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Painting Furniture Gray For The Boys

Friday, January 18th, 2013
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Custom paint project for Claire



The set of matching bedroom furniture belonged to Claire’s dad and she wanted it updated for her sons, two year old Alex and the new arrival expected in early February.


She decided that gray with a pop of yellow would be perfect for the boys rooms. Behr Premium Paint is always my go-to latex finish.




Claire was thinking of changing the hardware but with 36 pieces to replace we decided just to paint them the same gray as the furniture. I sprayed them with Rust-o-leum gray primer to prep them for the top coat of paint.



Looking at the primed hardware while painting the furniture, I thought how nice the two colors looked together. I took some quick pics and emailed them to Claire who agreed with me, so we left the hardware with just the primer coat. I think the flat primer against the semi-gloss gray really works.






I’m on the lookout for a chair with a padded seat for the desk. I want to paint it yellow and cover the seat with yellow and gray print fabric or maybe…….drop cloth? I really liked the drop cloth seats on my latest chair makeover and the drop cloth would definitely go with the gray.



Claire made a great color choice. The gray is stylish and perfect for any age, so as the boys grow she want need to have it up-dated.



Hey, this isn’t the first time I’ve used primer as a paint finish.



Lovin’ the yellow and gray!

update 8/5/13….8 paint projects using latex paint

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16 Responses

  1. Kate says:

    I love the dark gray! May I ask what shade it it? TIA!

  2. Rosemary says:

    They have a nice sleek look now. Great job.

  3. Niki says:

    Love love it! I’m doing this color combo in my master bedroom =}
    found you thanks to Liz Marie
    ♥ ♥ ♥, Niki

  4. Love that dark gray… what a great color. I’m featuring the furniture in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Thanks for linking up.

  5. Debbie says:

    Hi Kathy, I first want to tell you how much I love your work. The gray furniture came out BEAUTIFUL!!! I have to ask you how you got the finish so smooth looking, you can hardly see any brush stokes, how were you able to do that? Did you use something in the paint to reduce the brush mark? Please advise as I am going to refinish a dressing table for my son and daughter in law for their new little on coming in July. Thank you for any help you can give.
    Best wishes

    • Kathy Owen says:

      Hi Debbie, thank you for the complement and also the question. I use a cheap paint brush usually and sometimes I use the 4 inch foam rollers. Sometimes the foam rollers work great and sometimes the paint will bubble a little as you roll it on. I don’t know what the difference is when it bubbles….if it’s the paint or the foam roller. I usually will have at least some light brush marks but the type of paint may have something to do with it. When I use latex paint I prefer Behr Premium Latex and that’s what I used on the Gray pieces. Have fun painting and congratulations on the grandchild!

  6. Sandra says:

    Hi Kathy! What an incredible look! I too thought the hardware looked perfect with just the primer :)

    Quick question though… Are you using only the Behr Premium Latex paint with no top coat on it? I am trying to gauge the latex paint versus using chalk paint with a poly coating. Thanks :)
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  7. Sherri says:

    I love your projects. Absolutely beautiful! I would like to know if you use a top coat on the top of your pieces and how you avoid the ‘stickiness’ of latex. Thanks!

  8. Lisa says:


    I have two sets of this Ethan Allen kids furniture. Did the tops of the furniture have the hard platic coating? If so did you, just paint right over it or did you use a primer?

    • Kathy Owen says:

      Ethan Allen! great stuff. I used Glidden Grey Gripper primer which they don’t make anymore but you can have the Glidden White Gripper tinted Gray. It’s my favorite primer! Happy Painting!

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