by Karen Bates
(last updated February 27, 2017)
Furniture that you've had in your home for a while can become boring over time. Sometimes, you just want to decorate with something new and fresh but due to financial or other restraints you can't completely redecorate an area in your home.
You might think that you'll be stuck with the same boring set-up forever, but the truth is that it isn't difficult to make a change to your home's decor. Although you might think you have to spring for brand new furniture to get a fresh and unique look, all you really need is to know how to change the furniture you already own.
If you have old chairs, tables, dressers, stools, shelves, or other pieces of furniture, you can give them new life with a coat of paint and a little time. There are many options for potential designs, but odds are you are looking for a fun and unique way to personalize your furniture and add life to your home. Sponge painting furniture is one option that will allow you to redecorate without over-doing it.
Using a sponge painting technique to decorate your furniture is a great way to help you change things a bit around your house. Instead of seeing the same old shelves everyday, for instance, you can practically start over with a new-looking piece of furniture. Another plus of sponge painting your furniture is that you can cover up scratches, marks, or imperfections in an old piece of furniture. Because sponge painting adds a textured look to surfaces, most flaws will be easily hidden under the paint.
Sponge painting a piece of furniture is a fairly easy process. First you will need to sand down the old paint on the surface, then clean the area. Using paint colors of your choice, first apply a base coat that covers the whole piece, then allow to dry. Next, apply another color (either a little lighter or a little darker than the base) over the base coat using a sea sponge. The sponge creates an interesting effect that adds a textured look to the furniture and completely changes its appearance. Once you have finished painting and you are happy with the result, apply a protective coat of sealant and allow to dry.
A new coat of paint applied in a fun way can add life to your furniture and give your home an interesting new look. Give this method a try on your old furniture and you might be pleasantly surprised.
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