Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's all daisies


Hello!  Sorry I've been quiet the past couple of days, but I've been up to my eyeballs in yellow paint.  My buffet project is almost complete!  I still need to apply another coat of paint in a few places and pick out some new hardware, but other than that I'm done.  Happy dance.  Here's how I tackled the project.
  • I made a trip to my local hardware store and picked up the following supplies:
    1. 100-grit sandpaper
    2. Kilz oil-based primer
    3. Ace Royal latex paint in Yellow Daisy
    4. Small foam roller
    5. Cheap paintbrush for oil paint (to use with primer)
    6. Paint mixing sticks


  • I chose to tackle the sanding and priming before I assembled the buffet.  I laid out all the pieces and gave them a quick sand with the 100-grit sandpaper.  The wood had an "antique" stain, but it wasn't too shiny so I didn't need to do much sanding.  

  • I cleaned off the dust from the sanding and then used the foam roller to apply a thin coat of the Kilz oil-based primer to each of the pieces.  I chose oil-based primer after reading that this was the best choice for painting furniture.  It's supposed to provide better stain-blocking and coverage than latex primer.  (It does have a very strong chemical odor. I recommend opening your windows when you use this).  I allowed each side to dry for a little more than an hour, then flipped them over and applied primer to the other sides.  I let the pieces sit and dry overnight. 

  • My original plan was to paint the pieces before I assembled the buffet, but I decided not to do this because I was worried that the paint would chip.  So with my pieces primed and dry, I dove into the assembly.  WARNING: The picture below may scare the crap out of you.  


  • I think that's the most amount of screws, nuts, bolts I've seen in one place before!  I made some good progress and was thinking "easy peasy" then I realized I had a piece on backwards.  Doh!  Glad I didn't paint first.  This guy would be chipping by now.
  • Once I was confident that I had assembled the base correctly, I started painting.  
  • And here's how she's looking this morning.  I kind of like her.  Sometimes I walk into the room and it's like "Damn, that's bright" and other times it's like "Damn, that makes me happy."  I'm not gonna lie, it came out a little brighter than I was expecting and depending on the time of day and/or lighting, the color looks dramatically different (example: pictures above and below).  I'm going to finish the other changes to the room before I make a decision to repaint her a lighter shade or not.  And yes, she is a she.


2 comments:

  1. This is so great !!!!!! I have just ordered one of these cabinets, and was planning to paint it, so this is soooo useful. Any more tips?

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    1. Thanks! I would assemble everything but the drawers, cabinets, and shelves, before you start priming and painting that way you don't have to worry about chipping as you're putting the bigger, heavier pieces together. I'd prime and paint the drawer fronts, cabinets, and shelves before assembling them that way you don't have to do a bunch of taping. Also, you may want to use a polyurethane to seal the paint once it's dried. I definitely recommend at least doing this to the surface of the sideboard if you plan to use it for food/beverages. I had some problems with bottles leaving rings and stains because I didn't use poly. Good luck! It's a big project but nice to have a custom, affordable piece!

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