For years whenever my husband and I would purchase furniture it seemed we always picked the same dark brown pieces over and over. Now when I look around my house at this sea of “brown”, I want to give it all away and start over. Knowing that wasn’t going to fly with the husband, over Christmas break I decided I would just start by painting a few pieces. With Tim home for the holiday, he was adamantly against me painting. Actually I think he was just against any painting messes. So as soon as his car left the driveway on the Monday following Christmas break, I quickly grabbed my drop cloths, brushes and paint and got straight to work!
I decided to tackle this armoire that houses our TV in our sunroom. We bought it when we first got married almost 15 years ago so I wasn’t too concerned if it didn’t turn out. I figured I would just replace it if I screwed it up too badly. Tim is not that observant so he probably wouldn’t even notice if it happened to be gone the following week.
I cleaned it thoroughly because my kids are constantly in and out of it with greasy little hands. After that I applied a coat of Pure White paint by Annie Sloan. As you can see it is a pretty dark piece so I did apply two more coats of paint, allowing dry time in between applications. I used Annie Sloan’s clear wax after the last coat of paint had dried. I sanded only slightly because I didn’t want it to look super distressed but wanted a nice smooth finish. After sanding and wiping it down with a dry cloth I applied one more coat of clear wax. This piece of furniture gets a lot of use and I knew it would need some extra protection.
I love how it turned out. It really lightened up the room which was what I was going for. I am also happy to report that husband loved it as well. I think he actually liked that he didn’t have to look at the “in progress” stage. Not to self…..Do whatever you want but have it cleaned before spouse gets home!