September is a good time to start something new. After a hot summer the fall brings cooler temps and in many crafters, a higher energy to create. It’s a nice time to take a look around your home and decide on a few projects to freshen things up.
A big trend in daily life these days is green living. This is something that can be practiced in your crafting as well. Giving new life to something old not only makes you feel good about helping the environment and keeping trash out of the landfills it also rewards you with a unique piece that is exactly your style.
Adding a few coats to paint to cast off pieces of furniture can give you a fun new piece with out the hefty price tag. Look for furniture at thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets. You may even find a piece around your home that would look like a brand new piece if painted in a bold new color.
Here are some tips for making old furniture new again with paint:
1 – Look for quality pieces. Paint sticks the best to real wood. Pieces made from veneers and particle board can look sloppy. If you fall in love with a fabricated piece try giving it a make over using spray paint which should lay evenly and dry quickly.
2 – Set a price limit for yourself. If you know you can spare $5 for a new piece, stick to it! Part of thrill is in the hunt. But don’t turn down something you can’t live without unless it’s really out of your budget. You don’t want to spend the rest of the week (or month) with regrets.
3 – Ask friends and family to let you know if they are getting rid of any old furniture. Have a list ready of the types of pieces you are looking for.
4 – Check with local home improvement stores, like Home Depot, to see if they have an “oops” paint bin. This is where the paint that wasn’t mixed properly (and thus coming out the wrong color) will be sold at a discount. If you’re working on a small piece like a night stand or side table you may be able to get away with just a gallon. Plus you never know what fun colors you may find!
5 – If you like a “shabby” look you may be able to get away with slapping a coat right over the existing paint. But if you want a more refined look consider sanding and priming before you paint. Try visiting Faux Painting Techniques for tips and tricks on fabulous finishes.
6 – Have fun! This is about letting your creativity run free. Remember to take before and after shots so you can happily admire your work and share it with others.
See the slide show below for some fabulous painted pieces from:
Lipstick & Laundry
The Far Fifty
Thank you to Sarah, Jen and Cathy for sharing their fabulous make over projects. Please visit their blogs for more inspiring projects!
To see the post about the Pie Safe click here.
To see the post about the Green Cabinet click here.
To see the post about the Small White Cabinet click here.
To see the post about the White Dresser click here.
To see the post about the Faux Finish Fireplace click here.