For the past 3 years, we've had a ho-hum entertainment center. It holds our DVD player, TV box, etc, and all of the crazy cords that go along with those. It's functional, but it sure ain't pretty.
Then it was onto the price tag. At $80 it was a little high for my typical antique mall budget. But, the quality of the mid-century piece was phenomenal, and I adored the sleek, clean lines and the retro feel. How could I let this deal slip through my fingertips?
I forked over the money, and excitedly brought my new purchase home and into our building's basement storage area.
My first step was to wash away all of the dirt, grime, and spider webs. I brought down some rags and a bucket full of warm water mixed with vinegar. This concoction helped get the musty smell out of the drawers, and wiped away all of the years of dirt from the piece.
I took a flathead screwdriver to take off all of the hardware, and then took out the drawers. While doing that I came across this little treasure.
Anyways..back to making over this little slice of heaven.
So, I decided that I was going to paint the console a nice crisp white. I know, I know...some of you are cringing at the thought of painting that beautiful wood. If you're one of those people, I would stop reading now.
Okay, hopefully everyone didn't leave me. Let's continue.
My first order of business was to sand down the wood a bit, just to smooth the surface before priming the piece. My tip is to run your hand over the wood, and make sure it is smooth to the touch.
After sanding, I wiped down the piece with a clean cloth to get rid of any dust.
Then it was onto priming. I used my favorite primer (Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3) It is water-based and I've used it for many projects. It never disappoints.
I tried my best to keep this coat of primer very light, which can be tricky especially with the brush.
So, after waiting a day for the primer to dry, I decided the sliding doors needed to come off before the painting process.
Finn ventured down to the basement to help me out. Between the 2 of us, we were able to figure out how to get the doors out without causing any damage. #success
Then I gathered my supplies to kick this DIY project into high gear.
-High quality, angled brush
-High quality roller
-Enamel based paint (I used Behr semi-gloss enamel, in Ultra Pure White)
-Protective Finish (I used Minwax water-based polycrylic protective finish in Clear Gloss)
When it comes to picking the right paint, I definitely recommend an enamel based one. Enamel ensures a hard finish that will be durable and won't nick or chip.
Again, I can't stress how important it is to apply thin, even coats, just enough to cover the piece. Allow each coat to dry at least 24 hours.
It took 3 light coats of the paint, but I was finally pleased with the color.
Now here is the hard part. The waiting game. I waited 3 days to allow the paint to fully cure. (It can sometimes take up to a week!) I know you want to start using your transformed piece right away, but please wait! You don't want to ruin all of your hard work.
After waiting, it was time to protect the painted piece of furniture.
I was a little nervous for this part of the project. I've read that some finishes and waxes can yellow white furniture. I was determined to not let that happen to this bad boy! So after doing some internet research, I decided on this protective finish.
I just followed the directions on the back of the can (light coats, sanding down when dry).
Luckily, no yellowing occurred and I now have a very white protected piece! Woo hoo!
On Friday, I'll show you the new hardware I bought for the drawers and handles (shiny and pretty!) I'll also give you a rundown of hiding our electronics inside the sliding doors, for a tidy entertainment center. Get pumped people.
So does anyone have any insight for me regarding the protective finish? Have any of your white pieces turned yellow? Why does that happen with some protectors?