7 Steps to Beautifully Painted Flea-Market Finds




Article by: Michel Laurine

Even the designers , The More Creative Home Office on TV are doing it; finding great furnishing at flea-markets, charity shops, and yard , Buy A Richly Scented Candle- Get The Rich Scent Throughout The Room sales. Often, a wonderful piece of furniture , Office Desk Chairs can be had for mere dollars, especially if its finish is in desperate need of some TLC. Unfortunately, the design , Buy A Richly Scented Candle- Get The Rich Scent Throughout The Room shows on TV don't show you all the proper steps for refreshing your finds. Take the time to do it right, and your "new" furniture , Common Decorating Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes will have friends wondering where you shop!

1. Safety first: Before you disturb any painted surface, you should think about the possibility of lead. Lead paint , Home Office Design....For the Small Office additives were phased out in the 1970's and 80's. If you suspect lead is present in any paint, , An Informative Review of Popular Adjustable Beds you can find information , Cozy and Comfortable -- A Living Room for Winter! about safety , Decorating with Coat Racks and Vintage Clothing for a Unique Accent to Your Home precautions and testing at www.epa.gov/lead, or by calling the National Lead Information , Beds In A Bag Make You An Instant Designing Pro! Center at 1-800-424-LEAD. Even with newer surfaces, I find that a dust mask is always in order when sanding. Your lungs will thank you.

2. Sanding: Not all pieces will require sanding before repainting. My mantra is to leave well enough alone when dealing with old paint , The Advantages of Platform Storage Beds surfaces. If, however, the paint , Feng Shui Colors for the Bedroom is chipped, peeling, crackling, or has other problems, you might not be able to avoid the sandpaper. A small electric , Window Treatments add Style to your Windows hand sander is my best friend for these situations. A very light , Biometric Employee Time Clocks sanding (really just scuffing) can help your new paint , An Informative Review of Popular Adjustable Beds adhere to old oil paint , Window Shades or a glossy surface.

3. Prep, prep, prep: The number one reason for paint , The Advantages of Platform Storage Beds failures is incorrect preparation. Time spent on prep will ensure you get a good result in the end. Make sure the surface is completely clean and dust free before you ever get the paint , A Look at Custom Shutters out of the can. If you have sanded the surface, remove dust with a tack cloth. This is a small piece of cheesecloth soaked in wax, available at your local home , An Informative Review of Popular Adjustable Beds improvement store in the paint , Decorating with Coat Racks and Vintage Clothing for a Unique Accent to Your Home section. They cost around one dollar"¦get several to keep on hand for the next project! If you can't find one, several thorough passes with a damp cloth followed by another pass with a dusting cloth can do the job. Most importantly, don't rush your prep work.

4. Taping: Carefully tape off any areas you don't want painted, and burnish the tape edges down once, firmly, with a fingernail. If you think you might have to leave the tape on for more than a day or so, use a lower adhesion tape made for delicate surfaces.

5. Priming: If the piece is unpainted, consider a coat of primer before you paint. , Rustic Furniture - from Grandfather's Log Cabin to My City Home There are excellent primers specifically made for stone , Faux Wood Mini Blinds and metal. , The Advantages of Platform Storage Beds Tell your paint , A Look at Custom Shutters store rep what you're painting , Antique Oriental Rugs: 8 Tips On How To Collect and follow her advice. , Candle Magic - Tips for Decorating with Candles Use a good latex or oil-based primer for wood , Biometric Employee Time Clocks surfaces. Some wood , Thomas Chippendale and His Legendary Chairs grains (pine or cheaper grades of oak, for example) may "rise" after a first coat of latex, and priming improves the chances that you can avoid this. The raised grain will feel rough. If this happens, you'll need to sand , Biometric Employee Time Clocks the grain down lightly and prime again. Don't worry; it's not as bad as it sounds when you know what happened!

6. Painting: Finally, time to paint! , Faux Wood Mini Blinds Use a good quality paint , Seeking Balance in Your Home Decor brush. Be careful not to overload your brush with paint , Outdoor Bar Stools and put it on too thickly. This is a common mistake. Painting , Pizzazz Your Front Door and More! in thick layers can lead to ugly drips, cracks, or drying delays. Instead, paint , Beds In A Bag Make You An Instant Designing Pro! in thin coats, allowing time for each coat to dry completely before recoating. This will give you a beautiful , Buy A Richly Scented Candle- Get The Rich Scent Throughout The Room and strong surface.

7. Curing: Follow the instructions on your paint , Mini Blinds are Superior Window Coverings for Small Places can to make sure your new furniture , Office Desk Chairs is safely cured before you begin to use it or place , Cozy and Comfortable -- A Living Room for Winter! objects on top of it. Paints, , Canopy Tents latex in particular, can feel dry well before they really are. When in doubt, I like to wait 24-48 hours before I place , Furniture Tips: How To Choose A Curio Cabinet my newly painted flea-market beauties into service.

Now, enjoy your new furnishings. Use them well and never fear; if they get chipped or you tire of the color, , Buy A Richly Scented Candle- Get The Rich Scent Throughout The Room you know how to , Bean Bag Chairs Choosing the Right One fix it!
© Michel Laurine. Michel Laurine is a faux finisher and decorative painter who enjoys sharing her love of color , How to Clean Mini Blinds and helping clients personalize their homes. , Rustic Furniture - from Grandfather's Log Cabin to My City http://www.greatwallschicago.com

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