Painting furniture is what I do. I paint furniture to sell in my booth and I paint furniture for clients. This project is for a client.
The set of matching bedroom furniture belonged to the client’s dad and she wanted it updated for her sons, two year old Alex and the new arrival expected in early February. Don’t you just love the fact that the bedroom furniture going to the boys belonged to their grandfather??
We decided that gray with a pop of yellow would be perfect for the boys rooms. Gray is a neutral color and fits just about any decor. I selected Behr Premium brand paint for this project.
The client 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 spray painted 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 the client 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 applied two coats of the semi-gloss gray paint and three coats of yellow to the back panel of the bookshelf. Painting those bookshelves drives me crazy. I should have removed the back of the bookcase/shelf before painting it but I didn’t. I used a lot of painters tape.
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.
I love the color choice. The client did a good job. The gray is stylish and perfect for any age, so as the boys grow she will not need to have it updated.
Hey, this isn’t the first time I’ve used primer as a paint finish. It works.
Lovin’ the yellow and gray! What do you guys think. I hear from “experts” that latex paint isn’t for furniture. I disagree.
update 3/14/18 ….8 best paint projects using latex paint
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com