Last week I shared my Patchwork Pallet DIY Idea, and a lot of people have been asking me how I paint my furniture ever since. Therefore, I decided to create a short Furniture Painting Tutorial. Before we begin, I want to say that painting furniture is very different from painting walls, because it is used on a daily basis and gets worn out more easily. This means that you will need protective layers, and substances that ensure better adhesion to surfaces. So how can you get that professional-looking paint finish that will last for years without end? Let’s learn together.
How to Paint Furniture Like a Boss:
- Before you start painting, there are a few processes that you should complete. The first would be to sand the wood in the direction of the wood grain with the help of sandpaper (I recommend medium grit). Get rid of residue with a soft bristled brush, then wipe your project with a damp cloth.
- Are you refurbishing an older project? If it has a high gloss finish, you will have to sand it again, to ensure better adherence of your new layers. Once again, vacuum the residue and wipe it with a damp cloth.
- As I already mentioned, primer is an essential ingredient, which ensures better bonding between surfaces. Also, primed projects require fewer coats of paint. When applying primer, make sure you do so in the direction of the wood grain. Let it dry off according to label instructions.
- Flat Paint is easier to apply, it bonds better with multiple coats, which ultimately leads to better durability.
- The last coat of paint should be followed by a final sanding, to smooth out uneven surfaces.
- To protect wood from chemical reactions you should add a clear top coat over your last layer of paint. Choose polycrylic for water based paints, and polyurethane for oil based ones.
That’s about it. If you respect these 6 simple steps your wood furniture will look better, and last longer.