Even though I’ve long been a fan of turquoise interiors, actually adding it to my own home has been a little intimidating. First, I tried it out on this blog, and I’ve loved it. Then, I made turquoise pillows to go on the couch along with the yellow & white chevron pillows. But I was really itching to paint some furniture turquoise.
Before I started painting recently, every piece of furniture in the entire living room/entry/kitchen area was black. Lots and lots of black. I know that’s sophisticated, but I truly love lots of color. Since our first colorful house didn’t appeal to all buyers, I’ve been nervous to really let this house express who we are. But no longer! Color is making a big appearance here lately.
I’ve searched my iPhoto library for any before shots of this dresser, with no luck. My parents gave it to us when we first got married, and they had painted it hunter green. We immediately painted it black, and it’s been the same since. It has served as a buffet in our first apartment, a dresser in our bedroom, a TV stand, and most recently an entry table. The drawer slides were breaking. And despite it being a sturdy piece of furniture, I was so tired of it.
Now I love it! I actually bought this paint for Jacob’s room. I’d intended to repaint his walls with it, but that never happened. I realized this week that it was the exact shade that I wanted for the dresser, which meant that I could redo the dresser for for free. That made up my mind!
The paint is eggshell, which isn’t normally the right finish for furniture. But I learned from a helpful fellow at Lowes that any latex paint can be coated with Minwax Polycrylic Gloss – a latex polyurethane with none of the downsides of normal oil based polyurethane. It doesn’t stink, it dries quickly, and it won’t yellow. It comes in a variety of finishes, including high gloss. So it will allow me to turn this wall paint into a rock hard glossy finish. I haven’t applied it to this yet, since I want the paint to dry for a few days first. But it’s on my kitchen table, and it’s made a big difference to the durability of the paint.