How To Paint Old Furniture

How to paint old furniture is something you may way to learn when refurbishing a room. Old furniture has character and style but sometimes needs a little touch up to make it shine. Over time paint can start to ship or crack. Painting old furniture is a great low cast way to recreate a room.

To paint old furniture, you will need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Paint brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Cheesecloth
  • New hardware (optional)
  • Liquid stripper
  • Scrapper
  1. Preparation. Before you can paint old furniture you have some preparation work to do. You need to remove any hardware from the furniture. Apply the liquid stripper. Let set according to manufacturer instructions. Use scrapper to scrap off the paint as it bubbles. Continue the process until all the paint is removed. Sand surface smooth. Use dampened cheesecloth to wipe away to sanding debris before you begin to paint old furniture. Fill old hardware holes if using new hardware.
  2. Painting. Apply an even coat of primer to the furniture. After the paint has dried per manufacturer directions lightly sand with a fine grit sand paper. Dampen cheese cloth and wipe away dust. Apply a base coat of the color of your choice. Let paint dry and apply a second coat.
  3. Touch ups. After the second coat of paint has dried check the corners or the hard to reach areas that may need a light touch up. Ornate trim work may be an area that needs touched up when you paint old furniture.
  4. Finishing touches. After the furniture has dried it is time to reinstall any hardware that was removed. If you are using the hardware that came off the furniture you can simply attach it where it came off. If using new hardware mark the holes that need drilled for the handles or pulls. Using a drill bit that is a size smaller than the screw, drill new holes to attach the hardware. Finish attaching the remaining pulls, knobs, or handle. Stand back and admire your hard work. 



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