First I would like to thank all of you for the encouraging words on this new venture of painting and selling furniture! You have all been so kind and wonderful with ideas and information for me! I will probably put them on Craigslist later this week once I can figure out a way to stage them where they look better than being in the garage. I was thinking of a sheet hanging down behind and on the floor underneath. We'll see what I come up with!
As you have seen before, here is the before of this cute little desk and chair. Your typical 1970's French Provincial set. It isn't made of nice wood but I thought for the price it was a good start for my venture! I had to tighten down screws on the legs and add a few nails with my nailer to make sure everything stays tight.
This is the chair that goes with it. Everything was in good shape, just needed a little cleaning from sitting in a garage. The owner had covered the seat to match her daughter's bedding. I tore that off to cover with some matching fabric I purchased at Hobby Lobby on sale!!
I removed the hardware, cleaned everything with TSP and water, then started the sanding process! I wiped it down with a damp rag, let dry and then put on 2 coats of Kilz oil base primer. I sanded in between each coat.
While that was drying, I got out the Krylon Watermellon gloss spray paint. I think it should be called bubble gum color but what do I know! I chose this cute little fabric that matched the paint to go on the seat. After removing the seat, I painted the chair, giving it a several light coats to cover all the nicks and crannys!! I also sprayed all the hardware but forgot to take a picture!!
Now it was time to paint the desk. I only use Kilz Colors paint now that I have found it to be the best out there. I have used it on our walls. If you apply it properly, one coat is all that is needed unless it is a dark color. I did the red in my home in only 2 coats. For the price and the coverage, Valspar and Behr can't compare. I have used many other brands as well and they just can't match it. You can buy Kilz Colors and have ANY color mixed at Walmart for about $22. They have a computer to match any swatch if you can't find a color on their various paint chips. Okay...it sounds like I am a sponsor but unfortunately, I'm not!!
I chose an offwhite color for the desk. It is Kilz #J70 and called Shaved Coconut. It was on the warmer side of the whites and isn't as harsh as pure or cool white. I put on two coats because I think furniture needs two coats to make a better finish. Of course, I forgot to take a picture after I painted it!! Not a very good blogger at times!! I get so excited! I gave it two coats of water based poly in a satin finish because I figured it is going to get more abuse than a dresser. Here you see it next to the chair with the hardware on.
Here is a close up of the hardware. I just love it!!
Here is another shot of the upholstered seat. Isn't that fabric just adorable! I love the neumatic staple/nail gun that Mr. Creative got me for Christmas!!
I so enjoyed doing this piece since I don't have any little girls to make things pretty!! My boys wouldn't appreciate any pink in the house!! I have an average of $30 invested in each piece. I am thinking of listing this set for $125. I don't know if that is too much but figured I can always come down. I just think it is so adorable that someone would want to buy it for their little girl. I will keep you posted!
Here is a snapshot of the other two pieces that I made over this week and you can read about HERE and HERE!
I am linking to Between Naps on the Porch for Metamophosis Monday!
House of Grace for Twice Owned Tuesday!
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday!
Perfectly Imperfect for Style Feature Saturday!
Thank you to everyone that has stopped by and/or made comments! I am so enjoying this journey with my blog and you have made it so much more fun! I have met some great people that we have so much in common. Have a great day!!