We’ve said it time and time again, “painting furniture makes us happy”. Refinishing, up-cycling, and repurposing furniture is right up there with crafting, and DIY home decor, maybe even slightly above!! It is all creating, and creating is our passion. Our love for being creative is how we met, and ultimately how we ended up here with LizzyandErin.com!!
With all that being said, here is the first of many furniture posts you’ll see from me!! Some of them will be past pieces, as I’m sure I’ve painted somewhere around 500 or more, and some will be new and current projects. I picked up this less than attractive piece at the goodwill outlet for a whopping $20!! When I saw it, I KNEW it had so much potential!! My husband thought I was insane as he helped me load it into the truck and park it in my garage.
I was more than excited to get paint on it!! Something I love to do is “two toned” furniture. I pick areas of the furniture that I want to accent with a different color and I do just that. I painted the entire piece by hand, and for this project like most ALL of my projects, I used my own chalk paint mix. I chose a cream and soft gray blue for this guy!!
You can already see the transformation that took place, with just this one photo! With any piece of furniture I’ve painted I know within the first 5 minutes if I’m going to love it. Not just puppy love, but the real kind of love that only happens once in a life time. This piece, I knew with my first brush stroke. It gave me the goosies!!
With just 2 coats of paint, light distressing, and wax It was all done and ready to go to a new home!! I still regret getting rid of it and think about it often :(!!
We have a lot to cover with paint and brushes, and we plan to very soon! Until then here is a protip for y’all!
If you live in a large city like we did in Colorado Springs, I guarantee you there is a hazardous waste dump in the area. Colorado Springs had one where people disposed of their paint. At this particular one, they go through the paints and put them back out on a shelf. They make the paint available to the public. You fill out a form and are allowed 15 items per month FOR FREE, of whatever they have available. I got 99% of my paint there, and would use it to mix my own chalk paint! HUGE SCORE, so check in your area for something similar!