How To Paint Wood Furniture
When redecorating you may want to know how to paint wood furniture. Painting wood furniture can add new perspective for an odd piece of furniture or turn your thrift store find into exactly what you were looking for. When you paint wood furniture it can spruce up a room and add a new decorating twist to an old design.
To paint wood furniture, you will need:
- Sand paper
- Liquid stripper (if refinishing)
- Screw driver
- New hardware (if changing)
- Preparation. When you want to paint wood furniture, preparation is key. A smooth and untarnished surface takes paint the best. If you are refinishing the furniture you will need to use the liquid stripper to remove the old paint. Follow the manufacturer instructions on the can. After the old paint is removed, sand any rough surfaces. Wipe furniture down with a cheesecloth that has been dampened to remove any dust particles.
- Painting. The first step to painting wood furniture is a coat of primer. If you are painting a dark color you many want to have the primer tinted. Once the primer has dried lightly sand with a fine grit sand paper. This will remove any air bubbles that become trapped in the surface. Wipe with a damp cheesecloth. Apply the first coat of paint evenly with a brush or roller. Your furniture may only need on coat, however, two coats are recommended.
- Attaching the hardware. If you are painting a new piece of wood furniture you will need to drill pilot holes for the hardware. Use the template provided or make your own. Once the pilot holes are drilled begin installing the hardware. Repair any nicks or scratches that may have occurred with a small paint brush.