I have a new addiction and it is rehabbing furniture, whether new or old, into something that I love. So far I have a done a vanity (which needs redone because I didn’t know what I was doing) a bookcase, and then a bench. I am also currently working on a bathroom vanity which is a laminate, making it a whole different animal. I have an entire bedroom sitting in my garage calling my name as well, but I can only imagine how long it is going to take me, so I have been procrastinating.
While I love painting furniture, I hate sanding. Its messy and just not fun. Luckily there is a primer that completely eliminates sanding! Kilz Bullseye 1-2-3 is seriously one of my favorite products. Recently, a local hardware store had it on sale for 50% percent off and I drove round trip 45 minutes just to stock up!
So here is the furniture that I am going to give you the tutorial on. A black bench that I bought from Homegoods when we moved in to the house. While I love the bench with storage baskets, I realized I didn’t love the dark color and wanted to lighten it up.
|Sorry about the awkward picture. I had to dangle off the counter to get a good angle!
Here’s how to paint furniture without sanding!
Step 1 Clean the furniture that you want to paint thoroughly. I use a spray bottle filled with two parts water 1 part white vinegar. I spray it down, wipe it well, and then let it dry completely.
Step 2 Apply your paint. Put a very light coat on and make sure you smooth out any drips. I recommend using a good quality roller with a high foam density. Let dry for 1 hour.
|This is after 1 coat of primer. I see in the picture here that I missed the a lot of spaces under the drawers!
Step 3 Since my furniture was so dark, I needed another coat. If you have a lot of bleed through, I would recommend doing this as well. Apply one more coat of primer. Again, be careful to smooth out any drips. If you have corners that you cannot get into, use a small angle brush. Let cure over night.
Step 4 Apply your paint! I used Rusteoleum Heirloom White Spray paint for this. It is a beautiful slightly off-white that’s warm and creamy, not a stark bright white. I let dry to the touch and then applied another coat. When spray painting, use very light quick strokes. This is not the time to be heavy handed!
Step 5 Apply a top coat. I used Minwax Finishing Wax, but any polyurethane or poly acrylic would work!
And there you go! Easy and relatively quick! Other than dry time, this only took me about an 2 hours total.
Here is the (almost) finished product! I still plan to add new knobs and an upholstered cushion, but haven’t gotten the chance yet. I am absolutely in love with the new color and it looks so much lighter and brighter here!
Here is a before and after of the area where I keep the bench. For a tutorial on the wooden photo boards, go here!
|So much better as white!
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