finished the pie safe and love how it looks in our new space. I thought I would share my tips on how I paint furniture since I will probably take a break for a while from it.
Here is what the piece looked like when I bought it. I liked the painted detail but it didn’t go with the room. It also originally had screen in the doors but you couldn’t see the dishes inside so I removed the screen and added glass.
I decided to paint it a more neutral color, Quiver Tan by Sherwin Williams. I always paint two coats, sometimes three. If I were to distress the piece and age it with stain, glaze or wax I would paint one or two coats. I decided not to distress this piece because I didn’t want the original blue to show through so I painted two coats then touched up in some areas with a third.
When I paint a piece I paint a section by brushing in one direction first.
In order to not see the horizontal brush strokes come to a stop at the edge of the vertical strokes I feather the horizontal strokes into the vertical strokes.
Then I go back with a bit of new paint and feather the vertical strokes over the horizontal ones.
Hope that makes sense!
My secret to inexpensive furniture makeovers is inexpensive paint so I buy $5 sample colors. The thing with buying sample colors is the guys at the paint store will tell you that the paint is not durable enough to be a top coat and I totally agree. I would not use the sample colors on trim work or kitchen cabinets. In order to provide a top coat I use Polycrylic, in clear satin by Minwax. Polycrylic is water based so it won’t yellow over time like polyurethane.
I apply it using a foam brush.
The Polycrylic will leave a milky white finish when you paint it on but will dry clear.
I wanted a pop of color in the room so I painted the inside in Hazel by Sherwin Williams.
Here is the before one more time.
Here is the after.