When remodeling the interior of your home, there are many aspects to consider. And the budget must be one of the most critical portions of the decision-making process. Keeping to a budget will help the remodel go more smoothly and be significantly less stressful. So, Georgia Home Remodeling helps your budget by suggesting homeowners consider adding to the remodel by painting furniture.
It is true. Painting furniture will add to your remodel while decreasing the cost of the remodeling budget. For instance, the average price of a gallon of paint is $30.00, while a new chair can cost between $150 and $400. Now add all the furniture in the room, and you have significant savings and no endless wait for delivery times.
In the following paragraphs, our team will let you know about the different types of paint and how they are applied. The varieties we will discuss are latex, oil-based, spray paint, chalk, and milk paints.
Latex paints are similar to acrylic paint but often come in larger quantities. Water-based paints are acrylic resin-based. The benefits of use are the following:
That said, here are the steps you will need to take to paint your piece of furniture.
There are times when oil-based paint is preferred. For instance, if you are painting a chair that will be moved around a lot, you may want the protection of durable oil-based paint. Painters often choose it for baseboards for added strength.
The drying time on an oil-based paint is usually 24 hours between coats. And you should know it takes a thinner to clean up the brushes and supplies. However, again, it is the most durable of all the paints.
Using spray paint seems like the easiest option for sure. There are no brush strokes, and it covers well. It dries fast and is durable. And round furniture legs are a snap with the angle of spray paint. However, if you are painting a large piece, it can get costly. What’s more, you will need to protect the area you are applying the paint and ventilate the space. It is a good idea to have a mask as well.
Perhaps this application is the favorite for several reasons. It is easy and requires much less prep. Only if a piece has a high gloss surface will you need to do anything other than wash the furniture before painting it with chalk paint. This saves a lot of time and money, and the clean-up is a sinch. Besides, soap and water get rid of any mistakes.
The only caveat is the need for a protective wax covering. But this is a straightforward application using a foam roller.
Milk paint is another requiring very little preparation. And when used on raw wood, it really brings out the grain, as a satin would. This product is a powder that needs mixing. Start with equal parts water and paint mix, then adjust for the consistency you desire.
Then, you may want to add a bonding agent for high-use pieces to add to the paint mixture for durability.
Voila! Now you have the secrets to choosing the best paint for your remodel project. Besides the paint type, you will need to determine a few other things before mixing your color at the paint counter.
In the paint department, you will find a variety of sheens. There is flat or matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss. So, which do you choose? Your paint mixer is going to ask, so know before you go. A matte look can be very nice but will not wipe off easily, and the middle choices will wipe off and hide scratches. The high gloss choice is very shiny and modern but will show every mistake and blemish. So, we recommend the middle of the road sheen for most furniture, cabinets, and vanities.
Here is another consideration in your paint type choice. Exterior paints should be exterior latex. It will work best on surfaces such as wood or metal patio sets and plastic lounge chairs. It is quick-drying and water-based. When you ask for exterior paint, it will come with additives that discourage mildew growth, resist fading, and is more crack-resistant.
Furthermore, for interior paints, water-based paint will be lower on fumes and dry quickly. You can opt for any of the above paint types. Just consider each of the benefits of the types and determine which is for you. However, on indoor metals, an oil-based primer may work better. Always finish high-use pieces with wax or a polycrylic topcoat.
If distress is your vibe, try chalk or milk paint. They are easily sanded in the end stages and help you achieve the vintage look you are looking for. Milk is excellent for raw wood and chalks for all others. If you need the grain of the wood to stand out, try the milk paint and distress techniques. Then if you want a consistent coat that is distressed with full coverage, the chalk paint will be the best option.
Your Georgia choice for all things remodeling, we are a full-service team of plumbers, painters, electricians, contractors, and designers. We have all of the services you need for a beautiful and stress-free remodel of your home or business.
If you want to finish off your remodel with painting furniture, as our painters which paint type and finish, they recommend. Georgia Home Remodeling is happy to help.