It’s no secret that paint can transform practically anything. Whether you’re painting a bedroom or an old piece of furniture a little paint can go a long way!
Today we are sharing how we painted a few pieces of furniture at our Marco Island Beach condo and how by doing this, it transformed the space and made it so much brighter! The main piece we focused on was the buffet table. I showed this DIY painted buffet on my Instagram stories and have had a lot of requests for the details and the paint I used.
Before I get into the details of how I painted this DIY piece, let me give a little background on our beach place. We bought it last February quite spontaneously after our first visit to the Island. My husband and I fell in love with the beach and the laid back homey vibe of the Island and thought it would be a great vacation home and a nice place to take a break from the Minnesota cold winer months. We hooked up with a realtor who showed us several beach front properties and a few weeks later we were owners! All the properties we looked at were being sold fully furnished, and luckily we liked most of the furniture here. We changed some things around and replaced a few smaller pieces but the big pieces have stayed. Also the walls were painted a light pretty blue color (sorry I don’t know the name) but I knew they would look better with white furniture. After a years time I decided to paint the large buffet that sits against the blue wall.
Here is how I DIY painted my buffet. Since the buffet had a glossy finish, the first thing I did was give it a light scuff sanding with fine grit sand paper. Then I painted on the first coat with Glidden grab-n-go paint and primer in antique white. This paint went on very easily, and it adhered and covered well.
It dried quickly so I went ahead and painted the second coat on. I was losing the light so I decided to let it dry over night. In the morning I applied a glaze with Valspar dark antiquing wax. I’ve used this wax before and find it very easy to use. I like to lay it on with a slightly damp brush and wipe off with a damp cloth. This gives me better control of how dark or light I want the antiquing to look.
My last step is to distress it a bit by sanding the edges with a fine grit sand paper. I went over some of the distressed areas again with the dark wax for emphasis. This DIY paint technique is really so easy anyone can do it.
In the end I love the way it turned out and it really brightened the whole space!
I decided to paint the two side tables next to the sofa with this same DIY paint technique.
Again the white paint makes the space brighter and carries some cohesion across the room.
And there you have it, an easy way to DIY paint furniture without using expensive chalk paint! Latex paint is also more durable then chalk paint and will hold up and wear better. We love using paint to makeover any space or furniture because its such an easy and affordable way to get a completely different look!
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Kim & Lacey