There are many steps I take when getting ready to paint a piece of furniture. Usually, I start by cleaning the piece with a degreaser and then doing minor repairs such as tightening screws and stabilizing joints with glue. Occasionally, if the piece has veneer that’s starting to lift or bubble in some areas, I can add a bit of glue underneath with a weight or clamp on top to smooth it out. If the veneer is badly damaged and peeling or large pieces missing, I usually remove the damaged parts since I will be painting anyway. Generally, under older pieces, the wood under the veneer is perfectly suitable for painting.
And sometimes, I leave well enough alone!
Remember Allison’s Dresser and Kelly’s coffee table? The same client had a small rustic table that she wanted me to paint with a similar look. It was an old table her mother had previously refinished with a stain. The table was very sturdy but had a layer of veneer on top that was starting to bubble in one very small area and another huge circular mark that was indented into the top. Instead of removing the veneer, I decided to just add some glue underneath to smooth it out. The top was sanded slightly so that once painted, the circular marks wouldn’t show.
The table had some great markings from a long life of wear that added to its rustic look. Lots of dings and dents and scrapes. Those types of marks are the kind I like to leave! They can add so much character to furniture. I’m sure you’ve even bought new furniture that has a rustic look to it. Those marks are purposely added in the factory and you pay extra!
Pieces of rustic furniture like this I don’t sand heavily! Why ruin a good thing? Once I painted a layer of Coco Chalk Paint®, I brushed on a layer of Briwax Liming Wax and wiped the excess off with a paper shop towel. The liming wax highlights all the imperfections beautifully!
This photo was taken by my kitchen window in the morning sun. You can really see the warmth in the Coco!
Can you see all those beautiful marks? Perfection!
This was an easy 3 step update to do! Clean, paint, wax!
The result looks like so much more!
The best part is this little table has moved from the dark recesses of the basement to a place of pride in its new home!
What do you have hiding in your basement that can be reimagined?