I have a few pieces of furniture in the cue to be refinished or painted. And truthfully, of all the projects I have worked on, my favorites are always the furniture projects.
So this past weekend I worked on a couple pieces including this old hall tree. It’s kind of a dark picture, but you get the gist.
Months ago, naturally, I got this off of Craigslist for a song, always with the intention of painting it. I wasn’t sure at the time what color, but when I decided that I wanted the hall tree to go in my dream-office-that-is-soon-to-be built-but-other-projects-have-taken-priority, I decided to paint it one of my favorite colors, sky blue.
As you can see, it’s missing some of its scrolls / curly q’s / doodads, but that doesn’t really matter to me.
Sean helped me carry it outside, and then I got started. After removing the hooks to make things easier, I sanded the entire piece with a fine grit sand paper. Then I wiped it down with a damp cloth for a clean surface.
I painted one coat of primer over the entire piece, then applied two coats of blue.
Once it was dry, I reattached the hooks. But they looked weird. Although I thought the tarnished brass was pretty, the hooks didn’t work so well with the blue.
So I took them off, spray painted them white, reattached them, and I’m happy with the result. The white looks better. Clean. Fresh.
The hall tree went from Debbie Downer drab to singing some happy blues. And for now, until I get my dream office, the hall tree is in the downstairs hallway, across from our coat closet. How fitting.