Oil-based paint is used to paint wooden furniture. Whether the furniture is old or new, it must be lightly sanded before painting begins. After the piece is sanded, a latex multipurpose primer must be applied to the wood.
After the primer is completely dry, begin applying the oil-based paint from the top of the piece down. This ensures that any paint drips are covered by the final coat of paint. Begin by painting the front of horizontal pieces first, then move to any vertical pieces. A number of coats may be required depending on the color of the paint being used.