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Thrift Store Furniture Makeover - Desk & Chair

By: Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are handcraft designers, Emmy Nominated television hosts, book authors, lifestyle experts and the inventors of Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Their shows can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa, The Philippines and on the Armed Forces Network.  They were nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Cathie and Steve has also appeared on numerous network shows and specials for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network.  Programs such as Rachael Ray, IVillage Live, View From the Bay and the Florence Henderson Show have featured their creative ideas.
Use FolkArt Milk Paint and Mod Melts to revive a thrift store writing desk and chair set.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
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Supplies

Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Clear Sea Glass
Item #24886
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.

$7.99

Mod Podge ® Mod Melter
Item #24888
The Mod Melter is a unique new shaped tool to use specifically with Mod Molds and Mod Melts. Hold the tool above the molds and fill them with ease! You can also use the Mod Melter as an all-purpose glue gun to make everything from molded embellishments to home décor, paper crafts, and more!

$24.99

FolkArt ® Milk Paints - Petticoat, 6.8 oz.
Item #38905
A light, off-white beige, Petticoat works well as a neutral for a variety of home decor options. FolkArt Milk Paint is a casein based paint that dries to an opaque, matte finish. This centuries old paint tradition has been updated for contemporary applications and is ideal for use on use on raw wood. FolkArt Milk Paint comes premixed, and brushes on like a stain, but dries to a flat finish. Whether you’re going for farmhouse chic or a modern update, FolkArt Milk Paint is a versatile and beautiful option.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Milk Paints - Churned Butter, 6.8 oz.
Item #38909
Churned Butter is a soft, traditional shade of yellow with muted vibrancy. FolkArt Milk Paint is a casein based paint that dries to an opaque, matte finish. This centuries old paint tradition has been updated for contemporary applications and is ideal for use on use on raw wood. FolkArt Milk Paint comes premixed, and brushes on like a stain, but dries to a flat finish. Whether you’re going for farmhouse chic or a modern update, FolkArt Milk Paint is a versatile and beautiful option.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Milk Paints - Monument Gray, 6.8 oz.
Item #38920
Monument Gray is a soft neutral with pink undertones. FolkArt Milk Paint is a casein based paint that dries to an opaque, matte finish. This centuries old paint tradition has been updated for contemporary applications and is ideal for use on use on raw wood. FolkArt Milk Paint comes premixed, and brushes on like a stain, but dries to a flat finish. Whether you’re going for farmhouse chic or a modern update, FolkArt Milk Paint is a versatile and beautiful option.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Milk Paint Bonding Primer and Sealer, 6.8 oz.
Item #38939
Use this water-based primer to allow Milk Paint to adhere to a variety of materials, including metal, painted, and varnished surfaces. This non-toxic formula can be used as a durable acrylic sealant and dries to a flat, matte finish. Versatile as both a primer and sealer, this step is perfect for adding a layer of protection to your Milk Paint projects and cleans up easily with soap and water.

$7.99

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FolkArt ® Milk Paint Brush, 2"
Item #38999
This 2” brush is specially designed for use with Folk Art Milk Paint and makes application a breeze. With its large brush area and easy-to-grip handle, this flag-tipped, rounded-bristle brush helps ensure a smooth, streak free finish. Excellent for a wide variety of home decor projects, this high grade brush is reusable and cleans up easily with soap and water. These brushes continue the quality and ingenuity of the Folk Art Milk Paint line.

$12.99

Other Supplies
Wood desk
Chair
Sandpaper – fine grit
Window cleaner
Paper towels
Work bowl
Fabric for chair cushion
Foam seat
Scissors

Instructions

  1. Clean and remove the handles from the desk. Remove the seat from the chair. Lightly sand the furniture. Clean with window cleaner and paper towels.
  2. Pour the bonding primer and sealer into a work bowl. Dip the brush into the primer, wipe the bristles on the inside of the bowl to remove the excess paint. Paint the primer onto the desk and chair. Work in long smooth brushstrokes. Allow to dry for 4 hours before painting.
  3. Paint the desk with Monument Gray and the chair with Churned Butter. Use a light coat of paint. Allow to dry for 1 hour. Lightly sand and wipe clean. Apply a second coat and allow to dry. Repeat until the desired depth of color is reached.
  4. Paint any areas of interest with the Petticoat Milk Paint. Allow to dry for 30 min. and then lightly sand to show the gray and natural color of the desk. Rub a damp paper towel over the sanded area.
  5. Top-coat with two coats of the bonding primer and sealer. Allow for dry time in between coats.
  6. Using a Mod Melter and Melts, attach the foam to the seat base. Cut fabric to size. Center the foam seat over the fabric. (fabric should be wrong side up) Glue the corners first and the sides. 

PROJECT TIP: When working with raw wood projects, the bonding primer is not needed.

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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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