Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to paint furniture

When picking up pieces of furniture I always look for real wood. They are well made and it holds up better. A few weeks ago I picked up this lovely cherry wood credenza and knew right away the colors I was going to paint this piece. I picked up True Turquoise by Glidden and Caribbean by Valspar. I did have the paints made at Home Depot.

I lightly sanded down this piece to get the shine off then I wiped clean. The reason I chose to sand this piece is because I wasn't going to make my paint into a homemade chalk paint.  I did not have to prime this pieces because the paint already contain primer. 

I painted the outside and top of this piece with the True Turquoise and I gave it two coats. The doors and the drawer I painted with the Caribbean and it took two coats as well. I also chose not to paint the inside or the hardware. The reason why I didn't paint the inside is simple, it's a lot of work to paint the inside perfect. I also figure the show stopper is going to be the outside and not the inside. 

Once the paint was dry I took my 250 grit sandpaper to distress this pieces. Once I was done with the distressing I went over it with a 1000 grit to make the piece smoother. This is something I prefer to do because I found the wax absorbs better. Lastly, I used clear wax over the entire piece. If you are not sure about wax go here to see my tutorial.  

Here is the finished product and it did not last long in the shop. I really love the contrast between the two colors and these colors are happy colors, don't you think?

Thank you so much for popping over today. I have been sick the last 6 weeks and just kept pressing on till last week on Friday when I woke up very dizzy, hot and sick to my stomach. I finally went to see my doctor and I have fluid it in my ears which cause the dizziness. However, Florida is having the worst season for people who have allergies and it happened to affect me. This is why I had fluid it in my ears. I am glad I know what is wrong and today I don't have so much congestion but I still feel a little foggy in the head, LOL doesn't sound good. I will have some more projects for you so you come back and I love to hear from you in the comments. Have a great day!




  1. You are doing such a great job with your business. Your pieces look great.

  2. I love the colors you used on this piece! And I'm so glad you're starting to feel better again! Hugs!

  3. Love that color combo! Looks so pretty! Life to the full! Melissa

  4. This is perfect! I just got a hand me down table I've been wanting to give a paint job. :)


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