Over all the years that I have been painting furniture I have made a lot of mistakes and learned a ton through trial and error. I’ve gotten pretty good at it, if I do say so myself, so I don’t often get runs, but occasionally it still happens. When it does I have a little trick that makes fixing those runs a breeze.
As soon as I finish putting a coat of paint on I immediately step back and take a look. If there is a spot running I will take a smooth, lint free, slightly damp cloth and very lightly dab the excess paint. Then I will let the piece completely dry. The area will likely need a very light sanding with 320 grit sandpaper and another light coat of paint to touch it up. Every once in a while I will paint immediately after dabbing the excess paint and that will smooth out the area, but this can result in too much paint and yet another run, so it’s usually best to let it dry first.
This is so much easier than letting the run dry, trust me. Trying to sand and smooth out a big blob of paint usually ends poorly. Fixing a run before it has time to dry is much easier that trying to fix it after it has.
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our Etsy store. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.