Today’s post is all about How to Fix Furniture Painting Mistakes… because let’s face it, we ALL make them! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worked on a piece that’s coming along great – then I decide to ‘get-my-artsy-on’ and try a new color or technique and OMGOSHHH, now it looks h.o.r.r.i.b.l.e.
Instead of giving myself credit for trying something new, I feel frustrated, angry and discouraged, and I want to ditch the entire project. I put the paintbrush down. Step away. And after a few days of trying to forget the ugly, I feel like hiding the piece in a corner somewhere so I never have to look at it again. Sound familiar?
This thrift store dresser is a perfect example of one my screw-ups (and there have been many) and how I fixed it with this simple and logical fix… which will work for you too! 🙂
Here’s the thrift store dresser I started with…
And just so you can see the entire process, my very first coat was Slick Stick to create a bonding surface for the paint. This stuff is amazing! If you have a slick or shiny surface that you don’t want to sand, Slick Stick bonds to pretty much anything.
After the Slick Stick, the first coat of Barn Red and Florida Orange were applied.
Here’s where it gets ugly. I put on a second coat of the two colors and blended. The blending didn’t turn out quite like I wanted. But then it got even worse. When I applied a Coffee Bean black around the edges, it looked waaaaay too harsh. Not the look I was going for! Kind of messy and scary, don’t you think?
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HOW TO FIX FURNITURE PAINTING MISTAKES::
The simple fix. I didn’t give up and I PAINTED OVER IT! I know, this probably sounds too simple and obvious. But if I had given up and left it as is, I wouldn’t have ended up with this restyled piece.
And all that was needed was one more blended coat of the Barn Red and Florida Orange on TOP of the black to soften the look and clean it up. Then I applied some black wax to blend around the edges to tie the entire look together. What do you think?
The reason I’m sharing this with you — I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received saying “I’ve ruined my piece because … [fill in the blank]…picked a wrong color and/or tried this or that technique. Should I sand it all down and start over again?”
No need to sand it all down! There’s no need to create more work for yourself because 9 out of 10 times, it’s salvageable!
Sometimes those ‘mistakes’ end up adding to the character of the painted furniture. So, the extra work starting from scratch is NOT needed. Just paint over it. That’s the beauty of paint.
I guarantee you, the most successful and talented people (at ANY craft) are the ones that have screwed up the most. I always try to keep this in mind and I hope nothing stops YOU from trying new colors or painting techniques.
It’s just paint – and it’s all fixable. 🙂
A big thank you for all your warm emails, comments and questions. It really does encourage me to create posts [that I hope] you feel are helpful… so keep’em coming. 🙂
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Happy painting my friends!
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