Thursday, 17 October 2013

Nursery Bookcase Restoration

This week I found the bargain of the century (in my opinion) on EBay - this bookcase was $1.00! I felt a bit bad when I picked it up, but I knew it was going to be used and much loved. I had big plans for the bookcase, as I wanted to paint it white for the nursery. It was the perfect height to fit flush with the window sill in baby's room.

The steps I followed to transform the bookcase were as follows:
1.   Decide on piece of furniture you wish to transform or upcycle. 

2.   Wash and clean inside and outside of bookcase. This helps the paint adhere to the wood.  

3.   Find a dry airy place to paint your bookcase. 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 bookcase. 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 bookcase 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 toys.

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