The lazy girls guide to painting

paint lids

I LOVE paint. I absolutely love it.  I love how it transforms spaces and objects in an instant making the tired and tatty new and shiny.  I love how it can bring a piece from something that is nearly right into something that is just perfect.  But here’s the thing…I’m laaaazzzzy.  I want the glory without any of the graft.  All that sanding and priming and sanding again puts me right off.  It’s the reason I love spray paint so much. Most things just need a quick wash and away you go, ready to spray. Instant gratification, that’s my game.

Hall mess

After two years trying to find the perfect piece to fit my hallway (my desired specifications were ridiculous) I FINALLY found a gem in Oxfam Home that ticked all the boxes: right height, right depth and made in mid-century style. The only problem was this little treasure was clearly made (albeit with love) by someone just tinkering away in a workshop, and the finish was…well it wasn’t great. It was a little bit Monet: fabulous from a distance but up close slightly messy.  There were bits that were varnished, bits that were stained, and bits that were raw and untreated.  A lazy girl’s nightmare.


So picture my ecstasy when I discovered my beloved Rust-Oleum’s new Furniture Paint requires NO pre-sanding, NO priming and NO top coat, AND it paints directly over bare wood and varnish! Winning! (Also works on metal & brick which is handy) All I had to do was give my second hand gem a quick scrub, let it dry and away we go.

Rust-Oleum 272

I tend to gravitate toward white, gold and grey and my hallway houses three grey framed prints that I adore, so I went with the Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Slate: tough, but not too glossy (a bit like me) and a little splash of Metallic Finish in Gold, just for a bit of flava. [Mini tip:  those chopsticks that come with your takeaway make perfect paint stirrers].

1st Coat

Fantastically, both paints are touch dry in an hour and fully dry and ready to repaint in four hours.  So – because I’m such an awkward painter – I painted the outside section, let it dry for an hour and then painted the inside section.  This meant I wasn’t smudging wet paint as I went (which is generally what happens). I also discovered when it came to the second coat that it was much easier to paint the inside and legs of the unit when it was on its back (I’m sure most people know this but for yours truly it was quite a eureka moment).

Second coat 2

I also discovered that when it came to trimming the edge there’s no need to kill yourself attempting to paint a perfect line or spend ages taping off the edges (I told you I was lazy). By letting the slate coat dry fully before attempting the gold trim I was able to just run my finger across the gold edge immediately after painting to clear up any overspill.  Hey presto, perfectly sharp line in seconds!

Gold trim

And that’s it! Job done.

After detail

I was so pleased with how my little piece turned out that I even gave it some extra love and finished it off with two coats of wax. It’s actually not necessary to wax with this range, but as the unit is going to be used in the hall as a landing table and shoe storage I expect it to take quite the beating over the years – and anyway I just think wax gives things a fancy finished feel (a bit like putting top coat on over your nail varnish: not necessary but just nicer).

Furniture Wax

So finally the hallway clutter of my dinky studio has been vanquished, and I have a proper grown up landing strip for shoes, hats, keys and what-nots.   Not bad for a days work!


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