Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bedroom makeover: Painting Furniture

I am finally getting the next tutorial for my master bedroom makeover. I've already showed you the overall transformation, the bookcase transformation, the important date wall decor, and the book page rose wall art.

Today I am going to talk about the yellow pieces in my room, the nightstands and the horizontal book case.
Annie Sloan English Yellow
My master bedroom makeover really began with my nightstands.  We had two mismatched nightstands that were dated and didn't match a thing.  While shopping I saw some tables in a great yellow color and knew that was the pop color I wanted, unfortunately I could never find any nightstands in the color I wanted that didn't cost way too much money.

For Christmas, my mother-in-law purchased these great nightstands that I loved, taller height, a drawer and a place to put things out of sight. They are the Napa White Nightstands found here on Overstock,  now all they needed was some fun color.
I removed the handle from the drawer and taped up the hinges and the rest of the handles then began painting.  I used Annie Sloan English Yellow. I did not paint the inside of the nightstands.  I used two coats and then finished with the clear wax.
yellow nightstand
For tips on painting with Annie Sloan paint- see this post here.

I love the finished look and the great color that it adds to the room.
Painting a nightstand

Horizontal Book Case
horizontal bookcase
Since my first book case was now more display, I needed a place for my books.

I wanted a long horizontal book case for my reading nook and found this piece at Target.
white bookcase
It comes in several colors, but I got it in the white as I knew I would be painting it the same color as the nightstands and wanted the finished color to come out the same, so I picked furniture with the same base color.

Now Annie Sloan paint is wonderful and you can paint on just about any surface, but it isn't perfect.

The back of this piece is one of those folded cardboard like pieces that you just nail onto the back, it had a very smooth and almost shiny finish and when I began painting it, it started bubbling up.   Even after painting it several times, the paint had holes, steaks and bubbles.

Since I had already tried to paint one part, I couldn't just leave it white.  I then decided to finish the big back sides with contact paper.

I took out the shelves and measured the space.  The contact paper I used was a roll from the dollar store, I began at the top and then slowly peeled off the protective backing and smoothed down the piece.  It stuck wonderfully and I loved it and was as much easier process then the wrapping paper I used for the gray bookshelf.
redoing a bookcase
I did make sure to tape around the edges of the inside shelves as I did paint the insides but left the back white.
taping furniture while painting

I absolutely loved how the black flowers looked compared to yellow.
There are a few shiny spots as the paint wasn't fully dry, I get  overly excited when I finish a project
The final look
While the flower paper doesn't really show, it was added more out of necessity after realizing the paint wasn't adhering correctly, but someday if I wanted to change things around it has a beautiful background all ready to go.

To see the rest of my master bedroom makeover- click here. I will continue to add the tutorial links to that original post. 

Do you keep books you have already read or do you get rid of them?

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  1. I love it! I'm always worried about painting furniture with laminate surfaces. I love how you fixed the problem. Will definitely remember this when I get up the courage to start doing some painting of my own!

    1. Yes, I have done several laminate pieces and they work out wonderfully with the chalk paint. The back piece I think had just a really weird waxy finish that just wasn't covering right, but the rest, so easy!

  2. I really enjoyed this post. I love the flower background inside the shelves.

    1. Thank you! Yes, even though it wasn’t originally planned to have that, I love how it turned out in the end and so glad I ended up having to do that

  3. I keep them. It may be super outdated in this electronic age but I've always wanted a huge library! :)

  4. I really like. Now would you come paint my cabinets for me since no one will allow me to paint... lol :). I have all the stuff :)

  5. You are so talented! I really like how you put contact paper on the back of the bookshelf--it looks adorable, even if it is covered up by books!

    1. Awe thank you! I do love it too, I almost wanted to leave those shelves more blank but I really needed the space for all my books :)

  6. It's so hard to get the right yellow...and this is the PERFECT yellow!

  7. Did you prime the piece as well before painting?

    1. Nope- that is the great thing about the chalk paint, no priming required. Just make sure the pieces are clean and start painting.

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