White paint is the number one requested color when I do custom work. It’s a classic color that is guaranteed not to fade as trends come and go. White paint is also the trickiest color to paint, in my opinion! Follow along as I take a dated French Provencal style bedroom set and update it to look fresh, clean and new. You’ll know just what to do when it comes to repainting your furniture after this!
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White Paint for the Win!
Always Prep THOROUGHLY!
Here is a picture of the bedroom set before I started with my white paint. It’s a typical French style that I see often. Usually it will be a faded yellowy white color with gold trim. To ensure that you get a finish that will last it is vital that you spend a little extra time with preparation.
Always start with cleaning your furniture. It may seem backwards to clean before you sand but here is the logic. If you sand first, oils and dirt are getting pushed into the surface of your furniture. This can cause problems later on in the process as you start painting. Clean first with warm water and a TSP solution (or your preferred cleaner). After you have cleaned sand well with a 180 grit sandpaper. Vacuum and clean off all of the dust and you are ready to get started.
Even though I used a chalk paint that requires minimum prep I still take extra steps to ensure superior adhesion of the white paint. Since the bedroom furniture I am painting is laminate, I always prime thoroughly with this primer. Use a good foam brush to apply or buy the spray can version and apply over all areas you will be painting.
Side note- for this bedroom set we also wanted to update the hardware. Read all about that process HERE.
Now that you have prepped your furniture you are all ready to paint! I used my favorite white paint, Country Chic Paint in Simplicity. It’s the perfect bright white that’s not too yellow and not too purple. I spray my furniture but you can also easily apply with a brush. My personal favorite paintbrush is this oval brush. If you prefer to use a foam brush then these Jen Brushes are the best and longest lasting!
Apply your white paint and wait for it to thoroughly dry. For these furniture pieces we decided to leave them solid and not distress.
The last thing to do is seal your furniture to protect it from damage and use. Again, I spray my sealer but there are several options if you don’t have a sprayer available. Either use the foam brushes I mentioned above or try Country Chic Painting Sponges for a streak free finish! Both are very economical and will help give you a professional finish. For my top coat I used Verethane in Satin. You could also use Country Chic Tough Coat or even wax if you prefer!
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