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How to Rescue Old Furniture: A Guide

How to Rescue Old Furniture: A Guide


If you follow design trends, you’ve probably noticed that refurbishing old furniture has been enjoying a popular comeback lately. These days, “vintage” is all the rage, whether that applies to clothing, accessories, decor, or even toys and games.

Of course, beyond popularity, the process of refurbishing furniture has many benefits, including:

  • It’s sustainable: Known as “upcycling,” refurbishing old furniture means you generate less trash and do not have to rely on a company to produce a new product, which cuts down on environmental waste.
  • It’s cheap: While you’ll still need to spend some money on supplies and paint, refurbishing an older piece is definitely more cost-effective than spending money on something brand new.

If you’re thinking of pulling out that old table or chair from the attic and adding a new touch, we are here to help. We recently held a Rescuing Old Furniture 101 course, where participants learned how easy it is to rescue old furniture with One Step Paint. We also offer Color Consultations and Color Matching as part of our services, and our staff are always willing to help you make the best decision.

In the meantime, you can follow this guide below, which explains how to rescue old furniture:

Step 1: Cleaning: As with any paint project, the first step is to clean your older piece so that there is no dirt or grime that will cause impurities in the refurbishment process. Give everything a good wipe-down with a wood-friendly cleaner and be sure you’ve dusted all the nooks and crannies.

Step 2: Repairing any cracks:The refurbishing process involves more than just a paint job — you’ll also want to remove any deformities that have occurred over time, in order to make the piece whole again. Give the piece a thorough inspection, and use wood putty to fill in the cracks, before lightly sanding it down so the surfaces become smooth. If an area is deeply stained or has a lot of damage, you’ll need to sand it down before you begin painting.

Step 3: Painting:To paint your piece, we recommend using Amy Howard’s One Step Paint, which does not require you to sand, strip or prime the surface before you apply a coat. We know that the refurbishment process is environmentally-friendly, so we feel confident in recommending this brand of paint to you because it is 100% natural and has zero VOCs. This also means you can paint in your house rain or shine, and that you can use the paint on metal, plastic, already lacquered or shellacked furniture, glass, brick, brass, fabrics, and more.

To obtain optimal results from the One Step Paint, we suggest you keep the following tips in mind:

  • Shake, shake, shake! Make sure that you shake and stir the can of paint vigorously, given that it has a tendency to settle. A good stir will make sure the pigment is spread evenly throughout.
  • Choose your application method: With Amy Howard’s One Step Paint, you can use a variety of application methods, including a roller, paint brush or even spray can.
  • Bottom’s up! When painting furniture, it’s always best to start at the bottom and work up. This will reduce the likelihood of drips or streams of paint, which means you’ll reduce the time you need to spend on touch-ups.
  • Follow the grain: If you’re using a brush or roller, be sure that you follow the grain of the wood with your strokes. For very ornate pieces, we recommend that you use a paint brush to lightly “pounce” on crevices and details to ensure all surfaces are properly covered.
  • Keep it light: You will need to apply more than one coat, so keep it light the first time you apply the paint. Also, by using low amounts of paint on your brush, you’ll minimize the likelihood of runs that will require touch-up work later.
  • Sand it down: If you do find several runs, a light sanding and re-coating of paint is all you need for a fix!

Step 4: Adding the finishing touches: While you don’t have to seal Amy Howard’s One Step Paint, you may consider waxing the piece to give it an “aged” look. If you’re really craving that “vintage” appeal, this is the perfect step to make your table or chair look like a fine antique in minutes. When applying wax, you’ll want to use a light and dark wax together. Start by using the light wax first: Lightly cover the piece using a China bristle brush until you’ve achieved 100% coverage. Then, using a different brush, apply the dark wax to the places you would expect aging, such as the tops of the piece, around the hardware, legs, arms, etc.

The wax won’t take very long to dry — about five to 10 minutes, and even faster if you use a fan to speed up the process.

After everything is dry, use a low linnet rag to buff the piece clean.

Step 5: Enjoying your hard work: In just a single afternoon, you can take an old piece of furniture and give it an updated “vintage” look, making it the envy of all your friends and family. Not only is the process sustainable, it’s also much cheaper than buying a new piece of furniture and getting rid of the old.

If you enjoyed reading about how to rescue old furniture, or if you’re interested in learning more, please get in touch! By calling 919-553-3770 or emailing us at We look forward to hearing from you!


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4 Ways to Add Curb Appeal, Without Repainting Your Home

4 Ways to Add Curb Appeal, Without Repainting Your Home

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There are many things that separate winter from spring, but one special thing stands out to us. No, it’s not the weather; it’s the color! With the relatively light cold this year, spring has come in full force, which means the drab grays of January have been replaced with bright pastels.

It’s easy to find inspiration by simply looking outdoors, and many people consider repainting their house during the spring or early summer. However, there are other ways to add curb appeal that don’t involve the time and effort it takes to fully repaint your home’s exterior. In fact, you can easily spruce things up in just a single weekend.

Here are four ways to add curb appeal, without repainting your home:

  1. Get Squeaky Clean


Your home exists largely to protect you from the environment, so it’s not surprising that things will get dirty after a few years. Siding is regularly exposed to dirt and dust, and years of changing temperatures (not to mention North Carolina humidity) can lay the groundwork for the accumulation of mold. If you’ve noticed the colors of your home fade a little bit, it may not even be the paint. It could just be years of dirt. Pressure washing your home will remove all these layers of unwanted film and beat back the accumulation of mold and dirt. A good scrubbing will brighten up anything, from your kitchen countertops to your bathtub, and the same goes for the curb appeal of your house!

Tips: Hire a professional: Pressure washing your home can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. If done improperly, pressure washing a home can result in stripped paint, damaged screens or vinyl siding, and even broken windows. High-pressure water can also be forced through your window and door seals sending water inside your home to soak your furniture, carpet or hardwood floors. Therefore, it’s important to hire a professional to come and clean your home. We suggest you check out this list of companies, located in Clayton, N.C., from the Better Business Bureau.

Hit the windows too: When you have your home cleaned, be sure to include the windows, both inside and out! Use this natural recipe if you want to avoid harsh chemicals.

  1. Make Your Features Pop:


Just like the perfect accent pillow can make your living room come alive, repainting some of your home’s exterior features can add curb appeal with very little time and effort. When choosing a color, you can go with a more neutral tone, but as this article from House Beautiful says, “A colorful door is the easiest way to add instant curb appeal. Why not go bold and make a strong first impression?” Depending on the color of your siding, choosing a red, blue or even yellow, can be the perfect accent to your home.

Tips: Work with our color consultant: If you’re not sure what color would work best for your front door or window trim, we offer color consultations both in-store and at-home. Our trained color expert knows how to accomplish the result you are seeking! Learn more here.

Get the right paint: Color isn’t the only thing that matters; the type of paint is also important. Given that we are paint experts, we can help you pick out the most appropriate type of paint for your door and window trim. For example, Aura® Grand Entrance,® is specifically designed with doors and trim in mind. Using Benjamin Moore’s exclusive Color Lock® technology, Aura paint brings you discernibly richer, truer color, and it comes in a variety of textures and colors.

  1. Let the White Shine: 

Like the siding of your home, front porch railings often lose their color over time as they accumulate dirt, dust, pollen and mold. A good washing will help, but often, you’ll need to add another layer of paint to get back their former white glow. Like step No. 2, this is an easy way to add curb appeal without spending weeks repainting your home’s siding. It’s a simple weekend task that can even involve the entire family — you’d be surprised at how much your kids will enjoy this project.

Tips:Get a durable finish: Like your doors and trim, picking the best paint option for your home will go along way. We offer two brands of exterior paint, REGAL SELECT Exterior and ULTRA SPEC®, which are durable, mildew resistant and fade resistant — perfect for keeping those railings looking like new.

  1. Tidy Up: 

After a few years living in your home, inevitably, things just pile up. Sometimes a good ‘ole fashioned cleaning session is needed! Be sure to clear out fallen leaves from the porch, put away old toys or yard tools, wash the chair cushions, and prune the bushes. With just an hour or two, you can add curb appeal by making the front of your home look spic-and-span.

Tips: Get the whole family involved: The promise to take a trip to the movie theater goes along way with the little ones. Or perhaps a family barbecue to enjoy your home’s new look!

Conclusion: If you need help, we’re here for you! Check out our website for Video How-To’s, Tips & Updates, or come to one of our workshops. We can provide recommendations on colors, finishes, products and more. Also, be sure to follow us on social media, using any of the icons below:

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Welcome To Clayton Paint!

Welcome to the Clayton Paint Blog! My name is Amanda Dew and I am the owner of Clayton Paint Company. This location was been opened for over 30 years and was managed by a former Benjamin Moore retailer before I acquired the store in June of 2015. You may be asking, why a paint store? My answer is simple, why not!  After spending several years in the corporate world, I was looking into ways of expanding my passion of interior design to more than just a hobby and I found the perfect avenue to take that passion to the next level with Clayton Paint Company.

I really love getting to wake up and live in a very colorful world (pun intended). The passion for what I do comes directly from our customers. I love helping our customers find the perfect color or product that makes their home the home of their dreams. For me, what makes us different is that we truly care which color goes into your home, making sure you use and apply the product correctly, and that the finish product is of the highest quality.

The purpose of this blog is to help our customers expand their knowledge of paint and how to successfully complete paint projects. Every week I will be posting new blogs around a wide variety of topics from how to pick your paint colors to how to paint a 21 foot ceiling room and so much more. Occasionally, we will have guest authors on our blog such as paint contractors, interiors designers and architects to provide their helpful tips and tricks around paint projects.

Additionally, I would love your feedback on our blog posts or other social media sites. Please feel free to leave a comment, email or call me!


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