Low Cost Color Samples

When I first started painting and glazing furniture, I discovered that 8 oz. sample of paint were a perfect way to experiment with new colors. 

For example, when I first tried turquoise, I used a sample size from Lowe’s on an end table.  I immediately saw how good it looked on old furniture.  And when I realized how good Black Glaze looked on Turquoise, I was hooked!

Raph Lauren glaze works best of satin finish paint, and since Lowe’s Valspar samples are satin, they are a great way to experiment with paint colors, along with glaze finishes.  (Home Depot’s Behr brand, which is a high quality product, only provides samples in flat finish). 

I continue to purchase sample sizes of new colors.  This past summer I experimented with a couple of yellows found on a special Spring/Summer paint color display at Lowe’s.  Now, Lowe’s has a new display for Fall/Winter, featured colors for our current seasons. 

At just $3, I love picking these up and giving them a try.  The other day, I grabbed two samples from Lowe’s Fall/Winter collection.  “Withered Moss” and “Gold Infusion” are earth toned yellow-greens, and I have tried each on a couple of magnetic chalk boards.  I glazed each with a blend of Black and Tobacco glaze (I call the mix “Espresso”), and I really like these new colors!

An 8 oz. will paint most end tables, and two 8 oz containers will paint a small dresser.  So if you’re in the mood to experiment with color, grab a sample or two, and discover what new colors may work well for your next furniture painting project.

This website is not sponsored by nor in any way affiliated with the Lowe’s, Valspar, Home Depot or Behr brands.

Finding Ralph Lauren Glaze

When in comes to refinishing furniture, GLAZE is my best friend.  Glaze draws out the character and detail of a piece with a weathered charm that is hard to match. As you can see, my cans of glaze do not sit idle.

In my new DIY eBook “Facelift Your Furniture”, I describe in detail what glaze is, and how you can use it step-by-step–with photo illustrations to guide your way.  If you want to learn to glaze painted furniture, you will find this how to guide very helpful!

In the eBook, I recommend Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze as THE product to use on furniture. It is outstanding and works wonders. It is available at Home Depot* and at specialty paint stores.

On the Ralph Lauren website, you can search for the closest paint store selling RL glaze. Follow the link HERE to the search page (far right box) where you can enter your zip code to find the closest store. Two lines down, be sure and designate that you are looking for “Ralph Lauren Paint Stores”.

Oh, and another thing.  RL glaze can be purchased in quarts.  You don’t need to purchase a gallon, and a quart will last you many projects!

*After a three year period of not carrying Ralph Lauren paint products, Home Depot starting carrying the line again July 2014.

Controlling Paint Drips with a Fan

Paint drips on furniture are unsightly!

They are those places where fresh paint slides down, creating a glob of paint that pops out in a way it’s not meant to.

Drips can show up unexpectedly after you’ve painted a piece of furniture.  The love forming around edges or corners.  On flat vertical surfaces, fresh paint can run down the side like an avalanche, leaving a long, thick, wave-like area of paint.  And it does not look nice when it dries!

But a fan can help eliminate this problem.  Turned onto low or medium, and set back several feet from your piece (so that the air is flowing over the whole area), the air movement can speed drying, prevent nasty looking avalanche drips, and insure a smooth coat of paint.

In our new eBook Facelift Your Furniture, I talk about always going on DRIP PATROL after applying primer, paint, glaze or polyurethane.  The fan does not eliminate that step.  But the fan does help prevent drips that can form after you’ve inspected the piece–and it’s something I recommend having handy when you upstyle furniture.

Distressing Furniture with a Chain

There is something that just doesn’t seem right about beating a piece of furniture with a chain!

End Table Distressed with a ChainI’d heard it could be done to distress furniture, but something in me cringed at the idea.  It just didn’t seem right!

Maybe it’s the idea of the damage done being irreversible.  Once the harm is inflicted, there’s no going back. Yet as I’ve learned, banged up furniture is often what makes the painted and glazed look come to life.

How I did it

Lime Green Queen Ann End Table - Before and After from Facelift FurnitureSo I give in, and bought two feet of heavy duty chain at Home Depot.  Then I pondered which piece would by my victim.  The passed over Queen Anne end table, on top of which I had refinished countless other end tables, was my choice.

I’m a newbie to this, so it still seems very strange to think that I beat this piece.  What made me do it was the potential of what could be.  Afterwards, it’s nice cherry finish was dinged up, with little pot marks all over the place.

Sylish Dings

Next came white primer, followed by Lime Green paint.  Then Black Glaze, and man did it make those dings pop!  When the piece was distressed, all the colors–including the original wood finish and white primer–came together to create a fantasic rustic finish.  It’s almost hard to imagine the original table could take on this look!

 

Refinished Formica Octagon End Table

 

Green Octogon End TableA great thing about painting, glazing, and distressing furniture is what can be done with dated pieces. Customers are often surprised to learn that old formica laminate surfaces can be painted!

Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer makes it possible.

This octogon end table is a great example.  It’s painted in Lowe’s Valspar “Homestead Resort Pale Olive”, which was provided by the owner for her custom order.  It was lightly distressed, and has Espresso colored glaze providing an antiqued look that accents the detailed areas.

The great thing about painting pieces like this is that with this newly upstyled look, you would never know it originally had such a dated surface!

Ornate Sea Blue Buffet – Before & After

Ornate Sea Blue Buffet Before & AfterThis ornate buffet was painted, glazed and distressed in Sea Blue and Black Glaze.  Distressing reveals white primer and wood tones.

Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Spray primer was applied to entire piece, so that distressing would reveal contrast of white against  the Sea Blue and Black Glaze.

The top of the piece was painted Sea Blue, like the rest of the piece, and then three coats of Black Glaze were brushed on to create darker look.

 

 

 

 

Ornate Sea Blue Buffet Black Glaze

Distressed Black Vintage Chest & Nightstand

 
SOLD:  Vintage chest of drawers and nightstand.  Painted Black, with linear distressing and newly added hardware (drawers previously had none).  With this major transformation, this set looks great with its updated modern look.  Made by Basset, these are high quality pieces.  All wood dovetail drawers that are deep and with lots of storage.  Chest measures 43″ tall, 34″ wide, 18″ deep.  Nightstand 24″ tall, 18″ wide, 15″ deep. 

The nightstand was previously high-lighted as the eighth transformation in the Nine Needing a New Look series.  Since that post, the new hardware has been added.