How to Make a Pop of Color Bookcase
Sand with 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe away residue.
Sand with the grain of the wood, never against or across it. If your piece is unfinished, raw wood, only a light sanding in necessary. If your piece is heavily varnished (it will look shiny), give it a good 5 to 10 minute scuffing. Wipe away all residue with tack cloth or soft rag. This provides a smooth surface for paint to stick to.
Start with base color in semi-gloss. Paint hard-to-reach spots with an angled brush.
Use an angled brush to paint everywhere the mini roller won’t reach, like interior corners and moulding. Extend paint an inch or two out from interior corners so the paint you roll on blends well.
Apply three even coats with a mini foam roller. Let dry 2 hrs.
Cover the surface by rolling back and forth in a “W” motion, moving with the grain of the wood. Stop rolling once you’ve achieved thin, even coverage—the less you roll over wet paint, the smoother it will be. Let dry between each coat. Once you’ve finished the third coat, let the piece dry for 2 more hours before moving to the next step.
Apply three even coats of the accent color to shelve backs with brush & roller. Let dry 24 hrs.
Cut in around edges with an angled brush, using a damp cloth to wipe away any mistakes. Cover the back surface with the mini foam roller. Stop rolling once you’ve achieved thin, even coverage—the less you roll over wet paint, the smoother it will be. Let dry between each coat. Once you’ve finished the third coat, let the piece dry for 24 hours.