I had you at "Shortcut", right?
If you're like me and Love the Farmhouse Style,
you know you're in for painting some old spindly chairs.
The chairs only needed a light sanding with 100 grit sandpaper.
The table had much more wear and had to be sanded
until smooth to the touch.
After wiping off the sawdust
I wiped on a deglosser.
For the table and the chairs
I rubbed a small amount of vaseline on the edges
as a resist.
This will make sanding much easier in the end
and will create a chippy look.
The table needed a primer because I had yellow
coming through the paint.
So I used Lowe's Olympic Paint and Primer in One,
I had the satin finish on hand,
but you could use semi-gloss.
Because for my third coat, I mixed some
semi-gloss white enamel.
I like the finish.
Of course the fun happens now
after the paint dries.
Sand the edges to reveal the base brown.
I applied an acrylic sealer with a piece of folded foam.
Now, my happy surprise with the chairs:
After the prep (sand, degloss, vaseline)
hand brushing one coat of
black semi-gloss enamel
left the chairs with the usual streaky first coat look.
Knowing I had 6 to paint,
I tried some inexpensive spray paint from dollar general.
I sprayed a light coat over,
and because this particular spray paint is not heavy
it gave the perfect effect.
I could leave areas exposed on the seats where I wanted
the black brown distressed look to show.
But I could get into all of the spindles with ease
so it made the process So much faster!
Plus I love the look it gives.
I spray sealed the chairs.
Chippy Farmhouse Style,
just what Megan wanted to
make her apartment a "home".
I hope you can use this shortcut sometime!