How to paint wooden furniture

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.


  1. Make sure there is no chance that your furniture is an antiquity that you would destroy its value by changing the finish.
  2. Set your work area in a well-ventilated place with nothing around it that could produce flames or sparks.
  3. Remove all the smithy. Place the furniture on a layer of newspaper sheets or a disposable rag.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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