Aside from the decision to paint the bookcases, I also needed to make a few updates so they would last a few more years – I’ll get to more on that later in the post. To begin, I gave each bookcase a good sanding with my orbital sander (), but at the same time it was important to get them ‘roughed-up’ so the paint would absorb into the surface.
It said “paint & primer in one” right on the label. I will now repeat that thin and even is the key when it comes to spray paint. I decided I didn’t want to muck up the inside of my lock with spray paint, so I used a spare house key to block the spray from getting into the lock (while allowing me to access the rest of the knob).
If you apply thin & even coats they won’t be globby and thick, and they’ll bond/cure very strongly, which will greatly reduce any issues with things flaking, scratching, or peeling down the line. I didn’t push the key all the way in for fear that the top of the key would block some of the outside of the doorknob, so I just stuck it halfway in so it would block the interior part without inhibiting access to the metal facade around it.
Spice up dressers, consoles and cabinets with graphic impact and bold color by first painting the entire piece a solid color, then applying a hand-painted pattern to the inset portion of paneled door fronts.
Designate storage space and add graphic punch with his-and-hers silhouette cut-outs added to cabinets or vanities.
To achieve a professional high-end look, rent an HVLP (high-volume, low-pressure) paint sprayer from a rental store, then paint the piece using high-gloss lacquer in contrasting colors.