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  • Turquoise chest of drawers with pulls painted black, from the Facelift Furniture DIY Blog.Turquoise is a signature color and top choice for painting, glazing, and distressing old furniture at Facelift Furniture. Whenever I’m about to refinish a weary, old piece of vintage furniture, it’s one of the first options that comes to mind.

    It’s a go-to color because of the refreshing, bold, out-of-the-box look. We’ve refinished a lot of furniture in this color, and our favorites can be seen in our Turquoise Refinished Furniture collection.

    On this chest of drawers, I also spray painted the original vintage pulls black. They are a great match with Turquoise and Black Glaze, which creates a weathered and antiqued look on the piece.

  • How to spray paint vintage furniture pulls.Give dated hardware a whole new life and look! From the Facelift Furniture DIY blog.When furniture pieces are refinished with a painted, glazed and distressed look, the original pulls and knobs on the piece may appear outdated and undesirable.

    A great option for updating and reusing them is to paint the pulls and knobs a new color. Along with the new color of the refinished piece of furniture, the painted pulls and knobs help take the look of the piece in a whole new direction.

    I’m a big fan of this option, and often paint hardware black or a dark bronze. The key to spray painting pulls is cleaning them thoroughly and using a high quality spray paint.

    Here are the steps I use to get the job done:

    1. Purchase Krylon Fusion spray paint from Walmart. Satin or flat black are my favorites, and I’ve found this brand to provide the most durable adhesion and reliable coverage.
    2. Scrub the hardware clean with vinegar and a firm plastic scrub brush. Soak in vinegar for 60 minutes prior if coated with residue from years of use. Thoroughly scrub off residue, rinse with water, and then dry with a towel.
    3. Set up an old board in an outdoor area, preferably in the sun (will speed drying), to lay your pulls upon for painting. Because of the strong fumes, I don’t recommend using spray paint indoors.BoardLayout
    4. If your pulls have hanging handles, start by flipping them up and painting the backsides first. The same goes for knobs. Follow the application directions on the can, start by painting the handles flipped up. Wait a few minutes, then using a small stick, flip the handles down and paint the fronts of the handles as well as the entire pull.
    5. Circle around the pulls and make sure all angles are covered. Apply enough to provide a thick coat, yet without the paint starting to drip.
    6. Allow 24 hours for complete dry time. I leave them outside as long as possible before moving into the garage before dark.
    7. Reattach to your newly refinished piece of furniture!

    Spray painting vintage pulls is a great way to give them a new look that compliments a piece of furniture that’s been painted, glazed, and distressed.

    Turquoise Dresser Black Ornate Pulls Detail

     

     

  • This month, I’m blessed to be moving my furniture painting set up from our garage to a studio.  The past several months, my wife Julie patiently endured our garage being over run with furniture projects.  Soon, the minivan will be back in it’s rightful home, hidden from the hot Texas sun!Almost a year ago, before our daugther arrived, I finally painted our dining table.  It was long overdue, as the top was terribly water stained, and our kids were to a point where a table cloth would have to be replaced daily due to kiddo spills.  So in our garage, I sanded it and applied black rustoleum semi-gloss paint, with a 6 inch cabinet roller.  It turned out great–except the chairs didn’t match.

    Fast forward 10 months, the chairs and table are now quite the combination!

    A while back, I promised Julie we would tackle the chairs this weekend.  So Friday night on our back patio, with Brillo pads in hand, we scoured over each chair, cleaning them down to the original stained wood.  On Saturday afternoon, I painted the chairs, using 4 extra large cans of black semi-gloss Rustoleum professional high performance spray paint.  The photo below chairs the last chair to be painted, contrasting the old with the new.

    After a few hours of drying, I returned to the chairs and used course sand paper to linear distress each chair.  Wow, did they all of a sudden pop out with great character!  I did the same with the table inside too.

    Then last night, while watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Julie and I recovered the seat cushions with zebra print oil cloth.  The material, which Julie ordered online, is a plastic or vinyl type covering that will allow us to wipe off every last mess our 4 kiddos make on their chairs.  That is a huge relief, as our former cushions, recovered by Julie and her mom a year after we were married, became quite the eyesore after many little person spills.  See below for what I’m talking about!  We are so glad guests to our home will no longer sit on those covers.

    Finally, right before midnight, the final product was complete!  We are really excited about our new family dining set.  It’s amazing how the chairs are transformed, and has a great look that is very family friendly.

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