Looking for an easy project that will spruce up your apartment decor without breaking the bank?
OakParkApartments.com suggests painting an old piece of furniture to give yourself a design boost for not a lot of $$.
First know that this can be done without having to sand the piece of furniture which cuts down on a huge amount of mess as well as time.
Supplies you will need:
- A degreasing cleaner.
- A stain blocking primer that will adhere to any surface without sanding (Glidden Gripper, Kilz or Zinsser are some good brand choices).
- A latex low luster metal & wood enamel paint – the color of your choice – Benjamin Moore is a good reputable brand of paint.
- Inexpensive foam rollers, brushes, plastic bags, paint tray liners and plastic drop cloths – buy in bulk for better savings plus if you need extra mid job you don’t need to stop what you’re doing to buy more supplies.
Now it’s time to paint!
- Remove any hardware and put in a ziploc bag for safe keeping.
- Place furniture on drop cloth.
- Clean the furniture with the de-greaser.
- Use the large, inexpensive foam roller to prime flat surfaces of the furniture.
- Use foam brushes to prime any other areas.
- Let primer dry thoroughly (24 hours!)
- Store all wet brushes and rollers in plastic bags between coats – this prevents them from drying out until you are ready to use again.
- Apply a second coat of primer if needed and again, allow 24 hours to dry andwrap rollers and brushes in plastic bags.
- Time to apply the paint. Use the same techniques you used with your primer.
- Once dry replace hardware.
- For an easy clean up throw out drop cloth, foam brushes and rollers.
- Enjoy your “new” furniture!