I love orange. If you have ever read my blog, you know I have said that before but I thought it was worth mentioning again since this post is about painting a piece of furniture orange. Orange seems to be one of those colors that brings out a lot of emotion in people. You either love it or you hate it. Orange has to be done right or it can be blinding and give you a headache. But when it is a soothing orange like a sunset or a fall pumpkin, there is nothing more beautiful. It is a color that makes me happy.
This post is a long time in the making. I started this project about two months ago. I am an “instant gratification” kinda gal (much to the chagrin of my hubby), so I usually try to finish my projects pretty quickly. But in this case the d**m pollen kept getting in the way. Every time I tried to put another coat of primer or paint on, it would be covered in yellow in about 2 minutes and I would have to start over. I got very tired of sanding and wiping pollen so I let the project sit for a while until the pollen lessened. I finally finished this weekend and am pretty happy with the results. It is not perfect – but then neither am I.
I have been wanting a little orange statement piece in my foyer for quite a while. I could not find something I liked or that fit or that I could afford. I decided to take matters into my own hands when I found this piece at Ballard Outlet for $69.99. It was the perfect size and the right price, but it was an ugly, fake looking oak and I wanted orange. (This is where I stomp my foot and pout with a little whine added). Smile.
Anyway … here is what I did.
I realize from this picture that the color looks much deeper than it really was – but trust me … ugly oak.
A before picture from another angle.
Yes, I know that my garage is a mess. I tried to crop out as much as the crap as I could – but you will just have to look past it. Thanks!
This picture shows the color much better. The garage is …. yep – still a mess.
Step 1: Take out all the drawers and shelves and remove all hardware.
Step 2: Once again admire the great deal you got on your piece.
Yes, you are reading that right … the original price was $459.00 then marked down to $343.99 … I got it for $69.99. Are you kidding? Who in their right mind would have paid $459.00 for this? No offense to any one who might have made this mistake … but yikes!
Step 3: Grab your sanding and priming supplies.
Start stretching out your arms – sanding can be a bit of a work out. At least that is what I tell myself when I don’t go to the gym. “No problem – I can eat that ice cream. I sanded today.”
Step 4: Sand while humming “I’m sexy and I know it … I WORK OUT!”
Top is sanded … at this point I am a little tired. Time to take a little lemonade break. hee!
Step 5: Wipe down the sanded piece with a clean cloth.
Step 6: Prime the piece.
This does not have to be perfect. You will sand it one more time in between priming and painting. I did not prime the back because I planned on modpodging some funky paper on the back. I have not done this yet, but I do have the paper so any day now …
Step 7: First coat of paint.
Don’t panic when you see the orange – it is not done. This is the first coat. I was lucky enough to find the perfect orange color in a spray paint. It is from Valspar and it is called “Fonda Copper”. I knew it would work – especially if I used a dark glaze with it. Spray painting is very therapeutic for me – but not always great in the wind … FYI.
Again – does not need to be perfect if you are papering the back.
I don’t have pictures of the rest of the procedure – I really don’t know why. I must have been having one of those “officially lost it” days. But, to finish it up, here are the steps I took:
Step 8: Light sanding and another coat of orange.
Step 9: Distress the edges of the piece with a heavier sandpaper.
Step 10: Put a dark walnut glaze over the piece, a small section at a time and them immediately wipe it off, while rubbing it in. Does that make sense?
Step 11: Glaze entire piece with a Minwax paste. Makes it smooth, deepens the color and protects it.
Step 12: Put drawers back in and hardware back on. I was lucky enough that I liked the hardware. This can be easily changed, however, if you don’t like your hardware.
Okay … before I show you the finished product, let me show you the empty corner it will call home:
If you see any “dust bunnies” I don’t want to know.
I am excited to show you how the finished piece looks, but I have not finished the foyer enough to show you it all just yet. That will have to wait for another post. I still need to decorate the top of the table, pictures, lamps and rugs. Coming soon.
I like the way it turned out. I know you might be wondering about the drip marks on the doors. I know my hubby was. It was originally a mistake, but then I kinda liked it so I left it. I may go back and cover it later if it bugs me – but it reminds me that things don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
Another tiny issue … the magnet on the left drawer is missing so it won’t close all the way. Easy fix.
Boy – do I need a new camera! Every picture looks like a different color. I hope you get the gist. Isn’t Mother’s Day coming up???
Well … that’s it for today. What do you think of my Orange foyer piece? Do you find it “A-peeling”? Stay tuned for how it fits in the foyer together with the rest of the decor. Happy Hump Day!
Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!
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