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DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles | A National Painting Week Project

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In honor of Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week, I finally decided to put a bench just inside our apartment door for shoe storage and for better organization of bags and keys, which inevitably end up somewhere else in our home.

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la semana nacional de la pintura) | Live Colorful

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la semana nacional de la pintura) | Live Colorful

The simple bench I found was perfect for the space, but it was drab, unpainted wood. I knew I wanted to paint it using different colors to create a colorful, cheerful design, so I went around my house on a scavenger hunt for color inspiration. I found a multicolor scarf that I bought on a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico and knew the second I saw it that it would be perfect for this project.

Rather than spend hours in the paint store trying to match the scarf colors to paint samples, I downloaded the ColorSnap® app from Sherwin-Williams on my smartphone and went to work. Creating inspirational color palettes quickly and easily are the biggest advantages of the application

To make a color palette from an item you love, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download the app.
  2. Register. That way, you can receive news and save color palettes and favorite colors.
  3. Upload or take a picture of the object that inspires you.
  4. A color palette will appear instantly. You can use these colors or search for more by moving the little circles with your fingers until you find the perfect colors for your project.

How to use the ColorSnap® app from Sherwin-Williams to make a color palette from an item you love (Como usar la aplicación ColorSnap® de Sherwin-Williams para hacer una paleta de colores de un objeto que te gusta) Get inspired! | Live Colorful

That’s exactly how I created this fun, happy looking palette with bold colors. After heading to our local Sherwin-Williams store for the paint and other project materials, it was time to start having fun!

MATERIALS:

I love this! All the materials for this colorful DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Los materiales para pintar una banca super colorida inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la Semana Nacional de la Pintura) | Live Colorful

  • 1 Quart of Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Indigo (SW 6531). Sheen: Semi-gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Exuberant Pink (SW 6840). Sheen: Semi-gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Starboard (SW 6755). Sheen: Semi-gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Nasturtium (SW 6899). Sheen: Semi-gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Fireworks (SW 6867). Sheen: Semi-gloss
  • 1 Quart Multi-Purpose Latex Primer/Sealer
  • 1 4” Contractor Series® Microfiber Mini Rollers (2 pack)
  • 1 Contractor Series® Mini Roller Plastic Trays
  • 1 Contractor Series® Mini Roller Frame
  • 2 Brushes 1 ½ “(Premium XL Polyester Angle Sash Brush)
  • 1 Cover Plastic (Mil 9 ‘x 12’ Plastic Drop Cloth)
  • Sandpaper (3M ™ Pro Grade No Slip Grip ™) 220 Very Fine
  • 1 Scotch-Blue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surfaces #2090 (1” or 2”)
  • Pencil and ruler

STEPS:

1. Protect your workspace. It’s important to cover the floor with a plastic cover like the one I used (Mil 9 ‘x 12’ Plastic Drop Cloth) so you can paint freely without worrying about getting paint all over the place.

2. Sand before primer. If your piece of furniture is already painted or has a previous finish, I recommend sanding first. You can remove knicks, dirt and create a softer and smoother surface. Makes sure to wipe down your bench after sanding and let dry. Then apply primer to cover any imperfections.

3. Apply the primer. I used the Multi-Purpose Latex Primer, which works on any surface. Since the bench had a natural finish, I only applied one coat of primer.

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la Semana Nacional de la Pintura) | Live Colorful

4. Apply a color base. I used Indigo blue (SW 6531). Since the color is dark I applied four coats of paint and waited at least an hour between each coat. To achieve that homogeneous and vibrant finish, I used the rollers (4” Contractor Series® Microfiber Mini Rollers) that Sherwin-Williams recommended. For the corners and legs, I used a brush (Premium XL Polyester Angle Sash Brush). I recommend using a semi-gloss paint finish for furniture as it’s easier to clean and protects the surface from liquids, grease, and dust.

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la Semana Nacional de la Pintura) | Live Colorful

5. Measure and mark. To recreate that same ethnic feel of my scarf, I decided to create a pattern with lines of various colors. Measure and mark the lines using the Scotch-Blue tape.

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la Semana Nacional de la Pintura) | Live Colorful

6. It’s time to add all the colors. Using a pencil, write the name of each color before you start painting. Apply two or three coats of each color. I recommend waiting at least 30 minutes between coats or until the paint has completely dried.

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la Semana Nacional de la Pintura) | Live Colorful

7. Remove the tape. Let the paint dry and remove the tape carefully. When you’re done you will have your colorful bench ready to use!

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la Semana Nacional de la Pintura) | Live Colorful

Now, when I come home, I have a beautiful piece of furniture to place loose items on. I can sit down, take off my shoes and leave my grocery bags on the bench. It works great, but more importantly, it looks just as I had imagined thanks to the ColorSnap® app.

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la Semana Nacional de la Pintura) | Live Colorful

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la Semana Nacional de la Pintura) | Live Colorful

I love this! DIY Project Inspired By Mexican Textiles. A National Painting Week Project (Como pintar una banca inspirada en textiles mexicanos. Un proyecto de la Semana Nacional de la Pintura) | Live Colorful

As part of National Painting Week, you can find DIY projects using Sherwin-Williams paint at NationalPaintingWeek.com. You’ll find even more great ideas on Sherwin-Williams and Sherwin-Williams/Hogar  all year round.

Are you ready to celebrate National Painting Week? Have you found a project that has inspired you? How are you going to celebrate?

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table | Before and After

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How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa vieja con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

Sometimes it surprises me how a little paint can give so much life to an old piece of furniture. You apply a little bit of color and suddenly, you have a renewed, fresh and unique new piece.

That’s exactly what happened with this used coffee table I found for $5 at a local thrift store.

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

I wanted to paint it in a nice color that stands out against the walls so I chose a vibrant and beautiful blue shade named Surfer (SW 6946) from Sherwin Williams.

Before I started painting I thought it would be interesting to make a design on the top of the table. I decided to use a geometric stencil since I have seen a lot of tables with this modern look lately.

Check out the material list and steps to renew an old piece of furniture using this technique:

MATERIAL:

  • 1 Quart of Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Surfer (SW 6946). Sherwin Williams Emerald line. Semi-gloss
  • 1 Quart of Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Pure White (SW 7005). Sherwin Williams Emerald line. Semi-gloss
  • 1 Quart Multi-Purpose Latex Primer/Sealer
  • 1 Brush 3”. Sherwin Williams Contractor Series® Nylon/Polyester blend Trim
  • 1 brush 1 ½ “(Premium XL Polyester Angle Sash Brush)
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth
  • 3M™ Pro Grade No Slip Grip™ Sandpaper. 220 Very Fine
  • 1 Sherwin-Williams® Foam Brush (1”)
  • 1 Scotch-Blue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surfaces #2090 (1” or 2”)
  • An stencil sheet. Your favorite design.
  • Paper napkins
  • Pencil and ruler

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa vieja con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

STEPS:

1. Protect your workspace. Use a plastic drop cloth to cover the floor (Sherwin Williams 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth) that way you can paint freely without worrying about making a mess.

2. Sand the table. Choose the thickness of the sandpaper depending on your project, since my table was quite worn, a fine grit sandpaper (3M™ Pro Grade No Slip Grip™ Sandpaper. 220 Very Fine) was enough to remove most of the old finish.

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa vieja con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

3. Apply the primer. They recommended the Multi-Purpose Latex Primer/Sealer, which works great on any surface and isn’t too expensive. Apply at least two layers of primer to cover all imperfections.

4. Sand the layer of primer a bit before painting. I found that if you sand the layer of primer a little bit before you start painting, you can remove bubbles or grains that got stuck there. The result is a much softer and smoother surface.

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa vieja con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

5. It’s time for color! Apply two or three coats of the color using the 3″ brush (Sherwin Williams Contractor Series® Nylon/Polyester blend Trim) to cover the top of the table and the 1 ½”  brush (Premium XL Polyester Angle Sash Brush) for details and corners. I recommend the semi-gloss finish for furniture because it is easier to clean and protects the surface from liquids, grease and dust.

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa vieja con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

 

6. Paint your design using the stencil. First, measure, mark and tape the stencil.

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa vieja con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

Then, soak the foam brush with paint and remove the excess using a paper napkin. When the brush is almost dry, begin to apply color to the stencil by gently pressing it against the surface. Gradually cover the whole design. Wait a few minutes for it to dry and apply one or two coats.

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa vieja con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

Repeat the process until you cover the entire table or, you could leave a border around the table, like I did, that frames the entire design.

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

I can’t believe it’s the same table! It looks really modern and of course, unique and original. Now, can you imagine decorating one of your old and boring pieces of furniture with this technique? It would be awesome!

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

How to Paint and Stencil an Old Wood Table. Before and After (Como transformar una mesa con pintura y una plantilla o stencil)| Live Colorful

 

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. The original post is in Spanish on the Sherwin-Williams Latino blog. Find it here. 

 

How to Paint Outdoor Furniture

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If you saw some of my other posts, my patio was empty a few weeks ago. After adding color and some fun accessories, it’s finally looking alive! One of the first things I did was painting my old furniture with a vibrant yellow tone named “Sunflower”. I think that extra detail really helped the transformation.

Painting the furniture was not difficult, but it is a definitely patient work. If you are planning on painting your patio furniture, check out these easy steps:

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Materials:

  • Acrylic exterior paint with primer
  • Sanding Paper
  • Plastic or newspaper
  • Medium and small brush
  • Plastic Container

How to Paint Outdoor Furniture, Steps:

1. Protect your workspace using plastic or newspaper.

2. Sand the surface. I used a medium grit sandpaper. I sanded until the surface felt soft and smooth. This step helps remove some of the old layers, that is crucial so the new paint adheres well.

Use a damp cloth to clean any dust after sanding. Let it dry before you start painting.

3. I like to put the paint in a smaller container as needed so the big bucket doesn’t get dusty and dirty.

Let’s start painting. Use a small brush for the details and edges. In my case, two coats of paint were enough.

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BTW, my mom did a little renovation in her yard recently and painted her metal patio set with white spray paint in a few minutes. Spray paint is a great option for metal furniture and acrylic paint works better for wooden furniture.

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Let me know if you have any questions and good luck in your patio renovation!