October 07, 2012
I get a lot of emails asking how I paint furniture, what wax I use, how to mix homemade chalk paint....the list goes on! I love answering questions and I have also met some really cool people in the process. I really want to answer every email I get but I am starting to get busy and I foresee me falling behind in replying to emails as I would like.
I asked people to submit any painting, waxing, distressing questions they may have on my facebook page and on the blog. You guys came up with some great questions so lets get started!!
This answer was given to me by a friend...he said:
"My leather smith told me to take the brass hardware, put them in a pillow case with some gravel/rocks and slam the crap out of em against the concrete. Then soak them in Vinegar, let dry, then take some heat to them. When you start if the brass has some sort of protective coating use acetone to remove it. For the heat on the brass use flame not a heat gun".
OR, there is always spray paint!! I would go with the spray paint....
Oil Rubbed Bronze by Rustoleum is gorgeous and it gives a great black metallic look.
** I have used poly but I am not a huge fan of the glossy look it leaves. I prefer wax because it is more of a matte finish and there are never any brush strokes plus wax is much faster to apply! If I use poly I prefer wipe-on poly which doesn't leave brush marks and can be applied much faster than brush on poly.
Paint runs are the worst but can be easy to fix. Use 220 grit sand paper and if the drip is running down then sand up (NOT side to side). Go slow and easy and it will slowly sand down. Distressing furniture makes this an easy fix because you can simply distress the area where the run is.
Take your time and pay extra attention to corners and edges because that is where runs happen the most. Another tip is not using having too much paint on your brush. It's so tempting to load the brush with paint but thinner coats are better and lessen the chance of drips!
I have a dark dining room set that I want to paint white for my beach cottage style house.
I've never painted anything before.
Do you recommend Annie Sloan? I imagine I would need quite a bit.
I want something easy and I'm afraid of spray paint.
It wouldn't be hard to remove paint that was sealed with wax but it can be time consuming and messy. You could either strip or sand if you wanted to return to the natural wood. I tell my clients that even though the furniture is protected you should still be careful with the surface and use coasters.
I painted my coffee table with chalk paint and sealed with two coats of wax. It has been colored on by my three year old, has had drinks left on it without coasters and has had numerous crusty things left on it. Did I mention I have a three year old?! There have been a few water rings but I use a colorox wipe on them and come right off. However, I can't guarantee the same for your piece of furniture but I persoanlly haven't had any problems!
I haven't painted cabinets yet (we are planning on painting ours in the next couple months) so I can't answer your question completely but I will do my best.
If you do use my chalk paint recipe make sure you are wanting to distress your cabninets. My homemade chalk paint recipe (as most homemade recipes) leaves a gritty texture and you need to sand the paint to get the smooth chalky finish. You don't have to distess with chalk paint but it is easy to do because of the texture/finish it leaves.
Here are a few links that might be able to answer your questions about painting your cabinets:
In My Own Style, bella-tucker, Vintage Restyled
Some of the recipes may be different but the more resources you have the better!
I too would like to know if poly/varnish etc. can be applied over wax. I would also like to know if you approach a piece of furniture differently in color choices or experimenting if you think you will keep it for yourself?
It is not recommended that you use poly over wax plus I don't think it would adhere that well. I'm not an expert on this so if anyone knows otherwise please let me know!
Most of the stuff I paint and post this blog is either a custom piece for a client or something I picked up and will list for sale.
When I first started painting and selling pieces I tried to do something a little different each time. I tired to have the finished project be something that I would want to look at 24/7 in case it didn't sell.
This piece was super distressed and I don't know if I could keep this in my home today because it's just not me but it was a great piece to try something new. Thankfully, this dresser sold!
A lot of people wait for a piece to "speak to them". I don't really work that way....I usually jump in head first and try not to look back. If that fails I ask my husband for his opinion. I don't always agree with what he suggests but it does help me think outside of the box and try things I normally wouldn't.
I have only done a few pieces for our house and they were all very white, and gray and blah. My husband suggested I should paint something yellow and I thought he was nuts. We went to Lowe's later that day and found an opps paint for $5 that just happend to be yellow.
This table is in our living room and adds a great pop of color.
I have a question about spray painting. I like to use spray paint for small items such as mirror frames. The problem is that sometimes the paint will wrinkle up during the second coat. The funny thing is, it won't always happen. Like I will be spraying something and the paint will wrinkle, and then I will pick up the next item (same environment, same paint can, same everything) and it won't wrinkle! What is up with that?
How can I make spray painting easier and more professional looking?
- I pick and find great pieces of old ugly furniture and make them pretty again. You can find more info in the "custom work" tab.
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