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rissaroo
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2005 10:28:31 AM »

Here's some updates:
I have finished a nightstand and dresser in the bedroom - pics to come! Also finished is a b/w checkerboard desk chair for my boyfriend, as he kept stealing mine!

Also, i got this email regarding the issue of primer, so here are some thoughts on that:



 I was wondering if you had to prime the furniture first or if you just painted it.  My girlfriend and I are thinking of doing a while you were out for her preteen daughter.  She wants a cool bedroom because she is NOT a baby anymore.   The furniture is functional just not cool.  My husband says that you can't paint furniture because it is laminated or something...but I think you have a different opinion on that.   Thanks for taking the time to help us.  Everything you posted on crafster.org is truly inspirational.  Thanks...Jess
XOXO Jessica XOXO

Hi Jessica,

Well my experience with laminated furniture is limited and I have heard different things from different people. By far your best bet is wood that is bare that you prime. For that any water-based primer will work. It isnt absolutely necessary, but, primer is generally cheaper than paint and priming will make everything even and save you a coat of paint. However, not everything comes bare and ready to go. If you are painting over existing paint, scuff it up with sandpaper to dull the finish and then prime.

I have painted some laminated shelves that I used KILZ oil-based primer on under regular water-based latex. If it is not subject to much wear and tear thats ok, but in the places where you use it a lot or it gets touched or bumped, the paint can scratch and peel.

Probably your best option for laminate is to use a primer for plastic. Rust-oleum makes one that you can buy at Home Depot. It is more expensive than regular primer, about $10-12 a quart I think. But, worth it if your project will last! Warning it STINKS! work outside since if possible or in a really well-ventilated room. It is oil based so you will have to use paint thinner to clean up. I highly recommend cheap disposable latex gloves. Also, you should consider using a cheap foam paintbrush they are about 50 cents at michaels and just throw it away when you are done, rather than trying to clean a good one. The rust-oleum plastic primer takes about 24 hours to dry (they arent kidding on the label) so be sure you plan for that in your project.

As for your top coat, latex paint from home dept will work, or if you want something with a lot of different colors it makes more sense to buy tubes of Folk Art acrylic paint at michaels (about 85cents to $1 each).

I hope this is helpful, feel free to email me or post a message on craftster if you have other questions. Good luck on your project, and be sure to post pics when you are done!


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rissaroo
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2005 06:52:51 AM »

Here is the latest piece - a desk chair for my boyfriend. i got it for $5 at the flea mkt, and then sanded it down (it was pretty beat up) and painted it. Enjoy!

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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2005 07:32:57 AM »

What a great job on the new chair rissaroo - nice colors and patterns and it looks like you have the patience of a saint to do it so professionally.
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rissaroo
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2005 08:52:57 AM »

thanks, artymoi!
yeah, it took quite awhile. but, painting sometimes soothes me, although i do get impatient with all the taping and lines...
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aliclimb
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2005 10:24:01 AM »

I'm so impressed with all the professional-looking work...I need to go out and find some garage sale furniture that I can paint now!  I'm really excited right now that we'll be moving into a different house in a couple months and we'll need more furniture for the extra space.  I'm definitely inspired by your wonderful furniture.
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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2005 10:37:08 AM »

wow very impressive!
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2005 05:02:06 AM »

I love painted furniture. I've seen stuff like that before. I like your choice of colors. Very pretty! Great Job!  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2005 02:59:37 PM »

Thank you! Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2005 06:16:38 PM »

You're welcome! Wink
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