Monday, January 16, 2012

Give Your Furniture a Makeover

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Last May I posted about remodeling my house. We painted almost every room in the house, put down new vinyl floors, painted kitchen cabinets, fixed cracks above the door frames, and put in a new bathroom sink and toilet. I bought new furniture for our bedroom which I got on clearance. We only had nightstands, and we needed a dresser. I wanted a nice set of matching furniture for our bedroom. When it came time to redo our son's bedroom, we didn't want to buy him all new furniture. He has lots of shelving in his closet so he doesn't need a dresser. He already had a couple of mismatched pieces of furniture in his room. He had an entertainment center and a nightstand. They were still in great condition but in dire need of a makeover.

We watch a lot of remodeling shows on DIY and HGTV channels. My husband had already completed the kitchen cabinet hardware project (you can read about it here). The obvious solution to our problem was to paint the furniture. It was going to be a lot of work with sanding, priming, and then painting. I already did that with the kitchen cabinets and was not in the mood to do another big painting project. My husband had a brilliant idea to solve our problem. He decided to spray paint the furniture. We already had the black satin spray paint from the kitchen hardware project. My son's room was gray with diamond plated outlet covers. Hubby thought black furniture would compliment the room nicely. He was exactly correct. I told you we watch a lot of remodeling shows on tv.

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The spray paint had primer already mixed in so no need for another step. He did rough up the nightstand with a 120 sanding block. Then he wiped it down thoroughly. He used a satin black finish which brought out beautiful details of the piece. He used two coats which dried very quickly outside. It was a very sunny day with little humidity which helps it to dry faster. The one mistake we made was not using a clear coat protector afterwards. The nightstand has a few chips as you can see in the pictures. I am going to wait until spring to add another light coat and then apply a clear protector coat. To further protect the top of the nightstand I had a glass top cut by the local glass shop. It cost me $12 plus tax. I think it adds a nice touch to the nightstand. I also did the same thing to my nightstands and my bathroom vanity. It's a built-in vanity to the wall. I spent around $80 for all four items. It makes cleaning so much easier and protects the pieces more from water stains.

glasstopThe project was very easy and inexpensive. I paid around $15 for two cans of spray paint to makeover the entertainment stand and nightstand. I didn't take pictures of the entertainment stand, but it looks just as nice. Hubby also spray painted the drawer pull a nice silver which gives it a wow factor. It was just a plain brass color. We already had the silver spray paint color. I am planning to do the same thing for my living room end table and entertainment center. I promise to do more of a step by step with pictures for those pieces. This project extends the life of furniture you already own. Why spend more money when you can just give your furniture a makeover. Do you have any furniture you would like to makeover? I would love to read about it.

8 comments:

Leslie said...

Awesome, It looks really good. I love how simple things make something pop & it's always nice when you can do it yourself and save money.

BethElderton said...

I love re-doing furniture! I have been known to completely redecorate a room in a completely different style using mostly paint and hardware.

Brenda said...

It looks good! That's really nice that the spray paint already has the primer in it. That saves money and time.

Mary said...

Looks great! And I love the idea of adding a glass top to protect it.

Thanks for sharing!

unikorna said...

Looks lovely, It has a subtle patina that I am always looking for. Congrats. I had no idea you had a child :) Lovely.

papel1 said...

the furniture loos great.

Cindy J. McCluskey said...

Awesome creativity you have there. oh! she has a child? cute!.

Collecting living room furnitures is my kind of hobby. Seeing nice furnitures in my living room gives me inspiration. I am always excited to go home from a stressful work because seeing the beauty of my living room helps me relax. I would love to learn to modify things so i could save money. Modify a boring furniture and add life to it other than buying a new one.

chair said...

Great DIY tips for updating your old furniture. It seems like you absorbed a lot of the information from HGTV.