I have a goal for 2013 and it involves some DIY projects to update some old pieces of pine furniture that I own. We bought this little pine heart shelf many moons ago and I still love it, but not the pine. My new home has a lot of taupe painted walls with off white trim and wooden cupboards. The corner in the kitchen needed something that brightened it up a bit. Painting this little shelf to white did just what I wanted. I added a few plants and put it in the corner and it looks so cute.
I am a happy camper.
My husband and I are planning on painting or staining our kitchen table. It is solid oak and a good table, it is just worn. The top has been used for eating, crafting and every other project a family of 5 could do on it! It needs some help. I am VERY nervous about ruining it, so starting out on some of these smaller items seems like a good idea. I have seen lots of other blogs about home decorating where people have painted their kitchen table… maybe I will be one of those people. If anyone has any great advice, PLEASE pass it on.
Here is how the shelf looked before I started.
Here it is with its new fresh look!
Here is a photo of the shelf in the corner in the kitchen and my kitchen table that we are THINKING nervously about painting. Well, I am nervous about it, my husband thinks it will be great!
This solid wood dresser was my older brother’s baby dresser! I took it to University and my Mom let me paint it white to update it WAY back then! It has been a good little dresser over the years but it was starting to show its age and getting a bit yellowish (are you starting to wonder how ancient I am ? ha ha) So when my daughter went to University this was the perfect dresser to send with her. I painted it again with a very light gray. Unfortunately the gray was a bit lighter than I had hoped but it still did freshen it up. You may remember seeing this dresser in my blog about setting up a Student Apartment.
I used a semi gloss interior paint for my projects for extra durability.
I recommend a gentle sanding and wiping with a damp cloth. Then prime everything first and LET IT DRY. This is the part that requires patience (something I don’t have a lot of, thanks Dad) Then paint 2 coats of your paint and let it dry again. Before you display items I would let the paint set for a week or so. We painted windowsills once and I could hardly wait to display things on them. However, the stuff ended up getting stuck and leaving marks! The paint needs cure time, so once again you need to use your patience.
Do you have any pieces at your house that you would like to paint? Wouldn’t it be fun…and brave to paint something with a splash of colour?