Monday, October 30, 2017

Painting Laminate Furniture Easily

I get questions from my clients frequently asking me if I can paint their laminate furniture.  Yes I can!  And you can too! Let me show you how easy it is to do.

Laminate furniture is incredibly budget friendly and available readily at big box stores and always for sale in groups and local selling sites.   It's just not always appealing to the eye.  With a few easy steps you can completely customize it to your decor.

This desk started as a dark brown laminate hollow core piece.  A friend of mine wanted it painted and customized to use as a table for her shop in trade shows and markets - these are the perfect pieces because they are lightweight and easy to move around.

1. Clean! I use a TSP solution (I mix the powder with warm water) to give it a good scrub. Make sure to give the piece a wipe down with clean water to remove any residue left from the TSP.
2. Sand! We need to give the piece a little tooth for the paint to adhere to, so I gave it a good scuff with 150 grit sandpaper. I really like these - they last longer and are easy to use.
3. Clean again! Give the piece a good vacuum or wipe down with a damp rag to get rid of the dust from sanding.

Because we created a bondable surface for the paint with our prep steps, there is no need to prime first.  You can start painting now!
My go-to for anything needing high durability is the All-in-One formula from Country Chic Paint.  Hands down, this is my absolute favourite paint. This formula adheres like no other and is very durable - a must have on your paint shelf! I gave the entire desk two coats of Vanilla Frosting.

When the paint was fully dry, I taped off the stripes with blue painter's tape and painted them with a coat of Hula Hoop - a lovely warm grey from Country Chic's limited edition line earlier this year.

When the stripes were dry,  I gave the whole desk a light sanding.  I used Liquorice from Country Chic Paint to paint on the logo for her shop.

The All-in-One formula does have a topcoat built in, which is very durable. However, a piece like this that is going to be very highly used can benefit from added protection. I added two coats of Tough Coat.

There you have it! Laminate furniture can be painted, easily! If you have pieces like this in your home that you're tired of and need a new look, why not paint them?

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Navy Classroom Bookshelf

This year my hubby and I chose to homeschool our kids and have a year of learning, play, and adventure.  I have to admit, however, that creating a classroom had me fairly excited!  We have a room in our home just off our kitchen that was once upon a time the kid's playroom, which turned into a furniture storage room (before I got that disaster under control and moved out of the house!), and then a family office.  The functionality of the space as our family office never really worked, so I was definitely ready to rework the space and get it set up as a classroom.

Confession: my family thought my notion of a classroom was humorous.  I always wanted to be a teacher, and used to set up a classroom and play as a kid.  I still have a penchant for school supplies and most things teacher related, and spent several years as a Teacher's Assistant and a translator for children with hearing impairments.

Anyway....back to the furniture....

I needed a bookshelf for my classroom to house all the papers and books for school.  I started looking around my stash and remembered this piece....the ultimate trash to treasure piece!  Many months ago my hubby and I were driving home in town and I saw this piece on someone's front lawn.  Just sitting there, no sign, no nothing.  Even in the whiz of driving by, I knew I needed it! I made my hubby turn around so I could get a better look at it! We sat there for several minutes - me telling him how much I needed it. It is a huge piece and we were in my car - not going to happen! But I really do have the sweetest hubby - he went back with his truck, knocked on the lady's door to see what the situation with it was, and scooped up this piece for free! Isn't he the best?!

It was rickety and not in great shape - which is not uncommon for furniture that I find!  It has boatloads of dings and dents - aka, character -  but had such potential. With a little TLC and a good clean, I got to work.  I removed the plank shelves inside and sanded and stained them.  I painted the rest of the piece in Peacoat - the perfect navy from Country Chic Paint.

I distressed the piece just around the edges using my favourite flexible sandpaper  and then gave the whole piece a coat of hemp oil.  This piece had no previous finish on it so hemp oil was the perfect topcoat to start with. Hemp oil will absorb right into the wood and protect it from the inside out. I like to pour a usable amount into a small plastic cup and use a foam brush (these are the absolute best and last forever!) to apply the oil.  When it was dry, I followed up with a coat of wax.

I added some pretty knobs and now this shelf holds a ton of books and stores all those office things that we all need but aren't so pretty! I aboslutely love this colour. It looks perfect on this not so perfect piece!

I am working on giving you a tour of the rest of the classroom - we did some more DIYs with Country Chic Paint around the room that I can't wait to show you!

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