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When we first started planning the elements of the bedroom for the One Room Challenge, we were fairly certain we would be keeping all of the furniture. The furniture was purchased as a suite which means every piece from the armoire to the nightstands match. In an effort to change things up, we decided to paint some of the pieces just to give the space a fresh feel. Let me just say, there is nothing wrong with matching furniture. I have several pieces of matching furniture that were from my mom’s suite when she was a little girl and I would never consider letting go of those matching pieces no matter what. That being said, the furniture in the bedroom doesn’t hold sentimental value at all. So, it’s time for a change and this change is coming in the form of General Finishes Lamp Black. Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure statement here.
As soon as we decided to paint the bedroom furniture, I immediately thought about Lamp Black. To be perfectly honest, I could not get it out of my head but black can be a tough sell when you’re really not excited about covering up “good wood” anyway. “I don’t get it…the furniture is already an espresso color…why black?” I heard over and over again. I called my mom, my best painter friends, I searched online for inspiration and still…day after day…I just kept coming back to Lamp Black.
The minute I finally heard the words, “Ok, this is your area of expertise, I trust you,” I got out my can of General Finishes Lamp Black and got to work giving the ten drawer dresser a total makeover. Here’s a look at the transformation…
Make sure you remove all of the hardware prior to getting started.
If you haven’t had a chance to use General Finishes Milk Paint let me just say it’s not scary at all to use. It comes premixed in a can so there’s no need for an emersion blender or a separate cup. You do need to prep your piece before you paint it which means you need to lightly sand your piece of furniture 120-grit sandpaper followed by 220-grit sandpaper and brush or vacuum away any sanding dust.
Next, clean your piece with a product like TSP. TSP is concentrated so you’ll need to make sure you add the appropriate amount of water based on the amount of TSP you’re using. The instructions for this can be found on the back of the TSP bottle.
At this point, you may be ready to prime with a product like Zinsser or General Finishes Stain Blocker. We used Zinsser along with General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White on our bathroom cabinet and the Stain Blocker along with General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White on our kitchen cabinets and I can safely report both are holding up well.
We chose not to prime the ten drawer dresser because it’s already a dark color and we wanted to be able to leave part of the espresso stain exposed in certain places. I’ll leave it to you to decide what process will work best for your specific piece. General Finishes Milk Paint goes all really smooth and just so you know, you can paint right out of the can just make sure you’ve taken the time to shake/stir well before applying.
Allow to paint to dry before lightly sanding with a 320-grit sandpaper and make sure to remove any sanding dusting before recoating. This is after one coat of paint.
And this is after two coats of paint.
I let the piece dry overnight before applying several coats of General Finishes Water Based High Performance Top Coat, sanding between coats with a 320-grit sandpaper, removing sanding dust before applying another coat and allowing 2 hours between each coat. Don’t let this milky white color scare you, this top coat goes on clear and dries very quickly.
I know black is not usually a color that people chose to paint furniture, I totally get it but just so you know Lamp Black is an elegant and sophisticated color that’s also a pretty neutral.
It’s definitely going to make a statement next to the crisp white from the board and batten.
We haven’t picked up any accessories for the bedroom yet so I picked up all of these pieces from different spots around the house.
But I’m sure this moody mix and layers of different textures will be represented somehow.
If you missed our post on the dresser hardware you can find that post here.
A very special thank you to General Finishes for sponsoring this post. If you’re new to General Finishes Milk Paint and want to find out more about this fabulous paint you can do that here.