A few months ago I had decided that it was time to update our bedroom. I’ve never been one to put a lot of effort or cost into my bedroom as it’s just never seemed necessary. A bedroom is a place to sleep, not entertain. However, now that we live in a bungalow, I’ve started thinking more about how our bedroom looks, especially when I don’t remember to shut the door before company comes over.
The change in thinking started when I found our headboard. Fabric covered and rivet filled, it was lovely and definitely an inspiration for wanting to have the rest of the room match it’s prettiness. I started looking around and realized that none of our bedroom furniture matched, but with a little DIY, that could all change. I set my eyes first on my side table as it seemed the most easiest choice for painting.
Boy, was I wrong.
I’ve had this piece for 14 years. It’s lovely on it’s own, but I wanted my bedroom to be light and airy and this dark wood just no longer cut it.
I decided to use two colours, white for the bottom and grey for the top. I gave the entire piece a good sanding because there were years of built of wax all over it. After sanding, I wiped it all down to make sure it was clean and got to work. I started with a sponge brush but ended up using a soft bristled small paint brush. I began with using Americana, Multi-Surface Satin in Cotton Ball on the base, but it quickly became apparent that this paint just wasn’t going to cut it.
Three coats in, I was starting to regret ever beginning this piece at all.
I decided to leave the base for a while and started to work on the top of the table. I switched to Americana Satin Enamels in Grey Taupe and went back to my sponge brush for application. I found I had the same problem with covering as I had on the base. It just wasn’t covering well and was streaking.
I’m not sure what went wrong, if I should have sanded the piece even better or maybe chose a different type of paint. But I decided I just needed to plow through this piece to get it finished and switched up the base paint to chalk paint. Chalk paint has a great reputation for covering quickly and easily so I crossed my fingers and hoped it would work. I ended up using Americana Chalky paint in Everlasting and was happy to see that it was doing a much better job covering it up. The top I ended up lightly sanding and repainting a few times before I finally felt like it was covered well. Finally, I topped the piece with several coats of Americana decor Satin Varnish.
In the end, this piece was a pain and took way to long to finish. But, after putting it back into my bedroom and seeing how lovely it looked, it made it all worthwhile.