Getting over my "painting" fears!

It was last fall when I bought this piece of furniture...I think it was $10.00! I have had full intentions of painting this for one of my girls. But, honestly I am scared....scared it will look bad or the paint will not adhere to the surface.


So instead it's been sitting in my garage....becoming a catch all for

tools......chlorine buckets...juice boxes even

leftover RED popsicle sticks

...I even used it as a gardening table when I was planting plants! Mr. Sandy Toes asked me this week what I am doing with it. I don't know!

So I am asking YOU? What should I do with this? I need some ideas please.....

35 comments:

squawmama said...

Good Morning... I would head out to Home Depot or Lowes and ask a professional how to refinish it and pick out a finish you like there... They will help you learn all you need to know... It is a beautiful piece and with a little attention it will be awesome... Take the drawer in with you so they can see it... Trust me!!! They are so willing to help you... Have fun with it!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Kacey R. said...

Girl! You are gonna paint that baby that is what you're going to do! LOL Did that sound bossy? Sorry. Seriously - there is NOTHING to be afraid of - its JUST paint. And if you mess it up (which you won't) there is ALWAYS a way to fix it - promise. With a little bit of sand paper and paint you'll have a beauty on your hands! I would just ask th epaint peeps at your local store what would be the best things to use - they will get you going on the right track. Be sure to let them know if it has a varnish of sorts on it.

Happy painting!!!

duchess said...

You can do this. Just get to sanding, then priming (just in case) & paint that baby a beautiful color. Your girls will love it.
For $10 what have you got to lose?
Have fun & take pictures.

Sara said...

I agree...Just Go For It!

Astrid said...

Hey! I have the same fear! LOL!

I wonder if you have to sand the piece before painting. I've heard about sanding primers. I just hate sanding!

Scrappy Girl said...

I think you should go for it too...if you mess it up you can always return it to it's tool holder...potting table...red popsicle stick holder status! What's to lose?!

April said...

Take the plunge, girl, and paint it! You definitely have the talent to make it a very special piece!

Jboo said...

Go ahead, paint it! I have something I've been meaning to get started painting too -- maybe this weekend! Have fun.

Janet

Amy said...

I'm tagging along on your painting pep talk, since I'm in the same situation with my vanity!

I asked at Home Depot recently, and got scared when the man said that I really, really should use an oil-based paint. That sounds messy! Keep us posted on what you decide to do and of course, show some pictures!

The Real Me! said...

I would definitely refinish it to match where ever you are going to put it. Don't be scared because for $10.00 it could be used as your permanent potting bench if you totally mess it up! LOL
Good luck with it.
Kim

Tara G. said...

I can't wait to see the finished product!

heather said...

You could give it to me. ;)

Or your could lightly sand, prime and paint it!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

I have seen the things you have transformed and know you can make this a great piece of furniture!!

Dive in and paint it!!!

Can't wait to see the finished piece!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I don't know what do to with painting, but-i am painting an iron bed (black) and a wooden bed (red) with spray paint. That is what "joys of home" seems to do-and her stuff turns out amazing...I will post about it-IF my projects turn out this fall!
Good luck.
(Donna's idea of going to HD is good, too-)

Jillene said...

Sand that baby down and PAINT it!! If you don't like it, sand it and paint it again. Paint is cheap and very easy to do. GO FOR IT!! (0:

Joanna said...

Your gonna sand it, prime it, paint it! Then your gonna show us! *smiles*

If you mess up you just fix it! I was afraid to tackle my daughters huge dresser, I kept putting it off.

One day I pulled out all the stuff and just did it! It turned out great!!

I know that you can do it!!

Dawn said...

i think you should get out your fusion spray paint and have at it :) it is better than letting it sit and gather junk in the garage! although... but i should be envious because i do not have popsicle stick holder!

Melissa Stover said...

paint it. you'll love it again. i promise.

Jessica said...

Seems like you got a great deal on that piece of furniture...not sure about refinishing it though...havent ever tried...good luck!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I say go for it! I'm sure your heart screams for you to paint it.

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

You are talking to someone who tries to do as little as possible to stuff. Even at $10, I would have passed, as it needed work. But, if you painted it black, I would be all over it and I'd pay real $$$ for it then. If you still want it, follow all the directions above and get after it! Be sure to give us a follow up! ~Mindy

Sarah said...

I was afraid of my first endeavor as well. Buy two cans of white or black paint, primer if you want. I am a newer, lazier style painter, so I don't think I would even sand it. But if you think you should, go for it. What is great is when you see other women who try something, maybe they love it the first time, maybe they paint over it again, or add a stencil design, whatever you feel like! You could change the hardware to give it an updated look, paint it black if you paint the dresser white, etc.
So many options, don't be afraid, you only spent $10 on it and the paint can come off easily! Have fun and let those creative juices flow! :)

Mrs. B said...

Hi there! I hope you're having a great summer! This is a great little table. I think if you sand it and prime it the paint should stick just fine. I'd go with a light color to show off the details. And what a bargain it was!

LuLu said...

I agree... sand, prime and go paint crazy!!! :) you can't mess it up! It's adorable I love the piece!
xo,
LuLu

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love it! If I were you I would sand it, prime it and paint it. I would use a paint brush, not spray paint, because I think it looks better and will hold up more. Just get in there and do it! I can't wait to see how precious it will look for your daughters!
Carrie

Kristy said...

Oh girl...just paint it!! It will look great! There is a running joke around here that if you stand still too long Mom will paint you!!! lol

Have fun with it!

Love and blessings, Kristy

Chris said...

You're going to sand it, prime it, and paint it. However, I would NOT use a brush. I can't stand the look of brush strokes on a piece of furniture. If you decide not to spray paint it (which I think you could do with a million and one different colors), I would definitely use a sponge roller on the flat surfaces. They're cheap, and they make all the difference in the look. Dive in! You won't regret it!

mommy4life said...

Sand, paint and if you like glossy finish, polyurethane. You can do it!!!!

Thanks for coming by on my special SITS day!

Melissa B. said...

I guess it depends on the wood underneath the finish. Try stripping a section of it and then staining and/or painting it and see what happens. If you find success in that little patch, do the whole thing. SITS sent me over...I sure do love projects!

vicki said...

sand it a bit and buy high gloss black spray paint that gives a pro's finish and go for it!!
you only have 10 wrapped up in it... worst case .. it stays put for its current use

the undomesticated wife said...

Give it a sand and paint it! It was only $10, and isn't a family heirloom, so don't be scared!

The Blonde Duck said...

What color did you want to paint it?

julie said...

ok! i so relate to this post! i am scared to paint furniture too even though i have painted a big armoire! i say go for it! i am sure it will turn out beautiful! lets us know!

julie@jam-n-jilly.blogspot.com

Liz said...

I think it would look great painted.

whimzie said...

My husband would say to refinish it. I'd be more inclined to paint it. Don't ask me how; I'm worse than you are about being a chicken. I'm scared to even hang stuff on my walls without adult supervision. I'm trying to get over it and we can conquer our fears together.

I want a vanity like this for my daughter's room. I can't believe you found this one for $10. I found a Shabby Chic one at Target (white) for $99!! And I doubt it was real wood even. So if it were my find, I'd get instructions on how to paint it white and then shabby it up a little. (From what I've read that involves fine sandpaper after the painting.)

You'd better update us on what you decide to do!!