Have you ever just simply been in the RIGHT place at the RIGHT time!?! My friend Jo, was lucky enough to do just that! It was a pretty funny phone call because she knew she wanted it, she knew she couldn’t walk away without it…but she was not sure what to do with it once she got it home!
This bad boy was only $8.00! Are you starting to believe me when I say that DECORATING can be INEXPENSIVE!?!?! I hope so, because this piece of furniture is a prime example of just that!
A few of you have contacted me with questions about paint chipping off of furniture. Jo’s furniture project had the same problem. My first concern with chipping paint is if it is lead based paint or not. Honestly, I’m not sure how to find out, but if your furniture is fairly old, you have a pretty darn good chance that it is lead based. So…you either need to:
1. Get it off with elbow grease (meaning…sand, sand, sand) or
2. Use a chemical stripper to get it off…or
3. Conceal it by using several coats of polycrylic or polyurethane.
Jo’s project started out like this. The paint was basically FALLING off of certain parts of the cabinet. (Don’t you agree…it has HUGE potential!)
It was pretty easy for the possy (Jo and her fabulous neighbors) to get off the paint in some spots. But, the fine detailed doors posed a much harder problem.
That’s when Jo decided to turn to a furniture stripper to help her get off the un-wanted/possible lead based paint.
Warning: If you use a product such as this, MAKE SURE you use gloves and a mask. The chemicals in this stuff will burn the heck out of your hands and lungs.
As you can see in the below picture…I did not follow my own advice…I was not using gloves. Do NOT try this at home.
But, as you can see, if you follow the directions of the stripper product, the paint wipes right off with spackle knife.
We also used steel wool in certain spots and a tooth brush to try and get as much paint off as possible in the detailed areas. As you can see, we did not get ALL the paint off. This is ok. We were just trying to get enough off to have a smooth pallet for her new coats of primer and paint to go on.
She was documented the entire process. The pictures are numbered going down and then left to right.
The primed the bad boy with KILZ primer, and used Krylon Ocean Breeze to spray it the cool blue color I love so dearly!
It looks stinkin’ awesome!
I hope everyone is having a fabulous time getting ready for Christmas this week! If you are like me, you are staying up until 1am in the morning because you procrastinated BADLY. I hope for your sake, that is not the case. Unfortunately, procrastination has always been my middle name. (My WORST quality in my opinion). All of you “got it together” Moms who have been done with their shopping for months ARE. MY. HERO.
So, when did we start to make a Barbie House for my two darling daughters? Last night. Yep. I’m. An. Idiot. (Cross your fingers for us!) Stay tuned for pictures.