How To Hand Paint Furniture

by admin on May 4, 2011 · 1 comment

If you have a piece of furniture that needs a face-lift, choosing to hand paint furniture might be a great option. It is inexpensive and easy to do if you just follow some simple steps to ensure your project is successful!

  • To begin, you need to sand down your piece of furniture to take off the existing finish. Sand in the same direction as the wood grain. Once the old finish is removed, you should wipe it down with a damp rag to remove the dust.
  • Allow it to dry thoroughly. Now you are ready to paint! This is the fun part because you get instant gratification on your work. But before you paint, be sure to protect the floor underneath with some drop clothes or newspapers.
  • If you are using either water or oil based paint, you will want to start with a primer. If you happen to be using something especially eco friendly or kid friendly like milk paint, you should not use a primer. Milk paint does best on porous wood.
  • Apply two primer coats, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. Follow the directions on the can to be sure you give the correct amount of dry time. As you paint, be sure to brush in the same direction as the wood grain.
  • Once the final coat of primer is completely dry, you can apply the color of your choice. Remember that its better to do two or three thin coats of paint as opposed to one coat of thickly applied paint.
  • Now it’s time to protect your furniture from the knicks and dings it will likely receive. You should apply a coat of polyurethane preferably using a foam brush as it helps avoid brush marks. Just be careful to avoid bubbles when using a foam brush.

Now you can sit back and admire your work. Just be careful because pretty soon you will be looking for your next piece of furniture to refinish and as your creative juices begin to flow you may start wanting to open a painting business or learn how to become an interior decorator!

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Caro December 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm

I love these! Did you have to sand the piece first? I want to paint a coffee table but I’m afarid to. Is there a special kind of paint you have to use?

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