From refurbishing a family heirloom to refreshing a well-loved table, painting wooden furniture can be a fun and rewarding experience. It’s a great way to tie in a new color scheme or give a space a quick and easy update.
What you’ll need:
- Masking tape
- Paint tray
- Sander / Sand paper
- Vacuum cleaner
- Paint stirrer
- Spray bottle
Before you start, protect your working area to prevent any damage and place your piece of furniture in the middle. Then, unscrew or cover any handles, knobs and hinges.
- For furniture that is already painted or varnished, create a smooth absorbent surface by giving it a gentle sand with medium grain sandpaper. Then wipe it down with a damp cloth and wait until the furniture is dry. If your furniture is uncoated, you can jump to step 4.
If you’re working on a large piece of furniture with flat surfaces, it might be quicker to use an electric sander for this step. You will still need some sand paper to hand, for any areas that are difficult to reach.
2. Wipe the furniture down with degreaser and allow it to dry.
3. Give it a second sand with fine grain sandpaper and remove any dust with a dry cloth, wipe it down again with degreaser and allow it to dry.
If you’re only painting the legs of a piece of furniture, it may be easier to place it upside down.
4. Apply a coat of wood primer, using a small brush for the corners and a small roller for the larger surfaces. Don’t forget to give your primer a good stir before using it!
If you’re using a brand new roller, use a spray bottle to lightly coat your roller with water to help the roller to absorb more paint.
5. For the top color, apply 2 coats of satin finish paint evenly to avoid runs and sags. For a professional result, check the paint tin for drying times between coats and sand down lightly in between each layer.
To avoid streaks, use brushes and rollers that are suitable for painting wood.