Monday, April 25, 2011

Paint Furniture Fast [Rated PE for Pretty Easy]

Do you have furniture in your house that just needs a little… something? My foyer table was seriously lacking in the "wow" department so I decided to do something about it- which means... [you know what’s coming here] time to PAINT!








This is the perfect painting project for the following people:
Any newbie diy-er who isn’t sure about this whole “painting thing.”
Anyone who has attempted to paint furniture before and, [gulp] vowed to never paint agian.
Any diy-er who just wants to get a project done fast [that’s me].

First, you will need to get some spray paint [yes, I said it, s-p-r-a-y paint… it’s not just for expressing your love to Billy Bob on the side of an interstate overpass anymore…]. Are you still with me? Good, lets move on.

Here's what you need:
Sand paper
Spray paint primer
Spray paint
-I used ivory bisque [I know, I’m taking design to the next level with that bold choice]
-I used 3 cans for this project
!!Important!! Get more paint than you think you’ll need because nothing de-rails a diy-er like running out of paint in the middle of a project…not that it happened to me [it totally happened to me].

Here’s what you do [this is the rated E part]:
Lightly sand the furniture- sand in the same direction as the wood grain
*Apply primer coat
*Apply multiple base coats- please remember- you want several light coats- don’t over spray or you’ll get drips, runs [and general heart-ache]
It took me three light coats to get everything even & wonderful on this piece.

*For the best results, read the directions on can & then actually follow them [On a related note, did you know that when making a Betty Crocker cake if you take the time to actually beat the batter on low speed for 30 sec. then medium speed for the full 2 minutes, as directed, the cake will actually be moister & more delicious?? True story].

Now, if you don’t want or need to embellish your item, then you’re done… it’s that easy! Spray paint dries really quickly which means that you can do an entire project in only a few hours. Also, upon completion you get a good, strong finish- which means that it doesn’t [usually] chip or scratch as easily as regular paint sometimes does. However, I will caution that if you are doing a large, totally flat surface [table tops, the side of a large dresser, etc.] it is difficult to get a really nice, even finish with spray paint [that's my professional way of saying "don't use it"].

Alright, so if you get done painting and then step back, take a look at your furniture... and still just want… more [like me], then here is the second half of the directions [this half is what put the P in Pretty Easy!] .







What you need:
Water-based paint of your choice for stencil design(I used a titanium leafing paint)
Latex paint (in a similar color to your spray paint base color)
Tintable Glaze
**Stencil
Paint brush
plain white paper





What you do:





Stencil or paint your design on the drawers [it doesn't have to be perfect, the glaze will hide little flaws].





Mix your base color with the tintable glaze (2 parts glaze to 1 part paint).





Once your design is dry, then brush on the paint/glaze mixture completely over drawer fronts.





Wad-up your paper into a ball and pounce strait up and down (don’t swirl or wipe). This will remove the paint and reveal your [hopefully] beautiful stencil job underneath. When your paper gets too much paint on it, then get a new, fresh piece because your goal is to remove the glaze mixture with the paper. Keep pouncing until you see the texture that you want.





And that's it! See, [pretty] easy :)











*Here's how the entry table looks now with it's Thrift[tastic] Makeover!


**Out of full disclosure I’ll tell you that I free-handed the zebra stripes [too cheap to buy the stencil]; however, if you aren’t comfortable doing that, then it's worth the $$ to get a stencil.









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    66 comments:

    1. This is so cool!!! I love the zebra, it looks so classy! I don't know when zebra print has ever looked this classy lol :)

      I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/05/your-whims-wednesday-5-and-features.html

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    2. That's look awesome & love the zebra...hmmm, now where can i do that in my house? Good job...Karen

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    3. I love this! I definitely want to try painting zebra lines on something! Thanks for sharing and hope you will join my party on Friday and share this.

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    4. LOVE the zebra print! Very stylish and sophisticated! I am highlighting this today at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured' button.

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    5. you're amazing, I love this!!!

      <3,
      your newest follower!

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    6. Found your zebra project on The Shabby Chic Cottage..really cute! New follower..look forward to more projects!

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    7. Love it! It came out so great! I am visiting from The Girl Creative and I am your newest follower!
      Have a great day!
      Michelle
      www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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    8. You've been featured at my party this week; Hookin Up with HoH #48

      Congratulations! You are awesome. Stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

      Allison @ House of Hepworths

      PS I saw your blog last week and you are one of my new favorites. I love your style. xoxo

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    9. Your blog rocks. This "PE" project would look stellar in my new fronch room...


      If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

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    10. Holy smokes. I looooooooooooooove love love this. So my style. Classy but slightly funky. Fantastic.

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    11. Thank you Lizzy, glad you like it!! I think of it as "sophisticated funk!"
      Connie @ Salvage Savvy

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    12. Really good job! Come see my cat print!

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    13. Looks amazing!

      Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
      http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/06/calling-all-crafters.html

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    14. Great makeover! I can't believe that's the same table! And the zebra stripes are awesome!

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    15. Hello Anthropologie!

      I am in love with the eclectic vibe this piece has.....

      Thanks for linking to "Meet Me On Monday"...

      Take care,
      Lisa

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    16. Hello! Found you on CSI. Love this makeover! You did a fantastic job turning a boring piece of furniture into a modern piece of art!

      P.S. I have that same starburst mirror :-)

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    17. that is awesome!!!! love the zebra print and the subdued colors- it's just perfect!

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    18. You did a really nice job on the piece. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    19. Beautiful update to a so-so piece of furniture. Posting a pic to Pinterest so I can remind myself of your technique for the drawers when I'm ready to do something similar. Nice job!

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    20. Great job on the makeover!
      Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
      I hope to see you again tomorrow! ;)
      xoxo,
      Vanessa

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    21. Does anyone know what it means to "pounce" straight up and down? Help! I'd love if there was a Youtube video to accompany the projects,for those of us EXTRA craftily challenged :p

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    22. Hi Stacy- I'm glad you asked ;) Here's how to pounce- wad-up your paper like you are going to throw it away (but don't!), then just press straight down onto the paint(don't swirl)and then lift it right up. Keep going straight down and up- you'll see a pattern right away. When your paper gets covered in paint you won't see any texture anymore- so that's when you want to get a new piece of paper and start agian. Hope that helps, please don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions!
      Connie

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    23. WOW! That looks amazing! Great job, the tutorial makes it sound super doable!

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    24. Connie-

      I am so deeply in love with this I just had to comment again...

      Going to steal a version of this for my own redone wine cabinet...& I have to feature you next week!

      Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday...

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    25. Love the zebra print in the paler colors-so cool and very inspiring!

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    26. That looks amazing!! It will make such a statement in your home! I would love to have you hop over to my blog to look at some of my latest projects, and I would be honored if you followed me and liked my page on Facebook! I'm your newest follower! ;) Gotta share the blog love, right? Hope to "see" you soon!

      www.thetallchickblog.com

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    27. Wow! What an awesome idea. You did a great job.

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    28. Wow! You've got so much creativity and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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    29. wow...awesome:)
      ps
      Designer Blogs is doing a giveaway for a free button, if your interested come check it out!

      http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/2011/07/button-botton-who-wants-designer-blog.html

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    30. What a great project! I love the muted colors in the zebra stripes - it looks so classy!

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    31. Oh my gosh, this is fantastic! I absolutely LOVE it. And I'm looking at some of your other projects on your sidebar--you've given me some reading to do! I love your style--new follower!

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    32. That is stunning - LOVE it!

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    33. That is fabulous. It looks like a piece that most folks would pay big bucks for, so I say it's awesome. Love the colors you used.

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    34. Gorgeous! I've never heard of titanium leafing paint but I love it!

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    35. Visiting via the handmade home linky party...that is a fabulous piece and I love that you did the markings without stencil-great coloration!

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    36. This table looks absolutely fabulous! I want to thank you for sharing it on "Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop".

      From this week's party co-host:

      Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor
      thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

      P.S. I'm your newest follower!!! I love your blog!

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    37. Adorable! This looks so good! I've been wanting to zebra something myself, I just don't have any furniture to paint right now.

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    38. OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH. I must say, that is ahmaaazing. You've totally inspired me to start doing more and more things like that! I especially love your commentary! You're a doll.

      Much Love,
      Trissta
      www.livingonthechic.com

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    39. Amazing! I am so impressed by the transformation! You did a fantastic job!

      By the way, I am hosting my very FIRST link party and I would love to have you link this to it--
      http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-1.html

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    40. This is such a labor of love! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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    41. I LOVE it! I also love that awesome sunburst mirror? on the table! It looks great!

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    42. sooo cool!! I love the whole arrangement!! great job!

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    43. What a great project! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
      http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/zebra-table/

      If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
      http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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    44. Stunning, elegant, gorgeous! Beautiful job, love your color choices. Now I need to find a piece for my own makeover, thank you for sharing this.

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    45. This is fabulous!!! =) Great job on freehanding the zebra stripes!

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    46. I saw this on craft gossip and had to swing by your blog! I love what you did to this piece of furniture! Great job.

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    47. Hi! I'm visiting from A Room With a View. Your table is gorgeous and I really like how you styled it. I just purchased a pair of those sunburst mirrors from Hobby Lobby and love them! I hold a linky party every Thursday and would love to have you join in.

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    48. What a pretty piece. I love what you did to it. AND I think your writing is awesome! It's not easy to make a tutorial informative & fun to read. Thanks so much for sharing this at my Fab Friday linky party. Please do come back again next week.

      Warmly, Michelle

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    49. Wow, it's gorgeous! I absolutely adore your table. It's very beautiful and stunning. Anyway thanks for your tutorial.

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    50. wow! fantastic! I would love it if you liked this up to my weekly blog party From Trash to Treasure.

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    51. This turned out great, the design is lovely :) Thanks so much for dropping by and joining the party.

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    52. I love this!! I do hope you'll come by and link up at my party, Stitch n' Niche Saturdays. Here's the link in case you want to join in. http://www.coffeeandtheirkisses.com/2011/10/stitch-n-niche-saturdays-4.html

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    53. Wow! That is an amazing transformation! I'm your newest follower from the creative blog hop! I'd love you to stop by my new blog & follow along too!
      loveofhomes.blogspot.com

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    54. loved it!! did you do the zebra design with a pencil first?? and then the paint above the pencil mark? what is the purpose of applying the base-latex and glaze at the top of everything? thank you!!

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    55. Gorgeous, love anything zebra!

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    56. This looks great! I like the subtle variation by using a more muted color for the stripes. I just finished painting a tray myself with zebra stripes!

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    57. Beautiful! Love the sunburst mirror!

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    58. Your table turned out gorgeous, I like how you just painted the zebra on the drawers - very classy. I have this linked to my animal prints DIY post too today, for inspiration!

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    59. AH-Mazing! I saw this on Inspire Me Heather. I love it!! I really love that you kept your zebra stripes subtle- they have so much impact that way!! What a super stylish, super chic table! (and awesome blog! So glad I found you!!)

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    60. Recently found your blog and LOVE your projects. This little foyer table looks great with it's new stencil. Really like the cream and grey titanium together. Fabulous!

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