Jamie’s Painted Furniture

This weekend has been about paint for me!!  A lot of people would not be in their element painting all weekend but sadly that is a pretty good one for me!!  Really getting on with Jamie’s room now and as it takes shape I am constantly spurred on to work on the next bit.  Having got the wall art in place I wanted to paint up all of his furniture to co-ordinate and am really loving this grey colour.

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The furniture I have painted was all a bit of a jumble.  A couple of pieces from Jamie’s old room (originally from Ikea) but other bits have come from charity shops and the little corner unit has been in the shed for years!!

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Nothing matched and it was all different colours.  I should have taken pictures of everything before I started but as usual I was just too keen to get it all done!!  I went for a Dulux paint from their Endurance range – Chic Shadow.  This is just a matt emulsion meant for walls so I’m hoping that it will last.  It did seem to adhere well and it was a lovely smooth textured paint to work with.  To make it wipeable I have also varnished all the furniture with a matt varnish.  Fingers crossed it will do the job but I have loads left over if I need to touch up!!

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Ignore the screwed up curtains in the background.  I should have ironed them before I put them up.  I plan to turn them into roman blinds for the windows as I think that this will give a more contemporary look to the room so I haven’t really bothered trying to make them look nice at the moment.

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The wardrobe has turned out particularly well.  Another charity shop bargain.  I have since seen wardrobes on the internet that look very similar for over £600!

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This was the original colour of the wardrobe.  It looked rather dirty from years of  use.  We cleaned it inside and out before lightly sanding it down to paint.  I am not great at preparation and I am sure that I should have probably worked a bit harder at this.  I am looking into chalk paint at the moment as this does seem to be the way forward when it comes to painting furniture and so long as the furniture is clean I gather that you don’t have to sand it down… this will suit me down to the ground!

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The Wall art turned out to be much bigger than I was expecting but Jamie loves it!!  My mum brought it for him for Christmas from Argos so it wasn’t until I unrolled all the sections that we realised it was huge!!!  It came on a black background and didn’t fit on the wall.  So I cut it out and removed the black background.  The picture rail also meant that I had to cut out a third storm trooper from the centre of the image but I think that we got away with it.  It took me an evening to cut out and an afternoon to paste on the wall!

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With the key elements of the room completed my thoughts have been turning to the soft furnishings and I have been scouring the web for ideas.  I am definitely going to go for roman blinds for the windows and I really like the idea of making a patchwork quilt for the bed along with some grey and turquoise cushions….  Also looking for a rug for the room.  Please can someone arrange to add a couple of extra hours to the day!  Not sure what I will get done in the next week with the children off for half-term hols but will try and post again soon.

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