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Friday, February 8, 2013

Fast Fix Friday: How to Snazz Up A Boring Old Piece of Furniture

Adding texture (and a little paint) to an old piece of furniture could be a fun way to breath new life into it and maybe even make you fall in love with it all over again.  The next time you feel like redecorating don't head out to the nearest furniture store to buy new stuff.  Instead, give this method a try.

I'll show you how I added a couple of roses to this vintage drawer before I turned it into a pet bed.  But you could use this same method to dress up a plain picture frame or worn a table...or anything you can imagine.  Okay, here's the bed:



You'll need just a couple of supplies:

1.  Water Putty - See this post for mixing instructions
2.  Stencil of your choice
3.  Stencil adhesive
4.  Something to spread the putty with - a putty knife works great but so does a spent gift card

You'll want to start with a prepared surface, so make sure you've sanded it as if you were painting it.  Add the stencil adhesive to the back side of the stencil and let it dry for 10 minutes of so.  It will be tacky when "dry."

Once the adhesive is dry apply the stencil to the piece you're decorating and fill it with the putty.  You want to make sure you have a nice thick layer of putty.  Don't worry too much about smoothing it perfectly as you'll sand it before finishing.

 Let it dry completely, an hour should be plenty of time.  Then simply sand, prime and paint.  I like use two contrasting colors that will make the texture pop.

The paint will "pool up" around the edges of the putty accentuating your design. So, whatcha think?  What will you refinish?

12 comments:

  1. You know what I've used for this? decorating around a fireplace, in fact. Silicone adhesive, that stuff that comes in a big tube. It can be painted, and it dries nice and smooth. Comes in colors and white. Also you can lift the stencil immediately, and continue using it around the area, suits my impatient self.

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    1. Yeah, I could totally see that working. I love silicone! Though I have to admit, I haven't ventured outside of using it as an adhesive.

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  2. Oooh...I love how that turned out! I'm going to be looking around my house now, seeing what I can refinish! LOL
    ~Kim
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    1. :) Good to hear! I'm definitely loving this little trick! And thanks for the invite...partying with you now.

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  3. Oh I love this post! I'm going to have to give this a try. Thanks!

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    1. I can imagine you have plenty of raw material to work with, Bee!

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  4. Those are so pretty! Great tips on how to make it work and look amazing!

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    1. Thanks, the ideas are endless!! I can't wait to do more.

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