Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Playroom Re-do Part 1

Well, I've decided to semi-re-do our kids playroom. We haven't done anything to it (not even paint--it has an awesome paint job done by the previous owners) but throw toys in there. I guess I had a little subconscious block to putting anything on the walls due to the aforementioned awesome paint job.

Then, one day, it hit me like a Mack truck (ok, not that bad, but still)...), why can't I put things on the walls? Who's to stop me?!? No one, that's who! So, I am now working on re-organizing the playroom. This time, I will organize up. I want to do a good job, though. So, I'm taking this project slow. I'm looking at all the cool organization magazines, other peoples ideas for kids playrooms, etc. I don't want to mess this up! I want it to be good, people! Brilliant! A place kids will walk into and say, "I never want to leave!" That's the goal.

So, while I research and strategize, I thought I could at least begin with some small furniture renovations. I love white furniture in kids rooms. I don't know why. Maybe it reflects the purity of the child? (Other peoples child, not mine... ;) Anyway, I decided to re-do the kids TV stand.


And here she is! In all her glory. We purchased this stand from Target about 8 years ago right after we got married. It's seen a few good times...

And it wasn't in the best condition. It isn't real wood, it just had a thin layer of wood on top of plywood to make it look like a nice wood piece. When you're sanding pieces like this, it's important not to sand too much or too hard, because the veneer will chip off. I found this out the hard way!

After giving the top, edges and corners a nice light sanding with my power sander, I hand-sanded the front and sides of the piece. These sections where just the thin layer of wood inserts and I didn't want to chip them or mess them up.

After sanding and wiping it down, I gave it a nice coat of Zinsser primer. I used a brush and I was fearful of brush strokes, but the spray paint layer covered those up nicely in the end.


After the primer dried, I applied a coat of flat white spray paint. Then, I sanded down the edges and corners for the ever popular distressed look. I spray painted the knobs with my trusty ORB and called it good. I wasn't too worried about the perfection of this piece, because it will end up back in the abyss that is the playroom...which I'm sure will give it a few more scratches and dents.

OH, I also applied a layer of lacquer to the top and front of the piece, to sort of protect the paint. Again, not too worried about the sides and back getting a protective layer for the above mentioned reasons.

11 comments:

  1. This looks great. I have so many things like this that I want to do, but I can never find the time...

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  2. What type of lacquer do you use? I need to do the same to my newly painted desk for my sewing room ( http://ellenscreativepassage.blogspot.com/2010/07/goodwill-desk-makeover.html ), but I don't really want it to be glossy. By the way the TV stand looks great!

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  3. Nice transformation!! I've never used lacquer, have been too afraid too. lol

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  4. It looks great. I love the fresh, clean look!

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  5. Looks fantastic! I'm a huge fan of white, too. It makes furniture really pop and gives it a light, airy feel. Nice job on the paint!

    ~Chelsea

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  6. I love this piece and you did a fabulous job on the redo ! It is brilliant ! I am starting to fall into the ORB craze the more I see it around on these blogs. I found you thru Get Your Craft On Thursday !

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  7. It looks great!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day and the comments about my new outdoor cushions and cart. Yeah I think I'm going to keep it white too.

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  9. Great job! I think white was totally the way to go.

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  10. Love your blog! Thanks for the playroom ideas. I've been putting off doing my daughter's, but now I'm officially inspired to get it started. Thanks for the push!

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  11. You can never organize playrooms enough!! I love it!

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