Monday, July 16, 2012

Me? Finishing Furniture??

Ok, I did it!! I refinished my first piece of furniture! And sorry, it's kinda long for a blog...

When I joined the blog world, I did it to talk about my gardens, tropicals, succulents, pets and chickens. As I got more into it, I discovered the world of doing over furniture and accessories with paint! (I know, it's been around for years, but I'm slow to jump on any bandwagon) Holy cow, I thought, they make it look easy and it turns out amazing!! I have so many pieces of furniture that are antique or just old that could benefit from this! But, up here in Ontario, it is so hard to find the kind of paint used on these projects...Milk Paint or Chalk Paint.

I did find a company that produces Milk Paint in Toronto and supplies a hardware store in Waterdown (about 40 minutes from us). And a hardware store in Waterford, a small town south of us, told me you can find Milk Paint in another small town north of us, St. George. (I live in an area with a lot of small towns!) I have discovered the only place in Ontario that sells Chalk Paint (and it's Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at $45.00 a quart!) is in Bath...which is about 4 1/2 hours from here! BUT, I did read a blog that gave a recipe for making your own!!! Sherry, at No Minimalist Here blogged on how to 'Make Your Own Chalk Paint for $4.oo'! Mind you, that is American dollars, not sure about the difference in price here in Ontario. However, the Plaster of Paris was $6.99 for 2 kg and I used less than 1/4 cup. I used paint I already had around and the MinWax paste finishing wax was $9.99, and I used so little. So I guess you could say it would be about the same in Canadian dollars. :)

Mom & Dad bought me a new bedroom suite when I turned 13. It consisted of a dresser, night stand, desk & chair. For some reason I still carried the dresser & night stand around with us whenever we moved (they always got used for something or other).So, I figured what a perfect piece to experiment with. The Night Stand! (If you saw my post on potting up a piece of furniture, you probably are wondering about my fixation on night stands. lol) It's small, doesn't matter if I mess it up, and if it works...then I have a beautiful new piece of furniture! A piece of furniture that is over 40 years old, very basic, nothing fancy. (Does that make it antique? Does that make me antique???)
 What a mess this table is! Been through a lot of kids...

Jet inspecting the table...and informs me I made a good choice to fix this piece!

Ok, no more boring talk, time to show you what I've done tried to do. And please Please!! Help me on where I went wrong...because I think I did something wrong somewhere. I think I should have put another coat of paint on? 
 Removing the hardware

See the word 'Hi' beside the knob? Those kids...looks like nail polish! :)

 I know, you don't need to sand when using chalk paint, but I just had to, it was a mess!!

The products I used...

 Plaster of Paris mixed with a little water then added to the paint.


First coat



After the second coat, but I think it needs another coat...looks too unfinished and even though you are suppose to see brush marks, it has way too many! Or at least another coat on the inside of the table.

 Distressed areas...

 Painted the knob...I like it!

 Decor added


So, be honest, please!! What do you think? I suppose it turned out pretty good for my first time trying. Will definitely be doing this again! 
(This was the end of my post...but left it in drafts for over a week!! Just didn't like it...hopefully the edited edition following will be better. But let me know how to improve!! Please?!!)

Ok, I just wasn't happy with the end result, so went back & put another coat on. Of course, that meant I had to distress it again, but I do think it turned out a bit better. (a very little bit...better...maybe?) 





 Still see too much in the way of brush marks. Or is it suppose to look like this? My husband thinks I should use a roller and do another coat...I think it will take away from what I'm trying to do.


So, help me here. I'm a newbie and need all the help I can get! :)


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16 comments:

  1. I haven't renovated/restored any piece of furniture before, so I can't give you any opinions there, but from what you've done here Deb, the night stand looks amazing! You've done a fantastic job! I love the added distress look and the extra coats look nice, and it looks beautiful, especially in use; you should be very proud. To be completely honest, and with respect, I personally like the vintage look, and loved the look of it after it was sanded, but that's my thoughts and taste. Thanks for sharing and inspiring Deb!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Your comment means a lot to me.
      Debbie :)

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  2. I think you did a wonderful job. I have never re-finished anything, so I am no help. I have been wanting to use chalk paint for quite some time now. I think I am inspired to try. Thanks for sharing your experience and for stopping by. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks Linda! You really should try it, it's far easier than I expected. (for my first time, I took too long, but still learning.)
      Debbie :)

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  3. This came out really nice... Thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my Vegetable/Fruit Bin...I use the same stuff to make my chalk paint on this project :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I noticed that, and I love how it turned out. Wouldn't have thought of using it on metal like you did, but it's perfect.
      Debbie :)

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  4. Hi Debbie, I have never refinished anything so no help. From what I can see it looks really nice and I like it. You are brave to tackle it! Good job! Nancy

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  5. I think it looks terrific. To get rid of the brush marks hand sand lightly with 220 sandpaper. Then tack it off and apply another coat of wax.

    Dee

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    1. Thank you Dee! I'll have to remember this tip and try it next time. :)

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  6. Your night stand looks wonderful! (I love white furniture!) I agree with Dee about sanding to remove the brush marks. I've never used Valspar paint but some brands I use to make homemade chalk paint cover better and go on more smoothly than others. Glidden flat paint is fairly middle of the road, inexpensive, and always covers for me with two coats, while a free sample of Ace Hardware's new top of the line paint needed so many coats I threw it away. Go figure! I also use Purdy paint brushes for a smoother finish. They're expensive but will last forever with proper care. For my actual kitchen chalkboard I used a foam brush, and it came out smooth as a baby's bottom. I think an imperfect finish is part of the charm of chalk painted furniture, though. (You just can't always see that in blog photos.) Your distressing is perfect, and your table turned out darling. I love the little knob. Now you've been bitten by the chalk paint bug! Isn't it fun?

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    1. Thanks Laurel! I appreciate the info on different paints and brushes, not sure what other paint brands we have lying around, but I'll experiment and see how they all react.
      And yes, it is fun!! And I have so many pieces of furniture I keep looking at thinking I will be tackling them sometime in the future!
      Debbie :)

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  7. I think you did a fantastic job and I really like how you distressed it. I know that many people are crazy over chalk paint but I have been underwhelmed. I did buy the Annie Sloan paint and with shipping is was almost $50. For that much money I think the paint should paint itself. But experimenting with different paints and finishs is all part of the fun.
    Traci

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    1. Thank you Traci! One of the reasons I went with a recipe I saw at another blog is the cost (the other, availability). I agree with the experimenting...and next one I want to try is Milk Paint.
      Debbie :)

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  8. Hi Deb,First off thanks so much for joining my blog. After reading your info I see we have alot in common. I have made my own chalk paint as well, I love Anne Sloan but it does get expensive and is not sold close by to me either.
    When I made my chalk paint the first time, it was showed all the brush marks too, so next time I mixed the grout with a little water first and bought an old hand mixer from the thrift store and got it nice and smooth then added the paint.It made a big difference in the texture. Make sure you use a good quality paint brush sometimes that helps as well. I think the nightstand turned out great, love the bird cage, I just did one too and never thought about putting it outside, going to give that one a try.
    I look forward to following your blog and sharing ideas.
    hugs
    Tobey

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  9. Thanks Tobey! Emailed you before, but like to leave a comment here too. :)

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