Hello! Today I am sharing our entertainment center makeover! I had so much fun painting this piece and will share the details for this painted furniture diy.
I acquired this piece when I was living in my first college apartment. My mom found it at Hobby Lobby and spray painted it black to go with my bedroom furniture. Here it is before the paint job.
Since we are now using this piece in our living room, I decided I wanted to lighten it up. I jumped on the grey train and chose Sherwin Williams Mindful Grey as the paint color. While I love painting furniture, I am no expert, so I followed a tutorial my dear friend, Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange, posted on her blog. She has a wonderful post on achieving a beautiful, matte, satin finish on furniture. She actually worked on the piece from the post for one of my best friends! Check it out here!
First I sanded the entire piece with a fine grit sandpaper. After sanding I used a wet cloth to wash off any dust or dirt. It is important for your furniture to have a clean finish before painting. Here it is after sanding.
After wiping down the piece, I started priming. I used Zinsser Bulls Eye primer. I highly recommend priming before painting. Priming creates a smooth surface and helps the paint really cling to the piece.
Here it is after one more coat of primer.
Much better! Don’t freak out after one coat of primer. You will need at least two coats of primer. I allowed the primer to dry for 24 hours before painting.
Now onto the fun part! I added an extender to the paint in order to achieve a beautiful, matte finish. I picked up a can of Floetrol extender while shopping for paint at Sherwin Williams. I added a couple of lids full of extender per couple of cups of paint and mixed well. It was my first time to use an extender, and I highly recommend it! It eliminates brush strokes and gives the furniture piece an overall smooth and flawless finish! This is after the first coat of paint.
I gave it one more coat of paint and called it quits. I was so happy to be finished! I am such an impatient DIYer. 🙂
I did decide to add a grey stain to the doors. It doesn’t show up great in photos, but it added a nice touch. The important thing to remember about stain is that a little goes a long way! I barely dipped my brush into the stain and then wiped almost all of it off before applying to the doors.
I used the same knobs I had but spray painted them gold (surprise, surprise)!
Let me know what you think! It makes my day to hear from you!