Remodeling furniture is something that is so much fun for me but I’ve never blogged about it before and I don’t know why. I’ve done several over pieces the years including my office desk, our entertainment center, and our end tables. Taking something that has clearly seen better days and turning it into functional furniture with a new life is quite satisfying, I must say. Over the years we have spent countless dollars on furniture that was made out of particle board that cost waaaaay more then it was worth considering it never seemed to make it past our next move. I’m in my 30’s now and my motto has become “spend the money to make it last”. Case in point, we have gone through 9 sofas in our 15 years together. That’s just stupid. My dad has had the same sofa for over 20 years and it’s still in good condition (albeit outdated a bit). Why you ask? Because he spent the money to make an investment for something that will last. So now when I see solid wood furniture that has a good base but just needs a little love and for the right price I pick them up and make them new again!
Once your primer is applied and the surface is sanded, it’s time to paint that bad boy! I chose to use it Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover Paint+Primer in the color Oregano. Now the same rules apply from the primer so be aware of the wind. Spray your surface evenly and do your best to avoid “drippage”. Hopefully, you won’t need to apply a second coat but if you do, sand with the 320 grit sandpaper again and use the tack cloth to remove debris. Actually, either way you’ll need to sand again because it needs to be done before the poly can be applied.
This we will be doing with a paint brush. I really haven’t had much luck in the past with the spray can version, so this part will get a little tedious. A thought on poly: Some people don't poly their projects when they finish them which I've never understood. I mean, why would you not want to give the project you worked hard for, a nice protective layer? It just makes the most sense, so make sure you get a good polycrylic finish like Minwax. They have several finishes so choose the one that suits you most. Lightly coat all areas including the slats with the poly. One coat should do just fine for a project like this. If you feel it needs it, give it another once over with the 320 grit and tack cloth. All there is left to do is place it and pretty it up!
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I'm Bri! Lover of food, wine, and photography that is currently traveling with my professional bass fishing husband along with our cantankerous rottie, Kigen. When not traveling you can find me living the lake life off the shores of Lake Mille Lacs in Isle, MN. Pour a drink, pull up a chair and join me as I journey across the country documenting it all along the way!