Painting some old furniture is a good DIY project. An old wooden chair, table or cabinet can look surprisingly good with some neat paintwork.
There are two main styles for painting wooden furniture. And of course many different colours. We can do a rough paint job with deliberate wear and aging for a rustic, distressed look. Or we can follow the opposite route and strive for an immaculate paintjob, which is a little tricky.
An immaculately painted piece of furniture cannot have any visible imperfections in the paintwork. So the painting technique must be high quality. Spray paint is one option, and a fairly reliable one. Another is using a brush.
Any piece of furniture will have a mixture of horizontal and vertical surfaces, and edges. Additionally, some surfaces and edges may not be completely flat. These various area so of the project may be painted in different ways to achieve the best result.
• Flat surfaces, like the tops of tables or the seat of a chair, will need to be sanded to a level. Paint will not cover imperfections, so any dents or cracks will show up in the final paintwork.
• Use filler on any gaps
• Sand the surfaces flat. Sand any edges so they fit in neatly with the rest of the object.
• Use a primer on the entire surfaces of the project. This helps the final paint to adhere well.
• Flat surfaces can benefit from thinner paint. It helps the paint settle, removing any brush marks. This means several coats of paint to get adequate coverage, but the results, without brushstrokes, will be better.
• Thin paint will dry harder than thick paint, so the final result is harder wearing.
• Lightly roughen the paint between coats.
• Make sure any horizontal surfaces are level; this is so the paint settles evenly.
• Lightly roughen the paint before recoating, and vacuum off the dust. A scouring pad (the type used to clean dishes, usually green in colour) can be used for this. By very light.
• Edges are an exception to the thin paint approach. Position an edge so that is horizontal and use a small brush to coat this with thick paint. Use masking tape to protect any surrounding surfaces. You can do each edge one at a time, having each positioned horizontally, waiting till each edge is touch dry.
Consider a clear glossy coat of polyurethane over any paint job. This can be a spray can application.
If possible, do any paintwork outdoors to prevent spills and avoid paint odours.
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DIY paint projects can be satisfying, even if they are a little time consuming. The amount of time needed to paint an entire home interior or exterior is considerably higher than any furniture project. Have you home painted by professionals, and enjoy the results in minimal time.