It was recently brought to my attention that I have a lot of, shall we say, “projects” piling up in the ole Worthwhile ReStyle workshop. Someone, and I’m not going to name any names (MY HUSBAND!) has asked me to clear out some space. He likes to say I’m one item away from being a true hoarder. I usually beg to differ!
In any case, this time, I kinda agree. At the start of the week, I had seven pieces of furniture just waiting for a ReStyle. So I decided to challenge myself to paint a piece a day. Not only that, I want to challenge myself to literally finish each piece in one day.
First up was this little nightstand I did yesterday. I wish I had a “before” pic, but I was too excited to get started. I picked her up at an online auction for less than $10. I knew I wanted to do her in blue (big surprise!) and this was the perfect opportunity to use that $2 quart of Oops! paint I got at Home Depot a few months ago.
One of the reasons I wanted to use it, in addition to its awesome shade of blue, is that I had never tried my Websters Chalk Paint Powder mixed in an eggshell finish. I’ve always just used flat. But, OMG! I think I am an eggshell convert! The Websters gave it such a smooth consistency, and the brush strokes just disappeared. And the best thing of all is that it only took one coat!
After she was dry, I rubbed on a thin coat of the Fiddes wax, and the finish became soft as silk. I usually like to run a 600 grit sandpaper lightly over the surface to really get it smooth, but in this case, it wasn’t necessary.
I started the little blue nightstand at about 2:00 while my baby napped, and I put the finishing coat of wax on at 9pm. I think the total work time was only about an hour.
So, as I said, I have six more pieces waiting for me this week. Up today is this drop-side buffet. Very 70’s, and the top is a shiny veneer. No worries though, because with Websters Chalk Paint Powder mixed in the “paint & primer in one” paint, I don’t even need to prime. I think I’m going to paint her slate grey and set her up as a bar in the shop with all my mid-century barware on top. Hopefully I’ll be back with some “after” pics tomorrow!
I’m dedicated to get my, shall we call it, “stock-piling of projects,” under control by the end of the week. So my mantra this week is: A painted piece a day keeps the hoarder at bay. I’ll let you know how it goes.