I took advantage of an amazing sale on a porch swing that I couldn't afford when I first saw it back in May. I'd like to paint it even though it's new. Is that crazy?
What is it about a porch swing, or any swing or hammock for that matter? There is something so carefree about rocking back and forth, allowing gravity and a few well-placed hinges to move you about. A breeze in your face, breathing with the motion. Porch swings are timeless and romantic. Glad you were able to purchase one. Is your swing all wood? I am curious as to why you want to paint it. Treated wood is easier to maintain than a painted piece, but if you are after a specific colour or want to give it an aged appearance, then paint is an option. The wood will be sealed so prime first or use paint that is designed to cover sealed or slippery surfaces. Finish your paint job with marine varnish for extra durability.
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We found some old suitcases in a garage sale and wonder how to freshen them up. Can you paint over leather? We are going to use them for open storage for magazines and books. Thanks for your help.
This is a favourite decorating idea. Old suitcases and trunks make clever and always needed receptacles for all kinds of storage. In the bathroom, prop a small suitcase open on a shelf for cosmetics and lotions. Stack fresh towels in a suitcase on the floor. Kids love to pack, so give them a few refurbished suitcases to stash away toys and special collections. It's always fun to pack away a selection of toys and take them on an imaginary trip, which can simply be to another room, or the back yard. Your idea for storing books and magazines is perfect for the den or bedroom.
How you choose to decorate the suitcases depends on the shape the cases are in, and where they are going to sit. Begin by cleaning each case, inside and out. There are a few steps to take to get rid of musty odours. Start by wiping down the inside with a mild soapy solution applied with a damp cloth. Let dry thoroughly. If smell persists, set a container of baking soda inside, close the lid and let sit for a week if needed. Once clean and dry, the case is ready for paint.
Yes, you can paint over leather and most any other material. Choose a good quality, high hide primer and paint for full coverage. If the hardware is rusty you can paint over it. If it's still in good shape, either tape over it or remove before painting.
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