Refinishing furniture is magic. I wish I had learned about this sooner, but thanks to many Pinterest tutorials and my fabulous friend Yadira, I realized that this was something that even a full-time teacher could get done in her spare time. I got started on this refinishing furniture kick over a year ago; as a result, I have found a new love for thrift stores and Habitat's Restore. This will be a longer post since I will include what I have refinished to date, and I just started this blog. I will list the paint colors at the end. My next post will be a step-by-step amateur's guide to refinishing furniture.
The first piece I refinished was our console table, which I actually purchased new a few years ago from JcPenney's Home Store, but the french country finish just didn't gel with our modern living room. Here's the before and after:
The second piece I refinished was another new piece but only because I could not find what I was looking for at any thrift store. This dresser was from Home Goods and is now in our master bedroom:
I then decided to try my hand at refinishing laminate nightstands (another Home Goods find)--I also drilled holes in the back behind those doors, so we can charge our devices at night:
This chandelier was found at Habitat for Humanity's Restore, and the mirror was a Home Goods find:
Here are a couple of pieces I upcycled for our master bath. For the jewelry holder, I found a cabinet door at Restore (about $3), and the knobs are from World Market. For the curtain holder, I purchased a $.25 (yes, 25-cent!) piece of wood from Restore and some small white hooks from Lowes:
For our guest bath, I refinished a thrift store frame and shelf. I also painted that towel basket from TJ Maxx that was originally a brushed metal :
When we found out that we would be expecting a little one in October, we began to slowly transform our office into the nursery. One piece we decided to keep from the office was the bookshelf, but it was all black and too dark for what I had planned, so to lighten it up I painted the back gray (paint left over from console table I refinished last year).
This nightstand for the nursery was a $12 thrift store find. It is solid wood and was covered in dust (hello, respirator mask and mineral spirits). This Krylon Coral Isle paint color is not locally available, so I had to order it online, but it was so worth it.
My most recent and favorite piece to date is our baby girl's dresser/changing table. I told all of my close friends and family members what I was looking for, and my aunt sent me the picture below of this hideous yellow dresser with oh so much potential. My mother-in-law helped me pick it up and for $53 and a few days of labor, this dresser became exactly what I envisioned for lil miss.
I love the sides too:
The knobs from Prettyware actually cost more than the dresser, but they are hand-painted with filigree backs and add so much charm.
1. Kilz Original Interior Oil-Based spray (for laminate, brass chandelier, small pieces) and non-spray versions (for larger pieces).
2.Glidden Gripper in grey for the green dresser
Paint Colors Used:
1. Console table and back of bookshelf: Valspar latex paint in Storm Gray (Lowes)
2. Master Bedroom Dresser: Valspar latex paint in Army (Lowes)
3. Master Bedroom Laminate Nightstands: Valspar spray paint Golden Maize (Lowes)
4. Master Bedroom Chandelier and Mirror: Valspar spray paint New Avocado (Lowes)
5. Bathroom jewelry holder, curtain rod, frame, and shelf: Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint (Amazon and Ace Hardware)
6. Nursery Nighstand: Krylon Coral Isle spray paint
7. Nursery Dresser: Rustoleum Stone Gray spray paint and Krylon Dove White spray paint (Ace Hardware)
1. Varathane WATER-BASED Interior Polyurethane sealer. The oil-based has a yellow tint that changed the colors of my white spray paint and dries much slower, so unless the piece is going outside, I would recommend sticking to the water-based sealer. I have tried others, but Varathane water-based hasn't been sticky or left a tint like some others I have used. (Home Depot)
Click this link for a step-by-step amateur's guide to refinishing furniture.
I hope you are having a wonderful project-filled summer. I'd love to see links to some of your refinished masterpieces!