As we all know, purchasing new furniture is expensive, so this is not ideal. Since new furniture pieces are so costly, it makes us feel as if we can never switch themes and ditch these pieces. Fortunately, I have an answer to all these furniture troubles that you may be having! If you are willing to put in some work to older furniture, to make it new to you, you are seeking to save money! In the long run, this way of decorating your home is more cost efficient than breaking the bank trying to afford multiple new furnishing pieces. Here are a few helpful tips and steps to make old become new!
Your first mission is to pick out an old piece of furniture that draws to you. Maybe it reminds you of your childhood, or you are just a vintage freak like me, and love outdated pieces!
Next, you will need to purchase your paint, deciding what color you are desiring for your special piece. Personally, I adore the look and satin feel that chalk paint brings. Here at Urban Homestead, we use Annie Sloan chalk paint. This is by far the BEST choice in our opinion! You can find it online and in some stores! With this, comes a future waxing step as well. Annie Sloan also has her own wax that is super easy and mess free!
Using a paint brush, you will begin to paint your furniture piece. Focus on irregular strokes, and not all in the same direction. This will add depth and character.
Depending on the look you are going for, you might seek to distressing your furniture piece! You certainly do not have to, and can completely skip this step if you choose to opt out. When distressing, the original colors come forward, creating additional dimension and uniqueness. To distress, you will use an electric sander, but if you do not have access to this, a simple piece of sandpaper will do the trick! There is no rhyme or reason to how much distress you add to your piece. This is what makes it original and personal to you!
Finally, you can now wax your piece! Waxing seals the painted surface with a lovely and natural looking soft sheen. This protects the wood from moisture and helps maintain the same color as if it were just painted! As stated earlier, we use Annie Sloan Clear Wax here at Urban. You will also need a round brush with stiffer bristles (as displayed). Immerse the brush with a small amount of wax, then apply in a circular motion. You want to wax small sections at a time. After putting wax on your piece, take an old t-shirt or towel and wipe the excess off. Repeat this until you finish the entire surface.
You have completed your first refurbished piece of furniture! We hope you feel satisfied and very pleased with your outcome! You are now left with a beautiful and original piece of art!
Hope you sought this tutorial as beneficial! Talk to you all again soon!
Best wishes from your friends,
Urban Homestead Boutique