Doing My First Repainting Furniture Project

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  1. Denise Happyfeet

    Denise Happyfeet Very Well-Known Member
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    and I do mean my first. I have a second-hand headboard/bookcase that is just fake wood. I think it's laminate. Anyway, I bought some, flat, white paint. Just finished covering it with that. Next I'll ad some color, but I haven't decided on flat or gloss (semi if I do gloss). I like the look of some things I see online which I'll post a pic of one of those. Then, I'll post a pic of the headboard I'm working on. Remember, I am just learning about all this, but I am having some fun with it. I want my place to really be filled with "my" ideas, no matter how weird it may turn out, LOL!

    Hmm, after looking at some photos, I've changed my mind. I want the color to look solid, so I did paint white over the brown, and may even add one, more coat of that. Then, my final color. Not sure what that will be yet, but I am thinking a green. We'll see;) Here's a couple photos of colors I like, then my ugly-so-far, headboard;)

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    and here's what I am going to transform, me hopes;) into something pretty:)

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    I REALLY like your idea, Denise, and that kind of thing is "in vogue" again, it seems. Furniture seems to go in styles where it is being painted, and then the next one, it is all looking natural wood look again.
    I remember the old dressers that had been painted white, way back when I was a kid, and by then, the painted look was old, and people were buying them and removing the paint, and finding the old wood grain underneath again.
    One of the things that they are doing now (and I do not like the look of) is painting them, like the ones in your picture, and then distressing them by scraping parts of the paint off; so they look like they were painted 50 years ago, and the paint has worn and chipped away.
    Those were the ugly kind of ancient dressers that sold for a few dollars back when I was raising my kids, and that was all we could afford back then. No way would I EVER pay to have a dresser that looks like that again, even if it is the height of fashion now.
    Robin and @Bobby Cole like the old barn wood look, too; and I hate that for the same reason. I guess when you lived with that look because it was all you could afford, it is hard to see it as pretty after that.

    I do like the painted look though, like the dressers that you show the pictures of, and I have seen some like that and they had soft pictures painted on them that look faded out, and I really like those, too.
    Keep us updated with how your project goes, @Denise Happyfeet ! !
     
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    Oh I sooooo agree with you @Yvonne Smith ..I absolutely hate the ''shabby Chic'' look....to me it just looks downright SHABBY...errrk!!
     
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    Denise, if you're painting over laminate, it helps to make the surface "grabbier" by lightly sanding the surface with light grade sandpaper. Then, wipe the dust off well.
    I found this to work well. Oh, BTW I love the Green!
     
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    Agree with Ruby on the green, Denise.
     
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    I'll keep you all posted, I do like the solid, semi or gloss look best. Green is my fave color, but I am hoping it won't be something I'll tire of seeing everyday;) On the sanding Ruby, I can't really do that here, not without really making a mess. But in the future, I may try it on another piece, maybe a smaller piece. I have a small end-table I could probably sand and not make too big a mess;)

    Thanks all, like I said, I'll keep you posted on my progress.
     
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    @Denise Happyfeet , so you have a twin bed and it's going to fit under the shelf? That's a useful headboard!
     
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    Yes, I went with a twin-size because it gave me more room, and, I was used to sleeping in one;) The headboard doesn't attach, and I do need a frame for the mattress/boxspring, lol;) I'll get that eventually;) My apartment is 541 sq. ft. is all;) I like it because I have been traveling light over the past 20 years or so, and I gave up enough to fill a big house I used to live in;) So now, I just don't want to accumulate a whole lot, just what I need, and I also saved my little, nic-nacs, photos, personal things to make my apt. a homey one;)

    I do like the bookcase above my head, easy to reach etc.;)
     
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    I don't have a problem sleeping in a twin bed either, mine's a queen but I stay in the same spot,just turn from side to side.
     
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    Exactly the same as me cc, I get sore if I lie on either side too long, so I just eventually learned to sleep mostly on my back. In one place;) That's a good reason I had forgot about, in choosing the size of a bed here;)
     
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    Yes Denise as @Ruby Begonia said sanding the surface of laminate is best, or at least cleaning the surface with sugar soap or white spirit, to make sure there are no greasy areas etc., from handling.
    There are also special primer/undercoats for laminates these days, at least in the UK there are.
    I have painted lots of furniture and kitchen units with satin finish which looks best in my opinion, it does tend to scratch more easily so you have to be a bit more careful handling it. I will see if I can find any pics.
     
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    This my daughter Caroline's bedroom which I did a couple of years ago, it was a mixture of laminate and wood, but it modernised the look of the room, and is wearing well.

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    A spare bedroom I did a few years ago
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    This is Caroline's kitchen which I did 5 years ago and the paint has worn well.

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    I love white cabinets.
     
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    @Terry Page , I never saw your posts with the pics!! How lovely!! Thank you for sharing, and could you come and help me, LOL!!!
     
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    Oh you guys, I scored the most darling, Tile topped, breakfast table w/stools. I'll attach a photo that looks most like it as I only have the stools up here so far. The table is being brought upstairs for me tomorrow!! It's the cutest piece of furniture I've scored and was FREE!!

    I also got a good, TV Stand for the living-room with room for DVD player etc. but I will be painting it too, LOL! I want to paint everything!!

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    and here is just a photo of something similar, but I'll take a pic of mine when I get it tomorrow:)

    breakfast bar table.jpg The tiles are kind an off white, and all you see in black here, is actually a lovely midnight blue. I tried to bring that out in the stools but the lighting wasn't good in here today;)
     
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    Yes, I understand it would be better, but I already have put the base-coat on the headboard. Maybe I can work in here if I really cover everything well. I just don't know how to sand, so I don't know how big a mess I might make. This is a rented apartment so I have to be extra careful. Not that I wouldn't with my own home;) Thanks to both of you, I'll see what I can do with me next piece. I have about 3 more to do, pieces of furniture I want to redo;)
     
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    Denise since you've applied primer, that will help a lot. The paint should grab well to that and maybe you needn't have sanded. Can't wait to see the table.
     
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    Looks like you are finding some good stuff, Denise!

    Maybe I need a new place to get excited about. :)
     
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    Oh thanks for that Ruby, I hope it turns out decent. I really didn't know much about it, and the guy at Walmart just said the flat, white coat should work. I don't want to ruin this stuff I'm getting even though it's just "cheapo depot". I want to make this place cute so I feel good being here:) I will keep on posting here on this thread. Wow, that stuff Terry did was lovely wasn't it!!

    Oh, I'll show you the big, picture window that's actually in my bedroom facing the rising Sun, and I can set the table up there, and have my coffee and fiddle with the puter in the a.m.;) My other pic window is in the living room and faces a courtyard that the apt.s surround. It's just not picturesque since all I mostly see is other apts. but I do get to see sunsets because it faces West:) and I am on the top floor, not much obstruction to see that anyway;)

    This is the window I am going to set up the table in front of, very private for being in town:) It's lovely when you can see a sunrise;) and I am usually awake and watching them:)

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    Piece by piece sweetie, you could redo your place! Or maybe a new place! It is wonderful when I can get something that moves me towards making this a home:) Today was a good day:)
     
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    Not interested at all in redoing this place, Denise. I'm tired of it. Seems I always had to move every few years.

    Think I've been here the longest.
     
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    Terry, in that 3rd pic down, that is the blue I am looking at for one of these stands. Against the white it is lovely, and I have nothing but white walls:) I do want my bedroom area to be more of the same color, so I am thinking paint the headboard a blue, similar, as similar as I can get to the table and stools I got. Then in the living room, I don't know yet. I do want some green. Oh well, one step at a time. I love how everything coordinates in your spare room, and, the kitchen is so lovely!!
     
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    By sanding I meant a gentle rubbing with fine sandpaper or a sanding block, which produces no more dust than a bad case of dandruff, :rolleyes: but if you have put on a base-coat and it looks ok I wouldn't worry Denise.

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    Ok Terry!! I see now, so really wouldn't make a mess at all! I will do it with my next piece;) I'm sure Walmart has these, thank you so much! I do want a nice, smooth surface on my stuff after looking at tons of photos. At first I was thinking that raggedy look but so glad for the comments that got me rethinking that;) Yeehaw!!
     
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