So the task, taking a nightstand that was my part of mom's bedroom set from when she was little and re-finishing it to go with my new room.
Here are the before pictures, it is a brown/gold, that turned green over time.. The paint started chipping and lifting in certain spots.
Step One, Sanding. I have never sanded
Step Two, Painting. I've never painted a piece of furniture this detailed, but it wasn't that bad. TIP: Make sure you clean off all the dust before you start painting, using a wet cloth will work best. TIP: Taking long strokes, and not having a ton of paint on the brush made it a little easier to paint all the detail. This way there weren't any globs or drips that you'll have to go back and sand then paint over later.
Also, make sure there is enough lighting whereever you're painting, this way you'll be able to tell the spots you miss to get a better job done the first time around. Also, make sure everything is smooth and the paint it even on the surfaces.
I'm still working on the second coat but here is the nightstand of of now:
Still left to do: Second coat of paint, figure out how to get the rust off the hardware for the drawer and potentially figure out a new detail for the corners.
I don't know why, but just focusing on a project and letting all your frustration out was a great stress release, and now, I'm in a great mood! I'm really excited to finish the nightstand and see how the final product turns out!
Stay crafty, stay happy and stay tuned!