How to paint furniture

Painting furniture is easy and can bring new life to an old, distressed, but otherwise sound piece of furniture. Whether you have inherited an heirloom piece of furniture or found a terrific bargain at a yard sale, painting is often all that’s needed to make it look like it was meant for your room. Start with basic supplies including painters tape, quality brushes and rollers, sandpaper, and of course paint.

If you are painting your furniture a solid color, being by separating any removable parts such as drawers, knobs, doors and hinges, and tape off any glass if present. Next, using a fine grit sandpaper gently sand the surface to help smooth nicks and rough up the surface for the paint to adhere. It is best to apply at least one coat of primer before painting. Be sure to let the primer coat dry according to the manufacturer’s directions before applying the base coat of paint.

When painting furniture, apply paint in even coats and be cautious of drips. Large surface areas can be rolled on with a roller designed for smooth surfaces. Two coats of paint should suffice and your furniture should receive a clear coat of polyurethane sealer when the base coats have dried. Do not clean your furniture until the paint has cured for at least 48 hours, and then wipe with a damp cloth. Do not use cleansing agents for at least two weeks and follow the cleaning directions on the paint can.

There are numerous techniques that can be used when painting furniture that produce various affects rather than just a solid color. Pickling and white washing create a distressed, antique look and wood graining is another technique that lends a real-wood look to particle board and veneer pieces. If you want to be creative with your finish, consult an expert at your local paint store or attend a workshop at a home improvement store. Many of these finishes require no more time than solid color painting and are simple to do once the technique is explained.