|The "Before" - Goodwill evidently loves price tags.|
Well, that my friend, would be the part of the story where I walk in and decide - "Yeah, this is an easy fix. Just needs some wood filler and paint. I can make money off of this."
Famous last words? Let's hope not.
|The "After" - Looks like a million dollars, even if its not styled, right?|
|Who doesn't need this in their house? I'm hoping it's the perfect solution for |
someone, preferably someone who wants to give me money.
Totally ripping off Jenny's vision from Little Green Notebook, I first bought a can of Rustoleum "Safety Red" Enamel spray paint. Silly me thought that at most I would maybe need 2 cans, but I wanted to try out the color first before committing to the second can. At home, I removed the hardware and sanded the piece lightly.
The color was great - the coverage - not so much. I'm not sure how much is due to:
1.) the fact that I read everywhere to do thin coats so much more was swirling around in the air than actually sticking to the furniture; or
2.) the fact that I hadn't primed, or
3.) a million other reasons. But I quickly realized that it was going to take at least 4 more cans of this stuff and at $5+ a can, it was eating into my profit margin.
So I made my first big paint mistake. At this point, if I could do it again, I would have simply bought a pint of Rustoleum "Safety Red" in the regular paint. They sell it right next to the spray paint at my Lowes and it costs less than $9. But no, I was loving the fact that, despite not doing that great of a job, the spray paint was quick and easy. Yes, I did manage to paint half of the garage red despite tarping, but it only took like 5 minutes and you can recoat fairly quickly. And no brush strokes/roller lines! (This project came quickly on the heels of my last project - painting our dining room table about a zillion different coats in an effort to eliminate all roller lines and then finally deciding to live with a less-than-perfect-but-close-as-it-is-going-to-get finish.)
So I went back to Lowes and decided to grab 2 cans of Valspar's "Berry" spray paint. It was less than $4 each. Back home I went and used up both cans within a couple of minutes. I loved the lacquered, professional look I was getting - unfortunately, I wasn't getting it everywhere. Despite my best efforts, it was looking splotchy, especially on the top.
Trip #3 to Lowes. Decided that I would just bite the bullet and get the regular paint version of "Berry" and finish using a roller and brush. Only, Valspar doesn't make "Berry" in a regular paint. Why? No idea, because it sounds ridiculous to me too. After the paint guy couldn't match the color with his computer, I decided to risk it and bought Valspar's "Cherry" in glossy - hoping it would be close enough that I wouldn't have to repaint the entire thing - just the splotchy top. In my spray-paint fume-filled head, this seemed like a good possibility - the names rhymed and everything.
Of course it didn't work out - the colors are similar, but not close enough to get away with. So I gave the entire thing another coat and the table top got two coats for durability.
Despite the five coats, there are still imperfections. But, as I was prepping to do another coat today, I stepped back and thought, "No one else is going to notice this stuff except for me." I put on the shined-up handles to double check and the imperfections quickly disappeared to me too. At this point I have spent much more than I originally budgeted for paint, so I didn't want to keep bogging down my time as well. I snapped some pictures and posted it to Craigslist.
Lets see if I get any bites...