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.