Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Change of program: working outdoors today

I bought paint yesterday and today it is gorgeous with almost no humidity. It was a sign that I should paint. I'm refreshing my Mama's Bar Harbor wicker furniture from the 1920's which hasn't been painted in donkey's years. The wire brush is taking off lots of the loose stuff. This is the rocking chair. There's a couch and an arm chair that I just brought back from Florida. It's all going to be almond.

I'm also painting an old bureau and an end table that I use on the screened porch. Last summer, I got one of those nifty hand sanders like they use on HGTV. It is the bomb as my kids would say. Works great in those tight places one can never quite get at.

This is a "before" shot of the bureau. It's old. My brother's baby clothes were kept in it and when my parents moved to Florida, it came to us. Our children's baby clothes were kept in it, too, and then it lived in our kitchen and on the front porch in Indiana. It wasn't very well made to begin with, so painting it only improves its appearance. Value is purely sentimental.

This is the new green. The white is very loud underneath the first coat, even though I'm using that paint and primer combination. It'll take two coats. Updates to follow.

4:20PM update

Here's the end table sanded down and ready for the first coat. The spray paint isn't going to work on the wicker. I'll just use the paint/primer combo on those as well, but will need to get it in almond. You win some; you lose some.

Here's the bureau after two coats. I was much happier after the second coat went on and the white underneath quieted down.


Dolores said...

I love the green. I have been planning on painting an old night table turquoise but I may review the colour and go with green.

quiltcat said...

The thing about the old furniture, no matter how "cheap" it was, it's solid wood, so you can sand it down (numerous times if you wanted to) and repaint it...unlike the current cheap furniture, which is melamine on top of MDF...so once the melamine is nicked, scratched, etc., there's very little that can be done to restore it to life. The green is very bright and cheerful. The white showing through makes me think it would look great with white clouds stencilled on it!

Dana W. Fisher said...

Thanks, Dolores. It's called Retro Avocado by Behr.

Excellent point, Cat. I hate that cheap veneer stuff for just that reason.
Best regards,

Rev. Danny Fisher said...