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With the cost of furniture today it is no wonder that a lot of people are hanging onto what they have and giving it a whole new look. What they are discovering is that not only are they saving money, but they are having a whole lot of fun at taking on a furniture painting project like this. So let’s get at it!

Start By Avoiding the Mistakes

If you are going to take on a furniture painting project then get prepared for it. This means making sure of the following:

Make sure you have a piece of furniture that is worth refurbishing. Any repairs that are needed should be done first. Like fixing a shaky leg for example.

Prepare an area where you can work safely and be able to leave your supplies where they can be safely stored. Some people have to work outside which is fine, but it means a lot of extra work. So be prepared for this.

Plan your project carefully. Know exactly what supplies you are going to need. Then go about getting them. Some you may already have around the house. Others you may have to go out and purchase. This is a mini project. Remember the goal here is to save money while at the same time giving your furniture a whole new look. So this means being a frugal shopper.

You may want to start with a small project first if you are new to painting furniture.

Preparing the Furniture

sanding furniture

 A good cleaning is going to be the first step. This can be done with mild soap and water then rinsed well. It needs to be perfectly dry for the next step which is sanding. Now there is going to be some controversy here as some say its not necessary with the new products out on the market like primers. But, the old die hards will tell you then is no replacement for giving the furniture a proper sanding first. The purpose is to rough up the surface and the intention is not to remove all the original finish.  By roughing it up the primer has something to adhere to.

What you are going to need:

>150 grit sandpaper

>80 grit if you have to remove previous varnish

Here is a great video that will walk you through furniture makeovers

Step Two:

You now want to use a tack cloth to remove all the residue from sanding. Don’t use anything else but a tack cloth if you want the best results.

Getting Ready to Prime

The type of primer you are going to use is going to depend on the type of wood of the furniture being worked on. Don’t just assume that the primer you would use on walls is going to work for your furniture. Keep in mind if something is bleeding through the primer then it is going to do the same when you paint it. Many people recommend Zinsser Cover Stain as a primer. You may want to check with your local hardware store to see which they recommend. The easiest way to apply the primer is with a foam roller and using a foam brush to get at the hard to reach places. You can gently sand drips away with 220 grit sandpaper if necessary. But, if you do then be sure to wipe down again with the tack cloth.

Getting Ready to Paint

The standard choice for the actual paint for most will be a semi-gloss latex. Don’t put this on too thick. Three thin coats is what is recommended and allow at least six hours drying time in between coats.

The Finishing Coat

After all this hard work you are going to want to apply a good quality Polycrylic finish to it. Again you can ask at your local paint store what they recommend. They may have several options to choose from. Apply a light coat with a foam roller and make sure there are no bubbles in the coating.

Finally allow for at least three days drying time before you use the furniture.


Your finished piece may not be perfect as this is your first attempt but no doubt you will still be pleased with the end result. Don’t forget there are other types of paints that can be used as well as techniques to give your project a totally different look.

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