Thursday, July 14, 2011

Guest Host {Kate of Centsational Girl}

When trying to choose a project to highlight for this month's Guest Host, I was overwhelmed with the list of the things she's accomplished. She has so many phenomenal projects, I couldn't decide.  Instead, I decided to give you a link to her project gallery and let yall play at your leisure. I'm talking about the Centsational Girl herself, Kate.

Kate has a lovely home she's decorated, on a budget, of course. Here's a mini tour. Click on photo for post.

Kate is always so willing to share all of her knowledge. Today she shows us:

Five Paint Closet Essentials for the DIYer

I keep several types of primer, paint and protectant around at all times. 

1)  I always have oil based primer on hand, especially for laminate surfaces like floating wall shelves or for covering wood like this oak mantel.  No sanding required!  Spray paint formulas are faster, but thinner in coverage.  I like brush on formulas for surfaces that will get a lot of wear and tear.  If you’re bored or curious, awhile back, I wrote up a few tips on refinishing with oil based primer and paint.




2) I keep two kinds of water based primer around, basic white for wall projects like priming our wainscoting, and deep tint gray for painting darker pieces like this blue chalkboard table.

.3)  .I love white paint in all finishes, so I keep several shades of basic white in my garage cabinets, including flat finish for ceilings, eggshell finish for walls or furniture, and semi gloss for trim and cabinets.  I also have clearly labeled all the different paint colors in my house.

I keep an unhealthy amount of spray paint in my DIY cabinet.  It’s an addiction and I’m not embarrassed to talk about it.  You never know when the mood will strike to change the color of a picture frame to make a jewelry holder, or transform a free brassy chandelier.
4)  I’m still working with high quality brushes since I haven’t decided which kind of professional sprayer to purchase.  As a result, paint conditioners are key for me for refinishing cabinets and furniture.  Penetrol is for oil based (alkyd) primers and paints.  I used it to refinish my kitchen island and the finish is so smooth, you simply cannot tell it was painted with a brush.  Trust CG on this one.  Floetrol is for latex paints and I used it on the gray blue dresser in my foyer.

These two favorites are not paint thinners, they are conditioning additives available at larger home improvement stores in the paint department.  They practically eliminate brush strokes and drag in your paint, plus they lengthen your drying time just long enough to get a smooth finish.  I love these conditioners, and won’t paint furniture with a brush without them anymore..

5) Both Polycrylic and water based Varathane are great protective finishs for painted pieces like this dresserthis credenza, or even this lamp covered in silver leaf.

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Thank you, Kate, for visiting the Sunshine State today! I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

Previous Guest Hosts:
June - Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect {Painting Furniture Tips}
May - Kelli of Random Thoughts of a Supermom {Picture Frame Re-do}
April - Gina of The Shabby Chic Cottage {Bunting Pillow Cover}
March - Donna of Funky Junk Interiors {Decorating with the Things YOU Love}
February - Ashley Ann of Under the Sycamore {Homemade Stickers}


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3 Sunny Notes:

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I love Kate's beachy mantel. And gosh, is she organized!!! I could start with clearly labeling paints!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love Kate's home, especially the living room and the mirror above the mantel.
She is very organized! I keep forgetting to pick up some penetrol so I can add it to my primer and get started!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I love that Zinnser oil based primer! I need to get some of that conditioner stuff and give it a try on our next painting project:)