Monday, May 11, 2009

A Painting Primer

Today the Second Hand Chicks will be sharing the mystery of furniture painting! No previous experience necessary.

First, find a well-made, solid wood piece. I scored this beauty at the DI, our local thrift store in Salt Lake. The best part is that it was only $12.

Bumbee gets excited about painting!

Assemble your materials:

Apply a coat of primer. I like to use KILZ, a water base product for easy clean-up.

Let dry.

Apply 2-3 coats of paint. I use the "oops" paint from the Home Depot because it is only $5 a gallon.

Let dry over night.

Lightly sand corners and other areas that would wear naturally over time. Wipe off dust. I prefer baby wipes for this step.

Rub stain onto the piece. I prefer an oil-based product beacuse it's very forgiving. By the time you have worked the stain into the finish it is usually dry enough to varathane.

Finnish with 2-3 coats of varathane. I like a water-based product for this step. It dries quickly and is has no fumes.

Wow! That table looks great but what happened to her?

Even Bumbee needs a bath!

Have fun painting!

Love, Kelly

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