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I have a fun little pop-up shop scheduled in April, so for the next month I am going to be painting and creating like a mad woman. I started working on a cool wood desk yesterday which got me thinking, I’ve never done a post about furniture prep! How you prep your pieces has a lot to do with the success of your outcome. Prep = Pretty. I don’t know how to stress this enough! You could put the best products on a piece but it’ll still look half arsed if you didn’t fill, sand, or clean. I don’t care what fancy paint brand you use, if you are lazy with prep, you better believe it’s gonna show in your finished piece.
Now I know there are going to be some haters here saying, “But, I bought THIS brand and they say there is no prep work! Just paint away!” Lies, peeps. Lies. Do those brands cut down on time because you don’t have to prime? Heck yeah! But, you aren’t going to get a swan by slapping lipstick on a pig. When you take the time to properly prep a piece of furniture, you are investing in your end result.
You are in essence laying a solid foundation to build on as you move through the creative process.
Furniture Prep is messy, but good things take time.
Quality work requires effort and energy. I want my pieces to not only look beautiful (far away AND up close) but to last. I pour my heart into every project that I do and I want it to show. There are thousands of people out there flipping furniture, many simply slapping lipstick on that furniture pig as fast as they can go. I figure I have two choices, I can blend in or I can stand out. I choose to stand out by taking the time to properly prep my pieces.
Here’s a little checklist I go through every time I start on new project.
Ok, let me walk you through the prep and process I go through on each piece from beginning to end.
Before we start, I want to state that my furniture prep process isn’t necessarily professional. It’s just what I’ve come to after years of trial and error. You may find something works better for you and that is wonderful. You do you.
That being said, here’s the run down!
I know prep seems boring, and it can be a lot of work, but it is so worth it in the end. It’s all about the details, my friends.
I hope this furniture prep checklist proves handy for you on your next project! Now I’m off to go put some stuff together for my pop up! I may have bitten off more than I could chew, but oh well. Sometimes a girl needs a swift kick in the fanny to refocus and get herself in gear. Life is good and creativity is fun.
Live creative, y’all.
If you have any questions about furniture prep or why I do what I do, feel free to leave them in the comments below.