Instead of buying new furniture, paint used furniture and give it a new appearance. Whether you choose to paint furniture you have used for years or your newest yard-sale find, preparation is the key to a great finish. Supplies needed include protective gloves, sandpaper or a sander, wood filler, brushes, primer and paint.
- Remove hardware
Knobs, pulls, hinges and drawer slides get in the way when finishing. The easiest way to prevent problems and keep paint off the hardware is to remove it before you start painting.
- Begin sanding
Roughly sand the surface, using medium grit sandpaper to remove any traces of wax, furniture polish, dirt and grime that might prevent the new coat of paint from adhering to the piece. For larger objects, consider using a power sander.
- Repair imperfections
Rough sanding often reveals cracks, scratches and other problems with the furniture. Repair them using an appropriate wood filler. If you're changing hardware, fill the holes left by the old knobs. Once the filler dries, sand any repairs so that they are flush with the surface.
- Use fine sandpaper
Switch to fine sandpaper and a sanding block for fine sanding. Eliminate any marks from the coarse sandpaper, and ensure there are no rough surfaces or drop-offs that show through the finish coat. The smoother the furniture is now, the better the final product is in the end.
- Paint the furniture
Prime any bare wood, and allow the primer to dry. Afterward, apply the finish coat. Begin near a corner but not on the edge. Apply paint with the grain, working toward the edge. Apply a second coat to ensure even coverage.