By Nichole Roell
- Search the local classifieds and for-sale-by-owner websites for low priced or free pieces that would be worthy of refinishing. Look for solid wood construction as opposed to particle board for the best result.
- Check the mismatched paint section of your local hardware store for reduced-price paint, or visit Pope Douglas Solid Waste’s reuse room for the chance to find paint, primer, thinner and more, absolutelyfree. *Note: Be sure to read the labels on your paint and primer cans to make sure the bases are OK to use together. Sometimes oil and water just don’t mix.
- Don’t skip this step! Sand your piece thoroughly to remove imperfections and get the surface ready for painting. You’ll be disappointed if all your hard work flakes off in a week or two. Once it’s sanded, prime the surface and sand again.
- Thin down your paint and apply multiple coats. While it requires more work, you’ll get more even coverage and fewer pesky paint drips.
- Add the details, and enjoy!
• Inexpensive, decorative wooden appliques can be purchased just about anywhere that sells lumber and can add a lot of personality to your piece.
• Hardware can make a huge difference in the overall feel of the piece. If you don’t like the handles or knobs, change them!
• If you want a rustic look, use a stiff dry brush and add a touch of black or dark brown paint to the edges, or use a dark primer and sand away some of the paint.
• Want a truly unique look? Decoupage. Try lace, old family photos, fabric or a vintage map.