And I have been wanting to refinish it ever since I got it. Now that we have the garage I could finally get to work.
First, I took off all the hardware to spray paint it black. Then I took a good hard look at the legs. Unfortunately, I wanted to take the metal base off too - but the screws were stripped so I had to leave them on. I decided to go ahead and get a good base spray on first and then when they were dry, I taped them off and I started sanding and painting.
Since this piece was veneered - I knew I couldn't go straight at it with a sander. That would have just torn it to pieces. So I started with a medium grade steel wool and did an initial pass. I then went back over and filled in anything I could sand down with wood filler. After another pass with the medium grade steel wool, I went one final round with a fine grade steel wool. It was nice and smooth at the end.
I primed with Zinnser's Bulls Eye Water Based Primer which is a low VOC formula and fantastic! I also forgot to take any pictures between that point and the final project. Oops! The primer went on really well and once it was on, I painted with two coats of Valspar Ultra Premium High Gloss Paint in Woodlawn Bedroom White. View swatch below.
(If you didn't know, Valspar has partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve colors from many different historic homes. Woodlawn was originally part of Mount Vernon and built for George Washington's Nephew. Cool right?)
So here it is - and I love the color with the black hardware! This photo was not taken in its intended spot as they guest bedroom/craft room is still in progress.
And here is as a side by side comparison! I love the total transformation!
So my question is this - should I sand down the edges and make it a little shabby chic or leave it as is? I love the crispness of it as is but just curious on what you think!
DIY Day with Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land
Trash to Treasure Tuesday with Kimm @ Reinvented
Get Your Craft On with Kim @ Today's Creative Blog
The Power of Paint Party with Maryanne @ Domestically Speaking
Also linking this up to The CSI Project's Furniture Transformations Challenge