Since a complete remodel and custom cabinets are not in my future, painting what we have and making it work is the plan. The last time we painted furniture, I turned our 8x4 bookshelf southwestern orange and yellow. I'm serious. It actually looked good, considering we had dirty off-white walls and filthy beige carpet to complement. Or is that coordinate? I can never keep those straight! (Apartment dwellers across the land might think I'm describing their own rooms there is so little variation in the colors between one to the next!)
What we did before the Internet I don't remember. Apparently we got things done, but I prefer it this way. These folks have boldly gone ahead and painted and provided handy instructions on how to do so on the Internet for us to learn from. Nice.
Centsational Girl's How to Paint Furniture
This step-by-step is the first stop for all first-time painters. It's comprehensive, suggests problems you might encounter and gives product names. Check out this done deal.
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Young House Love Painting Tips
YHL, or, as I like to call them--two dorks, a blog and a paint brush--have done just about everything, painting furniture and their fireplace included. Their advice is the abbreviated version of Centsational Girl's, but they go the extra three miles and answer every question readers pose in the comments. Check out their own internal links for more painter goodness.
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Just A Girl's Advice
For the visual learners among us, Just A Girl provides lots of photos of each step and not just before and afters.
Design Sponge Painting Basic
The great thing about this post is the many beautiful process photos. So pretty.
And, last but not least, some tips for working with spray paint from the girls over at Restyling 101.