I want to start off by saying how great it is to have a week off to catch up on everything I seem to be falling behind on. I was even able to make it to a painting furniture class at Real Deals in Regina.
Shout out to Chalyn who told me about the class. It sucks that she could not have made it as well, but maybe this will help you on what I was able to take away from it.
For the class I needed a piece of furniture. I did not want to use one of the pieces I plan on refinishing because I think I want to use stain instead of plaster paint. So I spent part of my Wednesday asking my family if they had any wooden end tables that they had no use for. My mother had a beautiful small table that I was able to use.
Once I took my piece into Real Deals they guided me to the back room. They had tables set up covered in plastic where people could set their piece to being working. After this the lovely ladies there helped me choose some paint. Next they began talking about what I could do with this piece. Multiple times something called distressing came up. I had no idea what that was so I asked. It is when you paint over top of a colour and then use sandpaper or a sponge to make it look worn or antiqued. When I first heard this I thought of how the “cool” thing to do was where jeans with holes in because they look worn. I have to admit when they showed me some pieces around the store that were distressed I did like the look of them. So I choose a lighter colour paint, ivory cream for the top coat of my table.
So as I was about to start Lisa (one of the ladies who was running the class) showed me how thick to apply the paint and where to start. I asked if I needed to do any sanding previous to applying the paint and she said no. So off I went. My initial reaction was on no what have I done to my others table. I did not like the look of it after one coat of paint. I let it dry and thought well I have started I need to finish. I began painting the second coat. After I had finished I took a step back and really started to like what the piece was looking like. After a couple coats I tried a third and this was not working. The paint needed to dry completely before adding another coat. So I was able to look around at the other ladies pieces and see what a fresh coat of paint can actually do. There were many pieces being done from cupboards to stools to bedroom furniture. It was amazing to see the variety of options that could be done. Before leaving to let the paint really dry, I took a couple pictures of my table after two coats of paint. What do you all think?