Remember the metal bed I bought off of Craigslist for my son’s room a couple of months ago? I pulled the big, blue tarp out of the garage one sunny Saturday and finally got around to painting it.
Almost every time I post about any painted furniture, I get some emails asking how and why I did what I did. (Do I use primer? How do I prep the piece? What kind of paint do I use? How do I apply it? Am I worried that it will chip/scratch/etc.?)
To be honest, I’m sometimes embarrassed to even answer. My “method” is usually just to go for it. I believe in using what I have when possible (this often goes for the paint and/or brush) and finishing a project in the fewest steps I can to achieve the look I want. Is it perfect? No way. Is it good enough for my house that’s full of kids who love to jump on furniture when I’m not looking? Absolutely.
Although they say design is in the details, I feel like the details—and trying to get everything exactly right—can completely sidetrack some people and they end up never getting their homes to look the way they envision. My advice? Relax. Try making a change to your home that you’re afraid to make. Paint a piece of furniture. It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t turn out exactly right. As I like to say, neither you nor that blotched end table will likely be around in 100 years. How’s that for a pep talk?
Okay, so back to the bed. It wasn’t disgusting, but it was a little grimy from sitting in storage. It obviously had a few different layers of paint that I could’ve worked on stripping, if I had the time or want-to. (Again, it’s back to that getting past perfection thing.)
Instead, I accepted the #BountyChallenge sponsored by Procter & Gamble and The Home Depot (who also sponsored this post) and gave the bed a good wipe down with Bounty and an all-purpose cleaner. Sometimes, all you need is the motivation to get a project finished and some really good paper towels…
Once it was all cleaned up, I used my new favorite blue (by Valspar).
After the first coat dried, I did a little light sanding on the spots where I got carried away with the spray paint and wiped it clean again before applying another coat.