Most everyone has painted furniture with chalk paint or milk paint. Those paints are great, but Latex paint is by far my favorite!
I mentioned in my last post that I had recently painted my hutch a midnight blue and would be sharing soon and here she is! This post will take you from start to finish and show you a few of my fav paint supplies. Here’s how the hutch went from a boring old country white to a bold modern farmhouse Navy blue!
Don’t sell it paint it!
When I found this hutch on Craigslist it was already the farmhouse white but some “little love” had sprayed red spray paint all over one side. The good news is that red paint helped me get a great deal. The better news is I was able to sand it off without taking off the white paint to so it went straight in the house without any other work being done!
Fast forward two years later…. it was time to give her a facelift. Usually I use a paint sprayer for all my projects, it’s really the easiest way to paint anything. If you don’t have one don’t worry. You can cheat a little and still get the job done!
Out with the old……
Like the lady I bought the hutch from, most people get tired of something and sell it. I began to think this Country style hutch wasn’t working with the new look I was wanting. It was distressed and really “Farmy” while everything else was crisp white and a bit more modern. I decided to go with a deep blue for a big statement and if I get tired of the blue down the road I’ll just paint over it!
Since I couldn’t drag this beast to the garage myself I decided to just paint it where it sat. I didn’t want to use chalk paint because I really wanted the piece to hold up over time and I did’t want a chippy or aged look to it either. Latex paint is great for a any furniture and isn’t as hard to use as some people think. It’s just like painting a wall……with curves. 😉 Since I have a lot of leftover paint sitting around I mixed a few to get this dark navy. Behr has a large selection of pretty blues and the Midnight Show is a close match to my mix.
Get ready to paint
The photo above shows you my all time favorite little angled brush and those foam rollers are a MUST for a smooth finish! The most important thing is to not get cheap with your latex paint! I almost always use Behr or Valspar the coverage is better in my opinion. You will also need 100 and 200 grit sandpapers and a tack cloth.
Since the hutch was previously painted and had no damage I just roughed up the finish with a 100 grit sandpaper. After sanding be sure to use a tack cloth to remove all dust before painting.
The first thing I do is take my paint brush and cut into all the edges and corners on the piece of furniture. I do this first because if you do this after rolling the piece you would see the paint lines.
When you are done let it dry and repeat with a second coat. When the second coat is dry lightly sand the painted areas and wipe with your tack cloth. As you can see I didn’t even empty the hutch out to paint. I wasn’t going to paint the inside annnnnnnnnd I’m lazy so there’s that!
If you are an over achiever, UNLIKE me, you can take the time to remove the glass from the doors before painting. If you are a person who works smarter and not harder, LIKE me, you can use this little paint cheat to leave the glass in place! Get a piece of cardboard, an old greeting card or anything thin that paint won’t soak through and wedge it between the glass and the door. This way you can paint right up to the glass and not have to worry about scraping paint later!
It will get ugly before it gets better
This is usually the part when you stand back and think WTF was I thinking? This looks terrible! And you’re right, it does! Don’t lose faith though, it will get better. It’s just in its’ ugly teen stage of the project.
This is when we start to roll! Like with the roller….. pour some paint into the tray and LIGHTLY load the roller with paint. Remember this isn’t a wall. It’s a small surface and won’t need much paint to cover it. When you roll DO NOT push hard and DO NOT over roll. Doing either of these can cause you to have lines when the paint dries. Roll the paint out, roll back over it once and move on. If you notice a line while the paint is wet, take the roller and lightly roll over it to remove the line. It’s better to take care of it now then sand it away when its dry. Remember, you won’t cover everything with the first coat so wait for the paint to dry and repeat. If needed do a third coat or touch up any areas that look uneven.
In with the new!
At this point you are done painting! Thank goodness, right?! This is where I do the hand test. Wipe the palm of your hand across your dry paint. If you feel any little bumps or see lines take the 220 grit sand paper and sand VERY lightly. You will have to touch up any of these spots so don’t get crazy. Just sand the big “oops” areas you find. At this point you can choose to seal the piece with a clear coat. There are several brands and applications you can use. I always use a foam brush to apply and wait the fully recommended time before adding another coat. I may have to do another post on that process too now that I think about it……
It’s funny because now that the hutch is blue the wood backing really stands out! I’m glad I gave the piece a new color and a new life! I hope this post helps you feel a bit more comfortable painting with Latex paint and keeps you from selling things just because they aren’t your style anymore.
If you have any other questions about the paint process you can leave them in the comments for me. I would be more than happy to help!
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