Winter Activity: Refurbish & Repaint Old Furniture

Friday, January 12, 2018

This winter has been particularly cold–Wisconsin has endured freezing temperatures for the last few weeks. Chances are cabin fever has set in and DIY projects have been on the agenda. If all of the walls in your house and office have a fresh coat of paint refurbishing furniture may be the next project. If you don't have a piece of furniture in your house that needs a makeover head over to your local Good Will, Salvation Army or thift store. 

After finding your item look for inspiration in books, magazines, and online. Pinterest and designspiration.net are great sites for inspiration. Search for refurbished textures and paint colors. In the slideshow above black and white paint are commonly used. 

Once you have inspiration and you have picked out a color the next step is to prep the furniture. Make sure to wipe down the furniture piece and allow it to dry. After it's dried use sandpaper; the heavier the paper the more stripping of the original paint or finish will be removed. If you're happy with taking off the original paint stop here. Otherwise apply a primer and then a top coat. Allow the item to dry over night. The next day use the sand paper again to remove some of the paint. A "natural" distressed look is important, focus on removing paint in areas that get a lot of wear; near handles, legs of a chair, chair seats, etc. 

Examples of furniture:

Armoire
Table
Cabinets 
Chairs
End tables 

Supplies: 

Sandpaper
Primer
Top coat
spray paint
Towels
Roller
Paint brushes 
 

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