How to paint unfinished wood furniture

How to paint unfinished wood furniture

If you’ve ever compared the price of a finished piece of furniture to the price of the same piece in the unfinished furniture store, you probably already know you could save quite a bit of money. However, if you’ve never painted furniture before, you may be afraid to buy one of these pieces. Don’t let your lack of experience stop you. Painting unfinished furniture is actually easy and satisfying, although there are several steps involved.

First, you will need to prepare your furniture for painting by sanding it. If you don’t sand your furniture, it will always feel rough and won’t look as nice. You will need fine-grit sandpaper, a very fine grit paper, and a tack cloth. Lightly sand the entire piece with the fine sandpaper. Wipe off all the dust with a tack cloth. Then, sand the entire piece again with the very fine sandpaper. Again, you will need to thoroughly wipe off all of the dust.

Now, your piece is ready for the first coat of paint, which is called primer. Primer is a special paint that is usually white. You will probably want a latex-based primer since it is easier to work with than oil-based paint. Don’t give in to the temptation to skip this important step. If you do not prime your furniture, knots and discolorations in the wood will show through the final coat of paint and the paint will not stick well to the furniture. Place your furniture on a drop cloth or several sheets of newspaper to protect the surrounding area. Stir the primer thoroughly before applying it to your furniture. Brush on a coat of primer. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly. When the paint is completely dry, sand the entire piece lightly with very fine sandpaper. Once again, you should wipe it down with a tack cloth after sanding.

Next, you will paint your topcoat. It is important that your paint strokes are smooth and even. Don’t sweep the brush back and forth. Pick one direction and apply the paint in that direction. You should follow the grain of the wood to get the nicest finish. Let the paint dry thoroughly. If the primer shows through, you will need to lightly sand your top coat and wipe it down with the tack cloth and then apply a second coat of paint.

You may want to make your furniture special with a decorative finish. There are several options, such as stenciling, sponging, crackle finishes, and marbling. Any of these options can be applied to your furniture now that the piece is painted. When you are satisfied with the paint finish on your furniture, you can either leave it as is or apply a coat of wax over the entire piece to protect the paint finish. If you choose to wax it, you will need to wipe a light coat of wax on with a cloth and rub it in until there is no excess wax on the furniture.

Finally, you can step back and admire your own unique piece of painted furniture.


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