We all love bright shiny moments. And by moments, we mean home decor accents, of course! The world of lacquered accessories and furniture is truly a beautiful place to be. The technique of lacquering leaves a glowing sheen that is always a bold conversation piece, and this sought after finish (usually seen on wooden items) is an easy way to make a room pop with one or more pieces.
However, lacquered accessories and furniture can get expensive. The exciting news is, we have partnered with our friends at Ace Hardware who carry one of our favorite lines of paint, Amy Howard at Home! This extraordinary line of paint has a DIY process that makes lacquering easy for anyone to achieve – and I went down to Amy’s studio in Memphis to learn first-hand how simple transforming a piece can be. With this line, I learned how to repurpose just about anything around the house – from lamps and chairs to larger pieces, like dressers and kitchen cabinets – with just few easy DIY steps.
To create: In a well-ventilated area, clean the mirror (or whatever you may be lacquering) with a soft cloth and Clean Slate cleanser. This is an important step to do before you spray, as you do not want to spray over any dust, dirt, or oil. Continue to prep the mirror before spraying by covering it with painter’s tape’s. Make sure to cover large areas using newspaper or paper to keep the mirror safe. Next, spray a very thin and even coat of furniture lacquer primer around the frame of the mirror. Be sure to always spray outside or in a ventilated area. You may need to wait about 30 minutes until the primer us dry to continue. Once the primer is totally dry, spray an even layer of high-performance furniture lacquer primer on the frame. PS- The color we chose is in the stunning shade of Belgium Blue – a great color for fall! You will need this is dry for about one hour before you repeat a second layer. If you notice there are some uneven spots, use a thin (400) sandpaper to lightly smooth down the surface before spraying again. After the second coat of color is totally dry, the final step in the lacquering process is what helps to achieve the jaw-dropping glossy look. Add one final extra shiny even layer using Amy Howard at Home’s Bright Idea (which is a clear lacquer finishing spray) and let your piece dry for 24 hours before moving or hanging up in your home. Use this process on just about anything to transform the dull to delightful! Be sure to check out your local Ace for Amy’s products – you can order all online and pick up in your local store via Ace’s Free Store Pick Up program!