One of the biggest challenges with making this whole room work was finding the right credenza, a diamond in the rough. It wasn’t easy-let me tell you! I went to every flea market and thrift store in the city. It was worth every second of searching when I laid eyes on this beauty. Actually it was far from beautiful when I first saw it, but I knew it had potential. Here’s how I knew it would work; it had great geometric d and tons of storage. There are nine drawers on the thing!! Lugging this heavy fellow home was a chore, but finally the painting process could begin:
Furniture Painting Tips
- Strip off all the old hardware.
- Give it a good cleaning. Pay special attention to the cracks and crevices.
- Do an all over light sanding.
- Patch up any broken places and fill in any holes with wood filler.
- Prime it. (This will help hide imperfections and help the paint stick better).
- Paint!! Be sure to choose your finish intentionally. A matte finish will work if you want to later distress it, but we used satin for this project.
- Finish with clear coating like polyurethane to protect against chips and scratches.
1. Before you spend lots of time and energy on a piece, make sure it’s quality material. Otherwise it won’t last long enough to be worth the time you put into it
2. Add a clear coat to the finished product. It just helps the paint be more durable and last much longer. (If you want a distressed, weathered look then skip this step.)
3. Use a high quality brush. It handles the paint better
4. When painting furniture, go with the flow of the wood. Your brush stokes must match the natural grain of the wood. If in doubt, make your strokes long and length wise from one end of the board to the other. (Avoid short side to side strokes.)
5. Lastly be patient! This will take a while and is a process. Plan for that and go with the flow.
I felt the room needed an anchor piece on that big wall, and immediately I wanted to do a bold credenza. I had bright green in mind, but I wasn’t sure if they would go for that. Long story short they took the leap, and it paid of big time! The color is so bright and fun, but the rest of the room balances it out. I think it makes a great statement piece with out being too funky to be taken seriously.
gold tins, coral and white dome: (from my own stash for staging)
Ok, it’s Heather again. I’m inspired by this room- how about you? Thanks so much for sharing with us, Cyrstal! If you enjoyed this post, stop by her blog and leave her some comment love.
Baby Gemma is changing a little everyday. Each time I feed her I still have to remind myself that I am her MOM. She is MY kid! People keep asking me if I’m exhausted, but so far I’m actually getting better sleep now than during my last months of the pregnancy. (Not the same story for my husband.) I will say that 80% of my time awake is spent breastfeeding, preparing to feed, reading about feeding, or pumping. I swear there should be a degree in this stuff. I’ve already met with a lactation specialist several times and go again Friday. How the heck have women done this for thousands of years without help?! Baby girl and I are making progress, but if I was left alone to my own devices I probably would’ve given up by now. Thank goodness for ladies who specialize in boobs.