Upcycling & Painting Furniture
The Most Common Mistakes
Let me start by saying " Three thin coats are better than one thick coat.
The most common mistake I see, is way too much paint loaded on the brush.
If you think about it, when you are running your brush through the paint on your cabinet, you are simply drawing tram lines through a great deal of product, which is then drying as you are working. Load your brush with paint, dab off the excess then work quickly across your piece.
Check the temperature you are working in believe it or not, the temperature you are working in matters. Too warm, and your paint will dry very quickly on one end of your piece, and then you continue to drag your brush through the part of the paint that has already started drying - yes you guessed it, this will create texture in your paint finish. Work quickly in an environment that is not too warm, and not too cold. Remember to let your paint dry properly before starting your next coat. Once you have finished your final coat, let the paint cure ( dry out) Using water based paints, you need to allow time for the water to completely evaporate from your paint layers to reach full curing time. So treat your furntiure carefully for the first 20 days after painting!
ALLOW ME TO SHARE THE TOP WAY OF APPLYING PAINT
TO A LARGE SURFACE!
When painting a larger surface, such as a chest of drawers, cabinet or side table, a definite MUST DO for a spray like finish is to use a microfibre roller - definitely not a sponge roller, as that can leave your finish a little pitted! I find a 4" roller best of all. Make sure your roller has plenty of paint on it, then reduce the excess by rolling it onto the dry area of your paint tray, then, roll it onto your furniture, nice long smooth strokes. You wont believe the finish! Give this a GO, it will change the way you think about paint!
Country Chic Paint is a Beautiful chalk style paint with built in primer,
an absolute DREAM to use! Available from my website if you fancy giving your furniture a make-over, it's super easy to use! You can order from here
Alternatively if you would like to join me on a Furniture Painting Workshop, I will walk you through the steps needed to create amazing furniture, turning the faded into the fabulous, & the dull into the dramatic! Check website for available dates! You can book here www.annabelleinteriors.co.uk/book-a-workshop