Why not give an ugly old piece of furniture new life with a coat of paint? Painting wooden furniture is simple and fun requiring only a few basic materials and time. The results are immediate and you can coordinate your painted piece with other objects in your home. It’s easy!
Gather Your Supplies:
- Face mask
- Drop cloths
- 220-grit sandpaper block
- Wood Filler
- Clean cloth
- Sealant or clear lacquer
- *Electric Palm sander (optional)
Prepare Your Workspace
Place drop cloths on the floor, and make sure your workspace is well ventilated, and don’t forget to wear your face mask and gloves before getting started.
Strip it Down
Strip the piece down by removing all hardware. By doing this the hardware is paint-free if you decide to reuse it on your newly painted furniture.
Fill in any holes, chips, dents, and scuffs with wood filler. Apply wood filler to the damaged part of the wood, there can be some overlay (you can just sand it down later) and allow it to dry. If you decide to change the hardware on your furniture, don’t forget to fill in the holes where the previous hardware was attached.
Wipe the furniture lightly with a clean cloth; to remove sanding residue and leave the surface clean.
Skip the primer to give your furniture a shabby chic look (optional).
Start by lightly sanding the piece for any scruffs, scratches or dents, by using a sandpaper block, or by using an electric palm sander for larger pieces. Do all that you can to get the old ugly protective varnish or lacquer off.
Apply primer evenly using long strokes, and by using either a paintbrush or a roller on the surface of the wood. For harder-to-reach areas; use the paint brush, use a roller to hit wide-spaced even areas that aren’t contoured. Let your piece rest overnight before moving on to painting. It’s been though a lot.
A Sophisticated New Look
Go over surfaces of the furniture with a foam roller, using even strokes; redo the area with a paintbrush, paying special attention to the places where rollers cannot apply paint — like corners and edges.
Allow the paint to dry, and check for any splotchy areas that are not completely covered with paint.
Apply a second coat of paint, for a more refined professional look.
That’s it! You’re finished. We’d love to see your creation. Share a picture of your newly painted furniture on our Facebook page.
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