115 Furniture Painting Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts - The Lazy Girl's Guide to Furniture Painting


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The Lazy Girl's Guide to Furniture Painting - 115 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts to Save Your Time, Money, & Sanity is 117 page full color eBook with over 90 photographs showcasing valuable tips and shortcuts from professional furniture painter and blogger from refunkmyjunk.com. To purchase this book visit http://refunkmyjunk.com/book/

115 Furniture Painting Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts - The Lazy Girl's Guide to Furniture Painting

  1. 1. The Lazy Girl's Guide to Furniture Painting 115 Furniture Painting Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts to Save You Time, Money, and Sanity This work is the sole creation of the author. All tutorials, tips, tricks, and advice, though instructive and thought to be sound, are not warranted or guaranteed by the author, Refunk My Junk, Inc., or any entity acting on their behalf. The reader assumes all risk, inherent, and not inherent with any advice or instruction found within this work. The author, Refunk My Junk, Inc. and any entity working on its behalf assume no liability or responsibility for the work of any reader inspired from the works contained within this body of work. Copyright © 2014 by Refunk My Junk, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photography, recording or by any information storage and retreival system without permission in writing from the Publisher. Inquires or requests to the Publisher for permission should be addressed to: Allison Griffith allison@refunkmyjunk.com Produced by Refunk My Junk, Inc. www.refunkmyjunk.com Photographs © Allison Griffith Special thank you to Hayden Norwood of Haven Interiors for providing some of the photographs used in this book. i
  2. 2. for my boys. you are the love of my life. ii
  3. 3. introduction
  4. 4. When my husband I got married in 2007 it not only meant the union of our lives it also meant the union of our furniture and belongings. When we merged our lives together, under our first home, the result wasn't pretty. Mismatched furniture, black leather couches (that were promptly sold on Craigslist), and lots of family hand-me- down pieces filled the empty rooms of our new home. Before the days of blogging and Pinterest I perused a few woodworking stores, got inspired by the TLC television show Trading Spaces, and talked to the not-so-helpful guys who worked behind the paint counter at the hardware store, I finally worked up enough courage to paint my first piece of furniture. I sanded, primed, distressed, sponged, layered paint, and sealed our dining room table and four chairs. When my project was complete I felt the process left a lot to be desired in terms of fun. I kept thinking- there has to be a better way! I prodded for answer by asking woodworking professionals, antique restoration experts, carpenters, contractors, faux finishers, authors of books, and anyone who would listens. I 4 INTRODUCTION
  5. 5. I quickly found that there are two types of people – those who are willing to lend their expertise to help – and then those who are closed off and unwilling to share any “trade secrets” to a fledgling little DIYer eager for advice. Soon my creative hobby of refunking junk had turned into teaching monthly furniture painting workshops and writing a creative blog. After years of trial and error painting my own furniture I was passionate about showing others that anyone, even a corporate banker of 14 years like myself, could create beautiful and custom looking furniture for a fraction of the cost. 5 After teaching more than 600 students in my furniture painting classes and reaching over 4 million page views on my blog I wanted to give you the gift of being a lazy girl - 115 tricks of the trade I have learned over the years to make my furniture painting process enjoyable, easy, and stress-free. Out of my frustration and search for the “right way” to paint furniture I found the most imperfect, cost effective, and flexible methods to save me time, money, and headaches in the process. This book is for you – the beginner and the pro- who want to find joy in painting furniture. The Lazy Girl way.
  6. 6. 6 before you get started
  7. 7. HOW DO I PAINT FURNITURE? 7 Whoops! You bought the wrong book. This book is not a how-to-paint-furniture guide. There are tons of great books on the market that will teach you how to paint furniture but this is not one of them. This is a guide to helping you save time, money, and your sanity through quick to implement furniture painting tips and tricks. The Lazy Girl’s Guide is for beginners and advanced painters alike. There is no experience needed to use the knowledge in this book.
  8. 8. 8 I notice that you sell Heirloom Traditions Paint & Miss Mus- tard Seed's Milk Paint. Are these tips only applicable to projects where those brands are used? WHAT TYPE OF PAINT DO I USE? No, I am a firm believer in using what you already have! I sell those brands because I think they are some of the best paint available for furniture painters. This book can be used with any brand, in any color, made by anyone. Feel free to use whatever paint you prefer. At times I will mention a specific brand name, for example: FrogTape, because I think that brand is the most reliable when it comes to painter's tapes. I only recommend what I believe will make you successful in tackling your own projects but feel free to swap out any brand you prefer.
  9. 9. 9 HOW WILL I USE 115 TIPS, TRICKS, & SHORTCUTS ON EVERY PROJECT? You won't. My goal is you take away a few tips that will save you time and money on each and every project. Money saved and a few less Advil taken is a win in my book.
  10. 10. you are an artist
  11. 11. “IF IT’S NOT FUN YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.” GEORGE DI CARLO There might be many reasons why you are painting furniture. You may want to paint furniture to save money on decorating your home. You may want to earn extra money by starting a side hustle business flipping furniture. Or you may be completely frustrated by the whole process – hence why you bought this book. The main reason why I paint furniture is because it is fun! Keep these fundamentals in mind while you are working on your project. Half of the creative battle is a good attitude! 11