How to Paint Furniture

Last updated on May 19th, 2020

One of the easiest ways to refresh and recycle a piece of furniture is by giving it a fresh coat of paint. From dressers, tables or chairs, to mirrors, we all have one of those oldies lying idle in the storeroom, that can be transformed into something contemporary and chic! However, though it might seem easy to just add a fresh coat of paint to revive an old piece, the process can actually be quite messy and overwhelming!

How to paint furniture

But, don’t you worry, we’ve got your back! Check out this step-by-step guide to paint your furniture like a pro.

1. Sand it first

How to paint furniture

There are loads of instructional videos and blogs out there that claim that you don’t have to sand furniture before painting it. Be that as it may, sanding is an absolute necessity. So, to perfectly paint the furniture, start by sanding the whole piece with the help of sandpaper. Be careful not to gouge the surface: You’re just hoping to make it rough so that the primer can sit on it; do not try to strip the surface.

2. Remove Any Deposits

How to paint furniture

Once done with sanding the piece, wipe down the surface with a tack cloth to remove any build-up. Try not to utilize a paper towel or lint-free cloth.

3. Prime it

How to paint furniture

Now, prime using a mini roller that can reach all the difficult spots. Let it dry as per the directions on the jar of the primer. Once the primer is completely dry, sand away any trickles with a 220 grit sanding paper, and wipe your piece down with a tack cloth.

4. Paint it

How to paint furniture

Make use of a mini foam roller to apply three thin layers of semi-gloss latex paint. Enable six to eight hours in the middle of coats. It is imperative that you sand in the middle of coats in the event that you have any dribbles or build-up on the piece.

5. Protect it

How to paint furniture

And finally, make use of another mini foam roller to apply a thin layer of a water-based protectant. You need to ensure you go over this coat daintily with a froth roller to smooth any air pockets that can result from using it. Allow 72 hours for it to dry before you begin using it.