These past couple weeks have been non-stop crazy busy-ness for me, but I still had time to squeeze in a quick furniture facelift!
Saturday morning I decided to give our Ikea Hemnes nightstands a makeover.
Here’s one in all its’ factory black-brown glory:
It an effort to make the house light, bright and airy, our dark furniture has to go. Brad said I was not allowed to buy new furniture (boo) so I had to work with what had. I still love the style of the nightstands, so I figured all I needed to be happy was a fresh coat of paint. In white, of course. I didn’t want a stark bright white, so I chose Behr’s “Popped Corn”, which is a soft white. I love this color.
I wanted to do it right this time, so I splurged and paid $14 for a Purdy brush (which is supposedly the best thing out there), and a bottle of floetrol to condition the paint and minimize brush strokes.
And here was the plan:
1. Lightly sand
2. Apply 2-3 coats of primer
3. Apply 1-2 coats of paint + floetrol
4. Apply 1-2 coats of polycrylic to seal the finish
First thing first… I dragged the tables into the garage to examine their condition:
Yikes… that’s what 3 years, a cross country move and a naughty kitten will do for your furniture. So I spackled the scratches and lightly sanded.
Then it was time for primer. I used my brand new Purdy brush for this, and noticed the primer was going on really thick and sticky-like… if that makes sense. The brush strokes were very visible too. Maybe I was doing something wrong…. but I’m not impressed with this brush at all.
I also came across an issue I didn’t even think about… getting the paint on smoothly around the edges. I’m not sure what type of brush you need to do this correctly, but it wasn’t what I was using. The paint would pile up along the edge, and by the time I noticed it, the super fast drying primer was already dry so I was left with paint buildup along all the corners. No fun.
But at least it looks good in pictures, right?
So, here’s what I would have done differently. SPRAY PRIMER. Lesson learned.
After the primer was dry, I began to apply the paint + floetrol. I was hoping the floetrol could even out the existing paint-stroked primer finish, but I guess it doesn’t work like that. I ditched the Purdy brush and used my Home Depot dollar bin special brush to do the job. This worked out much better.
After the paint was dry, I stood back and looked at my creations. Then I decided “these would look super awesome if they were lightly distressed around the edges.” Actually… who am I kidding, I was really thinking “this paint buildup around the edges looks like crap and I’m going to have to sand it off.”
But honestly, it did work out, because I really do like the end result (stay tuned).
So I sanded…
Distressing is always the most exciting part about these projects, I think. Here’s a quick comparison shot of the magic of distressing:
Doesn’t that look better? I thought so.
I brought the night stands back into the room and set the lamp on them… when I realized that the brushed nickel lamp base wasn’t really vibing with the rest of the room. And there’s only one solution to that: Oil Rubbed Bronze.
Gotta love spontaneous mini-makovers… Anyway, here’s the finished results!