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Paint Children’s Furniture for a Big Statement
Matt Shapiro - Pennfield, NY

Hardwarian Matt Shapiro

Beyond Hardware

Pennfield, NY

Paint Children’s Furniture for a Big Statement

Level: Experienced

A child's room is his or her special place, so if you're thinking of going big to create an inspiring and fun environment, painting your child's furniture is a simple and creative way to give the room a makeover. Try the Troll Biggie’s color palette to make a big, lovable statement in the room. All you need is the know-how and right tools for the job. Find your True Colors™ with DreamWorks Trolls color paint, exclusively at True Value®.

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    • Step 1: Think About Color
       

      Start by thinking about the room's color scheme. If you're painting the walls, plan how the room colors and furniture colors will complement each other. Trolls Paint palettes are vibrant and fun and could be the base of any great kid’s room color scheme. Biggie’s color palette is huggable and full of heart, no matter the room’s size, with colors like Hug Time, Biggie’s Blue and Mr. Dinkles. There are a number of other Trolls colors available as well from which to choose.

      If you're leaving the walls as is, you can still add zing with cool, colorful furniture. Just be sure the colors complement or contrast in the right way. Choose colors by knowing how they affect moods and perceptions:

      • Green. The color of nature, green is said to reinforce self-esteem and suggest hope, restfulness and calmness.
      • Blue. Shades of blue, like the ocean and the sky, evoke feelings of calm, tranquility and spirituality, so they're good choices for a restful bedroom.
      • Red. Used as an accent to neutral colors, red can add life to a kid's room.
      • Yellow. Cheerful and dynamic, yellow is a great choice to brighten and warm any room. It's also said to be the color of intellectuals.
      • White. White represents peace, faith, joy, cleanliness and purity. It reflects light, so it can make a room appear bright, cool and spacious. But it's also the hardest room color to keep clean with little ones around.
      • Purple. Various shades of purple evoke different feelings. Children typically respond to the energy of bright purple.
       
    • Step 2: Find an Appropriate Workspace
       

      If possible, remove the furniture from the room and work in another space, such as a garage, workshop or similar area. Work in a well-ventilated area since fumes from paint and paint thinner, etc. are toxic and can be very potent in an enclosed area. Working in an open garage or outside offers the best ventilation.

      Safety Alert!

      Never paint near extreme heat or an open flame. Paints, stripping chemicals and stains are highly flammable and can ignite.

    • Step 3: Prepare the Surface
       

      If you need to do minor repairs to the furniture, do so before you start anything else on the project. All it takes is a little extra attention and elbow grease. Even if you're not very handy, you should be able to repair a dresser or crib with a hammer, a screwdriver, some nails or screws and some wood glue.

      Once repairs have been made, it's time to refinish. Make sure your refinishing area is dry and dust-free—water and dirt can ruin fresh coats of primer and paint. Use masking tape to secure newspaper or a large drop cloth or tarp to the floor or ground to protect it from spills or splashes. Remove drawers, doors and any hardware from the furniture before you start.

    • Step 4: Remove Old Finish
       

      Remove the old finish by sanding with a medium-low grit sandpaper. Be sure to sand along the grain of the wood—any swirl marks caused by sanding will stand out when you stain.

      Remove all of the finish and smooth out any imperfections in the wood. Sand carefully by hand around decorative details and curved areas.

      To remove finishes quickly from a large item, you may want to use a belt sander—but be careful not to damage the item by sanding too deeply. Finish by smoothing the entire piece down with medium-grit sandpaper.

    • Step 5: Prime It
       

      Prime the furniture with True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Primer/Sealer tinted the same color as the paint you're going to use. This will make things easier because you can use fewer coats of paint. Priming is especially important if the furniture has never been painted or if the piece was poorly finished before you started. Apply the primer with a medium paintbrush or small roller. Let it dry completely. You can skip priming by using True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Paint/Primer in One. See next step.

    • Step 6: Start Painting
       
      paint brushTrue Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium latex paint and primer in-onepainted children's furniture

      Using another medium-sized brush or small roller, apply True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Paint/Primer in One in a Trolls-inspired color of your choice onto the furniture, using even strokes. Cover the entire surface. Do not apply the paint too thickly or it will run. If you apply too much, wipe off the excess with a clean cloth. It is always better to do several light coats instead of one thick one. Let the paint dry between coats.

      Helpful Tip

      It's best not to use the furniture for at least a week. The paint will appear dry but can be easily smudged or scratched. Also, don't replace the hardware until after the paint has completely dried.

      When you’re painting the furniture, now's the time to be as creative as you want. Because you're creating a nursery, you may want to use bright, fun colors. Or create a calm and comforting space for your little one. It's up to you. Whichever way you go, the Trolls Paint color palette gives you numerous options for imaginative creativity.

      You're done! Take a step back and admire your big color updates to the room.

  • Here’s what you’ll need to complete this project successfully.

    Before you begin, use the shopping list below to uncheck the tools you already have to complete this project.

    Then, print or save your updated list and bring it to your local True Value hardware store, where an expert Hardwarian will give you the remaining tools and expert advice you need to complete this project.

    You can also shop online for these project items at TrueValue.com and receive FREE shipping to a participating store.

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