Monday, September 29, 2014

Thyme to show you how you can re-purpose any piece of furniture and use it for something other than its intended use

I bought the vanity you see pictured
over 20 years ago

This was my dressing room 
the master suite of our former home.
I painted all the furniture in there.
I used a sponge and a stamping technique
to paint all the furniture

Thus the surface had a textured raised look.

I had always loved the graceful lines to this piece
but I no longer had use for it as a vanity once we moved.
I decided that I could use it as a writing/computer desk for my studio.

I choose to use
to complete my piece.
Normally you 
have to sand a piece prior to painting with 
chalky finish paints.
I choose to give my piece a light sand with my
 electric sander 
because of the previous application of paint that had left a 
textured surface

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints are specially formulated to provide excellent adhesion to wood, metal, laminate, decorative glass, terra cotta, ceramics, and more. There's no need to prep the surface with time-consuming stripping or sanding... you just clean it and go!
  • No priming or prep needed (Unless the surface has an old finish that may bleed when painted, then Stain Blocker should be used before painting.)
  • Excellent one-coat coverage with most colors and on most surfaces
  • Very matte, chalky finish
  • Durable due to the unique cross-linking feature of the paint resin system
  • Easily distresses for a vintage appearance
  • Can be buffed to a smooth, shiny finish when waxed
  • Water-based for easy clean-up
Besides the paint, which is available in 29 inter-mixable colors, the line also includes waxes, varnishes, brushes, stencils, and stain blocker, as well as image transfer and crackle mediums.

Before beginning your project
make sure you have the right brushes to ensure a perfect outcome for your piece.
DecoArt carries everything you will need!

I began by first painting my piece
Americana DECOR Rustic Chalky Finish Paint,

when dry I painted over it 
Americana DECOR Primitive Chalky Finish Paint

I let that dry completely

I then used my sanding block to WET sand my piece

Wet sanding
allows you to give your piece a more 
primitive antique 

Try to sand your piece in areas where they normally would see "wear"

DecoArt offers several different finishing options
I used

to complete my piece

I reused the original hardware

A whole NEW look!

I also refinished an old book case 
with the same colors

Here is my completed writing/computer desk and bookcase.

DecoArt Americana DECOR paints are so easy to work with!
The end result is always amazing!
DecoArt provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist Program

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available 
Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A C Moore

Visit the Deco Art Chalky Finish website
For more design ideas and inspiration!

Happy Painting!



Keep those brushes flying!
Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

"Life is a great BIG canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it!"
~ Danny Kaye