Piano Stool Makeover: Wood and Velvet Repaint

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My very very old, falling-apart piano stool had been in desperate need of a makeover for years and last week I finally got around to starting it. Step one was a bit of glue as one side kept coming loose. Then I got the Rust-oleum satin furniture paint in ‘Cotton’ out yet again (I promise I’ll use more interesting colours soon!)

After 4 coats on the visible bits and 2 on the rest it looked better but the velvet top was still in need of recovering. I do own a staple gun but this velvet was nailed to the actual wood and the seat does not detach so staples weren’t really an option. I considered getting some new fabric, taking the old nails out and using them to hammer on the new fabric (or using new ones if necessary). However, I’d been reading up about using paint on velvet and other fabrics and since it was such a small piece I thought I’d give it a try. I could always recover it later if everything went wrong and I do love my paint. Here’s the stool before…

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I used Dylon fabric paint in navy, which I could pick up from my local Hobbycraft (again I was impatient to wait) and which claimed to keep the material soft. Unfortunately the pots are really tiny so I ended up buying four to do two coats. I’ve since realised you can buy a bigger pot, but quite a lot bigger so only worth it if you’re doing a large chair or sofa. I was really pleased with the results…

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The fabric is not quite as soft but still feels and looks like velvet and I love the rich colour. You can also iron the fabric to lock the colour in.

All that was left to do was put a trim around it. I used some velvet ribbon from Hobbycraft that I bought for under £2. Then the usual wax and it was finished…

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All in all I’m very pleased. It looks loads better and cost hardly anything to do up. Result! And I will definitely be painting more fabric in the future as it’s so easy. As long as you’re not painting a really comfortable sofa I don’t think the slight decrease in softness is a big problem. Here’s what I used for the project…

 

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For my next project I’m tackling a chest of drawers. And (shock horror) I won’t be painting it white!

TV cabinet repaint

So after my fireplace success I looked to the left and the TV cabinet was the obvious choice for my next project. It was bought originally from IKEA for a fair bit of money and has very useful cable holes drilled into the back and good storage so I didn’t want to get rid of it. However, the pine effect won’t work with the clean, bright, classic look I eventually want for the room.  See it here in original form with another photo of the original fireplace.

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After a few experiments with shades of grey I decided to go with the same white furniture paint as I used for the fireplace (the walls will eventually be a light shade of grey for contrast). I used 3/4 coats on the visible areas and 2 on the inside…

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Then finished the job with wax and some new handles, vintage clock faces which I ordered from amazon. Overall I’m pleased but it hasn’t got the wow factor I’d really like so I may need to revisit it in the future. Any thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated so please share!

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Reminder to self – take more and better photos! Here’s what I used for this project…

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Next to face the brush: very old and falling-apart piano stool which needs painting and recovering…but I might paint the fabric instead.

Fireplace makeover: total repaint

When I moved into my 1930’s house of horrors (virtually untouched since the 1970’s) I quickly realised I would have to wait a few months to do anything about the decor. All of the windows need replacing and we also have an extension to plan.

This means there’s no point stripping wallpaper or painting walls. And I have to put up with carpets like this…

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At least it matches all the red wine I have to drink to put up with it!

To keep myself busy I turned to smaller projects. The first thing that I couldn’t put up with was the fireplace so I made the decision to paint the dark wood white, hoping to see a big improvement. I used Rust-oleum satin finish furniture paint in ‘Cotton’ which doesn’t need sanding or priming so after a quick dust and a wipe down I got to work. At first it looked like this…

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After the first coat…

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The wood surround needed several more coats, which took a while. In between painting I did some research and discovered an amazing paint for the brass bits called Rustins heat resistant black paint (matt finish). Unfortunately I got a bit impatient, as I couldn’t get hold of a heat resistant primer quickly enough, so I just painted it straight on to the metal. It has held up pretty well since (from a distance) but I will definitely use a primer next time as small bits have started to flake off despite very careful handling.

5 coats (yes 5!) of Rust-oleum and 2 coats of Rustins later and ‘ta da!…

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After all the work I was pleased. But I still hated the marble!

After a bit more research I decided to take a risk and get the paint out again. This time I opted for Rust-oleum chalky finish furniture paint in ‘Anthracite’. Again I didn’t prime but just got the brush out and started painting. Here’s the fireplace after the first coat…

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I found this type of paint to be thicker and to dry fast so the second coat was a bit stressful, but in the end my ugly fireplace turned out like this…

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So much better! In fact almost beautiful. What do you think? Now I just need the rest of the decor to match. And next on the list of furniture to paint is the pine cabinet to the left.

As I was really worried about chipping it I finished the marble by using Rust-oleum furniture lacquer ‘Clear’. I have to say this was very difficult to apply and I wouldn’t use it again in a hurry. It made the overall grey colour quite a bit darker and also now looks a bit rippled in places. As it’s a fireplace I think I get away with it but I finished the rest off with Rust-oleum furniture finishing wax ‘Clear’ which was easy and quick to do.

All in all I’m very pleased with the result, especially as it’s only the second furniture painting project I’ve ever done. Now I’ve got the bug!

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Check out the carpet! Outdated but perfect to use for worry-free furniture painting.