Hello amazing friends! Today’s makeovers (There’s two!) are the perfect candidates to share how to paint over painted furniture!
I’ve reshared a couple of pieces recently that I originally redid at the height of the pandemic, and I was surprised at how many people missed them on the first go round. It was a super crazy time, so I totally get it! I decided to pull another of those makeovers out today as these ones were super fun to bring back to life!
I rarely take on other people’s projects as I don’t like not having the freedom to just do whatever I want with a makeover. The stars aligned for this one though.
My neighbors had asked me for advice about painting some furniture that belonged to their daughter. I was just finishing up the haul I’d been working on at the time, so I asked them to send me photos of what they wanted to paint. When I saw those gorgeous French Provincial curves, I knew I wanted to take this project on!
There were two pieces. First, this desk:
I don’t believe they were the ones responsible for the paint job. I myself may or may not have sponge painted the walls of an entire bathroom in sea foam green and peach paint back in the 90’s so I can’t really be too judgy here!
I usually pass on already-painted pieces when I’m thrifting because they can be a lot of work to redo.
Sometimes tackling an already painted piece is necessary though! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Warning: If you suspect your painted surface has some age to it, always do a lead paint test first before any sanding!
How to Paint over painted furniture
If possible, I prefer to paint over the old paint rather than remove it, but it helps to know what kind of paint it is or what it was sealed with.
Does it have an oil-based paint on it?
Painting over oil-based paint with water-based paint will not allow your paint to adhere well, so it’s important to know ahead of time. You can test for oil-based paint by using a cotton swab or cotton ball with a little nail polish remover (with acetone) on the surface, If the paint comes off, it’s water based and you are good to go. If not, you’ve got an oil based paint. To prep an oil based surface, sand all over with 220 grit sandpaper to give it some grip.
Was it sealed with oil-based wax?
Oil-based wax used to be the main go-to for sealing chalk paint. If your piece was sealed with an oil-based wax, you will need to remove that old wax with either rubbing alcohol or odorless mineral spirits first. You can test it by running your fingernail across the surface. If you get a wax ball under your fingernail, it was likely sealed with wax. To find out if it is oil-based wax, you can try painting over it a bit in an inconspicuous area and doing a test with sandpaper. If when you sand it, it comes off way too easily, you probably have an oil- based wax on there.
Dixie Belle’s wax is water-based and can be painted right over!
Is the original paint job in good shape?
If the finish is intact and it’s a good paint job, go for it and paint away! It if it needs some smoothing out first, give it a light sanding all over to smooth first with 220 grit sandpaper.
Or, as in this case with the paint peeling away from the laminate on top…
That paint needed to come off. You can use a paint remover like Citristrip, but that is messy work and sometimes I just prefer to sand.
The paint on the body of both pieces was better adhered, so I just sanded them with with 220 grit…enough to smooth out the texture and give some grip to that very glossy paint.
For a lamintate top, you can use a product like Slick Stick for extra adhesion with nonporous surfaces like this, but I sanded the surfaces really well to remove the paint which also works.
My neighbor’s daughter was looking for a “Beachy” look…a girl after my own heart! I showed her a jar of Dixie Belle’s Sea Glass that I thought would be perfect and she loved it when she saw it. It is a very beachy blue-green color.
I gave both pieces two coats:
I didn’t plan to distress this set as I did not want the original vibrant colors to show through, so I just very lightly sanded all over to smooth and then cleaned up any dust with my shop-vac.
Then I gave them a light dry brushing with Cotton.
Here is the comparison of two drawers, with and without the dry brushing:
Again, no distressing this time.
And here is how this pretty piece looks with her new coastal-inspired makeover:
What a difference a little paint makes!!
Before, the bottom inch of the single drawer on the right was missing. I searched my scraps in the garage and found this piece of trim leftover from our stairs that worked just fine to fix it:
It was attached to the bottom of the drawer front with E6000 glue. I also swapped out the original wooden knob for a pretty glass one…
The drawer sides and tops had also been painted previously…
I sanded those smooth as well, but I wanted to do something different for the sides. I knew they were painting the walls in a soft gray, so I asked my neighbor if they had any leftover wall paint.
That ended up being a lovely contrast to the Sea Glass:
I ended up just painting the whole drawer inside and out:
Since I was using latex enamel, I primed first, then painted with two coats.
I love how this pretty piece turned out!
Anyone remember the “Things” basket I redid?
You can see more of that makeover HERE.
I redid two baskets in that post.
And the new pulls with their fresh white paint:
Ok one more piece!
This night table looked just like the desk:
And here it is now!
So fresh and light!
This definitely has a coastal feel now!
Perfect for a sweet young lady’s room!
I hope y’all enjoyed seeing these!
Here’s one of my favorite already painted pieces that I decided to take a chance on:
It was a steal so I had to!
See what I did with it HERE!
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I’ll be back to my Spring Haul on Tuesday sharing what I did with this little table:
Update! This little table ended up giving me some trouble, but in the end, it turned out so pretty! Se it HERE now!
Have a blessed Easter weekend!
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