DIY Hot Lips Bedside Tables

If you don't know yet, I'm definitely a DIY type of girl.  When I see something that I want done you better believe I'm going to have it done by the next day.  If nobody will help me, I will figure it out one way or another.  

I'm sharing these bedside tables that a client of mine found at Southwest Surplus for $50 dollars! What a steal! She came to me and said she wanted a color that popped and so we decided on PINK.  This pink we used is Benjamin Moore Advance High Gloss in Hot Lips.  What a fun name! Since she already had a few pieces in the room that were high gloss we wanted to keep the finish the same.  High gloss is not the easiest finish to achieve because you have to be very careful with your brush strokes. EVERY little mark will show if you aren't careful.  If you want to achieve this look follow along...

First of all I went to my local hardware store because the lady there is always extremely helpful and knows her stuff! We decided I needed a primer, Benjamin Moore High Gloss paint and spray Lacquer.  (See above)

Here are the tables that were only $50 dollars! I need to check out Southwest Surplus.  It's a warehouse that gets deliveries weekly and all the furniture comes from hotels.  Most of the time a hotel decides to remodel and all the old furniture is sent to this warehouse and marked down to an amazing price. 

The FIRST step: Sanding down the bedside tables.  You need to sand until you get all of the finish (top layer) off the tables.  When you wipe your hand across it should have a rough texture NOT a slick texture.  If it still feels a little slick you need to sand more.  I used my mouse sander which has been amazing.  The sandpaper I used was 80 grit. The lower the number on the sandpaper the rougher the texture.  I probably could have used 60 but since I already had 80 I went with that. When you are done sanding take an old towel/rag and wipe down the furniture.

The SECOND step is to apply primer.  Jenny, from the hardware store, tinted the primer to a light gray.  She said that any store can tint primer and it's best to use gray when painting with a darker color. Let the primer sit for at least an hour or two before you move to the next step. 

Step THREE is to put on your first coat of paint.  Make sure you don't forget about the drawers if you have them.  This piece has a drawer that is not pictured.  Let this first coat of paint dry for at least 6-8 hours. 

Step FOUR is to sand after the first coat of paint.  This will help with the smooth texture you will want to achieve.  You don't want to use a rough sandpaper, I used 220 grit. (see above) 

Step FIVE is to apply your second coat of paint and let it sit for 6-8 hours. Then again you will want to use the 220 grit sandpaper and sand down the piece. 

Step SIX is apply your third coat of paint and let sit for 6-8 hours.  At this time you will need to decide if your piece needs a fourth coat of paint.  I will tell you that some areas might need more attention or the whole piece could use another coat.  It will depend on the piece. 

Step SEVEN is to apply the Clear Spray Lacquer.  I used one can for each bed side table.  You can spray a coat or two and then wait 30 minutes and spray another coat.  This will set your paint and add more shine for that glossy look. 


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