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Painting a Department Store Furniture

I often find it hard to find suitable furniture in department stores. From SM, Landmark even Puregold and other small, “low-end” furniture shop, they all look the same. The finish is often laminate–same old maple brown, black and sometimes but rarely white. Like this shoe rack. There were no other choices but black. It would have worked well if I were going for a zen look or if I pursued my initial red-black-white color scheme for the living room. But like I said, I’m working on transforming our ground floor into something light and airy like a beach cottage.

I have to get rid of the large dark pieces especially this shoe rack, the TV stand and my two red sofas because they suck the light out of a room and I need pieces that would reflect light. And being cheap, buying new furniture is out of the question. So the solution, PAINT ’em!

Please read on to see what this shoe rack looked like before I painted it.

It wasn’t that bad-looking but I hate how boring it looked, so typically department store-ish…

I wasn’t sure before if I could paint laminated wood but thanks to google again, it can! All you have to do is clean the furniture thoroughly first if it had been with you for quite a long time. Dirt and grime are the worst enemies of paint. Once it is clean and dry, sand it a bit until white flecks appear. (I used 220-grit sandpaper, P10/sheet.) Be careful not to sand too much though. You don’t want to totally ruin the laminates and see the wood show. You just need to remove the sheen a bit so that the primer would stick to the surface. Once you’re done sanding, clean it again, prime it then let it dry completely. Buff the primed surface lightly again using 220-grit sandpaper.

This is how it looked like after priming it.

Now you can paint the surface using a paint brush (for the edges only. You don’t like brush strokes on the surface) and foam roller. You may need multiple coats to ensure good and even coverage especially if you are painting a dark colored piece with light paint like the shoe rack. For frequently used furniture like tables, you may need to add a few coats of polyurethane to protect the paint. I didn’t use one for this though.

Here’s a shot of my fickle-mindedness.

I like the dark shade of turquoise but it looked out of place. I was thinking of doing a white stencil design in the middle, hoping it could tie the look. FAIL!

And now my “brand-new” shoe rack…

I mixed the turquoise color myself using thalo green and thalo blue. I don’t have the exact proportion but to come up with this shade, it should be about 60% green 40% blue.  (plus tons of white, 90% white  6% green 4% blue) Just start with a teeny bit tinting color. Remember, ‘too light’ is easier to deal with than ‘too dark’.

Me, Bryce and Turtle goofing around. Did I tell you I love my new shoe rack?

Materials Used:

Sandpaper (220 grit) – P10/sheet

Foam Roller – P40-60

Paint brush – 3 for P88 (Saizen)

Boysen Flat Wall Enamel (for priming)

Boysen Quick Dry Enamel – P585/ gallon

Thalo Green and Thalo Blue Tinting Colors

Paint Thinner

Masking Tape

* Don’t mind the copy on the images. It was just me dreaming how it would look like featured in a magazine. Heehee!

30-Day Design Challenge Overview

If  you could remember my first post about finally having the ideal color scheme for the house, well, I’m glad to announce that it’s a work in progress. The 30-day challenge includes:

1. Making the first floor (Living room/work area, dining room, kitchen and the unknown area next to the dining room) bright, clean-looking and organized.

2. Budget: P15,000 (or less, maybe 10?)

Basically, I want the house to have this kind of feel, light and airy like a beach cottage.  (more…)

Goodbye Boring Computer Chair!

Updating a computer chair is one of the easiest furniture make over to do. All you need are the following:

– A yard of cool fabric (or bigger if your chair is bigger, of course)

*I guess any fabric would do. It shouldn’t necessarily be an upholstering one. I used cotton fabric here, the one I got from Market!Market!

– Spray paint of choice (make sure it can be applied on plastic directly  because other spray paint requires primer first)

– Screw driver (for disassembling the chair and taking out the staples)

– Staple gun

That’s it! No sewing required.

This isn’t exactly step by step but I guess you can easily figure this out yourself. First, disassemble the chair. The black rubber thing around the seat and back rest needs to be removed too.I don’t have a picture but it can be opened and you’ll see that it is just attached with a hundred staples. Just be patient with it.

Next, spray paint the “skeleton”. No need to remove the wheels unless you’re that OC. *Heehee*. You may want to do this step first so when you’re done upholstering the seats, the paint has dried and ready for re-assembling.

Then, there’s a black fabric covering the back of the back rest. You can remove that if you want to put it back. Otherwise, don’t bother. You can always cover it with another fabric just like what I did. (I covered it with the same fabric because I don’t have a plain colored one that would match my printed fabric. It turned out well, right?) Cut the fabric by following the shape of the seat and staple away! It’s as easy as covering a book. The edges can get tricky though.

For the seat, I didn’t bother covering it anymore since the chair is low enough for anyone to see it anyway. (I checked, by the way, just in case someone fall on his face and accidentally caught a glimpse of the underside.)

If you could see the last picture, that’s the back of the seats. The staples can still be seen but I don’t want to put back the ugly rubber thingies. The seat is fine though, but the back rest looks unfinished. I would have to find a way to cover it. Will post when I have the answer. 🙂

Here’s the computer chair again, looking like a fashionista!


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