How to Paint Furniture, and an easy makeover
Fri 13th, Sep, 2013
Helloooooo, a quick Beach Cottage makeover today and talking how to paint furniture, it’s one of the things I get asked about a lot…how to paint old vintage things for a fresh coastal look…thing is it’s simple, easy and best of all you can work it into any style and it definitely doesn’t have to be white, or coastal shabby chic for that matter either.
So, when I was thinking about painting the tallboy chest of drawers at the weekend, I went to look at what paint was in the garage…no shortage of paint out there that is for sure, lots of different shades of white, you name it I’ve got it, old white, creamy white, vintage white, linen white, winter white, white with a hint of blue, and talking blues, yup, those are out there too and greys, seems to be rather a lot of greys out there…thinking I might have to get a magic wardrobe for the paint collection too ;-)
What I did have a lot of was what I call Frenchie grey, I don’t buy a particular brand but when I see one of those little cards and it feels like the grey I want I buy it. I also always go to the paint section where they sell off those little pots of paint that people have had mixed up and then leave in the paint store or bring back unwanted…this is a little treasure trove of the DIY store, it’s like treasure hunting hardware style, I have bought lots and lots and lots of these – if you like to play with paint I highly recommend these, you do have to be prepared for a shock when you open the tin though…that colour that you thought was a light primrose yellow may actually turn out to be more bright lemon.
So this little stool was rescued, saved from landfill, a bit too modern for me, with a yellow varnish to the top (let’s not talk about yellow tinged wood right now, may not be a good idea for a woman who has a very large bright yellow deck on her hands), and shiny-ish white legs a bit like the owner save the shine.
I decided to try out a grey but also wanted some white so I painted the bottom of this stool with a grey – I used one of these little pots that someone had made a mistake with at the paint store which I picked up for a few bucks….
and I like it, I chucked it on and then scuffed over it with a dry paint brush to get nice marks, I think I might distress the bottom too.
If you want to know how to paint furniture I wrote a super easy How To Paint Furniture tutorial over here, or click the picture for my step-by-step vintage furniture painting tutorial
The top I went vintage old white, meaning a creamy white rather than the cooler white I normally go for in this old cottage….
Result? Not bad for 5 minutes work, not bad for a free stool and not bad for a cast-off pot of paint.
What do you think?
Over and out girlfriends
Did you miss this week’s Beach Cottage Newsletter? a special little Fashion postie went out to newsletter subscribers, I found a dress that works in all the right places in a shop you wouldn’t think would have a dress that did so many good things…love that…