First of all, if my grandmother reads this, she will absolutely hang me. She had given me this old dining buffet with a hutch which is beautiful. However, it just needed to be updated just a smigin to this era. That's a proper form of measurement right?
We don't currently have a dining room table, but within the next few years, I'll find a way to convince hubby that it's not just a waste of space.
So this is what I started out with...
I recently unloaded the car so it's quite a mess. Note to self - Clean the house.
Since this piece of furniture was real wood and still in great condition, I decided to prime it up before painting. I took drawers, doors and screws out and patched all the holes. I think primed every part that I was going to paint.
After making a few modifications and about 2 coats of black paint, this is what it turned out to be. I'm very happy with it. Now I'm working on making baskets of some sort to put on the shelves. They're just dying for some attention.
I think it looks great and will work just as well with a dining room set when we decide to get one.
Just to follow up; here are a few painting furniture tips...
1. Before painting, sand down the furniture. This allows for the paint to adhere better and gives a fresh surface.
2. Priming before you paint can be pretty important. If you don't, the paint will not stick and will just peel right off especially with laminate. I suggest having your primer tinted if working with dark colors.
3. Make sure you put enough coats on and get in the little crevices. I use a roller and then a regular paint brush to get into the small spots.
4. Let it dry! : ) I know I have a problem with this and when I let my excitement get the best of me, I later pay for it and have to remove paint from something or repaint a certain area.