Wednesday, April 20, 2011

painted boys bed.

the other day, i painted a bed blue. i wasn't going to show it, since it was a simple color transformation, but i decided to show it and offer a few tips on how to get a smooth finish when you are hand-painting furniture.

i've done a lot of work for little graham's mom, and she always has a new project for me! i painted this for his room a while back:
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he's getting ready to transfer to a big boy bed, so the bed needed to match his other furniture, which was navy blue.


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after!

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to get a smooth, factory-like finish, you can use a furniture roller, rather than a brush or standard roller. they are small, foam rollers. it's important not to over-roll -- just roll enough to cover your piece, and stop there. over-rolling creates ugly roller marks in your finish. i have no idea why, but it does!

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i also use a purdy cub brush, which i was talking about the other day. this brush is a high-quality cut-in brush. the reason to use a high-quality brush is that a)the bristles are THIN, which creates fewer brush marks (which will make it look like you painted your piece, vs having a pro do it :) ) and b) the bristles are dense and pointed in a direction that promotes easy access to hard to reach places in your furniture.

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apply THIN coats of paint. if your paint starts getting too thick, and you start seeing roller lines or brush marks too easily, water it down a little.


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34 comments:

  1. Very Very nice! Thanks for the tips!

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  2. Lovely- wonderful painting tips...I will be picking up a Purdy cub brush next time I'm at the paint shop for sure!

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  3. What order do you cut in/roll? What about painting multiple layers? The bed looks great! Love your blog by the way, it keeps me inspired to DIY!

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  4. Good basics to know and I love the A is for Alligator (naturally!!!) -Kate

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  5. jermaine - i cut in first, then roll. i feel like you cover more paintbrush marks that way. i do paint multiple, thin layers. i did 3 on this bed! and thank you. :)

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  6. Thanks for the tips on getting a professional finish. I'm about to repaint an old dresser I picked up at a garage sale so this is perfect timing.

    Hey I know that you're in the atlanta area and just came across this posting on the free section of CL. I wanted to let you know about it hoping you'll be able to score something since I can't. :(

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  7. link :) http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/zip/2338264295.html

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