They were both faded, but this one had a big crack in the side as well.I decided to start by freshening up these two planters with a little paint and…sisal rope! To freshen these babies up, I started by washing them well with dawn dish detergent and warm water.Today I’m rounding up 12 freestanding islands that might inspire you (and me, too!Disclaimer: I have had no formal furniture painting training, no classes, not a whole lot of reading in the area of painting furniture, etc. This sanding process is to give the piece a somewhat smooth finish. Before it dried I painted some small areas with AS Old White Paint, lightly blending it into the Pure White. When all was dry, I used a very fine grade sand paper and started sanding out the roughness of the paint. I also sanded here and there on my piece taking the paint off to make it look worn.After they were completely dry, I spray primed them…I am developing a technique as I paint each new piece. It looks nothing like the beauty a properly painted piece will become! give a piece of painted furniture it’s beauty from within! I thought they were very pricey, their colors were limited, chalk painted furniture looked dull and lifeless and I found very few detailed tutorials to show me HOW to use them. I just wanted to rub down any drips, paint brush strokes and uneven areas. Sanding is a matter of personal style and preference. I rubbed a little blob of Valspar “Oatlands Subtle Taupe” on the bottom of each drawer with my finger.
Prior to my kitchen “remodel-rearranging” I had a u-shaped kitchen with a breakfast bar.
Now that we’ve removed that bar and part of the “u,” I have space in the middle of the kitchen for an island!
But rather than having a built in island (at least for now, since we are try to keep this kitchen remodel budget under control) we are going to use a freestanding island we already had, perhaps with a little creative embellishing.
It is fun to look at inspiration pictures to see how you could embellish a piece of furniture to suit your own needs in an island!
Here’s what I don’t like…sanding off old finishes, chipping off veneer, paint that looks thick on a piece, gloppy paint, lots of different colors all over a piece, a mat finish, a piece that looks like it has been thrown down cement steps a hundred times (too scratched, dented and sanded) and a piece that has been slapped with 2 coats of paint and called finished. I chose not to paint or use the original hardware, so I removed it. where their hand would touch, where things might have been placed on top of the dresser, what drawers they might have used the most, where it would most likely have been bumped or banged. Then, WHILE THE CLEAR WAX WAS STILL WORKABLE AND NOT DRIED (working quickly), I applied a small amount of dark wax with a horsehair brush (you could use a soft cloth if you don’t have a brush), rubbing it into the dresser.
When you do this you do not want to rub down the corners and edges yet. Don’t be afraid of this step, because you can always paint over it or sand it off if you don’t care for it. I sanded off the paint to expose the wood on some of the edges of the dresser.