How To Paint Wooden Furniture

How To Paint Wooden Furniture


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Painting wooden furniture can be a fun project. The item of furniture could be something you’ve crafted yourself or it could be an old piece of furniture that you want to transform/restore – whatever the case, the painting process is likely to be the same. Here are a few tips that will help you to create a good quality paint finish.

Choose your paint

There are lots of different types of paint to choose from. The right one for you will depend on the type of finish you’re looking for. Chalky paints are ideal for older pieces of furniture, often offering a distressed matte look. Satin paints meanwhile offer a glossier look that is better suited for modern furniture. If you want quality, don’t opt for the cheapest stuff – paying a little extra for mid-range paint will give you a stronger and more durable finish. Those that have experience with paint can try mixing and matching such as creating their own gloss paint or trying the wash effect by adding water.


Decide whether to brush or spray

You next have to decide how you will apply your paint. Brushing takes more time and precision, however some people like the earthy brushed texture it provides, plus it can be great for providing detail. You can buy good quality paint brushes for cheap – such brushes can also be used for painting fences and sheds. For those wanting a quick and simple solution, spray paint could be a better option. Whilst there are paints that come in spray cannisters, it could be worth investing in an airbrush if you plan on doing more furniture painting in the future – you’ll save money in the long run. There are guides online that can help you to pinpoint the best airbrush kit for beginners. Airbrushing is a lot of fun, but you’ll need more space to do it in.


Prep and prime

Before applying your paint you’ll need to prep and prime your furniture. Sanding your furniture down could be necessary if it already has a finish on it or if it’s something you crafted and the surface is still rough. Once this is done, you should add a primer paint – a lot of people skip this process, but if you want to keep your paint job looking smooth it’s worth having a primer underneath to help the paint stick. You need only use a basic plain white primer paint to do this. If you’re attempting a wash effect, priming may not be necessary although you could use a clear primer. Make sure to lay down sheets around your item of furniture before adding your primer to stop paint getting on the floor.


Apply your paint

Once your furniture is prepped and primed, you can apply your paint of choice. Then voila – your furniture is successfully painted! Make sure that your primer is thoroughly dry first before applying your main layer of paint. Similarly make sure that this layer is dry if you want to add any further finishes such as glosses.


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