Garrett and I recently moved into our first house! In February, we decided we were tired of apartment living and wanted to rent a house. We have two dogs, so finding a big enough space with a yard was incredibly important for us. If you have pets and are in an apartment… you know the struggle of making sure your pets go outside and not in the house.
Part of my excitement with moving into a house was the decorating possibilities! Every time we move, I’m always excited about the new atmosphere and changing up our home decor look.
My recent DIY project was to paint our coffee table. Our coffee table is an old chest that we got as an old hand-me-down from his parents for our first apartment. It’s a nice chest, so I didn’t want to get rid of it. It’s been with us for almost 7 years!
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My main problem with it was that it was so worn and LOOKED like a hand-me-down. It was chipped in some areas, had stains on it, and was scratched. It was time for a face-lift. Not to mention that it would not match the new home decor theme I had in mind for our new house. I wanted to paint furniture gray.
How to Paint Furniture Gray
Our new house is primarily gray. The walls are a nice light gray color. The Kitchen has black and white granite with a gray backsplash. I’m tired of the “beige” and “Earth Tones” that I’ve been living with nearly all my life. I love gray color palettes because it brightens the room and really allows for pops of color to be added.
For example, my kitchen is black, white, and gray but I have splashes of turquoise in it! My pots and pans are the Rachael Ray Cucina Porcelain Pots and Pans set in Agave Blue and I LOVE THEM. I have matching kitchen towels and cookware as well. It really ties in with the kitchen well.
Back on subject! I wanted to give our chest a makeover ASAP after moving. We’ve only been in this house for a week (at the time of writing this), so I really jumped onto this DIY as soon as we moved in.
- Paint! I used 1 quart of Valspar Signature Interior Paint (Semi-Gloss) in the color Hailstorm Gray.
- Primer – The home improvement store employee recommended the Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer.
- Painting Supplies – Including an angled brush to get into the crevices, roller brush for even application on table top, and tray to hold the paint.
- Drill or Screwdriver to remove any hardware before painting.
- Sander and Sandpaper (Medium Grit)
Painting Furniture Gray DIY
The first step I did was remove the hardware pieces from the table. My entertainment center is black, so the black hardware on the table will match perfectly and tie the table into the room.
Next, I sanded the table completely. This step is crucial if your piece has a finish on it. If your piece has gloss or anything on it, the new paint will not stick. I used a hand sander for this step as it saved a ton of time. I used a sanding block for the crevices of the table.
After cleaning the dust from the table using a tack cloth, it was time to prime! This step does not have to be perfect as long as the primer is coating the piece. For the table top, I used a roller brush to ensure even coverage.
The primer only took about 30min to dry completely. Once I was done priming, we actually went out to eat so the wait time for it to dry went by quickly!
Then it was time to paint. Again, I used a roller brush for the top of the table and an angled brush for the crevices and sides of the table. I did a total of 2 thin coats of paint for the entire table.
Once the paint was dry, I reattached the hardware and voila! A beautiful, practically new piece of furniture to go in the living room!
I love how this table turned out. It really brightens our living room and makes it more inviting! I have a matching end table that I need to paint next.
If you have any questions about how I painted this piece, please leave a comment and I’ll respond ASAP!
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Rissa is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer alongside with managing her blog, So Very Me. She also runs a YouTube channel making family style vlogs and videos. When she’s not working, she’s usually playing video games with her husband and hanging out with her two pups, Kiba and Zoey.