We’ve been living in our house for almost a year now and I’ve done some pretty crafty projects, like my kitchen art and living room shutters (here and here), but nothing super crazy- nothing where I had no idea what I was doing- UNTIL NOW!
We shifted some living room furniture around to accomodate the fact that we actually have furniture now and in doing so I needed an accent piece for our entryway. I immediately knew that whatever we got I wanted it to be a DIY project, so I went looking around at the Salvation Army but I didn’t find anything. Then we went to the Restore (a store that sells Habitat for Humanity project remnants) and we struck gold:
Before doing anything I thoroughly read the info and watched the videos on how to spray paint furniture and how to glaze furniture. Even if you’re not planning to do either and you’re just looking for inspiration, All Things Thrifty is an awesome blog.
Ok now that I’ve given thanks where thanks is due…. yesterday morning I went out and got my supplies. Spray paint primer and silver spray paint at Home Depot and furniture glaze and tint at Sherwin Williams. Home Depot did not, and does not, sell furniture glaze- wtf – but a chain paint store will AND Sherwin Williams was awesome. They gave me 10% off for being a first time customer and another 20% off because there was a sale going on (even though I didn’t have the coupon).
I did not sand down the piece before painting it because with glazing you want to have all the nooks and knicks you can get. I did however have to drill a new hole for bottom draw hardware because I couldn’t find anything that matched up with the drill holes that already existed:
AND THEN THE FUN BEGAN! I spread out a hugeeee tarp in my yard because spray paint scares me and I primed the whole thing:
It took me a little over a one can of primer for the whole thing, but that is absolutely because I used too much. It should have taken less then one can. I know this because by the time I got to the second coat I had calmed down with the laying-it-on thick and had much better, smoother results:
Again, slow, thin even coats from left to right. And again, under 10 minutes to dry! However, I suggest leaving it for an hour just to let it cure up a little before you get to the fun part: THE WONDERFUL GLAZE. The glaze itself is white and then I got the blackest black paint I could. Use three parts glaze to one part paint: for this piece I used one cup of glaze and 1/3 cup of paint and it was plenty for me to go over it twice.
I don’t have pictures of the glazing step because I was horrified to stop and take a picture and risk it drying, but basically you paint it on there thick with a foam brush taking care to work it into the nooks and edges then you wipe it off with a wrung out damp rag and wipe again with a dry rag. Pay particular attention to leave some around edges, grooves, and dents. Remember you can always do more layers if you want to be conservative the first time around (I did).
After the glazing was done it was time for new hardware:
And now, VOILA!
Before it looked like this in its’ little home:
Now it looks like this:
- I would only spray prime projects if I was in a hurry or if it was a bigger piece, like this one or larger, because spray primer add$ up fast.
- I will absolutely, on the other hand, continue to do the top coat in spray paint because it gives you a much more even, professional look.
- Glazing is so super easy! Don’t be afraid of it!
So what do you think? Thoughts or suggestions? Have you ever glazed furniture before?!