Learn How to Paint Furniture in 5 steps

After years of wear and tear your furniture may start looking a little used and old, but instead of replacing, why not just repaint it if the pieces are still in decent shape?

Painting wood furniture can save you hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars, which it would cost to replace your furniture.

Whether you want to paint your furniture a new color and maybe change things up a bit or just want to refresh the old color, the how to paint furniture guide below will take you through it step by step.

Step One:

First you will need to choose a good area for your project.

Paint fumes can be hazardous to your health if used in unventilated room. It is best to do your project outside or in an open garage.

Once you have found the spot you intend to use for painting wood furniture, cover the ground with plastic and tape off any areas on the piece you do not want paint on.

If you are working outside, you may want to be sure that the plastic is held down on each corner, if the wind blew the plastic could get caught in the paint and ruin your project.

Step Two:

If you are painting wood furniture that is smooth like polished wood, you will want to start by sanding the surface with 100-grit sandpaper.

You will need to remove any metal if possible and sand the entire piece this wipe clean with a dry cloth to remove any leftover dust.

However, if the piece of furniture is unfinished or without a smooth surface you can skip sanding and move on to painting.

Step Three:

You will want to start with a primer; you will want to use an oil base primer that is the same tint as the paint you intend on using.

Starting with a primer will decrease the number of coats of paint you will need to apply and ensure that it does not bleed through the surface.

Priming the piece is very important if it has never been painted before or if the surface is stained or laminate.

Step Four:

After the primer has dried, you can start painting.

The best thing to do is use several light coasts when painting wood furniture instead of heavy coats.

Heavy coats of finish tend to run.

It is also better to us a roller that is not made of sponge. Brushes leave strokes in the finish.

You will want to wait until the paint is completely dry before adding additional coats.

Step Five:

Some experts recommend adding a coat or two of water-based polyurethane when painting wood furniture. This will make the surface of the piece easily cleanable and shinny. Make sure that you only use thin coats of this and only when the paint is completely dry.

You will want to wait at least two days before using this piece of furniture in any way. This will ensure that the paint is dry and help you avoid dings and scratches to the paint.

Before you use the piece test an unseen area to make sure the paint is not still tacky. If it is, wait another day or so and test again. Once the paint is no longer tacky you can place it where you want it in the house.

I hope this How to Paint Furniture Guide will help you to give your furniture a new life.

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