Re-Doing Furniture: The Basics

1 Jul

The last few months I’ve been re-doing a lot of furniture & decor, and have come up with a short list of must-know basics when it comes to successfully redoing a piece of furniture.

1. Use the Best Paint

Unfortunately there aren’t any shortcuts in painting – I’ve tried. For furniture, use Sherwin-Williams ProClassic paint. It dries like an enamel, is washable and lasts for a long time. Use rollers when you can – it is way easier than a brush. But you will need a brush for small things and corners.

2. K.I.S.S. Rule

KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE. A rule I learned from my boss at work, but it applies to more than just marketing. When you find a wonderful antique dresser at an estate sale, and decide you want to re-paint and finish it, don’t decide that you will paint each drawer a different color and put a pattern around the border. A beautiful piece is just that – and doesn’t need to look as done up as a two-cent hooker! Find one pallet, one idea, and go with it. My favorite place for inspiration is Design*Sponge.

3.  Cutest Little Finishing Touches

When redoing any piece that requires hardware, such as knobs or handles, finding the perfect little finisher can be tough. This is why I love Anthropologie, a place where every cute little thing has been rounded up and put into one place. The furniture from Anthropologie is amazing and expensive, but their knobs, hooks, handles and other hardwares are amazingly priced – most under $12!

4. Designer Textiles

If you are redoing any piece which requires fabric, it can be hard to find decently priced designs. For the most part, JoAnns is a complete let down when it comes to modern, designer-like textiles. However I have found a glorious gem we have all heard of: Ikea. They have a large selection of fabrics in so many styles and patterns, you’ll have trouble choosing (and they are a bargain!). Unfortunately, you can’t really browse online for them because their website is awful. Head down to Ikea with a project in mind and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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3 Responses to “Re-Doing Furniture: The Basics”

  1. Nikki July 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    Do you use a poly top coat on the furniture you do? I’m currently redoing a desk and am trying to figure out what my best bet will be

    • natashajarmick October 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

      I don’t usually use a poly top coat, but I know some do. If you use a good enough paint, you don’t need a top coat.

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