How Do You Repaint Old Furniture?


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Repainting old furniture involves preparing the furniture, removing the old paint, smoothing the furniture surface, priming the furniture and applying new paint. Be sure to protect yourself and your working surface from the paint before starting this project.

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Preparing the furniture involves unscrewing and detaching any hardware from the furniture and covering irremovable parts such as glass panes. Separating any shelves or drawers from the furniture to paint them separately is also part of the preparation. To clear the furniture of the old paint, use a medium-grit sandpaper to sand off the paint from the furniture, taking care to sand the drawers and shelves as needed. Clear the surfaces of dust generated from sanding with a vacuum cleaner before sanding them again with a fine-grit sandpaper. Vacuum the surfaces again to prepare them for priming.

To prime the furniture, mix the primer well by stirring, and apply it to the sanded surfaces using a paint brush. Allowing the primer to dry prepares the surfaces for applying the paint. Before painting the surfaces, smooth them with a fine-grit sandpaper, and vacuum off the dust. Using another paint brush, apply two layers of topcoat paint, taking care to allow the paint to dry between the two coats. Additionally, sand the dry first topcoat with a fine-grit sandpaper before applying the second coat.

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