Is there anything more beautiful than second chances? We think not, and that is why we want to encourage you to give one to that old piece of furniture that you have at home and that you are thinking of throwing away because it no longer fit with anything. With our tips and a few layers of paint, you will be able to recycle, reuse, and have a unique piece of furniture that gives your home an extra personality and, above all, have fun in the process.

Painting furniture, whether old or new, wood or melamine, is one of the most common DIY projects that are carried out in a home, along with painting the walls. The reason is simple. You have a piece of furniture that you like, it has potential, you know exactly where you would put it, but the colour or its finish does not suit you. The only question is how to do it to achieve a truly professional result without involving a large financial outlay. We will tell you everything you need to know.


How to Paint a Wooden Furniture: Step by Step

The necessary material, and the complete renovation process, will depend on the design and finish that you want to achieve, it’s condition and the use that you intend to make of the furniture. Making these decisions and taking these factors into account is essential before purchasing the material and starting the project.

Material for painting wooden furniture

  1. Furniture repair cleaner
  2. Sandpaper
  3. Stripper
  4. Primer
  5. Painting
  6. Wax
  7. Varnish
  8. Brushes or roller
  9. Spatula

  • Prepare the furniture: Before sanding, if necessary, or starting to paint the wooden furniture, it is essential to clean it thoroughly. Removing any dirt, dust, grease, or stain will help make the final result much more professional. Ideally, do it with a specific furniture cleaning and repair product that helps remove dirt adhering to the surface while enhancing it. Cleaning can be finished by repeating the operation with a cloth and alcohol.
  • In this preparation phase, the handles and legs of the furniture should also be removed if present, and those parts of the furniture that do not want to be painted should be covered with painter’s tape, according to the chosen design.


  • Sanding: This is one of the most frequent doubts when facing a DIY project of this type. It will depend on type of paint with which the furniture is going to be renewed and its condition.
  • Sanding is not necessary when;

  • the wooden furniture is in good condition and well finished.
    • Painting with chalk paint or chalk paint.

    Sanding is necessary: (Remember that you always have to sand with the grain of the wood to avoid scratches).

    • When the furniture is varnished or has a glossy finish, in these cases, it will be enough to sand the furniture directly to remove the gloss or varnish and the following products to fix better.
    • When the furniture is made of untreated wood, in this case, it will be enough to sand it gently until it is smooth to the touch.
    • When the furniture has the paint lifted or in poor condition.

  • Pickling: In those cases in which the furniture has many layers of varnish or paint, or they are in deplorable condition, it will be necessary to remove or strip them before sanding. The most comfortable and easy option to do it is with a stripper gel or paint remover. When applying the product on the furniture, it shrinks the paint or varnish so that it can be easily removed with a spatula without damaging the original support or surface of the furniture. Once removed, that surface must be sanded before proceeding to the next step.

  •  The primer: To achieve a professional result, it is highly recommended to apply a coat of wood primer which will increase the adhesion and effectiveness of subsequent products. Also, it will make the final result more homogeneous, since it closes the pore of the wood, preventing it from absorbing excess paint on the furniture.
  • Once the primer has been applied, it should be allowed to dry for the time recommended by the manufacturer; then it should be gently sanded with a fine-grained sandpaper. Dust should be removed with a damp cloth.


  • Time to paint your wooden furniture: The time has come to paint our wooden furniture. You will have to decide if you prefer to do it with a brush or a roller, depending on the finish you want to achieve. The use of a roller will always leave a more consistent result in case you don’t want the brush marks to be noticed.
  • It is also crucial that the paint is not too thick, to be able to apply it comfortably and avoid marks. If it is too thick, it can be dissolved with a little water in the case of acrylics or with the solvent recommended by the manufacturer.

    Allow to dry for the time specified by the manufacturer and apply another coat for a homogeneous and professional result.


  • Last finishes: Once the paint is completely dry, wax or varnish can be applied to protect the surface. There are different finishes depending on the desired result: gloss, satin or matte.

  • Depending on the furniture and chosen design, the renovation can be completed by adding decorative motifs painted by hand or with a stencil and spray to the furniture. It can be given a vintage or aged look by sanding the ends a bit, or pickling can be done in two or more colours. The options are endless.