Dress up old furniture with new coat
Got the do-it-yourself itch but little time or cash to spare? Look around at the furniture you’ve already got. Some of it probably could use a refreshing coat of paint. In fact, a new color may put the "wow" back into a room.
Too timid? Don’t be.
"Everyone should have lots of courage and confidence," said Neil Wertheimer, editor in chief of Fresh Home, a new DIY magazine that features three table makeovers in its summer issue. "This is not hard. A piece of wood furniture is wood and screws and coating, and all three are easily fixed and replaced."
The key to a good redo is to take your time and work through all the steps. Wertheimer should know. He admits to skipping a critical step -- the primer -- in the past, and paying the price with a less attractive piece.
"The primer creates something for paint to adhere to so much better. It’s made to be sticky for paint," Wertheimer said. "Paint does not stick well to old finishes and old paint and to whatever else might be on there."
John Gidding, a judge on "HGTV’s $250,000 Challenge," has seen, and done, a lot of furniture rehabbing as an HGTV designer. He said primary candidates for a paint job often are a handed-down dining room table and chairs.