Tuesday, June 23, 2009

White Paint!

Yesterday my eldest daughter took some leave! Our day together was filled with things I love to do! We did some thrift shopping, fitted in coffee and a late breakfast and then came back home to paint.We had a few vintage finds which needed some white washing. None of them are going to be high wear and tear, so we used a good quality acrylic paint. I love to paint things, especially white. These are some of my secrets to successful painting -
  • Prepare well - Find the rollers, paintbrushes, paint, newspaper, cleaning cloths, sandpaper, etc before you start.
  • Lightly sand the item and wipe down. It is not necessary to sand down to the bare wood if you are painting. As long as the surface is clean and fresh!
  • Put on your painting clothes. I even have a pair of shoes I keep specially for painting.
  • Use a brush to apply the paint and get into all the odd corners and a small sponge roller for a smooth finish
  • I try to do a few items at a time - it makes all the setting up worth while.
  • Enjoy. I love to transform old and dull and stained into new and vibrant and fresh!!!!

9 comments:

Estelle said...

What a gorgeous idea to spend the day together. I love the pics. (Shoes - crocs?) I don't recall ever having painted anything ... ever. Maybe this should be my inspiration, seeing as there as good insructions.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how everything looks better in white!

Jesse said...

Love the 'find everything first' advice! I also have painting shoes - it can really ruin your day to discover drops of white paint on your favourite shoes.....

kendalee said...

You're so right - white really freshens anything up and makes it feel new and it's so satisfying to transform something in this way. It's been a while since I've done this but you might have inspired me to give something a whitewash this weekend...

flowerpress said...

Makes me want to paint some stuff white!!

Tommy Bahama Bedding said...

I just refinished a chest of drawers from a yucky gold & terra cotta to white & it made a HUGE difference. Love your frame - really pretty :)

Mandy Crooks said...

If you get in the mood for bargin hunting, come to Howick ( I live just outside in Dargle). There are some great places to go to buy unusual pieces of furniture. Let me know if you want more info. I can point you in the right direction!

kat said...

This post is serendipitous - I had a few cans of spraypaint out this past wk end and gave a couple frames a new lease of life. All white too. Now to have some images printed...

elk said...

i have a bench that is in need thanks for the inspiration!