Happy Friday eve and Week 5 of the One Room Challenge! I wish I had time to put together this post earlier for you guys. A LOT has happened in the last week as a whole, and I’m working on wrapping up the last few details before the reveal. I don’t have a lot of progress pictures simply because the bedroom is a lot of soft furnishings / details and I am keeping everything out of the space until I style it for photography, because well…boys. Husband, baby, dog. I don’t want to have to clean anything more than I have to before photos happen. So for now, we will keep it tucked away. 😉
The beautiful light fixture from Matteo, purchased from Union Lighting, was hung and looks great! It gives off a ton more light than the previous fixture, which is excellent. It’s also quite a bit larger in diameter which I love. I always like to go a bit bigger with light fixtures to bring importance and a little bit of drama. This one is 18″ in diameter but also comes in a 24″ diameter or as a 16″ flush mount.
I have been trying SO hard to get the painting of the night stands done for you guys this week but it just hasn’t happened. This is the problem with DIY – if you don’t have the time you’re better off to hire the professional or outsource to someone who can get it done for you. One of the night stands is almost completed and the final coat will be going on tomorrow and the 2nd one will be started. I thought I would share my process on painting furniture.
Here are the night stands I have. They are the Koppang chests from Ikea Canada.
My top 3 tips for painting furniture are:
- Don’t rush it. It’s a long process but each step is really important.
- Sand and prime. This is major. Skip this step and you’re in big trouble.
- Allow for maximum drying time in between all coats.
The material of the Ikea dresser is a combination of fiberboard, particleboard and a laminate foil. The top, legs and sides are fiberboard and particle board which is a really easy surface to prep and paint. The drawer fronts are the foil and have proven to be trickier and that’s because it’s a slightly shiny, hard, almost plastic-like surface.
The first thing you need to do is sand down every surface. I like to use a 180 grit (Fine) sand paper that allows for contouring (this feature allows you to sand any tight areas, like at the top of the side panels below the top overhang, in the corners, etc.). I gave everything a light sanding and then cleaned off all the dust with a damp paper towel, dried it and then vacuumed up any excess dust and dirt.
I removed the drawer fronts and added painters tape along the back side of the drawers as I’m not painting the inside back of the drawers.
Next I prepared my painting area with a plastic tarp and propped all 4 legs up on some cardboard (so it didn’t sink into the carpet) so I can get the paint down to the very bottom of the leg. I then take a paint brush and apply my primer along all the edges, in the corners, over top of the moulding that I added…basically any areas that are not large enough to fit a roller. The primer I am using for these pieces is the same primer I used for my basement office and I loved it. My local Benjamin Moore store recommended it to me for applications like this. It’s called Aqua Lock and is a 100% acrylic, water-based primer. It goes on smooth and fairly thin which is great for furniture and cabinet applications and pretty much has no smell.
Once I’ve primed all the edges and small areas with my brush I smooth out where ever I can with a small foam roller. I then use the foam roller to prime the larger flat surfaces. The drying time for this primer is 30 minutes and a recoat if needed in 1-2 hours. I did 1 coat and actually didn’t get to painting with the Sherwin Williams colour until 24 hours later.
Then when I was ready to paint, I did the exact same process as the primer: paint with a brush in those tighter areas and then used a small foam roller for the larger surfaces.
I cannot stress how important it is to let the paint CURE / DRY COMPLETELY (not just to the touch) before applying the next coat. I got excited and impatient to get it done so once the paint felt dry to the touch I applied the second coat. When I went to check on how the second coat was drying and I touched the one drawer front, my nail scratched the surface a bit and a chip of the paint just flaked right off. I was mortified… BUT once it all dried entirely it was much more durable. I also think it was because it was on the drawer front, which is the foil material. So for the next night stand I’m going to do a bit heavier sanding to scuff up the surface better and I think the primer will hold a bit better (might apply it a little heavier as well).
You would think that with my background in cabinetry and knowing enough about the importance of cabinetry finishing and spraying (IE. LETTING EACH STEP OF THE SPRAYING SURFACE DRY ENTIRELY BEFORE MOVING ON AND NOT RUSHING IT) I would know better. I would see paint lift and crack off cabinet doors and it was because 99.9% of the time because a job was rushed. So don’t rush!! I chose to go with a semi-gloss finish to bring a bit of a contemporary feel back to the chests.
The colour is beautiful. SOOOO beautiful. It’s #6806 Rhythmic Blue from Sherwin Williams.
It’s such a pretty and calming colour. I can feel my anxiety drop when I look at it. So lovely.
So we know to let the 1st coat of paint dry 100%, not just to the touch. Leave them for a few hours or a day before you apply the second coat for the best results and most durability.
Once I get the 2nd night stand done I need to put the knobs back on and that’s about it until the styling! I got some bad news this week about the pillows for my bed – my seamstress is doing everything she can to make them happen before my photoshoot next Tuesday and I am so grateful! Everyone please keep your fingers crossed for me that they are done in time as they are what will bring everything in the room together.
Next week I will have a lot more to show you and even though I will be having photography done for the reveal (fingers crossed) I won’t be leaking those photos until the extended week of the One Room Challenge (November 16th).