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How to Color Correct Furniture Without Repainting

Hello Friends,

Ever painted a piece of furniture and the color was only “almost” right?

Well, take heart.

Today’s post shares an easy trick to “color correct” without repainting.

How to Color Correct Furniture Without Repainting

The story begins when this dark walnut chair is painted with Fusion Mineral Paint. 

Disclosure: This post is sponsed by Fusion Mineral Paint, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.

Before: Walnut-colored chair painted the color Algonquin | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #spon #fusionmineralpaint #colorcorrectfurniture |

The color is Algonquin, which is one of Fusion’s fabulous greige neutrals, and I actually thought the chair would move from the living room to the basement without any changes.

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But when the chair was set on the new flooring that was layered with neutral jute rugs, the color just wasn’t quite right. It wasn’t wrong, but it needed a bit of a color shift to seamlessly work in the new environment.

So here’s what happened.

Steps to Color Correct Furniture Without Repainting

Step One:

Way back when, when preparing for paint, the chair was cleaned and given a super-light sanding.

For more details on preparing furniture for paint, please click here.

Before: If a color doesn't work, color correct without repainting | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #spon #fusionmineralpaint #colorcorrectfurniture |

Step Two:

Now, fast forward to the chair making the move to the basement.

The first thing I tried was ruffing the finish with 80-grit sandpaper and then smoothing with 120 and 240-grit.

And it exposed the brown, which did work better with the organic feel in the basement.

However, it still wasn’t quite right.

During: Distressing paint is one way to help color correct without repainting | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #spon #fusionmineralpaint #colorcorrectfurniture |

Step Three:

Thankfully, after refinishing a buffet and a dining set with Fusion’s Stain and Finishing Oil, more than enough product remained to wipe over the chair. The color is kind of a dark brown, walnut-ey called Cappuccino.

But there are six different colors from which to  choose. I’ll add a link at the end of the post.

Stain and Finishing Oil All in One is great for color correcting furniture without painting | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #spon #fusionmineralpaint #colorcorrectfurniture |

And by using this product, the stain and finishing oil go on together. So once the color is correct, the sealer is already done. This is super important since adding a sealer over stain or paint can shift the color to something totally unexpected.

Brown base, Algonquin paint, Cappuccino Stain | Perfect combo | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #spon #fusionmineralpaint #colorcorrectfurniture |

So Fusion’s product was:

  • painted on with a small brush,

  • left 5-10 minutes, and

  • then wiped back with a clean, soft cloth.

Color correct furniture instead of repainting | Details are on the blog | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #spon #fusionmineralpaint #colorcorrectfurniture |

At this point, a little more Stain and Finishing Oil is applied to the nooks and crannies to better highlight the chair’s architecture. But, for the most part, the chair’s new color was already perfect.

Algonquin color base paint plus Cappuccino Stain on top | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #spon #fusionmineralpaint #colorcorrectfurniture |

And after a bit of drying time, the highly-distressed and color-corrected chair takes its place in a room filled with modern elements.

Old furniture | New life | Color Corrected | Details on the blog | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #spon #fusionmineralpaint #colorcorrectfurniture |

I know, right?

Neutral color | Heavily distressed | Mixed with Modern Elements | Details on the blog | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #spon #fusionmineralpaint #colorcorrectfurniture |

It may sound like a crazy combo, believe me when I say that it totally works.

And I can’t wait to show you in the big room reveal (coming in Week 6).

In the meantime, color correct.

That’s all there it to it.

So, so easy.

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  • Reply JENRON DESIGNS October 23, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    The chair looks awesome Susie I love a good rustic paint job on furniture like this, it adds so much character.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 23, 2019 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Jen and thanks so much. I think it’s going to work with all the modern elements, but we will see!

  • Reply Angela k Nickerson October 23, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    That chair is stunning! Love it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 24, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Angela and thanks a million.

  • Reply Rebecca Plumb October 24, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Great job making it work without starting over. That’s my favorite kind of project. Looks great!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks Rebecca. And amen to no-start-over projects. Also amen to the self-sealing project. The final finish with this All-in-One is fabulous and permanent.

  • Reply Mary K Hunnicutt October 24, 2019 at 10:52 am

    You did a great job on the chair! I can’t wait to see the reveal!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks Mary! Me either!! Trying to pull it all together this week.

  • Reply Tina Bousu October 24, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Susie it looks great! I had never heard of this paint before, the finish is amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 24, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Tina! Fusion is an acrylic mineral paint that self-seals….no topcoat needed. And once cured, the finish wears like cast iron. It’s one of my all-time favorite brands.

  • Reply Joannie October 24, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Love it! This basement is going to be amazing! I can’t wait for the final reveal you’ve done sooo much

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 24, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Joannie and thanks a million. My basement is the cousin to your RV. It’s been a long and winding road to get to the finish line, but will be worth all the work. We’re almost there!!

  • Reply VivalaVintage4YourHome October 25, 2019 at 12:48 am

    I think it looks absolutely fabulous in your space

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 28, 2019 at 8:45 am

      Thanks a million, Jamala.

  • Reply alisabovino October 25, 2019 at 7:43 am

    What an interesting way to refinish furniture! I love this idea 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 28, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thanks so much Alisa!!

  • Reply jadoreledecor October 25, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I love the rustic beachy look of this chair. You really should specialize in paint color selection and finishes Sue. You’re very talented with it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 28, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thanks so much, Ola! You have tapped into my first love. Elegant finishes.

  • Reply Libbie October 27, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Susie! Love the tips and that chair. Looking forward to seeing it all pulled together.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 28, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Thanks so much, Libbie!! That chair is so comfortable….I just couldn’t part with it. So I had to make it work.

  • Reply Katarina - October 28, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    The chair turned out amazing! The rustic looks is perfect for these autumn days and the best part is you can put it anywhere and it’ll still look stunning. The process sounds so simple and the results are incredible. I’m a huge fan of DIY stuff like this, thank you for sharing the steps!

  • Reply Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod October 30, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Susie – thank you so much for introducing us to this fabulous product. As many furniture makeovers we have done, this would have come in handy. So happy for you that you didn’t have to re-paint the chair with this easy fix!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 30, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks so much Vicki and Jenn!! So thrilled it info is helpful.

  • Reply Nicki Parrish November 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I love what you did with that chair, can’t wait for the reveal!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 3, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Hi Nicki and thanks so much!! So excited to have this media room done and done!

  • Reply Denise Zdziennicki November 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    This chair is going to look amazing with the organic look and feel in your basement! I’m in love with your style! XO

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 6, 2019 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Denise! You just made my day.

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