Dec­o­rat­ing with Paint— on a Bud­get

Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP 2018 - - Inside -

Over­come any fears you might have about trans­form­ing garage-sale finds with a fresh coat of paint. These tips from Anne Nash will get you started:

NOTH­ING TO LOSE Start your first fur­ni­ture-paint­ing project with a free or bar­gain find. “That way,” Anne says, “if you mess up, it’s not the end of the world!”

GIVE IT A WASH Wipe down the piece to re­move any grit or grime so the paint will ad­here bet­ter.

GET CRE­ATIVE Think like an artist. Don’t be afraid to mix paint colors un­til you find what you like. Anne mixes her paints in a plas­tic con­tainer with a lid, even com­bin­ing left­over wall paint with chalky-fin­ish paint as needed.

LAYER IT ON If you cover a piece with too many lay­ers of paint, use a hand-held sand­ing block to re­move some of it. If it’s still not right, try a palm san­der to crackle it a bit.

ECO­NOMICS 101 You don’t need to buy a whole set of name-brand paints. In­stead, Anne ad­vis­ing us­ing up what­ever you have on hand. “It’s a great way to trans­form some­thing with­out spend­ing a lot of money.”

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