With all my home improvements going on I have gotten more confident in undertaking DIY projects that 1) save me and the hubs money, and 2) add beauty to our home. The internet is a great tool for figuring out how to do things, and the great part about refinishing things is you can usually get the items you are refinishing dirt cheap, so there’s no worries if you make mistakes.
Here was my project this weekend (actually, I started it several weeks ago and this weekend took the time to finish it).
I chucked the hardware and then sanded down everything.
Then I took a spray primer and put a couple good coats on it. A couple tips for spray painting: don’t do it inside, even if in your basement. The fumes WILL permeate the rest of the house. Also, if doing it outside, be careful if there is a breeze because it will carry the paint away before it touches the table.
I really liked how the table looked with just the primer, but it still needed paint so I put a couple coats of white over it. Once everything was dried, I took my handy-dandy Mouse sander and went over the edges so that the bare wood would show through as though distressed. Now, you could paint a different colored base coat and then take a wax candle and rub it over the areas you want it to show through. After, put on your top coat and then sand it where the wax was. For me, I was lazy, impatient, and didn’t read how to do it that way until after. Here is my finished product:
I think it’s lovely, if I do say so myself. Now, to do it right you should coat it with a protective finish. Then enjoy your “new” piece of furniture!