Saturday, 15 September 2012
standard busy-ness plus painted laminate
whoopsy, i can't believe it's been almost two weeks since my last post. i surely didn't mean for that to happen. the last week kind of slipped past me in a frenzy of spring cleaning and general gettin-'stuff-done-ness. my husband took the week off to get started on our backyard renovation and it somehow made the days go by extra quickly having another adult around, even if he was outside 90% of the daylight hours. it kind of spurred me on to clean and show him just how hard i really work around here, even though he is far too clever to actually ever ask me that question... so i did a massive playroom and living room tidy, culling toys to send to the op shop, even fishing all the bits out from under the sofas. and as i dusted the top our of vintage sideboard i realised that i'd never shown my diy handiwork here, even though the fact that i took before photos (almost a year ago now) means i obviously planned too. so behold, here is the $40 sideboard that i picked up at st vinnies's after giving up on stalking danish inspired ones on ebay:
it had some good points - nice and long with a cute glass display area, timber legs and sides but the top and doors were a fairly hideous fake wood laminate. i bought some magical primer at masters (can't remember the name of it but one of the salespeople there directed me to it) that allows you to paint laminate with any old paint you want. and we have plenty of paint kicking around here from renovating, especially a lot of rather lovely pale blue that was intended for the outside of our house (before we changed our mind after one coat and went with a warm, light grey). i gave all the laminate surfaces a really light sand by hand, applied one coat of primer and then two (or maybe three) coats of the house paint, pale blue for the doors and dark grey for the top, using a roller so the surface stayed pretty smooth. my husband then applied a clear matte top coat so it would be easy to keep clean and, after removing the contact paper that was roughly applied, gave the display area a couple of coats of an offwhite house paint. oh and we decided to leave the handles off because it looked so nice and clean. it makes the bottom drawers a bit of a pain to open but they're only full of dvds anyway and who watches those anymore??