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Epic fail-Painted furniture strikes back!

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Oh where to begin! 

I shared this over on my Blogger blog so why not go for the Gusto! LOL

I have worked all week on a twin headboard and foot board. One of my problems was that I had t do it in several sittings due to time restraints. I don’t even have a job, but got interrupted enough that I think I really botched this project!

I had to remix paint (to match? Not easy!) 3 times. At least! Today I felt I was ready for waxing. The paint is from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company and I really truly do like working with it. But mixing to the same color 3 times in a row is clearly not my forte’. The color I used was Sea Green. I mixed it with care. 1 part Sea Green to 2 parts Snow White. The second time around it seemed lighter. The third time it seemed almost baby blue. acckk!

When I started waxing today, the flaws came out in strength. Many of you may think I did a bad job painting. I do. And waxing. Probably so. As near as I can tell, every inch was evenly waxed, allowed to dry 5 minutes or so, and then buffed. And buffed some more. I can see flaws like crazy. It does look like a child painted it in a rush. 

So before I post the pics, let me just say that I have learned a few things:

1. Lighting is everything! I will be investing in a shop light this weekend to prevent this from happening again!

2. Mix all the paint for each coat on each piece and have the time to complete all pieces at the same time! Mixing paint days apart for coats, for touch ups, etc will cause trouble. 

3. Get a waxing brush, and a buffing brush to attach to the drill. That will make things easier to maintain an even finish. 

4. Remember to be patient; be prepared to post a failure on your blog. I wanted desperately to say this was the intended finish, but it wasn’t. I cannot lie…I had an epic fail and didn’trealize it till too late. 



There is a chance that I will paint the foot board again, this time in pure Sea Green, making it much darker than the headboard. I also have the metal frame, which I plan on spray painting black. Once complete, I will probably donate to a needy child in my area!  

All comments and tips are most welcome! 


Author: Bev

Just moved to an old Historic town in Oregon, to be closer to my elderly parents. Sharing a house with my brother that was built in 1890. I have two German Shepherds that love to walk, romp and play, swim and anything else as long as it is with me. My interests are in home decor, gardening, and remaking furniture by repairing, painting and breathing new life into it. Trying to learn all I can about blogging too!

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