Sunday, 4 August 2013

How to modernize heirlooms with the right coat of paint

(NC) Everyone knows that home renovations have the potential to be time consuming, expensive, and often take much longer than originally planned. With a busy family schedule of physical activities, homework, and appointments, it can be difficult to find time to give your home that fresh new look you know it desperately needs.
For those with limited time but a penchant for projects, there is an easy solution for turning what often feels intimidating into a simple weekend endeavour that will not only rejuvenate your home, it won't break the bank. Why not update a favourite piece of furniture?
An antique sideboard, a beloved dresser or a pair of tired-looking side tables can be transformed into modern pieces with just a little TLC and a fresh coat of paint.
Design blogger Kelly James of Jax Does Design, says, “You can breathe new life into an old piece of furniture with some elbow grease and paint. Better still, the end result is going to be a brand new custom piece of furniture designed by you.”
There are a wide variety of paint options available from hybrid and latex formulas, to matte and gloss finishes. James points to the Ultra Cabinet & Furniture line (by Para Paints) as the top choice for her projects since it resists stains and is durable while giving a smooth and even finish. While James favours a water-based primer for an easy clean-up, she cautions against going for ease over function, as the primer can affect the finish of the final product.

Tips for painting reclaimed furniture
•Always remember to thoroughly clean the piece with either a good dusting and/or warm soap and water
• Sand down the surface to remove loose bits of the old finish and to give the primer a rougher surface to adhere to
• Use the appropriate primer for the surface of your chosen piece
• Invest in a high quality brush or foam roller to ensure the smoothest finish possible

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