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
- Furniture repair cleaner
- Brushes or roller
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 is not necessary when;
- 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.
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.
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.
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.