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 accommodate 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:
Ignoring the super dark color (ahem and the blur), the height and width were perfect and I really liked the extra little molding detail on the top.
Before doing anything I thoroughly read the info and watched these videos on how to spray paint furniture and how to glaze furniture.
Here’s the supply list:
- Spray paint primer and silver spray paint
- Furniture glaze and tint color (1 pint of each is enough for about 900 projects)
- Foam brush, rag, and mixing container
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).
Every blog I read swears by Kilz spray primer so I made sure to get that. I went with Rust-oleum spray paint because they had metallic silver (and have since decided they are my go-to, the spray nozzle works great and doesn’t clog). The glaze and paint were shockingly more expensive then I thought, but I’ve already used them on about a dozen projects so it was a solid investment.
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:
I had the wood filler on hand from another project, and it didn’t matter what color it was because it was going to be painted anyway. Basically you just squeeze it in the holes you need filled, let it dry, then sand it smooth and drill your new hole wherever you need it.
AND THEN THE FUN BEGAN! I spread out a hugeeee tarp in my yard because over spray will happen, and I primed the whole thing:
SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE that can of primer because if not it’ll leave a very gritty texture on your furniture. Then spray light thin coats from left to right until it’s done, starting and ending off the furniture. The whole thing was primed AND dried in under 10 minutes. I love you, spray primer.
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:
Ba-zam! Look at that shine! NOTE: Clearly metallic furniture isn’t for everyone. You can use any color one the furniture and any color for the glaze (black and brown are most common). So if you wanted an antique looking dresser, you could paint it a nice cream and glaze it with brown.
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 (kind of like Elmer’s glue in color and consistency) 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:
I bought the hardware at Home Depot. Because this was such an old piece of furniture the wood was really thick and I had to use the screws from the previous knobs because the new ones were too short- always save your old hardware, people! Also, note how I let the glaze settle in edges and cracks.
And now, VOILA!
I love this thing. The pictures don’t do it justice- it really looks distressed and beat up (in a good way!) and I’m super proud of it. My spray paint and glazing days aren’t over.
Before it looked like this in its’ little home:
Totally doesn’t match, but works shape-wise. And oh, what a sad looking living room.
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?!
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