Do you have an old piece of furniture that is still intact but has a couple little scratches or wear/tear? Re-painting wood furniture is easy and a good way to remodel an old piece of furniture. The process of repairing your wooden furniture is simpler than you may think, all you have to do is get the supplies, prep, and paint! Below we have outlined for you how to prepare for the process, how to complete the process and what to do once you are done! Good Luck!
What You Need
- Drop Clots
- Stripper – You can get many different varieties, the one with fewer chemicals take longer to work.
- Power Sander - By Hand: 100-200 strokes per minute: By Sander: 6000-8000 strokes per minute
- Putty Knife
- Sandpaper - Fine-grit, medium-grit & sanding blocks
- Painter’s Tape
- Paint - Oil-based: last longer and can be used in cool temperatures, has a strong odor that may last a couple weeks: Latex paints: quickly dries and doesn’t have a lingering odor, it works best in warm, dry temperatures. This paint can swell wood, so sand in between coats.
- Paste wax: get a blend of carnauba, beeswax, candelilla, and paraffin to protect and seal furniture.
- Fine steel wool
Protect - Protect your floors from spills and splatters by laying down a drop cloth or an old bedsheet.
Clean – Using a damp cloth, clean the entire piece of furniture, drawers, and everything.
Remove Hardware – Handles, knobs, hinges and other parts that can unscrew should be put into a bag so you don’t lose them.
Strip – If the original piece is bubbling or chipping, use a paint stripper and a putty knife to remove chunks of paint, but wait 24 hours before doing this.
Rough Sand – Remove dirt, reside, and other current finish with the medium-grit sandpaper.
Repair – Use wood filler and a putty knife to fill any holes or cracks. Once it is dry, sand over the parts you repair with the medium-grit sandpaper.
Fine Sand – Use the fine-grit sandpaper to lightly smooth the wood.
Clean – Wipe away dust and particles with a clean, damp cloth.
Tape – Ad tape to the areas you don’t want to paint like, drawer boxes or the interior of the cabinet.
Prime - Add primer to the pieces that need it, primer is a good idea because it helps paint and stain adhere.
1. First, use a roller to paint the large flat surfaces.
2. Work from the top of the furniture down, to catch paint that may drip down as you go.
3. Avoid overloading the brush with too much paint; it will leave the paint looking thick.
4. Paint the edges and trip with a brush.
5.Wait the recommended time between layers of paint, and then wipe away drips with a damp cloth.
6.Use the fine-grain sandpaper between coats for a professional finish. Lastly, Make sure to wipe away dust afterward.
Wait 24 hours for the last coat of paint to dry and protect it with wax or furniture seal and let it dry for about fifteen minutes. Then, buff it with a fine steel wool or a clean cloth. DO NOT touch the furniture for two days to avoid ruining the masterpiece you have completed!