How To Paint Charming Old Furniture
There are times when you have a piece of furniture that you’re not too keen on refinishing and re-staining because the piece just isn’t worth it. Antiques are antiques that are better left restored properly, but regular furniture pieces made of wood in more recent times can be livened up a bit with a nice coat of paint.
Many people end up using the piece in other ways than the furniture item was meant to be used, but that’s part of the charm of re-purposing furniture pieces that function well and that you really don’t want to get rid of.
Furniture Restoration under these circumstances can be an easy way to keep using them while making them look great and match other furnishings or decorative items in your home.
Here are a few steps you can take to create a great new look for that little dresser you love or side table you want to now use as a plant stand.
Painting Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult
Keep in mind that we’re only painting this item for fun and let yourself relax and enjoy the experience. There’s nothing that says if you don’t like the outcome you can’t repaint or change it later.
One of the first mistakes people make when painting furniture or cabinetry that has drawers or doors is not letting the piece dry long enough. You need to be sure the surface is beyond just dry but set in before you start closing the drawers or doors or they will wind up sticking shut.
The paint may feel dry, but be sure you’re reading your paint can instructions or waiting at least a day for paint and even longer for thick varnishes. You can apply the coatings so thick by mistake that it takes almost a week during wet weather or humid conditions to thoroughly dry.
Steps To Painting Your Fun Furniture Piece
So you have an old wood dresser or table you want to re-purpose? Let’s get it painted the easy way! You absolutely don’t have to sand down your piece unless you want to. Today’s paints are durable and adhesive, so don’t worry about that step because it just won’t matter. If you have areas that are gouged or splinting, you may want to sand that spot down some.
You will need:
- Acrylic paint of your choice, a good quality brand with primer added
- 2 Small Angle Paintbrushes for crevices
- 2 Small Foam Rollers
- Mini tray for paint
- Semi-Gloss Polycrylic Finish
Prepare the wood furniture piece by taking off the hardware. You will be using one set of paint brush and roller for the paint and the second set for the sealer.
- Apply one coat of paint and wait an hour.
- Apply the second coat and wait 48 hours more.
- Apply the finish, let thoroughly dry.
And that’s all there is to the process. You’ll have a really cute piece that YOU painted! It’s fun to show off these pieces by using paint that brings your decorative scheme a pop of color that looks good in your space! Liven things up and have fun!