My husband and I have been married for almost 23 years and we have had this one book shelf the entire time of our marriage. I have used it in every room in our older home and only a few rooms in our current home. It has been used as a different kinds of storage almost every time.
I wanted to use it in my dinning room that I have been converting into a school room but the color of the wood was not the look I was going for, so I decided to paint it and still have this one piece of furniture stay a part of our home and in a room that I have yet to have it in.
The first step is to take the furniture apart, by removing any hardware. Put the hardware in a safe place for when the painting is finished.
Once you have the hardware removed, you will want to sand down the entire furniture, including underneath and the back. We used an electric hand sander to make the job go quickly and smoothly.
After you have sanded all the parts of the furniture, be sure to clean the woods with a damp wash cloth to remove all dust from the woods surface.
Be sure to place a drop cloth down on your working area (we used our dinning room table, so it was easier on my back). Stir your choice of paint really well and have a high quality paint brush ready for the job.
We took a door of a new piece of furniture to match the paint exactly that we are using to store our children's school supplies in to keep our formal dinning room looking inviting to guest but functional for our everyday needs in our homeschooling. It worked perfectly!
We purchased the paint with primer already in it, so it was a faster project and a better finish.
We did two coats on parts of the furniture and waited for about 2 hours in between coats.
Once the paint has dried completely and set for at least 24 hours, you are able to put the furniture back together. Yes, my 5 year old was thrilled to be apart of the finishing project and get to use a screw driver.
In the end, you will LOVE the new look to your once stained wood, but with a paint color that you will love to compliment your home with.
We absolutely love the new look to a cherished piece of furniture. Hoping it stays with us for another 20 plus years! However, I'm sure that I will repaint it at some point.