This weekend I took on a little DIY project, furniture style. Scott was out of town on business, so I had to find something to do to bide my time. Oh, woe is me.
We have this little wooden table that was passed down from my mom. It’s kind of like Joseph and the amazing technicolor dream coat after a few drinks – it has way too many colors and it’s seen better days. But, I digress. This table was in need of an update, so I whipped out my handy dandy paint brush and got to work. Scott sanded and primed this bad boy a few weeks ago and painted it a bright yellow, per my request. Now, I’m sharing this with you because it’s important to know that all DIY projects don’t go like they do on HGTV. Plus, I love self deprecating humor. I didn’t even justify that first attempt with a picture because, frankly, it was a travesty. I can only attribute it to these lovely yellow chairs:
And the table was even worse than that. But I managed to pick up the pieces from my bad color choice and go for another attempt, without spending any more money.
This table goes in our office (ie. man cave) which has a lovely dark brown/olive-y green wall color. I took the too-bright-not-right yellow paint, mixed in a bit of the darker wall paint, and came up with a more subdued yellow-green color.
Ahh, much better. This is at least something I can share with you, internet, without being ashamed of my color choosing abilities. Sometimes that paint chip just doesn’t come out like you think – and that’s ok! The key to DIY projects is that you can’t be afraid to fail. If you do, just sand, paint and polyurethane again. No one will know… unless you tell them. :P
For this project, we used a latex based primer (after sanding away the previous paint coats – the electric sander is my new best friend), a semi gloss latex paint, and an oil based polyurethane. We used this combination of products due to countless hours (ie. 10 minutes) of research online, so take our word for it. The whole process took me one sunny afternoon – now isn’t that worth a freshly painted piece of lovelyness in our half-way updated office? I think so.
Any DIY furniture projects/mishaps you’d like to share? Revel in my misfortune – it’s fun!