I’m not good, but not really bad, about trying DIY projects I’ve pinned to Pinterest. I pinned painted wine bottles before I tried mine and the many white ceramic things I pinned inspired my ceramic bird makeover. I tackled a piece of artwork I pinned. Heck, I even made a play kitchen after pinning some ideas!
But still, I have oodles of ideas pinned, so I really like the push to tackle another pinned project, instead of pining for it longingly and complaining about a lack of time (is it problematic that pinning DIY goodies takes away from DIY-goody-making time?). So thanks Sherry, Katie, Kate and Michelle for another Pinterest Challenge.
I really like “dipped” furniture legs (having already “dipped” some wooden spoons) but I was, I’ll admit it, too much of a scared-y cat to try dipping the legs of a piece of “good” furniture. Just in case.
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Secret: two of the legs above only looked dipped because the natural wood was left bare while the rest was painted.
Because I am slowly, but diligently, working on making the basement pretty (yup, still) I’ve been wanting to spruce up some of the furniture that dwells down in the pit of despair. I have thought about axing this stool (a yard sale find) so many times, but it’s ridiculously useful. Such a workhorse: from holding my palette when painting to balancing a laundry basket when I am begrudgingly doing laundry, it’s become a basement staple. But it was a little plain . . . and paint stained. And sad.
It was selected for the dip-experiment.
The project was super simple. After sanding off the dribbled paint with a belt sander, I spray painted the bottom of each leg using a brushed metallic silver (the same one I used for the stenciled mirror frame), applying multiple, thin coats. Once dry, I measured and taped off the legs. Then I applied my favorite mis-tinted black paint using a brush (leftover from painting the railing and the frame for my black & white DIY painting). It took two coats to cover the bare wood stool. In the next few days, I’ll add a coat of Varathane clear finish to protect the surface.
Now this simple stool is chic enough to even spend some time on the main floor (oooo, what an honor), positioning our fan (right in our faces) to help keep us cool for movie night!
The verdict: now that I’ve dipped my toe (had to say it) in this trend, I love the look. All furniture legs in the townhouse are fair game from now on.