Thrifting for furniture is an inexpensive way to find quality, unique pieces to decorate your space. There are so many great pieces you can find that just need a little bit of updating. Don’t miss out on a piece with great potential just because you don’t like the colour! Click here to learn how to get the best finds when you are thrifting. Check out my tips on how you can easily transform thrifted furniture into beautiful pieces!
Prep is a Must!
The most important step when painting furniture is to always prep first. Prepping is a 3 step process where you first clean your furniture with TSP- Fusion’s TSP is my favourite. Use 220 sandpaper to scuff your furniture; scuffing the whole piece as if wiping down your kitchen table. You do not need to pull out the hand sander, way too much work! The final step is to wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or residue. Click here to see how to prep your furniture.
Transforming furniture is easy and fun when using quality furniture paint. With many brands you do not need to prime, strip or do a heavy duty sanding before painting. Two of my favourite brands to refinish furniture with is FAT paint and Fusion Mineral paint. Both are durable, have great adhesion and have a wide range of gorgeous colours to choose from. Learn more about FAT paint here and Fusion Mineral paint here.
Have fun with colour!
Painting furniture is a great way to add a little colour to your space and play with colour trends. You could add a bold colour to your space without having to make a long term commitment. If your tastes change you can just repaint it!
Click here to watch my CTV Morning Live segment on how to get colour trends when your on a tight budget
Next time you are at a Salvation Army thrift store, make sure to check out the furniture. There may be a unique but tired piece just waiting to be painted! Happy painting! #Earthlovesthrift
I love bringing plants into my space! It’s an easy and thrifty way to decorate. By just adding in some lush green plants, it can create a feeling of warmth and brings nature indoors. One tip to really step it when you are decorating with plants is to find great ways to display them. I hit my local Ottawa Salvation Army Thrift store on Richmond road to see what I could find.
I was so happy to find these amazing baskets! I love the natural tones. It keeps the plants the focus, while the weave of the baskets brings texture and adds depth to any space.
Using natural materials continues to be a big trend in Interior design and is a fabulous way to add an organic feel to your space. Baskets are always something I seem to find whenever I go to the Salvation Army thrift store. Next time you are there make sure to take a look, you will be amazed at some the unique styles of baskets you can find and how you can easily step up your decor game. Click here to watch my CTV Morning Live segment on how to get #Earthlovesthrift
The tough winter we have just endured here in Canada has left me craving all things Spring. I wanted to create spring inspired decor, so I hit my local Ottawa Salvation Army store on Richmond road to see what I could find.
I found this fantastic dresser with clean lines and great hardware. It is the perfect canvas for my spring inspired project. The dresser was in great condition, very solid but the finish was tired and outdated. I knew that I could easily transform and update this dresser by painting it. Check out the steps I took to transform this dresser from tired to a gorgeous spring inspired dresser. Click here to watch a video with tips on how to get the best finds when thrifting.
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The most important step when painting furniture is to always prep first. Prepping is a 3 step process where you first clean your furniture with TSP- Fusion’s TSP is my favourite to use. Once I gave it a good clean, I used 220 sandpaper to scuff the dresser; scuffing the whole dresser as if I was wiping down my kitchen table. You do not need to pull out the hand sander, way too much work! The final step was to wipe down the dresser with a damp cloth to remove any dust or residue. Click here to watch how to prep your furniture.
With the dresser having a laminate veneer, I needed to apply Fusion Ultra Grip in one thin coat to ensure proper adhesion. After 12 hours of curing, it was time to start painting! Click here to learn how to get amazing results when applying Ultra Grip.
My inspiration for this dresser was this gorgeous botanical transfer from Redesign with Prima. I have been waiting to find the right piece of furniture to use this transfer and this dresser is perfect for it!
I used Fusion Mineral Paint Raw Silk, a beautiful warm white to paint the dresser. It’s the perfect creamy white to contrast the stunning green botanical transfer. Click here to learn more about Fusion Mineral Paint. After 2 coats of paint, I waited 48 hours before applying the transfer to avoid cracking and ensuring proper adhesion.
I cut each leaf out and placed them individually over the dresser. Once I established where I wanted to place the transfer, I removed the wax layer and gently placed the transfer onto the dresser. Using the applicator, I firmly rubbed the transfer onto the dresser for about 30 to 45 seconds and then gently peeled back the transfer paper.
Once I was happy with the placement of the transfers, I applied 2 coats of FAT paint Clear Top Coat to seal and protect the transfers. The clear coat dries very quickly and I was able to decorate as soon as it was dry. Click here to learn how to apply FAT paint Clear Coat. I found some gorgeous baskets at The Salvation Army thrift store. I hung them to add some texture and to give it an organic feel. This once tired dresser now brings a bright, contemporary spring inspired feel into this space, even when it doesn’t feel like spring outside. Have fun and happy painting!