4 steps…bring new life to old furniture
July 29, 2010 by Missy
I have some AMAZING neighbors! I want to introduce you to the
I had so much fun photographing all the fun things they have created! Lucky for us, they are sharing their secrets on how to give old stuff new life.
Wait ’til you see what they did with this…
But first Margaret (one of the Fancy Farmchicks) tells her secrets:
“We’re all supposed to be into this reduce, re-use, recycle way of life, so refinishing furniture is our little help to Mother Earth. It’s also cheap, easy and fun (mostly). You could read books worth of info. about the how to’s on the subject but to simplify, just remember the S.P.P.S. method (which, by the way I just made up, not the process itself but calling it S.P.P.S.) So let’s begin, shall we.
Find pieces with good lines or “good bones” as they say. Try to have “vision” for not what it is, but what it can be. Look for sturdy and preferably solid wood. Yes, you can paint laminate, but that’s a topic for another day. Now the method of S.P.P.S.
Sand. Sand the entire piece. This will help remove any blemishes as well as give the paint a nice gripping surface. When buying sand paper, it ranges from course grit to fine. Somewhere in between is usually good.
Prime. Prime the entire piece to block stains and water spots. It will also provide a good adhesion surface for paint (o.k. confession, sometimes I skip the priming stage if I feel like I was able to sand enough to get a good surface for paint to grab) What you don’t want is paint going onto a glossy surface. If you’re unable to sand away the gloss, then use primer for sure.
Paint. Roll on paint with a foam roller. This will give you a nice smooth finish. Use brushes where a foam roller cannot go but be careful about leaving brush marks. Be brave in your color choices. A nice pop of color can “make” the piece.
Sand. Sand a perfectly pretty paint job?! Yes!! Trust me, you’ll have a hard time stopping once you start. This is what gives it that character. Sand edges, corners and anywhere that the piece would normally get a lot of wear and tear.
Now, for a little unsolicited advice which has been a time life saver. We have kids and lots of them! Our painting time is 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. I used to wash out my brushes and rollers after every mini painting session. Gets really old really fast. Well some wise person taught me that you just wrap them up dirty and all, paint tray included with plastic wrap, a grocery sack, whatever and put it in the fridge and it’s good to go until next time. No clean up required. Hallelujah!!
So, in a nutshell, that’s all you need to breath new life into old pieces.
For our specific set-up we took an old sewing table, an ugly boring lamp, a chair with good lines but very scary upholstery (the upholstery didn’t even make it into the “before” shot - trust me, it was scary), an everyday run of the mill magazine rack and gold picture frame.
The table we painted and scuffed up to give it that aged look. You might want to “age” your pieces when your hubby’s not around, this step thoroughly confuses them. “People pay more for you to make it look old?” Changing out hardware can also make a HUGE difference. This one wasn’t built to be able to remove knobs, but little glass knobs would have been cute.
The lamp we chose for the drum shade because these are the easiest to recover. Put spray adhesive directly onto the shade and then wrap the fabric onto it folding down over the edges. You can do other lamp shade shapes, but they get a bit more tricky.
The magazine rack we primed, painted and distressed. We painted the existing gold hardware by priming then painting. Notice how the hardware shape kind of matches the damask design on the lamp? Cute huh.
The picture frame we primed, painted, used liquid glaze to age it. Liquid glaze, you rub on and then rub off leaving behind just some of the glaze to get that aged look. Then instead of a typical picture, we put in a burlap background with a painted letter glued to the outside of the glass. Just something different.”
the whole set up
I need another look…
You guys are incredible! Thanks for sharing your secrets with us!
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