How to paint wood furniture. Painting the furniture involves sanding, applying primer and painting. If you have the patience to apply a second coat of paint, you will have the reward of a finished look better and last longer. Painting wood furniture is something very easy that you can do yourself. Just follow the steps below.
- Make sure there is no chance that your furniture is an antiquity that you would destroy its value by changing the finish.
- Set your work area in a well-ventilated place with nothing around it that could produce flames or sparks.
- Remove all the smithy. Place the furniture on a layer of newspaper sheets or a disposable rag.
- Sand the piece of furniture with a sandpaper or a liquid sander until the surface is even. You may need to sand it two or even three times, starting with a relatively abrasive sandpaper (100 grains) and progressively moving to finer grains (150). Wear gloves, goggles and a dust mask.
- With a hand-held vacuum cleaner, a brush or an adhesive cloth removes all residual sawdust, as you will not want to wet the wood.
- Apply a coat of water based white primer with the brush or spray the cabinet with a gray one, depending on the size and area of the furniture you are trying to cover.
- Wait for the primer paint to dry to the touch. This usually takes from 1 to 2 hours. If you are not sure, read the recommended drying time on the paint can.
- Apply a coat of water-based paint. Pass the brush with even strokes, in the direction of the grain of the wood. If you use spray paint, spray slowly at a distance of 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) from the surface of the wood. Let it dry.
- Add a second coat and let it dry overnight.
Tips & Warnings
- Wash brushes immediately after use. Rinse them under running water until the water comes out clear of the bristles.
- If you work with latex paint use brushes with synthetic bristles. Natural bristles work best with oil or alkyd paints.
- When using spray paint, cover a large area with newspaper sheets to protect adjacent surfaces.
- Always work in a well-ventilated area.