My cuñado found this side table that looked like it had made a run from decades past. It was on the sidewalk just waiting to be picked up by someone. It might not look like much to most, but it’s made out of solid wood and if you are a solid wood lover on a particle board budget, well then you know that this baby is gold, solid GOLD.
The side table languished for months waiting for some attention. My cuñado started sanding it by hand, but got tired of that and eventually he was going to put this little lady back out, but I saved her from trying to get picked up by strangers on the street all over again because I knew that once I had a little bit of time I could give her a makeover and love her like she deserves to be loved.
Now, since cuñado started sanding her, I couldn’t leave her as is, the parts of her that were sanded looked tired and beat up, she had seen better days. I wasn’t about to sand her by hand and I don’t have a power sander nor do I want one because then I would have to use it and I am not a fan of sanding. Luckily, I KNOW the secret to painting furniture without sanding.
So how do you paint furniture without sanding it? Easy. You need a no-sand primer. I use Zinser Bulls Eye Primer and Sealer. I like the water base version because it’s easy to use, has very little odor and the clean up is a breeze. This stuff is pretty awesome because it sticks to just about any surface without sanding, it dries quickly and is easy to paint over.
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Once I had my piece of furniture all nice and clean, I took the drawer out and decided I wouldn’t be using it because it was missing some rails and didn’t slide in and out easily, plus I like the idea of having the side table have an open shelf kind of nook instead of a drawer. I gave it a good coating with the primer using a sponge brush.
Once the primer was dry I used some Valspar Ultra Paint + Primer (I chose it because it is zero VOC- basically it does not release yucky volatile organic compounds into the air) in a black-ish color that I’ve used before and like. I did three light coats with a bristle brush and really let it dry and I mean REALLY let it dry. What I have found with painting furniture without sanding it is that the time and elbow grease that I save by not sanding needs to be reinvested in the project as drying and curing time. If you rush the process and start using the piece of furniture before it is cured then you will scrape it and be bummed. I let my piece dry for three days before putting it in my living room, but it won’t actually be cured for about 21 days, so yes, I am using the piece, but I am being very careful with it and only put stuff on it to show you for this post. My kids and hubby have been warned to keep their drinks off of it until I give the go-ahead.
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Now check out my little street-find all done up and ready to be loved!
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