Need to give something new life on a budget? Do it with paint! Follow this guide for adding a fresh coat of paint to almost any material.
Wipe off dirt and grime with a wet cloth; let dry. Sand as needed. Fill holes with wood putty, let dry, then sand until smooth and wipe clean.
Prime, then let dry. Sand and apply two coats of paint to add durability.
To get smooth results when painting flat wood surfaces, lots of pros swear by a small paint roller. Do a light sand between coats once the first coat dries and wipe clean with a dry cloth.
Vacuum with utensils or stiff paintbrush
Spray paint (if applicable) and primer
Small brush or foam brush
If old and painted, first wipe surfaces with a damp rag. Then use the upholstery tool to vacuum wicker or wovens. A stiff brush can do the trick as well.
Dab paint on the woven strands of a basket to stripe them. On pre-painted wicker, spray with primer and let dry; then apply spray paint. Repeat with a second coat if needed.
Woven baskets can be spray-painted if you want a solid color all over.
Small brush or foam brush
Stamp, if applicable
Wash fabric, if possible, without adding fabric softener. Cover your work surface, such as an ironing board or old towel, with plastic. Stretch and pin fabric tight to the surface.
To lay out your template or pattern, use painter’s tape. Paint the fabric using a small brush, foam brush, or stamp.
Iron the fabric before painting. If you have scraps, first test your techniques and colors to ensure quality. For pillow covers, cut a cardboard insert and put it inside to keep paint from bleeding through.
Use a wire brush to remove loose paint. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry immediately. If rust is present, spot-prime with a rust-inhibitive primer. Items like the bowl above may not need any surface prep.
Put on rubber gloves. Apply primer using a light back-and-forth motion. Make sure all surfaces are covered. Let dry, then spray the desired color using a light, sweeping motion.
Valspar spray paint has new easy-spray technology and a redesigned spray head that’s cleaner and easier to use than those found on other brands. Use paint pyramids to keep projects from sticking to the prep area.
Spray paint primer
Kraft paper, newspaper, or drop cloth
Wash in soapy water and then let air dry — using a towel or other material to dry can leave lint on the piece.
Put on rubber gloves. Apply spray primer using a light back-and-forth motion about 1 foot from the object. Make sure all surfaces are painted; let dry. Then spray the desired color repeating the same technique.
Go slow and apply light coats when spraying. If you spray too fast — or get too close — drips and runs will occur. Use paint pyramids (#232223) to keep projects from sticking to the prep area.
Source: Lowe’s Creative Ideas
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