Jolie Paint – You’ve Got This
I’m confident you’ll agree with me that the painted furniture in fivethirty home is amazing. The colors, the smooth finishes, the details – each piece is perfection.
Could I, someone with marginal craft/design skills, take a garage sale desk and turn it into something that I would find inside that store?
Yep, I could. I did. And you can do it too. Really! Here’s how:
Expert Guidance at fivethirty home
I called Erica at fivethirty home. I was searching for a bright color – but not too bright or didn’t lean shabby chic/country. I was going for color with a pop that would add a little more atmosphere to my new work from home space (also known as the living room).
Erica recommended Jolie Paint in Verdigris. “It has this really modern feel,” she promised. She was right. Jolie Verdigris is this fantastic green/blue that changes color with the light.
Erica packaged up the paint, clear wax, and a Jolie paintbrush. I was ready to go. Or was I?
Jolie Painting Prep
I watched Erica paint her bathroom vanity to get expert application tips.
I moved the furniture to the garage for painting, but if you’re neat, you can do this inside your house. This paint doesn’t have a smell or fumes. And you don’t have to sand. I was a little skeptical about this because the top of the desk I was painting had seen some wear.
I was worried about brush marks and making everything look/feel smooth (again, the desk had a bit of wear). I don’t have a painting technique. None of that matters with this paint.
Jolie Paint goes on like butter! BUTTER!
I applied three coats. The first coat gave me that general coverage. The second coat gave me that pop of color, and it was easier to paint. The third and final coat really evened everything out and helped me see what sections I hurried over during layers one and two. I didn’t need to worry about brush strokes – you don’t have those weird ridges as you do with latex or oil paint. Did I tell you it’s like BUTTER!?!
Paint time went quickly. Jolie Paint dries within half an hour. I just worked my way around the piece until it was finished.
Jolie Wax Finish
The final touch is Jolie Wax . I was thinking of using a darker wax. Erica recommended starting with a clear wax and living with it for a while. Well, I’m living with it forever.
The wax application was easy. Wax on. Wax off-ish. Just like Karate Kid. The clear wax gave the overall look more dimension, a mild shine, and a very smooth touch.
Jolie Paint – You’ve got this!
Painting with Jolie Paint is really easy. Paint. Wax. And that’s it.
Worried about starting like I was? Ask questions and dive in.
Erica has an expert eye for color and lots of pro tips. fivethirty home will outfit you with the paint and tools you need to turn that furniture find into that perfect piece for your home.