Revamp & Revive will teach you how- in 5 easy time/money saving steps:

First… going to ruffle some feathers and hit you up with some truth! and also state a disclaimer– there are LOTS of ways to achieve a desired look for painting furniture – this is a reputable standard to start from.

There are a lot of fancy-smanchy brands of “chalk paint” out there that market like crazy to the bored housewife that happens to have exorbitant “expendable” income- (seriously— quart of paint- 35.00+ What??)  – They say— “no prep” necessary—but— heres the big secret they wont tell you—(besides that you just got suckered!) The “Chalk Paint” is just the start- of your spending spree- because- you will also need to buy wax and of course,  a special waxing brush- — and the Wax comes in two options Light/Dark- so you have to buy both (so basically, you just dropped tons of money that you could have used to (*sigh*) hire a housecleaner)

The only good thing about the Chalk Paint Marketing Scheme is you can SKIP “arm” day at the gym because, to use that wax– you will become solemnly like the karate kid x 100 during the wax on/ wax off buffing process etc— which ends up being pointless because once you get all that buffing done – your furniture will just look and feel like you slithered very expensive chapstick all across it to  becomes the biggest DUST magnet ever created!


What you do need- is a great attitude (& me- as your DIY tour guide!)  I will spill my secrets share tips and tricks that save you time and money— and do it for FREE (did I just hear your wallets all cheer— cha-ching) Lets Do it!

Would you be happy to go get a mani- only to have polish put over your… grimy, dirty nails or chipped polish??? No-way-Jose- so- don’t do it to your furniture- ( thats going to be envied by anyone and everyone who lays eyes on it!– or possibly PAY you to do it!)

thanks to my kiddos… we have a visual aid to show what I mean… we will play a game….can you tell which nail was prepped?

do you see it?

FIRST AND FOREMOST:  ALWAYS do some sort of prep- or- you will pay later by having to redo the whole thing again— so— do what your momma taught you—(and me, in my mom mode screamingDO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME—

Prep can be lighting sanding- for like a quick 3- 5 mins— seriously— 5 mins can save you 2-3 hours of your life- so— just DO IT RIGHT the first time-

Secondly, DO NOT BUY Chalk paint— YOU can easily make your own—(tons of ways to do it)  or do what I do— buy MATTE or FLAT paint- and its the same thing as chalk paint but not with that exorbitant price tag—  (you’re welcome, go treat yourself to a cinnamon dolce latte with all that money you just saved!) 

 5 Steps to Polishing NAILS:

  1. remove old polish
  2. clean/shape nails- buff etc-
  3. base coat
  4. two coats of polish
  5. top coat
mani- needed -stat
did you pick the right one that was prepped??
Time to start all over again
different views to drive you crazy
Do it right the FIRST time

now…POLISH into: Painting 5 steps:

1.  remove old polish = translates: remove hardware- stickers/ goo etc- (TSP works great!)

2.  Clean/ shape nails- buff, etc = Translates:  Clean up and gouges/ fill in any missing wood areas with wood filler— and lightly sand to open up the wood grain particles to allow the paint molecules to have something to grab onto and bond.

3.base coat = translates:  Base coat—  if needed— *(more on this via v-log later)- or if refinishing with stain, – use a wood conditioner— or wet with water to allow the wood particles to open up to accept the stain evenly

4. 2 coats of polish = 2 coats of paint/ stain

5. TOP COAT = TOP COAT— ALWAYS seal your work! 

TA-DAH! & Snaps to you–You did it!  Saved MONEY, saved TIME– so, go hire that housecleaner and get a CDL & mani!  Keep chapstick on your lips, not your furniture! You Just ROCKED being CRAFTASTIC!

More informational blogs coming… stay connected! RR