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June 1, 2011

Painting Woes

Quite some time ago I showed you a garbage find of mine. The piece wasn't perfect but I had big plans for it. Here's the little cart I found on the curb in our neighborhood...


But my most favorite feature were these rusty (but still so cool) metal casters...


My plan was to keep this cart in our bedroom and give it a coat of paint. The plans are still the same, but I'm having a little difficulty in deciding how to go about painting it. Let me explain, I've decided that there are two types of people out there when it comes to painting furniture:  

The first type of people are those who go about painting furniture the "hard" way...meaning they've sanded (and sanded and sanded), primed, and painted in order to makeover the piece of furniture. Michaela of Michaela Noelle recently made over a piece of furniture this way, and it turned out fabulously...


And then there are the other type of people who take the easier way out. I mean no offense by this statement because I am totally one of those people. If there's an easier way to get it done, I will most definitely do it that way. The easier way out would mean that you eliminate the most dreadful, tedious step...sanding. Instead of sanding, you simply make sure that the piece of furniture is extremely clean before you begin priming. Mandi from Vintage Revivals recently redid a piece of furniture this way and it turned out beautifully as well...


I'm just torn. I know that sanding will be a lot of work but I know that it's foolproof and always works. However, there are many people out there who taken gone the "easy way out" and haven't had an issue with any of their furniture. So what do you think...


Should I just get to sanding OR have you taken the easy way out and been majorly successful?? 

Please leave me a comment and let me know! x

5 comments:

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

I think if you are going to paint that piece, you need to sand it just enough to scuff it up so the paint sticks better. I didn't sand first with one of my projects and I could definitely tell a difference (and I even primed first!). Five or ten minutes of sanding first would have been worth it for a better paint job in my case.

I think that cart is super cute! It's going to look great with a fresh coat of paint :)

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

haha well i do like the idea of the easy way out.

i've never done a big piece w/o sanding... but it would be worth it to try. sanding is my enemy bc i don't have a yard or garage... or electric sander! :)

Samantha2818 said...

Hi,
I just painted a really similar piece to that and you can see it on my blog if you are interested.
Normally if it's a piece of furniture I intend to keep 'for ever' I would sand and prime and sand ... But if it's a piece that's probably going to have a limited time in my home I would just give it a light sand (a key) and then prime, light sand again and then paint a few coats.
With the trolley like yours I did sand to get the varnish (and the dirt) off but used Rustoleum spray paint to finish it off and it's now a handy table holding my printer and paper in my study.
Good luck with your project.
~Sam

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

I would sand it. I'm all for the easy way out, but you will be happier in the long run if you take the time now to sand, prime and paint. Good luck!

PaigeCakesDesign said...

Hm... yes, I would sand, too, but only lightly because, like you, I'm an easy-way-out kinda gal. I agree with Kate@twentysixtolife that a light, 5-10 min sand to make sure the paint sticks would be enough.

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