Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Baby Nursery Tallboy Restoration

Last month my mother had a big clean-up at her house and decided to ‘donate’ me my childhood bedroom set of drawers for the nursery. I decided wanted to change them to white. I got my materials that I already had and some from my local hard stores. 
Here is how I did it. 

 The steps I followed to transform the chest were as follows:
1.  Decide on piece of furniture you wish to transform or upcycle.
2.  Wash and clean inside and outside of chest. This helps the paint adhere to the wood.
3.  Find a dry airy place to paint your chest of drawers. You will need a drop sheet or rag that will cover the ground below if you wish to protect it from paint. Oil paint is very hard to get out of carpet! Make sure you have good ventilation and open the windows if possible.
4.  Once you have set up, you can start applying the primmer paint. You will need to make sure you cover the whole surface area of the chest. Let it dry overnight or as long as it takes. You may need to cover with a second coat if the varnish is thick.
5.  After allowing it to dry, I then applied the first coat of oil paint. As the primmer I used was a white colour, I didn’t need two coats of oil. The white primmer helped to make my white paint a brighter shade. If your primmer is not white, it just means you may need two or three coats of white oil paint.
6.  Once you have completed the first coat, make sure you put the brushes in a can or jar with turpentine covering up the top of the paint on the brushes. This will mean you can reuse the brushes with oil paint. Allow to dry overnight or as long as it takes.
7. The next day I did some touch ups and it was finished. I cleaned the brushes in turpentine and put them away. Once everything was put safely back away, I let the chest dry out for a few days and to reduce the residual oil paint smell.
8.  Then it was ready to go in baby’s nursery! We filled it with his beautiful clothes from Pumpkin patch and linen.

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