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Weekend Warrior

You probably have a lot of projects on the To-Do List when Spring comes around every year.  If one of those projects involves a find from a flea market or garage sale, have no fear.  We have what you need, to give that piece just the look you want, to make it your own!

You’ll want to start the refinishing process by wiping down your piece with soapy water so you can get a good look at it. Are there layers of paint or stain that need to be removed? Are there some gouges that could use some sanding or putty? Talk to your local paint professional to determine what steps you need to take to make sure your piece is ready to accept new paint or stain.

Here is a refresher course from Kim Yeager, owner of Lark Nest Design and self-proclaimed “junker”, tips for refinishing furniture:

 

  • You can paint metal. You can do a paint makeover on metal but the surface should be primed. Pieces with lots of curves lend themselves to a spray-on primer that comes in a can.
  • Primer is not always needed. Depending on the condition of the piece you’re working on, and how you plan to finish it, you may not have to apply a primer.  Sanding or deglossing could be all that’s required.
  • Get to know your sander. Some people prefer to sand by hand, while others prefer using a small, iron-shaped hand sander that can easily get in to corners. The more you sand, the more you’ll pick up a technique. You don’t want to sand so deeply that you go beyond the top layer of wood.
  • Use a good brush: You don’t want to be fishing stray brush hairs out of your paint finish. Quality brushes will last for years if you clean them well (and promptly) after using.
  • Be patient. Give your paint makeover adequate time to dry between coats. The standard is 24 hours, but honestly, more is better with many paints, especially if there is humidity. The same goes for sealer. Don’t brush on or hand-apply without at least 24 hours of lag time since the last coat dried. If the paint is not totally dry, it will start to come off once you add the polyurethane finish.

 

 

This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

We’re all familiar with the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle – but we would like to add a 4th “R” to that list! Repurpose!

Repurposing old and outdated furniture is a simple way to help reduce landfill waste and cut down on the carbon footprint required to make and ship new furniture. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

 

Some tips for refinishing old furniture include:

*You can paint metal: You can paint metal, just make sure to prime the surface first!

*The more you sand, the better you’ll get: The more you sand, the more you’ll pick up a technique. You don’t want to sand so deeply that you go beyond the top layer of wood. Learning how your sander handles will also help you when you “distress” painted objects.

*Don’t take shortcuts: If a piece has hardware or drawers, remove them entirely for prep and painting. Because these areas get a lot of use, they are ripe for eventual paint flaking. Sand drawer edges carefully so the old paint is gone before applying new. Two coats of sealer should give the drawers “armor” for future use.

 

Now that you’ve got the basics, here are some of our favorite repurposed projects from around the web!

 

Make shelves out of old drawers.

http://www.remodelaholic.com/2012/06/unique-drawer-shelves/

Make a coffee table from an old door

http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/22-cleverly-repurposed-and-revamped-coffee-and-end-tables/pictures/index.html

This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

 

~mg

 

 

 

What do you get for someone that seems to already have everything? Well if they are a “Do it Yourselfer” get them a gift can of supplies!

Come in and get the DIYer what they will need to get going on their next paint project.  Start with an empty paint can and start filling it.  Put in a good brush, painters tape, a roller frame and cover, can opener, caulk and gun (if you can make it fit!), and put on a can spout for pouring! Don’t forget to throw in a Miller Paint Gift Card for all those things you just couldn’t squeeze in, and of course the PAINT! Stick a bow on it and call it done!  Or if you are really into wrapping, by all means have a ball.

~Melanie Gibbs