One of the many rewards of this craft and furniture business is that my friends have started asking me to help them with their own furniture projects. Call me crazy, but I find it such an honor that they would even ask for my opinion! Sometimes I just give advice, but sometimes, they hire me to do the whole job. In this case, my friend Kathy hired me to paint a bedroom set for her daughter. She had two French style pieces -- a desk and a dresser/bookshelf -- and a traditional style bed. To "marry" the three pieces, she wanted to paint them all one color.
Somehow I forgot to take a picture of the bed, but it was a dark stained wood bed.
I sanded the pieces lightly, cleaned them really well, gave them 2 coats of primer (Zinsser is my favorite), and did 4 coats (yes, 4!) of Sherwin Wililam's Porpoise. I also gave the hardware a quick coat of white satin spray paint and finished them with a spray satin sealer. Kathy chose the paint color, and though I was nervous at first because I'm not used to darker colors, I fell in love with the deep tone! It's just so warm, rich, and beautiful! Plus, the hardware really pops!
Kathy told me she's going for a bohemian vibe with tons of bright colors in her daughter's room, and I can't wait to see it all together.! I think the bright colors will really go well with the warm tone of the furniture.