With only a few suggestions from a friend and tips from Pinterest, I headed off to Lowe’s to pick out paint. Yes, paint was the only thing I thought of at that time because it seemed like the most fun! Little did I know, I was about to become completely overwhelmed at the amount of paint stripper, sand paper grit, paint gloss, paint brush types, finishing wax and polyurethane. I will forever be thankful for James, the best and most patient Lowe’s employee in my opinion, for taking the time to explain each product to me.
Here are a few of my favorite products I used for these products, all can be found at Lowe’s. For your benefit, I am writing this post a year after refurbishing so I can give you accurate reviews and tips for your next project.
1. Be prepared for a lot of sanding. I suggest wearing one of those silly looking masks dentists wear, I tried to avoid it and found myself sneezing and coughing saw dust for days. In addition to sanding, I used Jasco premium paint remover to remove the stain from the coffee table.
3. If you can possibly avoid it, do NOT paint/refinish your furniture on a humid day. I learned this the hard way while I was applying the finishing wax to my dresser/TV stand. If you cannot avoid the humidity, don’t fret. The wax will dry…with time. I had to wait a few days for mine and from my research, that can be common.
4. As much as I loved Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, I loved my bank account more. I found a DIY chalk paint recipe on Pinterest that a friend suggested to paint the dresser and night stand. You can find that here http://sunflowerhugs.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-version-of-diy-chalk-paint.html . It turned out great for me and was easy to make!
As always, thanks for reading!