Silk Paint and Transfers Tutorial

Hi everyone! It’s Melissa from The Top Drawer RVA! I picked up two end tables off of Marketplace for a great deal. I could see that gorgeous trim calling out for GOLD! Let’s get to work and paint them fabulous.

Materials List:

Let’s get flipping!

How To:

Step 1:

First, I set to work doing the prep, beginning with covering those scratches. The tops had some wear and tear on them, so the fix was a quick, light sanding to make the scratches less visible. I planned to use No Pain Gel Stain on the top of the cabinets, and wanted a smooth surface to begin.

Step 2:

Next, clean, clean, clean. White Lightning is a powder-based formula that you disperse into water. I cleaned the tables thoroughly and then rinsed with water. Then, I removed the hardware after cleaning and set aside to be reused later.

Step 3:

After the prep, I started thinking about the design. I knew that I wanted to incorporate gold on all the wood detail. When planning a design it’s a good idea to look at your color scheme. I wanted to feature the beautiful new transfer from Dixie Belle called Floral Romance, and my design needed to compliment this. It’s a bold colorful transfer that comes in four pages. I looked at the transfer colors and chose a pale neutral tone. Normally, wood this red tone needs a B.O.S.S. primer to stop bleed through. But, I had a feeling that Silk All-In-One paint with a built in primer would save me some prep and finishing work (it has a built in top coat and primer). Keeping with my neutral color palette, I decided to go with Oyster.

Step 4:

When using Silk All-In-One paint, it is advised to scuff sand your surface before paint. What does scuff sand mean? After cleaning you take a piece of sand paper, any grit works fine, and move your paper in circles to “scuff” up the wood surface. This is especially important on any shiny surface. If you are worried that your item to be painted is too shiny and the paint might not adhere well, Slick Stick is recommended. I scuff sanded both the cabinets, and then smoothly sanded some of the scratches on top. The tops of these cabinets will be stained in No Pain Gel Stain in Espresso.

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