HGTV is on in our home constantly. Jimmy will often come into the living room and say, “Not again” but I know he’s joking because I endure all the whispering in the woods hunting shows he finds entertaining. Fixer Upper is my all-time favorite show for the full transformation and you can’t beat Joanna’s decorating, but Flea Market Flip gets my restoration wheels a turnin.’
I’m pretty cheap. Let’s just lay it on the line. If it requires a further drive for a deal, I’ll drive it. If it requires a coupon for an extra percentage off, I’ve got it. And if it requires a little more work on my part to save some $ in a huge way, I’ll spend the time. So in the area of home decor, I am all over DIY!
In my short stint of DIY’ing, I’ve learned a few things about furniture restoration that I want to pass on to you.
1. Rust-Oleum Spray Paint is your friend.
These pot holders were my mom’s and they needed some wire brushing, but with a can(s) of spray paint, they’ve got a whole new look and have withstood the outdoor elements. **I actually used the KRYLON brand on these because the had the color I wanted, but I wouldn’t suggest it. Their paint and spray isn’t as good as the Rust-Oleum brand.**
Have something metal, wood, or plastic you want to update? Check out your local hardware store, or aisle in any department store to find the color you’re looking for.
More on my patio decor here (my old blog.)
2. Always prime your pieces.
As listed above, Rust-Oleum also carries a primer spray paint that can be used on almost anything. But if you’ve sanded down something like this (photos below) and plan to paint it, you’ll still probably need to prime it. I suggest this product. It is very thick, so you want to be careful when you’re painting it on that you get everything smooth, but it will make the paint stick like glue.
3. Sanding a piece down isn’t as hard as it may seem.
On these design shows, they always have a huge team of people who are experts in the area of furniture/decor restoration. When watching I was like, “Well, I could do that too if I had a team of people advising me,” but I found out it’s not that hard to do it on your own. All you need – for almost any piece of furniture – is this little guy; Black & Decker Mouse Sander. This is the cheapest I’ve ever found it and Target offers Free Shipping too! You can find this item in Walmart, Sears, and about any other hardware store nearby.
The Home Depo site offers a few more photos for this bad boy, but it’s a lifesaver with both small and large projects. Again, almost any department or hardware store will carry the velcro sanding paper to fit the Mouse. I almost always use the #50 (the lower in number you go, the more coarse the grade will be) sanding paper and then go over the surface with a #220 grade paper.
One extra tip: Always brush off the sanded excess. Your sander will work better with a smooth surface.
4. Cheap tape will produce a cheap looking result.
Don’t try to use the Dollar Tree’s painting tape. The discount isn’t worth the headache and upset. Always use the ScotchBlue Edge Lock 3M Painters Tape. You’ll be glad you didn’t scrimp on this product!
Here’s an antique dresser that I just restored and the finished product is amazing!
This took lots….and lots….and lots of sanding. Actually, this photo was taken this summer when I sanded it down for the first time. I then sanded it down again in my basement before I put the primer coat on it.
Pictured is the white 1,2,3 Bullseye Primer used. It’s an amazing product and really covered some of the areas I wasn’t able to get clear with the sander and coarse paper.This is the finished product. I still can’t get over how great it turned out! All I did was; sand, prime, paint. I just used matte black and white paint and viola!
Although I had high hopes it would go in my closet room, the truth is that I wouldn’t ever sit at it and do my makeup. We’re always on the go and it should go to another home, so it’s for sale here.
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