How to Paint Furniture

Here are some easy tips on how to paint furniture.

So, maybe you’ve found that perfect piece of vintage furniture, like a dresser for extra storage for your child’s room or a coffee table to complete your living room, but it’s looking a little…well, rough, to put it nicely. Don’t pass up that bargain just because it needs a little TLC, though!  With a few hours of your spare time and a can of paint, you can make that perfect item look brand new- or simply make a statement piece that stands out in any room. Repurposing vintage furniture for that perfect look and style.

Easy Tips for Furniture Painting

Painting furniture is easier than you might think! It just takes a little prep work and the proper materials to get a gorgeous, one of a kind piece for your home.

So exactly how do you begin? Here are a few tips to get your next furniture project started:

  • Get the right materials. Before you get started, visit your local home store or hardware shop and make sure you have the correct supplies. The last thing you want is to get halfway through your project and realize you forgot to get an important item. You’ll need things like wood filler, sandpaper, paintbrushes and rollers, drop cloths, and of course your primer and paint.
  • Fix those imperfections. You’re probably anxious to start painting to see your item transform before your eyes, but first remove the drawers, cushions or hardware from the piece, thoroughly clean it, and then inspect the surfaces for scratches and nicks. You’ll fill these imperfections with wood filler, let it dry, and then sand with a fine-grit sandpaper or sanding block to make it even with the rest of the surfaces.
  • Use a good primer and quality paint. Choosing your paint color is probably the most fun part of the project, but don’t forget to pick up some primer, too. Primer will make the paint adhere better; just look for a primer that has the word “adhesion” on the label. You should only need one layer of primer, but if the wood grain is darker and still showing through, apply two coats. Regardless of the color you decide on, choose a quality paint that is water-based. This type of paint cleans up easily and tends to provide a harder finish. We also highly recommend using Annie Sloan chalk paint; it is a little on the pricier side as far as paint costs go, but you’ll get some really incredible results! Even better, there’s no sanding necessary when using this paint, simply give your furniture a thorough cleaning and you’re ready to paint. If you’d like to learn more about using this type of paint, sign up for one of our upcoming furniture painting classes!
  • Paint away! Now it’s time for the fun part! As you paint furniture, make sure your brush strokes go with the grain of the wood. Start in a corner of the larger, flat surfaces and work your way outward. Paint the trim and edges last. Be careful not to overload your brush or roller with paint. If you’re using high quality paint, you should only need one coat. However, if you do decide to add another coat, make sure the paint is completely dry before you start.

When your painted furniture is dry, the final step is to set it in the room and add some fun accessories, like new hardware or coordinating items like a cute new lamp or some pretty vases.

Looking for your next furniture painting project? Stop by Transitional Treasure’s Resale Shop and find that perfect piece today! Plus, we’ll be hosting more furniture painting classes  so you can learn some tips for the correct way to get started on your first project.