Giving Painted Furniture a Makeover…the easy way!

My client, Robin, has a great eye! She found a chest with great bones but the finish didn’t quite fit her home. That happens a lot these days! People will buy painted furniture and bring it to me for a makeover. I can’t say it’s my favorite thing to do, since there is a lot of guesswork involved {What kind of paint was used? Was it cleaned properly? Sealed?}, but I can tell you I’ve mastered a few tricks to make the job easier! If the finish is in good condition, it’s easy to fake a dark wood tone and not have to remove the existing paint! Robin really wanted the chest to be like her buffet… White Buffet by A to Z Custom Creations White Buffet by A to Z Custom Creations …white with dark undertones peeking through. So, after a light scuffing and a thorough cleaning with T.S.P., I painted the corners and areas I planned on distressing with spray paint. You may remember me using this method after repairing the veneer on this piece. Two light coats of Rustoleum 2X Coverage, in the shade of your choice, will make for uniform distressing! White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations Once the spray paint is completely dry, I paint the rest of the piece as usual. For this chest, we went with Benjamin Moore’s Mascarpone, mixed with Websters Chalk Paint Powder. It took three light coats to cover but I used a roller for most of it and the dry time was quick. The distressing was minimal, just around the edges and to highlight imperfections. I used both a wet and dry technique for this piece, giving a naturally worn feel. When using sandpaper, you’ll need to distress with a light touch making sure you don’t sand beyond the spray paint. In the end, it will appear as though you painted right over dark wood! White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations   White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen this pic, but I to share it here too! The sweet face on this end table is quickly becoming an obsession of mine! I’m drawn in by the charming grin and can’t help smiling back! Well, this was the scene after getting the chest put back together this weekend. It’s like they were carrying on a conversation! Cracks. Me. Up. White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations He likes her style ;) White Chest by A to Z Custom Creations   I hope you can use my quick tips next time you makeover a painted piece! Show me if you do! I love to see {and share}! Smooches!

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Comments

  1. LOVE this so much! Looks just like you painted a mahogany piece without all the dreaded bleed through. Why haven’t I done this? You are a life saver!

  2. LOVE IT!
    You inspire me! Thank you. Wish you were closer to Myrtle Beach :)
    Keep on doing your thing!

  3. Those are both beautiful pieces! Do you happen to have pictures to share of the original buffet too? I’m curious what you used on the top. Thank you!!

  4. Angela, spray painting the corners is a wonderful tip! The results are beautiful, too. :-)

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