I have finally documented a before & after piece step by step!! See my post below for all the details:
I have repurposed/repainted quite a few pieces of furniture (one of my favorites being our gorgeous hutch – see the picture below!). [PS. That banner is also created by me…I have a hand-lettering business, but I’ll save more on that for another post ;)]
Getting back to the armoire! My husband Nick’s grandmother generously gave the solid wood piece to my brother-in-law, who so graciously gave it to us. We have had our Ikea “furn-a-kit” pieces for 5 years now since we purchased them back when we got married. Ikea is amazing for so many things and we love it there, but our dressers began falling apart and wiggling every time we opened them. We knew we needed an upgrade, but solid furniture pieces, that you would keep forever, are quite expensive. When my brother-in-law offered this piece to us we JUMPED on it! Fortunately we already had the two end tables that match!
Once they got the piece into our basement I had to decide what color to paint it. This is always the hardest decision for me, and I let myself grapple with it for a while before I jump in and paint anything. I have to love the color and it must work in the space where it’s being placed. On Facebook, I’m in quite a few groups that give me ideas and inspiration and also are very encouraging when it comes to a question you have about a design idea. Disclaimer: I am NO designer, I just enjoy loving on my tiny home and cozying it up!
So I asked the nesters in the exclusive Nesting with Grace FB group what type of paint I should use. They gave me so many great ideas, some of them I had used before and others were new to me. I got quite a few responses suggesting Fusion Mineral Paint so of course I was intrigued and had to check it out. Guys…..it is amazing and very ‘user friendly’! I searched online where to purchase it and realized that it is a specialty paint so that means only certain stores get the “rights” to offer it to customers (think: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at Suite Pieces in Huntington) – Side bar: obsessed with that place! So I googled the paint first and then searched for a store in my area that sold it. I came across a store in Huntington called Crafts Off Main. It was only just having it’s grand opening the day after I found them…how funny is that?
I was going to order it online but then decided that I wanted to see the paints in person and take a look at their cute store. This place does not disappoint! It sells scrapbooking items, a few different brands of paint and of course what I came for: the Fusion Mineral Paint! I had a color in mind that I chose and loved before I went in, but I had a great time discussing the paint, how it maneuvers, best practices, etc. with the owner. She showed me a few pieces she painted herself and I loved the richness of the colors! The color I chose is called: Homestead Blue!
It is a gorgeous, creamy blue…not too dark and not too light. Originally I was thinking of going with a navy, but they all ended up looking either too bright or too deep for me. This color was just the perfect blue hue for our bedroom and tied in some other pieces we already had [win, win]!
I prepped my piece, let it sit for a night and painted it the next day in about 1 1/2 hours (I never track my time I usually just get lost in the project). See my detailed steps below with pictures!
- I started by prepping the piece first, unscrewing all of the hardware handles, and ripping out all of the old liner that was glued in (this came out quite easily with a razor blade to help lift the stuck edges).
- Then I sanded the whole piece. I used my husband’s sander which worked well for the flat surfaces, but in hindsight I should have just used a piece of sandpaper for the tighter spots. *Sanding a waxy/glossy piece will help the paint to adhere to the surface better instead of sliding around.
- Then I wiped the entire piece down with a damp rag and let it sit over night.
- The next day I wiped it down quickly with a dry rag and prepped my paint brush by flicking it back and forth to get any loose hairs out. **If there is one piece of advice I can give it is DO NOT skimp on a paint brush. The cheap ones lose all of their hairs in your work and a decent brush will last you a long time when cared for properly!** I used a Staalmeester #20 for this piece (purchased at Crafts Off Main in Huntington where I purchased the paint)
- I made sure to use painter’s tape to mark off any edges I didn’t want to paint. Ex. inside the cabinet, where the original stain stopped, and around anything else you don’t want painted.
- I began painting my piece starting with the top and working down the sides (no primer needed because this paint has amazing coverage). This paint is thick and goes far so you only need to dip half of the paint brush in and wipe off all of the goopy excess! The paint brush holds A LOT, so doing this will also prevent the paint from getting too thick in certain spots. Once I finished a section, moving back and forth, I moved onto the next.
- Once the whole piece was finished, including the tops of the drawers, I let it sit again overnight to dry.
- I washed out my paint brush, pushing it down into the bottom of the sink under streaming water until it ran clear. I straightened out the bristles and laid it flat on a paper towel to dry.
- The next day I went back to the piece and checked it over. Any spots I missed or seemed thin I went back over or touched up. I did not do a second coat as this paint is meant to cover well the first time!
- While I was letting my touch ups dry I took all of my hardware and used Rub N’ Buff in Antique Gold to brighten up the fixtures! This dries fast so you have to work fairly quick. I used my hands because that seemed easiest and was able to work the paint into the hard to reach creases.
- To clean your hands you will need to use a rag with rubbing alcohol and/or nail polish remover. It takes a few days to get out of those stubborn areas (around your nail crevices).
- There was one drawer where the hardware was broken/missing so I decided to head to Hobby Lobby to find new handles. They have so many adorable choices I always spend a good amount of time in this store anyway, but choosing hardware kept me occupied for a while 🙂
- The gold of the new hardware was too yellow compared to the Rub N’ Buff so I used that on the gold parts and screws of the new hardware, buffed it in and let it sit.
- While the hardware was drying I took my leftover Annie Sloan Soft Wax and rubbed it into the armoire with a rag. This is the most tedious part and takes some time. You do not have to do this with the Fusion Mineral Paint (they do have their own line of waxes as well), but it is a high traffic piece for us so I wanted to save the paint job as best as possible. This stuff seals it in and keeps it from chipping easily.
- I put all the hardware back in the piece and added in new shelf liner to compliment the color (found at Target). The shelf liner I flipped over, measured and cut to match using a scissor and a razor blade. It doesn’t have to be perfect as your clothes will be covering it and brings the whole piece together nicely.
Here is the before and after:
I am so happy with how this piece came out and I hope you were able to walk away with some tips to go and paint your own piece! It doesn’t take much to make cozy, unique changes to your home! You can do this…have fun with it!!