How to paint furniture

September 27th, 2016

Painting furniture can be an easy way to introduce colour to a room without giving it a complete makeover.  Here are some tips from Brewers Decorator Centres to help you give your furniture a face lift!

Painting furniture can completely revamp the feel to any room.
Painting furniture can completely revamp the feel to any room.

Preparation:

1.     Prepare the area

Remember, preparation is the key so before you start make sure you’ve got your sandpaper, paint brushes, dustsheets, dust masks, masking tape and necessary cleaning products for your project as well as your paints and primers!

2.     Remove hardware from the furniture such as knobs, handles etc.

3.     Patch any chipped, holes or pitted surfaces

Introduce colour to a room without a complete makeover.

4.     Sandpaper the surface

Good preparation of surfaces will ensure a longer lasting finish for your furniture.  It is best to sand the surface first to give the paint a key to adhere to. 

5.     Remove residue from the surface

Once wiped over, to remove any loose dust, prime all painting surfaces and allow to dry before applying your top coat of colour.

It is important to make sure the area you’re working in has good ventilation, this is good health and safety practice and will aid the drying of paints.

Good preparation before painting will help ensure a longer lasting finish.

Priming:

1.     Priming the surface before painting achieves an even overall finish

2.     Allow the primer to dry and then sand the area using a fine grade paper

Brewers have everything you need to give furniture a face lift!

Applying a second coat of paint to furniture helps give an even finish.
Applying a second coat of paint to furniture helps give an even finish.

Painting:

1.     Use a brush or roller to apply the desired paint to the furniture 

When you're painting, start at the top and work down making sure you smooth out paint drips as you work downwards. 

Chalk paints are a great way of overhauling the look of furniture, adding depth and character to the piece.

Gloss and Satin finishes are both suitable for painting furniture, a gloss finish can often be harder wearing.

Chalk paints are great for adding character and depth to furniture.

2.     It’s always good to apply a second coat of paint to the furniture once the first has fully dried to give an even finish.

3.     It’s always worth considering sealing the final result with a varnish or lacquer to add an extra layer of protection and final flourish!

For top tips of the trade pop in to your local Brewers Decorator Centre who will be happy to suggest the ideal products for the job.