Give It Some Color!

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At first, I was a little scared to take on this challenge because I went super cray from Jump Street!

I was thinking, yes, I make this a double benefit and spruce up the chest of drawers I’ve been wanting to do for years!

Then I realized...Hey, Becca, you haven't really repainted a piece of furniture before, maybe you should start off a little smaller!

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And so that’s what I did!

I had been thinking that we needed a new spot for the plant I had—and the ones I had my eye on!

I have been researching the best starter house plants to get. I decided on aloe for its many holistic benefits and easy care. I also decided on a rubber tree, for ease of care as well.

And I liked the idea of having friends split off their plants that they could spare to contribute to the start of my plant collection.

I had a couple of friends, Claire and Kristen, who kindly agreed to share their green thumb abundance with me! I decided to name the plants after each of them!

I was also visiting a good friend of mine, Sam, recently who just so happened to be getting rid of a small table!

I eagerly agreed to take it off her hands.

The table came up because I was asking her advice about painting furniture. Sam is an amazing artist and she’s always up-cycling furniture and creating pieces that look great!

I originally thought of using my daughter’s old diaper changing table, but I still use it for clothing storage, so it would’ve been counter-productive.

I followed Sam's advice and went with her favorite brand of paint for my project, Sherwin Williams, and got an angled brush (a good one) to help with corners and coverage.

I have to say, the staff at the paint store were really helpful and patient.

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I settled on gentle aqua as a color.

I originally thought a soft yellow would be nice with the green plants, but once I was at the store, the aqua started calling my name.

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The day I painted, it was a little too cool outside according to the instructions on the paint, so I painted inside.

I was worried about fumes in the house, especially around my toddler. But I must say, it didn’t feel like there was a noticeable smell in the house.

I thought I was going to wait the four hours and do a second coat, but I loved the unfinished/distressed look of the single coat so much that I decided to leave it that way.

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One of the only tips I have is definitely to sand before panting.

I used some sand paper I had from an old staining project that worked great.

I didn't worry about sanding too much as I knew I wanted at least a slightly worn finish.

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My other tip is that the brush I got was great, but I will say that the size of table I was painting could have used a smaller brush around the legs and ledges.

I was able to manage with the brush I had though.

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I hope this week’s challenge inspires you to up-cycle something in your home and give it some color! 

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See what everyone else did ♥