My son is 12 this year and for the first time he seems interested in what his room looks like. We decided to paint the walls a denim blue. The blue is from Home Depot and it’s called Brittany Blue. Unfortunately, once we did this, all of the black furniture I had in his room since he was little looked too dark. What I thought would be $100 project turned into something much larger.
The furniture was pretty good quality so I decided rather than buy new, I would try painting it. All of the wood trim in our house is white, so white seemed to be the obvious choice. I wanted to updated the hardware to take it from a country looking piece to something more modern and I decided to go without the door.
I read countless articles about painting wood furniture. There are many different approaches out there from one extreme to another. Some suggested completely sanding off the old finish, priming and painting. The other extreme was to just paint over the old paint with chalk paint. I went for something in the middle. These are the steps I took:
1.) I sanded the entire thing with 220 sand paper, enough to rough up the surface, but not remove the paint.
2.) I primed the paint since I was going from black to white I thought this was a necessary step.
3.) I painted one coat and then sanded it again.
4.) Repeat 3 more times.
5.) I put the piece back together and realized that I had failed to pain the insides of the drawers, if it hadn’t been black it might not have showed but the dark color created a shadow. I didn’t sand the inside of the drawers, I just painted them a few times.
The project took significantly longer than I had anticipated. I tried switching paint to see if I got better coverage but it didn’t seem to make a difference. I wanted no VOC paint because my family hates the stinky smell and it was too hot to paint outside. I tried two paints, one from Home Depot, the Behr Premium Plus Ultra. This one was easy to apply and didn’t leave streaks. I used a brush for the small spaces and a small roller for the rest. The second paint I tried was Renaissance Chalk Furniture & Cabinet Paint. It was not any better or different, despite the claims in reviews.
The final touch was new hardware. I ordered this square hardware from Wayfair to give it a more modern look. I definitely think the white looks better with the denim colored walls.
Before my next paint project I plan to invest in a sander and paint sprayer. What do you think?