Painting furniture can be a dreaded project for anyone. There are so many different ways to paint furniture and not all of them look the best or last long. If you don’t get it right, you can end up with peeling paint, dripping paint marks, bubbles, or even lint stuck to the paint. Then you get mad because you wasted all that time and money painting that piece of furniture that now looks worse than before and you have to start over.
I hope these steps help remove those feelings of fear and regret when you’re done and it just didn’t work. The following steps will help make a clean coat of paint and even protect your paint if you wish. Just remember that it may take some practice to get it right. So feel free to practice with an extra piece of wood before deciding to renovate your kitchen table or entertainment center.
The first step is to sand the wood. This is just to leave a place for paint and primer to adhere. This can also remove any imperfections like watermarks or other blemishes that make your furniture look unsightly. Sanding is still a good idea if your furniture already has a rough feel to it. It will just be a nice, even place for the paint to rest. Also, you don’t need to sand it down too hard, just enough to scrape it off and be careful not to over-sand one area and under the other. You want it to be uniform everywhere without hills or valleys.
After you’ve sanded, it’s time to apply primer and get ready to paint. First, apply primer in an even coat over the entire furniture. Let it dry and then wipe it with an antistatic cloth. This will remove any lint or bits of lint.
While painting, use a good roller to apply the paint in a few coats. Make sure if you use a latex or oil-based primer, you use the same oil-based paint. This will result in better adhesion of the paint. Between each coat, sand off any imperfections and wipe with an antistatic cloth before applying the next coat of paint. Make sure to paint evenly and with the same pressure so that no bubbles form or smudge.
Once you’ve finished letting the paint dry, you can use your furniture or apply a clear protective coat over the top. This will only better protect your paint and furniture. If you decide to put on a clear topcoat, use a new roller and apply with light pressure to apply in an even coat.
Then you are done. Now all you have to do is enjoy your new furniture and have fun redecorating to match the new color, or now you can repaint more furniture to match your newest project. Have fun painting and enjoy your new furniture.