“THERE’S A BIG MISCONCEPTION THAT YOU HAVE TO STRIP A PIECE DOWN FOR PROFESSIONAL RESULTS.”
Hello, beautiful #sifamily and thanks for joining me today! Do you have an old painted piece of furniture you’d like to REpaint? Would you rather stick pins in your eyes than strip it all down and start over? Today I’m sharing a dramatic French Floral before and after along with How To Repaint Furniture to get the VERY BEST results!
There’s a big misconception that you have to strip a piece down for a professional finish. I know this is true because I thought the same thing when I started upcycling furniture — AND it’s one of the most FAQ’s I get asked from my readers. But, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Don’t waste your time, energy or products stripping off all the old paint. Stripping is only necessary if you want a stained/wood finish. If you’re planning to REpaint — it’s a BIG waste of time!
Here’s the before-before. hehe When I bought it last August, it had telltale signs of at least two prior makeovers. There were paint drips on the drawers and uneven sanding and staining on the finish.
Here’s the ‘before’ for today’s makeover. It’s a PERFECT dresser to demonstrate on because although the finish is smooth, it has layers of color with a faux textured/antiqued finish. It’s been glazed, waxed and top-coated.
I wanted to TOTALLY change the look so you can see how smooth and lovely a finish you can get when repainting. What do you think?
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HOW TO REPAINT FURNITURE
I’ll be sharing a quick 411 on this French Floral makeover but our focus is on how to PREP before repainting. Once it’s properly prepped, you can get exceptional results with a spray finish, brushed on or a roller.
STEP 1 – REMOVE HARDWARE AND CLEAN
This piece was sitting in my inventory so all it needed was a wipe down with warm water. However, if when I’m working with a piece that’s filthy, I remove the hardware and then clean with TSP, Krud Kutter or any other heavy-duty cleaner. This gets off all the grime, oil and dirt.
STEP 2 – FILL HARDWARE HOLES | SCRATCHES
Once it’s cleaned and dried, I fill the hardware holes and any dents, pings or scratches with this Bondo Wood Filler.
STEP 3 – SAND SMOOTH
Using my favorite orbital sander, I used a 120 grit and sanded the dresser and drawers until they were SMOOTH TO THE TOUCH. As you can see, I’m not trying to remove the paint right down to the wood! My goal is to knock down the finish and create a smooth surface.
Don’t worry that it looks super ugly. I always have areas where the wood is peeking through and areas with paint but that’s perfectly fine if it feels smooth to the touch.
STEP 4 – PRIME
My go-to is B-I-N Shellac Primer. It covers up bleedthrough and dries within 45 minutes. A stain-blocking primer is best when repainting. Don’t skip this step! The primer will give you a fresh canvas to work with!
STEP 5 – PAINT
I was going to brush but decided on a spray finish for this piece — the total opposite of the original finish I did last summer.
Here’s how it all came together. Quite the contrast from the original finish I did last year, right?!
I love this French Floral furniture transfer!
The exciting thing about restyling and upcycling is it can ALWAYS be REPAINTED! As far as I know, this vintage dresser has had AT LEAST five different looks including the original finish. Isn’t that amazing?! When you have a good quality piece of furniture, the possibilities are endless! 🙂
And now for some SUPER EXCITING news!!! Check this out and lookie who made the front cover!!! It’s the very first publication of Dixie Belle’s PRINT magazine chock full of eye candy, product how-to’s and tutorials! Belle Magazine is available on Dixie Belle’s site this week — I hope you treat yourself to a copy! 🙂
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS ‘FRENCH FLORAL’ PAINTED DRESSER … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!