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Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 | 0 comments

Paint Pick-Me-Up

Paint Pick-Me-Up

Looking for ways to spruce up a drab piece of furniture? Here are three ways to give your furniture a quick and easy pick-me-up.

1. Paint a yard sale find

When I saw this table at a yard sale, I just knew it would be the perfect replacement for the nightstand between my daughters’ beds in their shared room. With a little TLC, it would provide enough surface to hold all of the books we read and set aside at bedtime.

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I negotiated the sale, took it home and gave it a good sanding.

It’s not the best table in terms of construction, but undaunted, I painted it with two coats of primer, and then a coat of the white we had in the basement (Duron Plastic Kote, interior acrylic latex enamel). I sprayed the top surfaces with Valspar clear sealer (flat).

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My daughters couldn’t be happier. And now the fish bowl fits on the table too. She was lonely all the way up on the bookshelf after all.

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Shared by Leslie

2. Paint the inside of a cabinet/shelf

I purchased a corner cabinet off Craigslist for $45 after our kitchen renovation. It was…well I’ll just say it, it was a little bland.

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After adding a quick coat of paint inside (Benjamin Moore’s Lapiz) and some whimsical knobs from Anthropologie, it now looks like this. Though only a small change, I think it makes a huge difference in our eating area.

corner-cabinet

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Shared by Sara

3. Upholster and paint a stool

I bought this stool at IKEA over 10 years ago. It’s no longer available for sale but it looked a lot like this one. The stool was finished in a blue stain and it didn’t match anything in my living room. I primed and painted it with some leftover paint from another project (Valspar’s Well Water, semi-gloss) and used some laminate fabric to upholster the seat.

painted and upholstered ikea stool

To upholster, I cut out some quilt batting (also leftover from another project) the same size as the seat and glued to the top of the chair (so it wouldn’t shift when I attached the fabric). Then I measured the seat and cut out a piece of the fabric two inches larger than the seat. I attached the laminate fabric underneath the seat using a staple gun and screwed the seat back onto the stool.

Shared by Katie

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