Hello, HomeRight readers, it is Lindsay from My Creative Days. I am here to tell you about one of my favorite DIY tools that I think gets overlooked far too often. A lot of my furniture projects involve paint. I love to find wood furniture that is in need of a makeover and slap some paint on it to make it look new again. I may distress it and I may use some wax on top of the paint as well. There are times when I run into a piece of furniture that has layers of paint on it and I need to strip it before I decide what direction I want to take with the makeover.
My latest find was exactly that.
I couldn't buy this piece fast enough from the thrift store and get it home to start tinkering with it.
The blue color was not good and the top was peeling pretty bad. The peeling is what made me most excited about this little piece because it let me know that the paint would probably peel off pretty easily.
There were so many other details and features this piece had. First off, the size was amazing! I love small pieces of furniture because we have small spaces in our home. There is something about a small cabinet or dresser that speaks to me. This little piece had my heart with its size alone.
There was also great detail on the sides and the keyholes on the front were so charming.
I had to start working on it right away.
I grabbed my HomeRight Heat Gun to start the transformation.
To use it, I just heated the paint until it started bubbling. Then, I used a scraper to scrape the paint off the piece. I don't like the use stripper on pieces.
It is a long process and it doesn't always work. It is also very cold in Iowa right now and you need a lot of ventilation when you use stripper so I can't do it inside. The heat gun makes jobs like this easy to do no matter what the weather is like. To be honest, I get hooked doing this when it works well. I can't stop it. It is like peeling off wallpaper when it comes off in long strips - it is exciting when it comes off easily! :-)
The paint came off every easily. Some projects don't work this well, but the two layers of old paint on this cabinet was peeling right off after I heated it up.
Once I got all the paint off that I could, I used my orbital sander to sand the piece down smooth.
I loved the color of the wood underneath, but it wasn't even and I knew I wanted to paint this cabinet when I bought it. I just didn't want the blue paint showing through and if it was already peeling off, I wanted to get as much of it off before I repainted it.
I chose the color "Drop Cloth" from Dixie Belle Paint for this piece. It is one of my favorite paint colors for furniture.
I had plans for this piece fitting on the side of our bed when I got it done. We have a small bedroom, so only small furniture will work and the paint color fit our room perfectly.
It took two coats of paint to cover it. I used sandpaper around some of the edges to distress it just slightly. I distressed the key holes a little more so they would stand out.
I added some new hardware and this piece was done!
I put it on the side of our bed, but after having it here for a few days, it isn't going to work. It is a small piece, but like I said, our bedroom is small and it needs to be a little smaller for it to work. I am hoping to find another spot for it in the house.
If you liked this project, I would love to have you stop over to my blog mycreativedays.com to see the other projects I am working on!
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