Although I have learned a lot about painting and refinishing furniture, I wasn’t always all that knowledgeable. Not all wooden furniture needs primer, but it is recommended for an even, good quality finish. Painting walls is one thing, but there are a few different measures you need to take in order to ensure that your furniture-painting project is successful. When painting furniture, like this china cabinet, I started on one side of the base cabinet and continued across to the other side while working in small sections.
If your home was built before 1977, the year lead paint was banned, call your local public health department and ask about paint testing details and safe scraping, sanding and cleaning techniques. It gets easier to spray paint with practice, but don’t worry, I’ve used more than one can on littler projects myself! This sideboard has now had two layers of Matchstick White and two layers of Pavilion grey.
I find touching up laminate furniture tricky as it’s hard to get a perfect match. The dresser is completely covered in primer, but you can still see black through the white brush stroke marks. Check out the mis-tint table at your local home improvement store for bargains on paint that was custom mixed and then not picked up. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article on painting pine furniture, admiring your methodical approach and meticulous attention to detail.
Over the years, I have painted many items of furniture and there is definitely a learning curve. We would love to know in the comments below how you would use our furniture paint, there are so many ideas we can’t wait to try! It was a trip round John Lewis, that confirmed to me that furniture painting was going to keep a lot of people busy over the next few years!
I will try to pass along the best I can, 3 fun painting techniques for furniture that the ladies taught us. For further education, feel free to check out their blogs. On older furniture chipboard is generally the board used, while newer pieces might have supawood, or pine as the board. If the top is washed with another type of paint, you can seal the table top with Varathane (4 coats). To ensure a long lasting finish, we suggest a quick wipe down with a damp cloth to rid of any dust and then sand down of the furniture to smooth over any rough edges or patches that may catch.
If you are painting a darker piece of furniture, you may need more to avoid the prior color coming through. On the image above, we actually ended up for opting to put on a gel wood stain, but the process that you’ll follow for painting will be the same. Has a light, wood veneer top and the rest of the table has a darker, cherry finish but is all solid wood.
I have also found that when you’re painting a large, flat section (like the top of a dresser), it’s best to use long strokes that cover the entire length of the piece. It’s another fantastic option for furniture makeover projects…especially if you want to skip the priming step. Get more creative ideas for simple Decorative Painting Projects that can transform the look of any room. So, I’m giving you my favorite pointers, based on mistakes I have seen inexperienced painters make when they tackle a DIY furniture repaint. I have painted many a piece of furniture but I am having some trouble achieving the finish I am going for.